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

Friday, 10 November 2017

Pet Day 2017

We had such a great day today for Pet Day.  Kelan and Kurt organised the Blackball site day and Crystal and Izaac organised the Dobson site day.  We had some really cool pets including Koura - native freshwater crayfish, frogs, rabbits, goats, dogs, cats, kittens, hens and chickens and a calf.

A big thanks to all the local businesses that generously donated prizes to us too:

  • Greymouth Vet
  • Mitre 10
  • Paroa Stockfeed
  • The Warehouse
  • Farmlands
  • PGG Wrightsons
Thanks to our Judges too!

Check out some of our photos of the day

Friday, 15 September 2017

Our class blog of the Week - Zac

This weeks standout blog is Zac's. Zac is Year 4 and is just starting his blogging. He has taken the time to learn how to put different types of posts on and has told us what each blog post is about. Kei runga noa atu Zac!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Finish this...auahatanga

Every morning in Ruma Waru we do some sort of whaiwhakaaro to show and develop our auahatanga. 
We thought this one was quite good.  We start with some lines on the page and we have to finish what it could be.
Here are some of our ideas.  What would yours be?


 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Week of Inspirational Maths - Youcubed & Jo Boaler

Today we tried out the second idea from Jo Boaler's/Youcubed Week of Inspirational Maths
It wasn't Game of Thrones, but Game of Totals!  And fortunately for us Winter was not coming...so we had time to think about the problem and how we could get ourselves into a winning position. Challenging a buddy to get to 25 first, taking turns to choose a number [1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6].
We looked at the combinations of numbers and if people won when they started or if they could win when the other person started.
We had some great competitions going when people realised they could think ahead about the numbers they chose and the possible combinations it would leave their opponent.
More to come...


Monday, 28 August 2017

Mini Milkers Update - Agrikids National Finals - Feilding Young Farmer competition 2017

Remember last term we told you about some of our classmates that had qualified for the National Agri-kids Competition held at the Young Farmer Nationals in the North Island?
Well they didn't get a top 3 placing, but they learnt heaps of new things and really had their skills tested to help them solve new problems they hadn't come across before.  Mini milkers officially came 14th out of 22 teams, which we think is pretty amazing!
Here's just some of the challenges we had to tackle:

  1. Completing and exam about agriculture
  2. Writing an essay on agriculture
  3. Grading sheep wool
  4. Working out sheep breeds
  5. Drafting and drenching sheep
  6. Starting a tractor and fixing problems with a tractor and using equipment on a tractor
  7. Making irrigation system
  8. Taking and testing soil samples
  9. Working out crops seeds and which to plant
  10. Sorting and planting native plants


CHECK OUT ALL THEIR PHOTOS OF THE DAY HERE

He was a poet and he didn't even knowit

Wow! Totally exciting and really cool that two students in our class, Jack and Quinn won with their poetry at the Poetry Competition held last week at the Greymouth District Library.  There were heaps of different poetry competitions all over the show as it was Poetry Day on Friday 25th August.  There were about 100 entries just at the Greymouth Library.

Jack won the 8-13 years category with 'This Tree' and Quinn was Highly Commended in the up to 8 years category with 'Leaves'.

Jack won a $35 Paper Plus voucher!  Big thanks to the great staff at the Library for organising this event and Paper Plus for being a sponsor.

We all entered a piece of our poetry and everyone got good comments back and the judges enjoyed reading them.

We have all posted poetry on our own blogs, but you can read Jack and Quinn's poems below.



 

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Our stay at Tūhuru Marae - Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Waewae - Part 1



On Tuesday morning we set off for Arahura for our visit and stay at the Marae up above the river. We were all really excited about staying and we would be meeting Kumara school there too.
When we arrived it was time to get ready for our powhiri.  We are manuhiri and we wait for the tangata whenua to welcome us across the ātea into the wharenui.Taua Jo was the kaikaranga. We took our shoes off before going into the wharenui.For some of us it was the first time we have been part of a powhiri or done hongi.  After kai we went in two groups and learnt more about the whakapapa and kōrero o mua.

