Thursday, 21 May 2020

Minibeasts



As part of our ongoing inquiry into the world of creatures we have spent the week looking at different aspects of life in the soil, trees, and beyond. The students have enjoyed getting outside to dig around or creating creatures to add to a wall display and delving into the magical world of bees.



Students have loved digging about in the compost and our gardens to see what could be found. We searched different areas of the school with gloves, microscopes and identification sheets to investigate how healthy our soil is and also what is lurking amongst the leaf litter.



We found the big kids playground didn't give us what we really wanted which were bugs, centipedes, spiders and worms. But boy did the garden and our compost produce the goods!



You will also be happy to know that no minibeasts were injured or sent home in book bags and were all returned safe and sound to their happy places.

Camouflage and habitats


In literacy we have also been making links to the wonderful world of creatures and habitats. Students have been creating different habitats and will add creatures that flourish in these areas. The triarama have taken a lot of patience and Perseverance but the results have been fantastic.




Another literacy group have been investigating camouflage and how animals use camouflage for protection or when sneaking up on their prey.



Students have plastered gecko and skinks around the classroom carefully adding colour and texture to their bodies to help them blend into their environments.

Back to School


So great to be back at school.



It has been awesome to see students jump back into their learning with so much positivity and enthusiasm. Here are some highlights from the kids.

"It has been so cool to play with my friends!"



"I am happy to get back to the Monkey Bars!"



"I just love having lunch!"

"Running around again in the playground is the best!"



"I want to learn more about bugs"



Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Keeping hands clean.



We started the week with a really neat visual experiment to help the students understand how effective soap can be at fighting germs. The soap helps to break up the germs so they can be washed away.


To a bowl of water we added cinnamon. It quietly sat on the top of the water representing germs. Ximena dipped her fingers and the cinnamon (germs) stuck to her fingers. Ximena then cleaned her hands and rubbed soap into her fingers. She then placed them into the bowl.

Look at the 'germs' moving away!

And like magic the cinnamon was pushed to the side of the bowl keeping her hands clean and crisp. The looks and gasps of wonder were wonderful! It has been brilliant. We now understand why washing our hands is the best way to keep germs away. We have had a week of hand washing conga lines and the scent throughout the classroom is something else!

If you'd like to try this experiment at home here is Nano Girl with a demonstration (we used cinnamon instead of pepper).








Wednesday, 13 May 2020

2D and 3D Geometry

This week we have started learning about Geometry through Art!

Many of you hunted around your house and backyard to find that there are shapes all around us. Some drew pictures out of shapes and others cut out shapes to create an art piece.

Check out some of the fabulous creations below!







We are Superstar Seesaw Users!

As we are nearing the end of Level 3, staff at Worser Bay School have been reflecting on our time during online learning. We have come across many gems throughout our online and virtual teaching time!

One of these gems we have noticed is the huge growth in Seesaw skills from Tautoru kids. Seesaw has been such a useful tool to stay connected, practise new and old skills and to share learning. We have noticed children becoming much more confident to use Seesaw and are completing the tasks with more and more tech savvy skills each week. Whether it be adding captions or recordings to explain their thinking, using the typing, drawing or shapes tools to describe or label their learning or simply posting photos of their work.







We want to say a great big thank you to whānau for supporting our Tautoru kids in developing these skills. You have been a key part of making this online learning successful and enjoyable for our students.