Recently, Kaimai Pod has been learning about Matariki and some of the different legends that describe Matariki.
Kaimai Pod had also been doing entertaining songs about maths, such as their three times tables as well as their four times tables. Many students in Kaimai Pod have been using Maths Whizz to improve their learning. Some students have also been using hit the button to work on their times tables and dividing.
In literacy, Rooms 27 and 26 have been using Read Theory to improve their reading and knowledge. We have asked a couple students from Kaimai pod about how they think reading can improve their writing. Alexis explains, “ By reading you can learn new words and it can feed your brain with grammar in your writing.” Another classmate, Samuel said, “ I think that reading can improve my writing by giving me a more interesting vocabulary for my writing and can give me a bigger imagination to make my ideas for my writing more interesting.“
Kaimai has also been doing alot of fantastic art! There are optical illusions, cell phones that describe their hobbies, wings with individual feathers and more.
Written by School Reporter Devon and with help from Zoe.
This week, year six students will be participated in cycle safety! On Monday 17th June all participants brought in their bikes (or borrowed one!)
In Cycle Safety, you can’t ride on the road until you learn the main routine. Before you signal you have look, lean your bike and hop on. Then you signal, look and start to ride.
Cycle Safety originated from a lady, Iris Thomas. Her son had been badly injured on a bike ending with brain damage. After this she decided to create a system called “ Cycle Safety “ to teach kids how to stay safe on a bike and to ride on the road without any problems.
Room 20 have been doing a lot of art, this year. For example: dot art. For this, they simply draw a outline of their self-portrait and then colour it in using dots of colourful paint!
This class has also been making funny skits while completing activities for Chapter Chat. These fun tasks based off of a class book named “ Fish in a tree.“ One of the activities was that they would have to attempt to draw what characters / items the book was describing as they read it. There was also an option to create a “ Don’t bully “ Poster.
In maths, they use “ Math Whizz “ to help improve their learning!
In literacy they read school journals including activities for literacy.
Room 20 have also have been doing a recipe for pollution. For this, they are turning rubbish into art!
Zentangle, a colourless image, is created of many, many patterns and designs. Now, this was amazing!
Great job on all of what you have completed this term / year!
By Coby T and Zoe W
For the past term Room 16 have been learning about Anzac day. First we made Anzac biscuits. We learnt that the soldiers got sent Anzac biscuits from their family and friends because they were made without eggs so they wouldn’t go off.The biscuits we made turned out great and we took them home to eat.
The next thing we did for Anzac day was collect information from books in order to make posters with the information. We learnt about Anzac poppies, symbols and some interesting facts like 81,700 French and British soldiers died but German losses were far greater with 220,00 men killed in action. Did you know that the acronym for Anzac is Australia New Zealand Army Corp?
For our mosaic art Miss Taylor printed out some pictures which were on the mural like oranges, pukeko, blue duck, kereru and tui. We picked one of the pictures and started to rip up pieces of magazines to get the colours that we needed. We had to try and get the pieces as small as we could. Next we glued the pieces together to make our mosaic art.
It is called koru art because we had to do the whole thing based on koru patterns. First we planned our design on a white sheet of paper and once we showed it to the teacher for approval she gave us a back sheet of paper. We were only allowed to use light coloured pastels otherwise it wouldn’t show up on the black piece of paper.
Written by Anthea and Kyla
For our artwork this Term we have done some drawings and patterns to resemble nouns such as: Chickens, capes, calendar art, with hearts (because of the shooting in christchurch), ducks, tuis, and other native birds.
For our inquiry we have been investigating our school mural. We have been making claims, asking questions, using supporting evidence, refuting evidence and building on our ideas.
For writing we have been splitting into green writers, orange writers and blue writers. We go to different workshops based on our colours. We have been writing descriptive sentences. At the start of the term we also wrote bio poems.
For maths we have been learning about place value, tidy numbers, and partitioning. Our class is very happy that the new update for Maths Whizz is here!
Written by Angel, Francesca and Nicole
We have had a busy term, filled with lots of learning.
For Sea Week we created some Under the Sea writing and art work. We started our Under the Sea art by painting a small white circle in the top half of the page. We then started adding blue to the outside of the circle. The blue got darker and darker, the further away we got. We cut out a black border and stuck this onto our painting. We then cut out sea creature silhouettes and glued these on. The final touch was to add some glitter. We wrote a description based upon what it would be like to be under the sea and published this on the back of our artwork.
For our Safari Art we were focusing on blending colours. We wanted to make a safari sunset for our background. We started with a light white/yellow colour at the bottom and gradually got darker. We wrote created 'What am I?' haiku poems and published these on a silhouette of our animal. We then cut out our animal silhouette and added some extra features such as trees and birds.
We are lucky to have Room 14 as our buddy class this year. We always start our buddy class with buddy reading and singing. We then do some other fun things with our buddies. We have been on a nature scavenger hunt, created some creatures by rolling a dice and went on an easter egg hunt.
During Inquiry we have been researching about different countries. We have been researching the geography, landmarks, traditions and food of our country. After we have finished our research we are going to present it as a Google Drive Slide, poster or a booklet.
Room 20 have been working on a pilot programme with Kate Loman-Smith and the Katikati Museum. We have been learning about water care, in particular the Uretara Stream. On Wednesday 10th of April we went on a field trip to the Uretara Stream. We monitored the water clarity, water temperature, air temperature and sorted a sample of water bugs into sensitive,moderate and tolerant categories to assess the stream health. We learnt that the number and type of bugs in our stream changes in response to pollution.
Written by Abby and Devon
Kaimai have been doing art lately, they created feathers for their wings treaty. Each feather is unique, like the students in Kauri Class.
They also have been doing recipes about themselves. They have used adjectives to describe themselves.
Students also created some selfie art. They had to draw things that represent themselves. They are so colourful and bright.
They have also been on devices for learning. (e.g math whizz, read theory and google drive.) They have been using google drive for publishing writing, math whizz to improve their math skills and read theory to improve their reading skills.
Well done Kaimai Pod, you have achieved a lot this term.
Written by Anthea and Kyla
On Wednesday 8th March the Year 5 & 6 students had their Swimming Sports.
We had Swimming Sports to get house points and also to find the students who would go through to represent our school at Northern Clusters.
We sat on the bank until it came time for our race. The competitive swimmers went first. Some of the competitive races were 1 and 3 lengths freestyle, breastroke, backstroke and medley.
After the competitive swimmers had finished their races we all had a free swim as it was such a hot day! Then we had some non-competitive, fun width races. Some of these were running, cartwheeling and dolphin diving. We also had a house relay which Mulgan won.
We had a bake sale, sold juices and had a sausage sizzle in order to raise money for our camp later in the year.
A huge thank you to Christine, our sports coordinator, and all the volunteers who made our Swimming Sports possible.
Written by Abby O and Devon D
On Friday 22nd February the Year 5 and 6 students had an interclass water challenge day.
The Senior School got split into their house groups and we did different water based activities.
One of the activities was a soggy pant relay where you dip wet pants into soapy water, put them on and run across tarpaulin to reach your team on the other side.
Another activity was the playground challenge. Students had to fill up a small bucket with water using a spade and then go across half of the playground without dropping or spilling it.
Some of the other challenges were a sponge relay, ping pong shooting slide, a noodle challenge in the pool and a holey bucket obstacle.
Even though the was some drizzile we still had a fun day. Thank you teachers.