Two years ago our class performed the story of Tamaahua, Waitaiki and Poutini so it was quite cool when Taua Jo told the story about the ama, tekoteko and koruru of her marae- they were Tamaahua at the top (pounamu) and Waitaiki on the left (looking at the marae) and Poutini on the right.  
We also found out that just over the Paparoa range at the back of our school there was a war where Ngāti Waewae defeated Ngāti Wairangi and Tuhuru the warrior chief took his tribe and built their 
After lunch the younger kids headed back home and the older kids who were staying over went to the awa (Arahura) to learn more about the connection with Pounamu and to see if we could find any - it's elusive and Matua T and Taua Jo told us that many kaumatua living down at the Pa haven't found any or only tiny pieces.  If you find your first pounamu tikanga says you give it away to someone special to you.


Net and Wall Games - Volleyball

WALA: the commonalities of body movements and skills required for net and wall games

For a start we are looking at Volleyball.  We shared our own ideas and looked at some pro's working the court.

  • We noticed that they use their hands and arms to create things like a bat and a racquet shape for hitting the ball.
  • We thought we'd try the 'bat' shape first and use the nice smooth follow through movement we would use for cricket.
  • We also thought it would be important to have a solid lock mechanism for our hands to support our arm position.
  • We also know that hand-eye coordination is essential to help our eyes and brain send the right messages to our arms and hands

Here's Elliot demonstrating his hand-eye coordination, hand/arm position, and his smooth follow through arm movement.



Friday, 11 August 2017

Porter Heights Ski Trip 2017

Last week we headed up to Porters Ski field again for our Ski Day for Year 7 & 8's.  We went in the two vans and a couple of cars.

We were away pretty much before 6.45am and it was fairly quiet when we got to the ski field, although the car park was quite full and we had to park near the edge of the big carpark - bit scary!  Grey High were just in front of us on the road up there. (they stayed for 3 days).
Some of us went straight up the top of the field with Ray and just skied up there the whole day.  Later when Miss D came up on her snowboard we had a couple of races and Sophie R beat Miss D too by the way.

Most of the others were getting a Beginners lesson at the Magic Carpet and 1 or 2 were practicing on the Poma slope before they got an Intermediate lesson at 12pm.

Everyone did really well with the skills and confidence that you need to get before you can do ok on the Poma slope.  Hardly anyone gave up and it really paid off for people like Alex, Aiden, Emily, Caitlyn and Sami.  Probably next time they will all be ready to head up the Chairlift and ski down Easy Street.

The views up the top of the field were really awesome and you can see out to a lake down the back of that mountain range that Porters on part of.  Hopefully next year more of us will be up there getting better and more confident on the snow!

Check out our other photos of the day!
Sophie, Jess and Will up the top

Thursday, 3 August 2017

How we ended the term - a trip to Shantytown and climbing a mountain

We packed quite a few things into our last week at school!
On Monday we went to Marsden Valley School at Shantytown and learnt more about Matariki.
We shared some stories and looked at Moa bones in the whare then we headed off to make our own Matariki clusters.

We tried out all the Victorian era games that kids would have played back then.

We finished up by planting our own native plant in the forest around the old School.


The X-Ray Art Challenge - Norval Morrisseau

We got a tweet from one of our Canadian Class buddies asking if we would be up for a challenge of learning about an artist called Norval Morrisseau or producing our own art in this style. Let us know what your think, and maybe you could try your own.

Friday, 23 June 2017

We want your ideas!



Hi everyone, as you can see in our post below, we have some of our classmates heading off to compete at the National AgriKids grand final.

