Saturday, 12 September 2015

Hockey Skills

During Term Three the Pukeko Team have been learning large and small ball skills.
Room 14 thought we could get out for an extra practice.
We have been focusing on holding the stick properly and manipulating the ball/puck around obstacles.
The tricky part involved remembering to place one hand towards the bottom of the stick and bending our knees so we had more control.
After some time to 'perfect' our skills we had a race between the four teams to see which team could move around the obstacles quickly and efficiently. 
It was noisy, crazy fun!!

Friday, 14 August 2015

Problem solving with Technology

Make way for emerging aviation engineers!
Room 14 are taking on the skies by learning how to get to the moon...
Well, maybe not the real moon, but we did have to work out how to make our space rocket travel to the moon ( where we discovered the moon is not made of cheese, but cardboard - hee, hee). 
Meanie Miss Pulman handed out some materials and a photograph, but no instructions to follow.

There was plenty of debate, drawing, cutting, fixing, re-drawing, re-cutting and plenty of measuring.
We discovered the tricky parts were
  • making sure our rocket was wide enough for the straws to fit
  • that we attached the string in a loop to the moon BEFORE threading it through the straws
  • our string was the right length and did not twist
  • the tabs for pulling were the right size for holding onto
This made us wonder what it must be like to create a prototype. Key characteristics we decided upon were
  • patience
  • resilience
  • collaboration
  • being organised
Super work Room 14, eat your heart out NASA!

Monday, 10 August 2015

What is Technology?

This term we have been pondering on what technology is. We watched a clip that got us thinking...
We discovered that technology is not just computers, smart phones and televisions, but stuff that contributes towards making our lives better. 
We tested this criteria by debating whether a chair or table was technology. 
Some of us thought that no, chairs are not made of rubber or metal, so they can't be technology.
Others decided that a table was most definitely technology because it stopped you from eating on the floor and that makes our lives better.

We were very lucky to have some helpful children bring in their ideas of what technology means to them.
We used this opportunity to pose some thoughtful questions
  • what is it made of?
  • what does it do?
  • can you fix it?
  • how does it make our lives better?

Cole bought in his smart watch and explained what it does, (takes photos, tells the time) and how it helps him, ( portable and easy to use).

Jade got us all wondering what her piece of technology was. We thought it was a kind of baby monitor because you could speak into it. Jade explained that it was a tool that flashed a very bright light which helped her parents know when someone was at the door, if the phone was on... and if a baby was crying. Jade said this was valuable to her parents because they cannot hear the noises that most people can hear. We all decided that this example was a very well considered and cleverly made device. 

Ashleigh and Tayla bought in a Leapfrog device and tablet. Ashleigh said she used this to play games. Tayla demonstrated how to take a photo with her tablet, which had us all laughing!

After some discussion we began to realise that some technologies exist to support and entertain people. I wonder what we will find out next? 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Swim Stars

A few weeks ago we began swimming lessons. Pauline dropped us off at the pool and we got changed super fast - because we didn't want to miss out!
Once in the pool, we quickly showed the instructors what we could do, and got into our swimming groups. It was great to swim with our friends, wear googles, and get in the odd dolphin flip between instructions!
Some of us are working on building water confidence, whilst others are developing buoyancy. Another group are learning how to swim freestyle, and develop breathing skills.
We can't wait for the following Wednesday, to go again! 

Friday, 24 April 2015

How to make Hard Tack and Anzac Biscuits

Today we learnt about some of the foods soldiers ate in the trenches. Hard Tack was a hard biscuit made from wholemeal flour, milk powder, sugar and water. We found out that the soldiers used to crush them up and put them in their tea so it tasted like porridge!
We were surprised to find out we actually liked eating them, but decided that we would not like to eat them everyday!

During our research we also discovered Anzac biscuits were made to be sold at galas and other fundraising events to make money for the soldiers. Only a few ate a rolled oat version while fighting during the First World War.

We made both biscuits this morning and wrote out the recipes using our best handwriting.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Seaside Adventures

On Wednesday we headed down to the local beach to search for some interesting sea life and have some great fun too!
We got into groups and rotated around to the various activities. We took part in a scavenger hunt, recording pictures of what we found and writing some adjectives to describe what we saw. Even though the tide was in, we were able to search on the shore and were surprised to find some oyster shells, different kinds of seaweed and teeny, tiny crabs.

We also created some beach art and made some sand castles.
Next week we will be using this experience to create some questions to investigate.
Stay tuned for more information.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Cricket Capers

What an afternoon! Miss Pulman found out who the hard hitters were - look out Brendon McCullum!
Even Mr Munro came over to check our batting out. We gave a big Whoop, whoop and high fives to our team mates as they added more runs to our tally.