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Kakariki – Year 3 blog

Push, Pull, Squeeze, Twist, Stretch or Pinch

Year three have been learning about forces in Science.  We were all given a piece of modelling clay we had to change the shape by using different forces.  After that in our groups we played a game by rolling a dice then doing the action each number represented by either giving it a squeeze, push, pull, twist, stretch or pinching it the object of the game was to create a dinosaur.  We were given five minutes.  It was so much fun.


    Do you like our dinosaurs we created?  We think we are really clever!

Ancient Museum

We had the privilege of visiting the Year 7 exhibition of the Ancient Museum.  It was incredible the effort the children had gone to with their displays and the information they presented.  The Primary students were very respectful at  listening to the speeches the Year 7 students had prepared.  Definitely highly recommend all parents and families to visit next time I assure you will not be disappointed.


Global Food Day

What a feast we had on Friday.  Food, food glorious food was defiantly the song being sung on Friday.  The array of food from various cultures was certainly spectacular.



It was amazing to see children dressed in traditional clothing from their culture.  We also discovered some interesting facts about different countries.

Yum, Yum Purple Caulifower

We have been enjoying eating the incredible vegetables from our garden especially the purple cauliflower.

A big thank-you to the parents that have given seedlings to replenish the garden.

It has been fantastic seeing the community come and pick fresh vegetables and herbs.

I know the year three students are looking forward to the summer fruits we have planted.

Kiki our class parrot enjoys his fresh vegetables from the garden that we pick for him daily.



School Garden

This term we have been learning about plants. We have planted a school garden as part of our learning, some the seedlings we raised and some we brought. Year three investigated how bulbs grow and we have planted them in the garden also. Please come and look at our garden. When it does start to produce fruit and vegetables it will be for the community to enjoy and hopefully we can use some of it to do some cooking. Year three have been taking great care of it by weeding, watering and taking out dead leaves.

Fascinating Angles

We have been learning how to recognise and measure angles.  To help use find right angles we invented our own tools then tested them out.  It was really fascinating.

Mini Camp

Rain, wind, tent city (inside) pikelets, and sausage sizzle.  What more could one ask for!  That is what we got last Friday for the Year 1 to 3 mini camp.  We had the best time ever regardless of what the weather threw at us.

Dads Day

Last Friday we had the privilege of having our dads and some of  our family members share the morning with us.  We had so much fun!!  In Year 3 we did a tech challenge that involved us being split into two teams.  The challenge was from BP Challenges called ‘Getting the message across’.  We were given the scenario: some friends are trapped on the other side of a wall and across a deep ditch.  They are behind a locked gate and do not have the combination to undo the lock.

One team had to write a message with the combination, put it in a container and make the throwing device using rubber band power.  The other team (at the same time) had to use the supplied equipment to make a retrieval device to collect the message container once over the wall.
Both teams were separated and not allowed to communicate.

Have a look at the photos below to see how we got on.


In PE the children have been learning to work as a team with various team challenges.  This week the challenge was get the hula hoops around the circle one clockwise the other anticlockwise without letting go of hands.  Some of the learning was how to communicate positively and not to get frustrated with people.  We did a great job.

Long O Sound

We have been learning all the spelling patterns for the long o sound.  Check out our rhymes we made up to help us learn the different spelling patterns.

Performing Arts

We have been participating in Performing Arts with Gracie.  Gracie is extremely creative with what she is teaching us.  This week we had to get into groups and create different objects and animals in a limited time span.  It was heaps of fun.  See if you can figure out the objects and animals we created in the photos.  Another part were with a buddy one of us was a puppeteer the other person was the puppet and we had to mold them into the action Gracie told us.  Take a look at the photos below and see if you can guess what we are doing and creating.


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