We want your help to make a chant to record or poster we can send up with them to remind them we're right behind them all the way : )

Comment with your ideas!


thanks https://commons.wikimedia.org for the image


Ahhh, the good ol' Rural Life

All the best to our classmates and friends Kurt, Emily and Jess, who are going to compete in the New Zealand Young Farmers Agri Kids Grand Final in the Manawatu from July 6-8.
The article is on page 8, http://digital.centralrurallife.co.nz/olive/ode/crl_daily/

We're sure we can come up with a 'mini-milkers' chant before you go!


Matariki Celebration and Hangi...oh, and it was the Winter Solstice.

On Wednesday we celebrated Matariki with our whanau.  We spent the day preparing kai and then while the Hangi cooked we did some research about Matariki, did some weaving, made poi, honored ancestors and people who have passed on and shared waiata with our whanau.
What did you do for Matariki?  Did you know it was the Winter Solstice on Wednesday as well?

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Poetic Writing - Year 4&5 - Zac

We have been learning how to take our ideas and simple sentences and craft them into great poetic writing.
Year 4-5
LI: 
We will turn our 7 sentences into a poem
SC: 
We will be successful if we use:

  • parts of speech (adverbs and adjectives)
  • Alliteration (dark, dusty, dirt or Sitting on sparkly soil)
  • at least one simile (like a stick insect or like a weak crumbling old post)
  • at least 1 onomatopoeia (swoosh, swish, buuuuzzzz, pft or whooooo)
We work together if we need help choosing the best place to break a line for effect
Zac upgraded his Simile about moss being like ants to a Metaphor - can you spot it?


Friday, 26 May 2017

Poetic Writing - Year 4&5 - James

We have been learning how to take our ideas and simple sentences and craft them into great poetic writing.
Year 4-5
LI: 
We will turn our 7 sentences into a poem
SC: 
We will be successful if we use:

  • parts of speech (adverbs and adjectives)
  • Alliteration (dark, dusty, dirt or Sitting on sparkly soil)
  • at least one simile (like a stick insect or like a weak crumbling old post)
  • at least 1 onomatopoeia (swoosh, swish, buuuuzzzz, pft or whooooo)
We work together if we need help choosing the best place to break a line for effect

James has really enjoyed finding synonyms for simple words he thought of first.   What do you picture when you read James's poem?


I am jaggy, colossal yet also incisive
Moss looks like jade
I’m exterior to the school boundary
I’m solitary
My hair goes wht-eesh like a whip
I am stalled here in one discolouration
Aloof like an inattentive bore

James

Poetic Writing - Year 6-8 - Jessica G

AO: We understand why we are writing - what's the purpose - and can shape/craft our ideas with effect
LI: We will choose the most effective Poetic Devices to help craft our visual image/poem
SC: We will use -
  • sophisticated parts of speech (pronouns, adverbs, adjectives, and prepositions)
  • Simile and.or metaphor
  • Repetition
  • Enjambment
The Fern

In the bush the ferns grow where green and brown colours swallow the mush

In the bush I am as big as a ruby ball

which means I’m quite small

In the bush with rough and delicate leaves I shall rip quite easily

In the bush I am a curvy triangle, like the leaves, the flax and sometimes the trees

While I blow in the breeze the bush talks, my fury stalk extends, I may not have many jobs,

But I love to represent New Zealand with each leaf I grow

Jessica Gallant

Poetic Writing - Year 6-8 - Jessica





Poetic Writing - Year 4&5 - Nikolai

LI: to turn our 7 sentences into our Poem
SC:
We will be successful if we use:
  • parts of speech (adverbs and adjectives)
  • Alliteration (dark, dusty, dirt or Sitting on sparkly soil)
  • at least one simile (like a stick insect or like a weak crumbling old post)
  • at least 1 onomatopoeia (swoosh, swish, buuuuzzzz, pft or whooooo)

We work together if we need help choosing the best place to break a line for effect.

