Friday, 30 June 2017

Artifacts from families in our class have really enhanced our research - thank you!!

A pocket watch from the Trembath Family set the tone for the children to collect their own artifacts from home. There is a story behind every object.

Max has collected many cultural artifacts from his Dad's family from The Nederlands. The colours and patterns used on these things was very traditional.

Diamon has brought in an Irish Whistle and his Family Tree to share - it was so interesting to sketch - a big thank you to his Nanny!

Karol has shared her Chinese family photographs. 

Thank you to all the family members who have copied, telephoned, emailed and even skyped their relatives to enable the children to interview and ask for information!

Jack has a very interesting story behind this statue about his Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather inventing the life jacket (I hope I have the greats right Jack!)

Erin has recently moved here from South Africa and shared a beautiful beaded giraffe statue and a pretty photo of her Mum!


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Patterns in culture

Hello Terrific 20's whanau and friends
We are beginning our Inquiry into Many Cultures - One land.

I know the children have been researching their families with the Interview Questions they brought home Monday Last Week! They are due by this Friday so that we can begin to use this research in our Inquiry into our own culture. Thank you for helping us in our research.

For Maths this week we will be exploring the patterns that are distinct to different cultures. If you have any examples of these in your home can you please lend them to us for a day? As an example they could be a tablecloth, bowl, scarf, gameboard, picture, tile, tapa cloth, sarong. Please talk about the pattern and write a little description so that your child can read or talk about it with us all. Or if you prefer we would love it if you came into school and described it to us!

We will be learning about patterning, direction, geometry, scale, area, perimeter, rotation, symbolism, making templates and drawing, 

Kia Ora 
Mrs T

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Scooter Safety at Sunnyhills!

Marianne from Auckland Transport talks to us about what we need to wear to keep ourselves safe - a helmet and closed in shoes.

We rode our scooters carefully - in and out of the cones - gliding and using the brake with one foot.

Great stopping for pedestrian crossings and driveways too. We also practiced emergency stops for when we suddenly see a car or a pedestrian coming our way - jump off with 2 feet onto the footpath or grass beside us.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Beautiful umbrellas to brighten up those rainy days - who is hiding under there?

Persuasive Writing - Is it better to wear a raincoat or carry an umbrella - a very lively debate opens up!

So what do you think? 
we all had a great brainstorm - you can see one group's below - 
and took one side to debate

set our arguments out on a plan
read for yourselves 
what we think

can we convince you?

We felt like it has been raining Cats and Dogs so we wrote some great verb adverb lines!

Collecting verbs and matching adverbs...

May the Fourth be with you!

Earlier this month Mrs Trembath surprised our class with a Star Wars themed day! We we learned how to use Hour of code and there is a great Star Wars coding activity to use (there's a LOT of Maths and Logical applications in Coding)! We also invented our own star wars characters and their unique features. We also watched the Google Cardboard Virtual Reality app of a space shuttle taking off into the atmosphere and then trying to land the shuttle pod back in the sea.

You can also work out the cost of The Millenium Falcon if it was built today out of real construction materials: follow this link

The biggest challenge was the Growth Mindset Challenge of having to work your way over 'laser trips' strung across the classroom and tables!