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!

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Diving Deeper Term 2

During our morning block on Wednesday, we went to the library to take part in the Diving Deeper program with Mrs. Nicholls. This blog post was written collaboratively with the help of Koru 3 students, especially Emma and Shyanne.

One activity we participated in was sketching a shoe. We used the soft pencils and charcoal to add shading and detail to our art. At first we found it easy to sketch on the paper. However, when we tried to sketch on the iPad app Sketch Schools, we found it quite challenging. When using our fingers on the iPad you don't how the drawing will turn out and we find this tricky.

The second activity we did was using a microscope tool on the camera of our iPads. First we had to hold the iPad firmly and slide it onto the microscope. Next we had to check that the tool was on properly and matched with our camera. After that we went outside to find plants, buildings or anything we wanted to take a close picture of. First we took photos up close with the microscope and then we took more pictures of the same item, getting further away each time. Finally, using the photos we took, we painted with as much detail as possible. Some of us found it challenging to paint our picture with the same detail and observation of the microscope. A highlight was being able to use different paints, including black and white to create different shades and colours.

We can't wait to go back for our next session of Diving Deeper!

Athletics Day Term 4

Yesterday we had Athletics Day at school and students split into their hapū groups for the day. Students were decked out in the hapū colours...