Thursday, 15 August 2019

Year 6 Chisnallwood Taster Day

On Wednesday the Year 6's from our school went to Chisnallwood Intermediate School for a Taster Day. A taster day is when you visit a new school and experience what they have to offer. There were two other schools there, Linwood Ave. and St. James and we all took turns rotating around to different classes.

First, our group listened to Chisnallwood's many different music groups and the other schools rotated to different classrooms. There was a jazz band, choir, orchestra, a rock band, an Irish band and many unique instruments. Our favourite instruments were the violins, saxophones, the cello and the bass.

Next, we had a sausage sizzle for lunch which also included, juice boxes, chips and fruit. After lunch we were split into eight different groups. Each of the groups went to various classes and experienced interesting activities. Some of the classrooms included: ICT, art, woodwork, sport, and a science lab. Those of us in the ICT class learned coding, robotics and learnt binary code. In the woodwork shop we made keychains and had to use drills and a heating gun.

Some of our highlights from this trip were: learning to use a drill for the first time and hearing different instruments we hadn't heard before. We're all very excited (but still a little nervous) about going to intermediate next year!

*This blog was written collaboratively with help from Jaelah, Jaide, Candice and Holden.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Storytelling Science

This term we've been learning about water through our story, Wondrous Water. We've also been conducting science experiments with water based on what we're learning.

First we started our science experiment with some jars that were filled with dye coloured water and some that were empty. Next, Ms. Van Hart placed rolled up paper towels connecting each jar to the one beside it. Then we wrote our observations of the experiment so far and what we thought would happen next. After that, we waited patiently to see what occurred overnight. We were so excited at the end of the day to see that the coloured dye had transferred from one jar to the next through the paper towels, just a like a train travelling on the train tracks. The blue and yellow dye mixed together in the middle jar to make an aqua colour.

We learned about using science vocabulary to describe what we see. Our highlight was taking part in a science experiment was fun! Our challenge was knowing what important observations to write down and what to leave out.

This blog post was written collaboratively and enthusiastically with a small group of Koru 3 students including, Alyesha, Niko, Emma and Darius.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

End of Term 2 - Celebrating Matariki

Celebrating Matariki

At the end of this term we celebrated Matariki in many different ways. One way was to plan a Matariki breakfast. We started by choosing five food items that we would choose for breakfast items. We had to plan to cook for 10-20 people and our budget was $30 or less. After we made our list of items, we thought about the quantity we would need. Next we went onto the Countdown online shopping site (which was linked in a post in our Google Classroom) to research the cost of our food items. We used the research we found to decide if our original list fit with our budget or if we needed to adjust it. It was hard to make some decisions based on the price and what we wanted to cook.

At the end to celebrate we had a real Matariki brunch! We had pikelets with cinnamon brown sugar, icing sugar and lemon and a berry sauce. Emma even brought in some lollies too. We thought it was delicious, especially the sweetness of the sugar and the sourness of the berries.

These are some of our other highlights from Term 2:
Making stop motion videos
Going to the morning program
Getting to make clay and art
Personal Reading Time and reading our Class Novel
Matariki art colouring in, using a spirograph to make stars and poi
Spending time together as a class

Stay tuned for more news from Koru 3  in Term 3!

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Personification Writing

In Koru 3 we have been working on personification writing. We have chosen every objects in the classroom that we are bringing to life, like a keyboard, door or chair. The first task was to choose an object and take a photo of it on our iPads. Next, we edited our photos to make it look like a human face and give it personality. After that we had to brainstorm ideas for our character and what descriptive language we would use to describe them. We chose between creating an interview of our character or a moment in time. When we finished our writing we were able to go onto Chatterpix and create a voice for our character. This part was so much fun getting to act as our object and be a bit silly. In our writing we worked on using descriptive language to give the audience an idea of our character's personality. Next week we'll be publishing our writing and some of us might even make our stories into iMovie trailers!

*This blog was written collaboratively with all students in Koru 3.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Family Reporting Night

During our exhibition night in Koru 3 we took on leadership roles by showing our families around our classroom. The week before we prepared by making a list of our classwork and items we wanted to share with our families. Then we practiced by role-playing with a buddy. We showed them our work, what we are passionate about and most interested in. Some of our favourite things in our classroom that we shared were: Taco/Sombrero/Chili of the Week awards, our Curiosity Kete and Box of Gratitude, our pepeha and our maths equations and other work on the walls. We liked showing our families around because we got to show off what we've been doing all year. Harriet shared that she and her family had fun and shared lots of laughter during exhibition night.

*This blog was written collaboratively by Harriet, Felicity, Jaide and Ms. Van Hart.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Cross Country 2019

Today was an incredible day because we participated in the Bromley School cross country. The course we ran was inside the Cypress Gardens around the large trees and cones. Some people who weren't running cheered the runners on and helped with setting up the course.

It was fun but also challenging because of the distance we had to run. There were family members, teachers, school staff, friends and other loved ones cheering the runners on. The people who were there cheered for everybody, even runners they didn't know. Hearing our family and friends cheer us on felt amazing and made us want to run even faster. What was so amazing about the day was that everyone gave it their best and gave running a go.

We can't wait for the next cross country day!

*This blog was written collaboratively by Koru 3.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Storytelling Term 2

This term we have started a new story for storytelling called The Fairy Godmother's Day Off. So far  we've heard the story for the first time, collaboratively made a story map and worked on our individual story maps. Jaelen said that we've been practicing learning each part of the story by utilising our story maps to to guide us in re-telling. The story maps also help us to learn the general plot structure of any story.

Darius said storytelling is fun because we get to draw our map and it' an exciting part of our classroom day-to-day. The activities we take part in get us up and moving around and are a great way to start our literacy and mornings.

Re-telling the story at home is fun and gives us a chance to practice with our whaānau!

Year 6 Chisnallwood Taster Day

On Wednesday the Year 6's from our school went to Chisnallwood Intermediate School for a Taster Day. A taster day is when you visit a ne...