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.


On Friday we celebrated Chinese New Year  by having a chopstick competition. Inside our bowls were noodles and dumplings. Each team had to use the chopsticks to get all the contents out before the buzzer. Then we had a competition to find out who was the fastest table....

The winners received some lucky money for their efforts! 
We also made some mini Chinese dragons.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

House Hoopla!

On Friday we came to school in our house colours. Top left we have Kowhai, then Totara, 
following with Rimu, and finally, Kauri.
To celebrate our competitive spirit, we played a game called fox and Geese. The foxes chased the family of geese who had to try very hard to avoid getting tagged.
As you can imagine, there was plenty of shouting, giggling and a little bit of cheating going on!

We also played Battleship. This is a great game for learning how to follow instructions. The teacher shouts out different commands and the children have to follow them. Can you see which ones we are doing below? 

By the way.....

who stole Miss Pulman's hat??

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Our First Week...

This week we have been revising reading skills. We identified how to retell storylines by using key words to help us recall in greater detail. Each of us made a book with the sections: setting, character, problem and solution. Then we used our books to retell to a partner.

Working together

Room 14 got into groups to rotate around the tables and solve some puzzles together. One person recorded what they were for the group. Then we discussed what we discovered about working together. We decided taking turns and listening to suggestions on ways to manipulate the pieces proved to be most successful. 

Well done Room 14 for following instructions and persevering with a set task!

Celebrating Success

We have been handing out PB4L badges for children who are working hard at being on time.
This happens daily and the children exchange these badges for a house token at the end of the day.
Congratulations to Dylan, Jeremy, Shivali, Ben, Celin, Ashleigh, Katherine and Tayla for their efforts this week. Thank you to the rest of Room 14 who have also been trying hard to be sensible learners. Watch this space for more recipients!

Monday, 2 February 2015

Here we Are!

We have had two busy days getting to know each other and how to be good learners. 
Our focus for PB4L is Being Respectful: being on time.
We have identified ways we can be on time. Here are a few
  • come to the mat when the music starts
  • complete work on time
  • line up after breaks so we are ready to go inside
  • make sure we get ourselves ready in the morning so we are on time for school