Thursday, 17 August 2017

Run, run as fast as you can you can't catch me ..........

This week Rimu 5 have been story tellers.  We have focused our writing on the story of the Gingerbread Man.  For a story to make sense it needs to be sequenced and have a beginning, middle and end.  We have also been practicing recrafting our writing to make sure our sentences make sense and have punctuation.
Next week we are going to learn how to write instructions and learn about imperative verbs, instructional verbs.
Today we made some gingerbread men of our own.  We had to follow a set of instructions to make the dough.
Here are some pictures of us making them.  Our gingerbread men were well behaved as none of them ran away!!!

Cultural visit

Today we were very lucky to have a special visitor from France come into Rimu 5 to share about the French culture.  Clemont, is an au pair living in the Papakowhai area at the moment.
Clemont talked about the special foods of France, how they celebrate Christmas and birthdays, some traditions, important buildings in France and spoke a little of the language. 
The Eiffel Tower is a model Anae made.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Wow Rimu 5!  You were taking such great responsibility after morning tea today.  You came back and settled to either QQR or finishing your writing.  You didn't need to be asked to do this either, you just knew what to do.  Fantastic work for taking on board what you need to do to help yourselves with your learning.  Great growth mindset.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Pacifica Artwork

We have been learning about warm and cool colours.  By using them next to each other they make the colours 'pop' out.
We have used the Pacific tapa cloth as our design idea then used warm and cool coloured oil pastels.  We have almost finished them.  They will go up in our classroom soon.
Supporting each other using the petal template

Blending the warm and cool colours

(Tapa cloth (or simply tapa) is a barkcloth made in the islands of the Pacific Ocean, primarily in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji, but as far afield as Niue, Cook Islands, Futuna, Solomon Islands, Java, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea (particularly in Oro Province around Tufi) and Hawaii (where it is called kapa).)

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Ice balls

Today we had a hands on oral language lesson to help us with our writing. We did some exploring with large balls of ice, salt and dye.  We used our senses to talk about the ice.  When the ball of ice was taken out of the balloon you could see patterns on the inside of the ball.  It went from sticky, to slipper after we had touched it.  Before we added the salt to the ice we made predictions about what might happen.  We sprinkled the salt on the top and watched.  The salt dissolved into the ice making it melt.  The melted ice then ran down the side of the ice balls making crevices.  So we could see the impact the salt had made on the ice, we added dye. 
Check out the pictures.

Kiran watching closely as the salt melts the ice.

Salt craters created and crevices forming.

Adding the dye.

Our observations