We had a surprise visit from Sterling aka Mr Science on Tuesday. He spend about 20 minutes with showing us some very cool and hot science experiments.
My mind was fizzing. Totara was watching a science show. "Do you want me to set your teacher on fire?" asked Sterling. Everyone cheered as Mr Science told Ms Hickmer to dip her hand into some bubbles. She held her hand out flat and Sterling lit the bubbles, which flickered with bright orange flames. Chantelle M.
The tin led went BOOM, because of the liquid gas that Mr Science had put inside it. The flames lit Ms Hickmer's hand on fire, but the bubbles stopped the fire from hurting her. Holly W.
Firstly some gas exploded into fire with a BANG. Next Ms Hickmer went up and got her hand set on fire. Luckily it was safe. Some students were also brave enough to get set on fire. Finally, after the last flame went out it was over. Jacob H.
I took my shoes off and went into the Library to see science stuff sitting on the table. Mr van Dam introduced Mr Science to us. The first cool thing he did was called Pop Can. It was so cool. Then Mrs Hickmer went up to the table so she could scoop up some bubbles and then Mr Science put the bubbles on fire. It was so cool. Then he had to leave so we said thank you. Brooke C.
We started with a school wheelie bin. We fill two of these a week. Our first step was to empty the bin onto the tarp. Then we sorted the rubbish into four groups.
Bottom left- paper. Top left- food scraps. Top right- snack wrappers/ packets. Bottom right- soft plastic.
As a group we decided that only the top right corner pile of wrappers and packets needed to go into the rubbish bin. So 3/4 of the waste could be disposed of in other ways. We were surprised by the amount of paper as each class has a recycling bin for paper.
Our next step is to come up with new systems to collect and dispose of the 3/4s of this waste in a more sustainable way. Then we will look at how we can reduce the amount of packaging we produce.
We started the week watching a 20/20 current events programme on the Selwyn River. This term we have been inquiring about water and the impact that people have on it. It was really interesting for the children to see that even though New Zealand has a lot of fresh water compared to other countries we still have to be careful with how we use it.
I took these photos of our school children at play while on duty on Monday.
On Friday Mr Thomson spoke to us about his experience in the New Zealand Navy, helping the people of Tuvalu with gathering and storing fresh water. It was interesting to hear about making fresh water from sea water and also about the biggest waves he has been in on a war ship.
Get New Zealand Writing has been keeping us busy for the past few weeks. We have surveyed the class to see who could wiggle their ears and roll their tongues. We have written metaphor poems for our postcards. We have drawn a map of the school, discussed the best place at school and loads of other things. Now we have published our work on this poster and sent it to Bromley School in Christchurch. We opened their parcel today to see their poster and post cards, so we can read all about them.
Taniwha and Maori View of Water.
Kila Haitana visited us on Monday to talk to Totara Syndicate about Taniwha and the Maori view of water. We learnt that Taniwha are protectors of people and usually had a special power, like making earthquakes or big waves!
We also won the E Award for this week. Here we are looking a little excited.
Welcome to the first project based homework project for 2017!
Watch the videos above, then choose 4 of the tasks listed to complete by the end of week 10 of Term 1.
Write a report on how they cooperated and helped the one in trouble - each video. Present this digitally or written in your homework scrapbook.
Develop a storyboard for an issue that requires teamwork to solve it. Present this digitally or hand drawn in your homework scrapbook.
Create a commentary for 3 of the videos. Present this either in audio format (screencastify for example) or written format in your homework scrapbook.
Imagine you are a film critic, review each of the videos to give a number of stars (out of 5) based on the teamwork shown. Justify your review with reasons about the teamwork. Present this either in video format or in written format in your homework scrapbook.
Choose one of the clips below and draw a diagram of how you would show your group the “plan” incase this situation occurred. Then create a plan for a second situation that might happen to the same group. Present this digitally or drawn in your homework scrapbook.
Penguins (on the ice)
Write a critical reflection of the lessons about teamwork from the videos, and how you could apply the lessons at school. Present this digitally or in your homework scrapbook.
Define teamwork, and explain why you think it is an important skill to learn in education, and for your futures. Present this digitally or in your homework scrapbook.
It has been so wet this week that Swimming Sports was postponed and one of our class members had to rescue her horse from its flooded paddock.
We did manage before it really started to rain, to go for a swim as a syndicate on Tuesday to practice our races.
It stopped raining long enough on Friday for us to quickly jump in the pool and do some lengths!
Here's an action shot of independent learning!
One of our tasks this week was to survey the class to see who could cross their eyes, roll their tongue, wiggle their ears and lick their elbow. We found out that most people could roll tongues and cross eyes, but only a few could lick elbows or wiggle ears. Mr van Dam took some photos but he decided that they would be too scary to post here.
Joseph: First thing on Monday morning we were shown our new timetables on our Google Docs. So cool! We can choose things that we want to do and when we do them.
Peter: On Tuesday we started our water inquiry by testing water samples for PH, smell, hardness and to see if it contained particles. I thought that town supply water smells like chlorine. We also decided if any of the samples were safe to drink.
Liam M: On Wednesday we watched videos about water. One was kind of upsetting about how people in Africa don't have clean safe water. Also, every 20 seconds a person dies from a water related illness.
Chantelle: Lucia, Claire and I made ANZAC biscuits for the class. They were a bit crumbly but really yummy.
Then at assembly this morning Room 1 received the Mathletics award for the highest overall points for the fortnight. Well done us!
So week 4 has contained a lot of amazing learning experiences.