5000 years old
                                
The tree was dark brown like dark chocolate
The trunk is rough like a brick


It twists and spreads out and attaches to another tree


The leaves are sparkly,


bright green


The tall, towering  tree is is rock hard

The  bees buzzzzz   in  the  leaves

Nikolai

Poetic Writing - Year 4&5 - Elliot

We have been learning how to take our ideas and simple sentences and craft them into great poetic writing.
Year 4-5
LI: 
We will turn our 7 sentences into a poem
SC:
We will be successful if we use:

  • parts of speech (adverbs and adjectives)
  • Alliteration (dark, dusty, dirt or Sitting on sparkly soil)
  • at least one simile (like a stick insect or like a weak crumbling old post)
  • at least 1 onomatopoeia (swoosh, swish, buuuuzzzz, pft or whooooo)
We work together if we need help choosing the best place to break a line for effect.

One of my best objects
it makes a swoosh swish swoosh
like the ocean
and blends in with nature
it feels fragile
it is dark, dirty, and dusty
the leaves get made in many different ways
Elliot

Kirsty and Quinn Prior Knowledge

Monday, 15 May 2017

Kendell Writing - Discussion

In Term 1 we were learning how to craft a discussion about the pros and cons of two ideas.
We used a template to help us organise and write our ideas.
We worked on smaller parts each day then at the end we took our writing out of the boxes and WOW! We were amazed by what we had written.
We had to have 1 topic idea per paragraph; state if it was a pro or con; join ideas with and OR so; and explain our point using 'because'.
Here is Kendell's work comparing to her asttle from the start of the year.

Kendell asttle writing start of year - (Independent)


It good  if  you are  not fiting   decause   if  you are fiting   it  not  that  rog  and  if  you  are playfiting it is ok …   if  you  are  fiting  it,s  not  good  deacuse   if you   get  rele  hort  the  blad  insid  you  will  blad  iawt  sid  and  will diy.  If  you  get  puch  in the  fas  you  will  diy .


Kendell 1st Guided writing


What are the best  shoes for   walking in  summer, jandals or sneakers?


Both sneakers and  Jandals  Are All   right     foot wear.  there  are  good  and bad  aspects  to both of these Types  of  foot   wear.  I will discuss the pros and cons of  wearing either jandals or sneakers.


Primarily jandals are  Great  For  Walking  on  The   beach  because  they Can  Get  wet and  they  don't trap  sand in them.  Furthermore jandals are good for using in muddy puddles because they can be cleaned easily.  However jandals are not great  for  running  in and  hold  because When your  walking you can slip because they only have 2 straps to hold you feet in and they are soft and rubbery.


Primarily Sneakers are good for running in or when you have sports Because… In addition sneakers are Good For Walking in because sneakere have laces and hold your foot in properly.  However Sneakers are Not good On The  beach  because They Get Soaking Wet and the sand get s stuck in them and rubs your feet and makes cuts.


In conclusion jandals are a better shoe to wear at the beach then sneakers because its ok if they can get wet and you just rinse the sand out   You can get them on and off really easy too. Sneakers get wet and are uncomfortable when the sand rubs on your skin.  But sneakers protect your feet and are good for sports becasue they hold you feet in good and have strong soles.


Kendell 1st post writing (independent)


What’s The best pets, cats or dog?


People all over the world have cats and dogs as pets.  Some people like Cats more and some people  like Dog.  I will discuss.  The pros and cons of having a cat or dog as a pet.


Primarily Cats are good at catching mice because if you have food in your  cupboards the mice will eat it but if you have cats its good so mice will not be around to eat it.  Furthermore cats are    good  at  climbing trees because they have cloers to spike in trees. so they can sit up there with you if you clib trees.  However ...


Primarily dog are good at boeing kman's from it ona. In addition dogs can become Haner because by practicing and Hunting ...and they get better and  Better at it.  Although some dogs are not good pets because they bitt people usually on the ami and it can be serious.

In conclusion dog are not good because they are probably going to bitt people on the ami. But I think Dogs are good because they  can be trained to be a good Dog. Cats are good at killing rats and mice because they have shape claws.  So you won’t have them running around your house.  

