Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Our creative mornings

One of our School Values is Creativity - we use it to help us think about problems a different way, try things again, accept others ideas, and share ideas with others for a better solution.
In the mornings the Senior students (Year 6-8) have time to get some creative ideas flowing and we share them back with comments and presentations.  We really liked Regan's idea for the week 8 'What are they thinking in their head?'  Regan's idea was classic Lionel Ritchie.
Here is some of the things we do and then a slide of our work.
Let us know if you try any of these in your class, or what you do to start the day.

Oh my! Is it week 8 already?

We've been fairly busy in our class, helpin gnew Year 4 students learn how we do things in Ruma Waru.  We're all getting lots of practice at tolerance.

Year 4's have been learning how to use devices for the first time and we've been using all the GAFE.  Year 4's ahve also been learning that good writing can take time and we can go back and improve our work and our buddies can have ideas that help us.
We used google slides to present our Description writing and illustrations.  We then went and read them to the Juniors in Room 7 and got their feedback as the audience for our stories.

Here are a few for you to read.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Beeswax Part 2

Here's some more action from our Beeswax wrap making day.

Beeswax Wraps

Last week Miriam from Hokitika called into give us a hand to start making our own beeswax wraps.
We've been looking at the Future of Food, how we use it and how we store and preserve it. 
We try and do things in a helpful way for the earth, so we thought if we can cut back on the Glad Wrap and plastic packaging it would be a good thing too.

We trialled two ways:
1. melt beeswax and paint it onto your cloth then bake for a bit in the oven (in tray lined with tinfoil)
2. grate the beeswax and sprinkle it over your fabric then iron (between 2 sheets of non greasy baking paper)

They both had some pros and cons, but seem to be doing an equally effective job with the food wrapping. 
Everyone made at least 2 to take home and we've been using them in our lunchboxes : )
Here's Kelan and his cool pack of 4.


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A little game called SQUASH

On Tuesday the seniors headed off to the squash courts in Greymouth to finish off our Net and Wall unit.  Only two of us had tried playing squash before, so we weren't too sure what to expect, but we had high expectations of ourselves...
...squash is actually quite hard work and there were some balls the visited high up on the walls and some balls that didn't quite make it to the end wall...(lots of laughing)
We found that hand-eye coordination is really important and then having a good body position and follow through with the arm makes for a great shot.
We definitely all got a real sweat up playing and we all really really enjoyed playing!  Thanks Greymouth Squash Club for letting us use your great facility, we'll definitely be back.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Impromptu Speaking - Our first attempts

Click on each slide to play our video of our Impromptu Speeches.  Let us know what you think in the comments.

Slightly delayed blog of the week - Kelan

This week we've got Kelan's blog on the front page.  This is Kelan's first ever blog and go at blogging for school and learning. LINK HERE