Friday, 31 October 2014

Changing shadows...


What are shadows?
What causes shadows?
When can you see shadows?
When can't you see shadows?
How do shadows change?

We read a book about shadows and discussed how shadows change.
Change is the topic of our inquiry.  We had lots of great discussion and wonderings about shadows and how they change.  What better way to discover changing shadows, then to head out into the sunshine and experiment.

We made our shadows LONGER...
We made our shadows SHORTER...
We made our shadows CLIMB the wall...
We made our shadows MOVE and JUMP...
We discovered our bodies block the sunlight casting a SHADOW that CHANGES when we move.
We know that shadows do not happen without LIGHT from the SUN or other kinds of LIGHTS.

Well done Room 22.  Super inquiring!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Terrible trolls and roaring tigers - Ganya's trip to Wellington

Ganya has been providing us with super photos of her family holiday to Wellington over Labour Weekend.  In writing, we have been focusing on the fast words "We went to the..." to help us write stories about our weekend activities.

We all helped to write a shared story based on Ganya wrestling a tiger at Wellington Zoo... not a real one!  Some great writing skills were displayed and everyone's obviously been working really hard to improve their handwriting, write their fast words and begin to use initial sounds in words.

Well done Room 22 and thanks Ganya for the great writing ideas!

Ganya's garden and 'News sharing'

Ganya has been busy preparing and planting her vege garden at home recently.  Her Mum and Dad kindly sent us photos of the hard work she has been doing.  What a great effort!

During 'news sharing' (oral language) Ganya shared with us her time in the garden at home over the weekend.  We love hearing about everyone's news in the mornings after the weekend.

We have all been busy writing stories about our exciting weekends recently.  I am so impressed with the progress all the students are making with their story writing and handwriting skills.

Well done everyone! Keep up the great work.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The number before.... On number strips

We are learning to say the numbers before, in the range from 0 to 20.  We used beans and T-shirt number strips to help us find out.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Singing - months of the year and days of the week songs

We have been learning all of the months of the year, and the days of the week.  The class love singing these songs each morning and are now so confident at singing them that they sang the whole song on their own (and without the music playing)!  Here's the video...

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Taniwha Daffodil Trip

Here are some photos from our trip to Taniwha Daffodil Farm.

P.E. Run, jump, throw

Today we participated in a P.E. lesson in preparation for Athletics day in Week 3 of this term.  Our focus was on running.  

We learned that P.E. stands for physical education.  So we are basically learning about movement and sports.  

For running we learned to keep our head up and to look where we are running.  We learned to keep our arms bent at our elbows (but not too much!) and to have our elbows by our sides.  We also learned about what a rectangle is, and how it has four sides.  Two long sides and two short sides.  We had to stay inside the rectangle while we were trying different running techniques.  Lots of new learning for everyone!