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.
Written by Rajveer and Augustine
On Friday we had a Character Book Parade to celebrate Book Week. On book week parade you get to dress up as a book character of your choice and then parade around the courts with your class to a song.
First it started off with Year 1 and then it went all the way up to Year 6. After the Year 6 students paraded there was a teacher's parade.
Mrs Nicholson and Mrs Morris were the bubble twins, Miss Hills and Whaea Tania were Thing 1 and Thing 2, Mrs M was Alice in wonderland. Mrs McKeown was Little Red Riding Hood, Mrs Taylor and Whaea Jane were tigger and pooh bear from winnie the pooh. Mrs Gaudion was Cat in the Hat because she loves cats! Mrs Purcell was Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. Mrs Bertinshaw was Pippi Longstockings and Mrs Bain was a pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean!
A special thank you to to Miss B and Mrs Dyer for organising the parade and also for organising all of the fantastic events to celebrate Book Week at Katikati Primary School!
Last week we have the Scholastic Book Fair at school as part of a fundraiser for our school. To celebrate the Book Fair and Book Week we had some great things happening around the school.
During Morning Tea and Lunch breaks teachers read to the students. Here is Miss Lee telling one of her famous 'Scary Stories!'
We were also lucky enough to have local author Kinsa Hays visit us and talk about the things we need to do to become a published author.
Students were also able to participate in some competitions during the week. There was a competition to design a new book cover for your favourite book and make a bookmark. Congratulations to Sasha from Matakana Pod for winning the bookmark competition and Liam from Kaimai Pod for winning the book cover competition.
This week, Rereke Pod have been doing a first aid course. They have learnt how to treat a blood nose and a cut arm or leg. They learnt how to put a sling on and a bandaid.
Rereke Pod was also on assembly last week. They performed a song called my pet rock, to the tune of Baby Shark. They changed up the words of baby shark and made the words my pet rock. The kids also wrote about their pet rock that they drew on paper then they published their writing along with a picture of their pet rock.