This week Rooms 21 and 22 have been working very hard on maths, reading and literacy. They are focused and good listeners. They should be very proud of themselves.
The children in Room 21 have fractions stuck in their heads and you don’t want to challenge them! Room 22 has been doing long and short division. They have also been doing some maths games that are pretty hard.
For reading, Room 21 has been doing Lapland research, and other activities on their book, Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights. In Room 22 they have been doing activities on the book Wonder and on David Walliams.
Both rooms have been learning about gravity, heat and energy as part of their physical world Inquiry topic!
By School Reporters Ruby and Mia
This week we had the bug man come to Katikati Primary School and four lucky children from each class got to go see him. He was talking about lots of different bugs including cicadas, baby cicadas, millipedes, centipedes and beetles. He said that if we didn't have bugs we would not have fantails. The Bug Man is crazy because he was in the newspaper holding a glottic tarantula spider!
By School Reporters Lenny and Xavier
Today we had Agricultural Day with all of the year groups and animals: Pluto, Rosey, Venes and Splash. The goat was called Lasen and the Cross was called Patches. All the lambs were fluffy, soft and very, very cute. The owners were proud of themselves when they won the awards and they had big smiles on their faces when they called their names. In the end everyone was a winner!
By School Reporters Ruby, Mia and Ava
There were lots of activities taking place across all classrooms last week in celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Maori. Here is a selection!
Rooms 26 and 27 have been creating Maori chatterboxes. In Room 21 they drew their dream houses and labelled the rooms Te Reo, as well as writing Maori versions of myths and legends from around the world. Room 18 created Maori patterns and Room 17 did some cool Maori bookmarks.
Room 25 made some delicious hangi with Rooms 23 and 24. In Room 24 the boys made a game and the girls made pois - we had a hard time taking the photo of the girls with their pois! Room 23 made amazing Maori mountains.
Room 13 made a puzzle game where you get a picture of a stationery and put its Maori name beside it. Room 11 coloured some Maori suns. Room 9 and Room 2 drew and coloured some magnificent taniwha. Room 4 made pretty cool hanging moons and Room 1 made some clay spirals.
By School Reporters Grayson and Chenoa
On Wednesday 2nd September Room 17 were making little houses made out of cob. The ingredients were 2 cups of dirt and 1 cup of sand, then they put the mixture into a container. But before they made the houses they had to put tiny bits of chopped up hay in, then they poured small bits of water at a time until they had made the perfect substance. Then they made squares or brick shapes and let them dry. While they dried Vanch, Brody and Bradon told us how to make doors for their houses. To make the doors you need paint cardboard and wood. When their houses dried they put wet newspaper on. After all of the hard work, they put roofs on! They looked so cool!
By School Reporters Tresna & Madison
Room 26 has been doing lots of nitro type and other things on devices like Maths Whizz and working on Google Drive. They have also been doing story writing. They have created some amazing artwork like cold and hot hearts and some snowy mountains with sunset skies.
By School Reporters Lenny and Xavier.
In Maths, Rooms 21 and 22 have been learning about bar and line graphs and using them to show weather data.
In Art, Room 21 have been creating Picasso portraits.
Both classes have been studying about what makes a healthy river and are learning about the Longfin Eel/Tuna. They are learning about their food and habitats and they have made information posters.
By School Reporters Elsa and Gail
For writing, Room 18 have been writing about how it would feel to be the Hulk and they drew amazing pictures of the Incredible Hulk. It was so cool to see!
On the day we visited, Mrs Townsend was teaching and they were doing graffiti art. They wrote their names and then made them 3D looking and finally added colour.
In maths they have been looking at graphs and they said it has been tricky!
By School Reporters Xavier and Lenny
On Tuesday we went to the Uretara Stream as part of our unit about Sustainability. We learnt about the water quality of the stream and what insects, critters and other living things live in and around the stream. We found out the water temperature was 21.5 degrees by measuring it with an air temperature. Kate, our wonderful instructor told us that the temperature was quite warm for the animals that lived in the stream. We also tested the PH levels of the stream and found out that it was 6.5. Which means the stream is close to perfect as we would ideally like to see a level of 7. We found lots of bugs around the stream. We found out they need lots of hanging plants to survive. We therefore began to have an understanding of why planting plants around our waterways is so important. Our trip was very fun and informative.
By Room 22.
Lately Matakana Pod have been to the museum and doing art about birds like the Tui, Fantail, Dove, Blackbird, Pukeko and lots more. On the art they wrote the name of the bird, a picture of the bird, 5 key facts, the habitat and distinctive features.
Matakana Pod have also been tracing around their hands and doing pretty patterns on them. They all are so different and amazing! Great job Matakana Pod!!!!
By School Reporters Nylah and Ruby.