We listened to some information about NZ birds. We voted for the bird we thought was the top NZ bird. We were signed off the voting register, given a voting sticker, voted secretly at a polling booth and posted our votes into an election box. The votes are currently being counted.
The Great Kererū Count is NZ’s biggest citizen science project to help gather information on the abundance and distribution of the New Zealand pigeon — also known as kererū, kūkū or kūkupa.
We walked around the school grounds with our eyes on the skies watching out for kererū. A few of the group spotted a kererū in the trees beside the kindy. The Wild About NZ group came into our class and showed us how to make kererū window protectors.
Here is a short video of our maths group 'The Power of Yet' skip counting in fives. This group has such a fantastic view on maths and looooooove a good challenge! Stay tuned to see some more of their maths magic.
On Friday the 26th of May our school participated in national Pink Shirt Day. We wore pink shirts to show that we celebrate diversity and believe that our school is a place where all people should feel safe, valued and respected regardless of our differences. We do not tolerate bullying and we are proud of it.
Check out all the pink!
We were bursting with pride this Friday as these three of our students were representing our class at assembly. All of these students are relatively new to Whakamarama School and we have loved having them on board. Alfie eve got to draw names out of Poppy!
Keep up the great work team!
On Thursday and Friday we had lots of fun talking about fractions in maths time. We made sandwiches and cut up feijoas.
We were all very cautious about being fair so Miss Casserly had to make sure that each half of the sandwich was equal/same size. We know that if we cut 1 whole sandwich in half, there would be two parts. These are called halves! Then we got really tricky and cut a sandwich into 4 equal parts. These are called quarters or fourths.
On Friday we cut feijoas into halves and quarters then got to gobble them up as a healthy snack. This was great fuel for our brains as we worked so well in our next challenge. We sorted lots of different object into equal groups. Again, we were very careful to make sure that each group was equal. Stay tuned to see more of our fraction fun!
Wow! What an awesome time we have had celebrating sea week!
We examined and learnt about the different parts of a fish (a frozen one with all of its guts intact!).
- read about whales, sea lions and dolphins and found out what we can do to protect them.
-read lots of Maori myths and legends about the sea and then created and wrote about our very own taniwha
- experienced what it is like to try and swim amongst 'pollution' and understand the detrimental effects humans and waste can have on sea creatures.
Then to top our fabulous week off, we met with Room 1 to share our learning and to sing them the song we learnt 'Tohora nui'.
Click here to listen to similar version.
On a rainy Friday afternoon we ventured over to the hall and practised our balancing skills with Sandy. Here you can see us using our bodies to balance in different ways- we had so much fun!
We were extremely lucky to have Sandy from the GO4it programme visit us today to take us for this year's first session. We worked on balance which involved lots of careful concentration, aeroplane arms and eyes focussing on a point that doesn't move. We played lots of fun games that helped us to practise these skills. Check us out!