Friday, 27 November 2015

Toy Making Day!

Rata had an amazing time making toys today. Thank you to all the parents who came in to help!

Toy Making Day! on PhotoPeach
(Note: This slideshow will only play on computers because of the file format, not mobile devices!)


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

School Compositing

Papakowhai School has recently begun a composting program for our brainfood scraps. We're getting ready to build a veggie garden and a butterfly garden, and our compost will help these grow! Here is a picture of Lucas helping empty our class compost bin.


Toy Day!

We had a fabulous Toy Day yesterday! We talked about what our toys were made of and the different ways they move. Today we will talk more about how push and pull forces make toys go. Here are some photos from our Toy Day:



Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The Gruffalo

Mr. J's class performed some amazing Readers' Theatre for us. The whole class made amazing masks and read The Gruffalo to us. All of Rata loved watching and listening to them!





Thursday, 22 October 2015

Art Exhibition

Papakowhai had an amazing art exhibition this week! The children worked very hard and the whole school was full of beautiful artworks. These slideshows have just a snippet of all the amazing art from the classrooms!


Ole Soccer

For the next 5 weeks, our school will be having lessons with Ole Soccer on Tuesdays. The children will learn ball handling skills alongside good sportsmanship and nutrition. Here are some photos from our first session:

Monday, 19 October 2015

Patterning in Maths

This week, Rata 4 is beginning to explore patterning in Maths by exploring a variety of materials. We are also using our knowledge of pattern-making to create beautiful woven paper beach towels! We'll post photos of these soon.










Friday, 16 October 2015

Ukelele Concert

On Thursday, the whole school was treated to a ukelele concert! Here are some photos from their performance:










Thursday, 27 August 2015

SPCA Visit

On Monday, the SPCA visited Rata to teach us about what they do to help animals in the community and what we can do as pet owners to make sure our pets are happy and healthy. We also got to meet Tilly the puppy, a beautiful dog living at the SPCA right now. We got to pet her and say hello.



Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Ali and Ella's Visit

Today Rata got to meet a very lovely seeing eye dog! Ali is blind and Ella, her black labrador, is her guide dog. We learnt about how Ella helps Ali, who trains seeing eye dogs, where they can and can't go together (like the zoo!), and how Ella spends her time when she's not working.

Here some photos from her visit:




Monday, 27 July 2015

Animal Sort: Pets and Wild Animals

As part of our inquiry into pets last week, we sorted animals into two categories: pets and wild animals. We talked about how these animals were different and came up with interesting questions to pursue this week.....


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Patterning in Maths

Welcome back to Rata! I hope everyone had a restful and fun holiday.


Today we did a bit of work with patterns by copying peg-board cards and noticing details about colours and spaces. Here are some photos of what we came up with:










Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ukulele Concert

Yesterday all the school was invited to watch our ukulele band perform! They played Hound Dog, Don't Worry, Be Happy, Price Tag, Iko Iko and God Defend New Zealand. Here are some photos from the show (this video won't play on iPads or iPhones):


Ukulele Concert on PhotoPeach
We've also been working hard to get ready for assembly! See you Thursday to share our work!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Last Te Reo for the Term!

Wednesday was Mr. Kairua's last visit to Rata this term. Here are some photos of the fun we had (you won't be able to watch this slideshow on an iPad/iPhone because of the file format):

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Welcome Quinn!

Rata 4 has a new member: welcome Quinn! Here are some photos from his first day:




Educreations: Family Photos!

Last week Rata 4 children brought pictures of their families to school for our writing. We shared our photos with a buddy and then used the iPad app Educreations to record some of our ideas to use the next day. Here are some of the videos we made:




Wednesday, 24 June 2015

New Learning: Sustainability and Why Earth is Special

This week Rata 4 has been learning about why the Earth is special and why we need to take care of it. We read Dr. Seuss's The Lorax and talked about how we could take care of the Truffala seeds:




Then we watched some videos to learn about what makes the Earth unique, and came up with a chart of what we'd learned:

We finished off by talking about what we can do to help take care of the Earth:
Next we'll be remembering what we know about the sun and thinking about why it is important to Earth.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Our Final Gymnastics Session!

Rata 4 had our last gymnastics session! We were all happy to have gym, but a little bit sad that it's over. Here are some photos from our final time with moveMprove:

Rata 4 also wrote about how we felt about going to our last session. We've been practising using feeling words in our writing, come visit our class to see some of our work!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Learning Why We Need the Sun

For the next two weeks, Rata 4 will be learning a bit about why the sun is important to Earth. This is important for learning about sustainability and how the Earth works--especially plants! This is great, because we just learned with Harold the Giraffe about how our bodies use oxygen and make carbon dioxide. Here's a video we'll be discussing in class about the sun and plants:


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Learning about Directions

This week Rata 4 spent some time looking at mazes to learn about how to give directions. We talked about position and direction, and then problem-solved how to map a series of movements we made. We worked with a buddy using a variety of different materials to figure out what shape we made. Here are some of photos of our work. Check out our Maths wall in class for more!