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Book Character Day!

Book Character Day

To top off our English Week, we had Book Character Day on the Friday. It was great to see all the eye-popping colours, costumes and creativity. Who knew that there were at least 100 different books in the world??

 

Science, Maths and Art!

Maths

We have been learning to identify lines of symmetry, and using mirrors to confirm our answers. We also used the mirrors to identify lines of symmetry in our face: there’s always a pesky freckle or two that spoil perfect symmetry though!

Art

Sometimes you have to risk a lot of mess, and get out the paints!

Science

What’s attracting our attention at the moment? Magnets!

Kelly Tarlton’s Trip

Kelly Tarlton’s Trip

We had a great time at Kelly Tarltons today, seeing all sorts of weird and wonderful sea creatures. We are the first students to visit since lockdown. No wonder the sharks were happy to see us!

“Hey, that penguin is wearing a blazer too!!”

Jelly-ous of those colours in the background

It’s a turtle. Shell we get more excited? Nah.

She would love to get that piece of plankton out of his teeth if only she could reach.

No wonder this machine has a turtle on it. It’s so slow!!

Did you use bait-flavoured shampoo? Because I didn’t?

I either touched a starfish or someone left their fingers in the tank.

The eel: “please let her put her fingers in the tank…please let her put her fingers in the tank…”

Beluga whale and boy.

Beluga whale and two buddies.

“Mr Wesbonk never said we COULDN’T use transportation to look around the exhibits”.

Ice Berg-ers for lunch.

 

Term 1: Weeks 4 – 7

Beach Day

Not the sort of look that assures you that he will spare civilians

Cupcake envy

In reality, she’s not actually that short.

“Has anyone seen my eyeball??”

Not the first piece of seaweed I’ve seen, but he wasn’t to know.

Chess Lesson

“Did we win? We stole the most pieces from other boards?”

Sometimes it’s fun to torment your prisoners while you’re waiting for the other person to finish their turn.

Queen of the King

Rodin’s “The Thinker”

Needs to work on her poker face

A cool and calm explanation of how she’s going to slaughter her opponent.

Term 1, Weeks 1 – 3

Hi Parents,

It’s been a great start to the 2020 school year.

Class Mascot

In Art, we have been learning to design characters. The students drew their own creations for our Wētā character and then shared with us why they chose certain design features. We narrowed it down to 6 or 7 different student’s designs and chose our favourite features to combine into one character.

The result: Wilbur the Wētā He should be a key character in some of the narratives we write this term. You’ll be forgiven for still finding weta’s a little creepy. Wilbur knows it…he just doesn’t care!

Wilbur the Wētā

The Members of Wētā Class

 

Maths

We’ve been learning to use efficient strategies for adding and subtracting such as “friends to ten”, “doubles”, “counting up” and “subtracting in parts”.

Nothing like the smell of freshly bought flash cards

“Is it time for PE yet?”

Term 4: Athletics Day

Athletics Day

Discus or Dislocated arm?

Adopting a Zen like pose for greater spiritual lift.

The Green Machine, here to save the day.

Releasing 5 weeks of pent-up energy in one jump

Not sure if his use of a grapefruit will go unnoticed.

I hope the drag created by that hat didn’t slow her down too much.

Mrs King is in suspense wondering if they will ever achieve lift-off.

Considering all the factors such as wind direction and air humidity before making his throw.

We may have to apologise to the owner of a low-flying aircraft.

Add an inspirational quote and here’s a pose for a sport-drink commercial.

The girls learn there is only one ice-block left.

The honey sandwich for morning tea is making it hard to get rid of the discus.

Using sorcery to control her discus.

I blacked out soon after this photo of the discus throw.

Barely had I recovered before I was clocked again by this throw.

Art

We’ve got our still-life Art on display in the classroom. Still-life could only describe the art of the students, not them personally!

 

Term 4: Weeks 1 – 3

Halloween Mufti Day

The Reaper and the Reptile

Say Hell-o, girls.

Is that a broom, or a really hairy belly button?

Ah, some sweet relief from the dastardly!

This Count was wishing there was a sunblock with SPF 10,000

A chilling twist on traditional Chinese costume.

The most terrifying Halloween costume of them all: a bucket that consumes a head whole!

Even the undead just want a good wifi signal

Science

For science we have been looking at electrical circuits. We’ve made some interesting discoveries in regards to how parallel or series circuits affect a light bulb’s brightness.