Zac's Writing - Discussion

In Term 1 we were learning how to craft a discussion about the pros and cons of two ideas.
We used a template to help us organise and write our ideas.
We worked on smaller parts each day then at the end we took our writing out of the boxes and WOW! We were amazed by what we had written.
We had to have 1 topic idea per paragraph; state if it was a pro or con; join ideas with and OR so; and explain our point using 'because'.
Here is Zac and Kendell's work comparing to their asttle at the start of the year.
Zac


Asttle writing start of year - (Independent)




First guided writing


What are the best shoes to wear in summer, Jandals or Sneakers?


Both sneakers and jandals are alright footwear. There are good and bad thing to both of these types of footwear. I will discuss the pro’s and con’s of wearing either of these shoes in summer.


Primarily jandals are great  at the beach because you can get your feet wet and don’t trap sand.  Furthermore jandals are easy to get on because they do not have laces.  However jandals are horrible for tramping because they will fall off because they only have two straps.


Primarily Sneakers are good for running in because they have good grip for if you slip.  In addition Sneakers are good for stopping snubbed toes because they fully protect your feet.   However sneakers are horrible for wearing at the beach because they fill up with sand and it is hard to get it out.


In conclusion sneakers are good for tramping in because they have good grip and support, and jandals are great for at the beach because you can get your feet wet and they don’t trap sand and they are easy to get on.

First independent writing (still finishing)


What’s best pet, cats or dog?


People all over the world have cats and dogs as pets. Some people like cats and some people like dogs.  I will discuss the pros and cons of having a cat or a dog.


Primarily cats are good because they are snuggly and they are great to sleep with.  Furthermore cats are great because they are very little, and cats can climb trees. However cats can be terrible pets because they spray all over the hals and it sticks


Primarily dogs are gaet because if you throw a stick the dog cod go and get it and bring it back. In addition dogs are great because they listen to you if you train them well.  Although dogs can be terbil pets because they sticking so

In conclusion cats are good pets to have  because they are little and snuggly. Dogs are great because they follow you.

Global day of design: A home for superheros : )

I was learning about Design process, creating to a brief and creating from a design.

I chose to create a Hidden retreat for Superheroes. 

I followed my design exactly and didn't find I had to make any changes.


Jess B



My School Minecraft Rollercoaster Activity

I was learning about Design process, creating to a brief and creating from a design.

I chose to create the Ultimate Rollercoaster.  It's a bit of a trick ending because the cart returns the way it came and I have some really tight turns.  The G-force may be slightly heavy there.

I will add a copy of my design for you to compare.  Mine was like Kurt's and our older computers wouldn't do screencastify or some other options we tried out so we videoed it normally.

Wil





My rollercoaster created in Minecraft

I was learning about Design process, creating to a brief and creating from a design.

I chose to create the Ultimate Rollercoaster.



I will add a copy of my design for you to compare.  I think my track worked out the way I pictured it in my mind and when I drew it out. Our older computers wouldn't do screencastify or some other options we tried so we just videoed it the old school way.

Kurt



Our Global Day of Design #GDD17

GLOBAL DAY OF DESIGN 💭


This year we took part in the Global Day of Design on the 2nd of May.
We tried out some design challenges from John Spencer's youtube channel.  We focused on creative designs that would still fit the brief and were detailed enough for others to understand our ideas.

Because we're in New Zealand we got to the 2nd of May a bit before some of the other countries/schools who took part.  This meant we had a bit of extra time which we used to bring our ideas to 'life' following as exactly as we could to our design.  We had to share how our design fitted the brief and how our creation matched our design.

Sometimes we noticed that one of our design ideas wouldn't work out in reality and we had to make changes.

Check out some of our photos here https://goo.gl/photos/d5UaPqJxWczcwZVf8
Keep an eye out for some of our videos too.

A Visual Mihi

We are crafting visual concepts about ourselves this term.  Sammie began with a Visual Mihi.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017