Thursday, 16 August 2018
Tamsin came to school to share some of her poems with us. She performed her poems with expression, gestures and even a few costumes and props.
I hope that her visit was inspiration for the children as they practice their poems for next month's Poem Recital.
Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Thursday, 26 July 2018
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Thursday, 21 June 2018
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Have you ever seen a geodesic dome? Geodesic domes are approximately sphere-like structures made up of interconnected triangles. A famous geodesic dome is Spaceship Earth at EPCOT in Walt Disney World, Florida, but geodesic domes are also commonly found as climbing domes at playgrounds.
Saturday, 16 June 2018
6.6.18 Bouncy Ball Experiment
This afternoon we tried an experiment. We were trying to make a beautiful bouncy ball but unfortunately it didn’t turn out how it was supposed to.
We followed the instructions however the mixture did not form into a ball shape, it was incredibly mushy and all of the colours mixed together. Whilst rinsing out the bowls and cups, we noticed that there were still a lot of Borax crystals at the bottom of the cup.
Putting on our thinking caps, we decided that next time, we should use hot water and see if that helps.
7.6.18 Attempt number 2
With hope in our hearts we had another try at making bouncy balls. We made a couple of changes to our recipe. First we only put a couple of drops of food colouring into the container, hoping that it would make the mixture less runny. Secondly we used hot water instead of warm water to make the Borax crystals dissolve completely.
Success! Well, kind of.
We managed to make a ball with two colours, it seemed so perfect. Until we left it on the table and it started to lose its shape, like a slowly melting snow man.
Miss Lorenz asked a couple of the other teachers who had done this experiment before us and they said that theirs was definitely more solid than ours. What are we doing differently?
8.6.18 Third and final(?) attempt
Miss Lorenz had a thought. Perhaps we didn’t succeed because we used different PVA glue to the last time? She went to the 1,2,3 Mart next to Countdown in Lynfield and bought some cheap white glue.
In class, we all had a third go at making a bouncy ball. Other than the PVA glue, we didn’t change anything else.
Miss Lorenz had to split the balls into quarters so that everyone in the group got a piece to take home. The balls were quite bouncy compared to the first tries. Some of the balls went flat once they had been taken home. We don’t quite know why.
Most of the balls could have been better, so we will try again at home if our parents let us.
Thursday, 7 June 2018
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Saturday, 12 May 2018
May the 7th-13th was New Zealand Sign Language Week. Room 13 had been practicing the National Anthem all week and were able to show their skills in the whole school assembly on Friday.
Below is the link to the YouTube video on how to do the National Anthem. Have a go!
Friday, 4 May 2018
Thursday, 12 April 2018
Monday, 9 April 2018
The children enjoyed having their family with them today as they demonstrated their recent learning on Waiata. A huge, massive, gigantic thank you to all those who came along and participated alongside the children.