Term 3: Weeks 7 – 10

School Production: The Final Frontier

After all those hours of practice, it was time to enjoy the performance:

Everyone: “What do you mean I can’t use my script anymore!!?”

Calling them little pop stars would be too easy

A whole world has opened up with those three extra eyes

Clearly polishing off the word “On” before moving on to “Jupiter”

 

 

The planets, not ashamed to be filled with gas.

After hours of makeup and prosthetics to become “Human Child 2”

the Martian Mafia?

 

Global Food Day

In Week 7, the Years 4 – 6 shared food from different cultures, and dressed in costumes representing different countries that they identified with.

 

 

Term 3: Weeks 4 – 6

Hi parents,

Here’s some photos from some of the special events we’ve had over the last couple of weeks. Enjoy.

Maths Day

He might have the answer sheet, but this Dad has a body slam that will prevent him from being able to submit it.

Using the paper folds on the answer sheet to help gain more thrust.

Dad did an impressive full-flip on the mat, and also did this with the hoola-hoop. Guess which one I got a photo of.

Doing…this.

Our students were not showing the signs of exhaustion we would have hoped for by this stage.

Descends from the sky like no mere mortal.

The amazing invisible booster seat.

 

Daffodil Day

Cute foreground, rubbish background (not our lovely students, the actual rubbish)

Slept in, and forgot to get dressed. Fortunately, they picked the right day to do it.

Looking like something filled with sugar has just entered his bloodstream.

Owning the room.

This student seems nonchalant about the mythical creature at her shoulder.

 

Cross Country

We had both shivering and sweating over our time out there.

Getting the hang of this running thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Term 3: Weeks 1 – 3

Museum Trip

We had a great time at the Auckland Museum in Week 2. Always new things to spot, and to learn about.

Jack enjoys the rebellious thrill of touching museum exhibits.

Ashlee contemplates her place in the food-chain

The buffet table at the museum.

Ciaran with something he purchased from the gift-shop

Like they’ve never seen water before

Science

We’ve been continuing to explore the properties of magnets, and conducting experiments.

 

 

 

Term 2: Special Events!

There have been a number of fun (but educational!) special events this term.  Let’s review!

Tiritiri Matangi

What a great trip this was. It was fun and fascinating to see the native or introduced birds that New Zealand is lucky to have part of the family. Not to mention the physical benefits of a good stiff walk!


Treasure Hunt Show

This entertaining show was put on by Perform! Theatrical Group. The fun part was that it was interactive, with students either being part of the Treelanders side of the map, or the Seaview division (the moral had to do with taking care of our environment).

Vector Presentation: Staying Safe with Electricity

We had a visit from Vector Energy, which was very informative and well presented. The students learned a lot about how to stay safe with electricity inside or outside the home. We particularly enjoyed the animations where a clueless robot made all the wrong decisions and regularly burnt himself to a crisp : )


Music Festival

Lots of talent on display that night! We successfully pulled off our performance of “Splish Splash” and it was great to see many year 4’s represented in the solo performances.


Disco

Avengers of various assortments assembled for the Friday night disco!

 

 

Term 1, 2019: Weeks 5 – 7

DAD’S DAY

What a great day Dad’s Day was last Friday. After the school shared some singing – and we sadistically enjoyed listening to the Dads try and get their mouths around some tongue twisters – we went back to our classes for special activities.

In our class, the Dads joined us for some “Minute-to-Win-It” challenges (cracker face, cup stacker, and chopstick challenge). The Dads helped train up the students in their group and provided encouragement when it was time for the competitive challenge. Following that, the best part: getting the Dads to give the challenges a try! Thanks for coming along Dads (and Dad equivalents!), and for giving us some laughs!

Speak up Dads!

 

Sophie’s dad may have sprained a facial muscle.

 

Doing her best Walking Dead impression

 

Dad and daughter trying to use the bridge of the nose as…well, a bridge.

 

Employing every facial muscle to full effect but facing the obstacle of cracker dust in your eye.

 

Demonstrating to the class his pyramid scheme and how you can start earning money from home.

 

Great chopstick skills, terrible meal

 

Good luck telling your chiropractor why you’ve made an appointment!

 

Barely suppressed competitiveness.

 

Smell the testosterone!

SCIENCE

We’ve continued our focus on solids, liquids and gases.
We’ve been learning to make predictions, test those predictions, and discuss our results.

 

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