Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Making Choices and Expressing Ourselves...

As we move towards future focused learning, students are given opportunities to make more choices about the way they learn and what they learn. For this to be successful, students first need to understand how they learn, be able to express their ideas and thoughts and make informed choices in order to make things happen.  It's harder to think than you think ...


Over the last week we have been talking about talking ... saying what we want to say, and what we mean to say; expressing ourselves; sharing our ideas with others...

It is tricky and sometimes we feel shy when we are asked what we think, and the person who is asking really does want to know our ideas.  Sometimes we know what we want to say or have an idea in our head, but it is hard to make the words come out right,  like when we are writing a story or when we are reading and go to retell the story in our own words.  When we are given a choice of different activities, sometimes it is easier to do what our friends are doing than make our own choice.  We are learning about how important it is to be ourselves and to do and say what we think is best for us.





To help us to practice sharing our own thoughts and ideas, we are all going to bring in something from home in a paper bag.

We will all have turns to share our special items with the class, but ... we need to describe what's in the bag, how it makes us feel, what we can do with it etc and the class is going to try and guess what is in the bag, instead of us just telling them! This activity gives us all the opportunity to practice our listening skills, our speaking skills, saying what we mean and sharing a little bit about ourselves (expressing ourselves) with others,

Mrs P will give us all a bag tomorrow and we can bring something in for sharing news on Friday.  




Friday, 25 March 2016

Class Garden Project...

Have you seen all the amazing gardens around our school at the moment?  If you haven't, take a look at our EHS Enviro Blog and you can see some of them.  

It is wonderful to see the gardens around the school thriving and looking inviting for students, their whānau and lots of little creatures like birds and bees.  

We are looking forward to watching these gardens continue to thrive over the year and to see what happens as plants emerge from the seeds, flowers blossom and fruit and vegetables ripen as the year goes on....



Happy Easter...

Wishing all our friends, family and blog readers a very Happy Easter!  From B5's bunnies.


Thursday, 24 March 2016

Room B5's Jack and the Beanstalk Garden...

Today marks the final day for our School Garden Project.  We've been busy over the last few weeks making scarecrows, planting seeds, making plant labels, weeding, planning, sourcing recycled materials from home ...

Check out our garden!


Our class garden looking pretty great.
I wonder if our beans will grow into magic beans like Jack's? 
This is our Giant's 'letterbox'.
Thank you for the recycled birdhouse Millie and family.
Isobelle made some amazing rocks for our garden.
This one shows Jack's house from Jack and the Beanstalk.
Our flags ... an important part of the children's design 
We were pleased to keep some of our plants from last years garden.
We have also planted a tiny apple tree that has grown from one of our apple cores!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

How to draw a seahorse...

Check out our seahorses on the Rock Pool wall next time you're in our class.  Here's the tutorial we followed...

Super-Duper Tricky Shoelaces...

We've all been there ... all fingers and thumbs while we try to quickly tie a shoelace. At school we're often taking off and putting back on our shoes - when we go to the library, in and out of different classrooms, doing PMP ... so dealing with shoelaces each time can be a bit tricky. This cool, step by step guide will help you learn how to tie your laces.

Thank you to Room 6 at Clyde Street School who shared this with us.  

If you work out how to do it, share your success with us in class ... 

Our Super-Duper Super-Hero Visitor...

Guess what?  B5 got a visit from Vane from ASB.  Sshhh ... he is a real-life superhero! He is Captain Cashtastic.  He told us about money and wants and needs.  It was exciting.


Today Vane came to talk to the class about money.  We talked about the difference between cents and dollars and spent some time identifying the different coins and notes. We were able to order them from the lowest value to the highest value.  We were pretty good at it.  Vane talked to us about wants vs needs  A want is something you'd like but you don't have to have in order to live.  Like food, water, shelter, clothing are needs. Shopkins, Lego and lollies are wants!

Vane told us a secret ... he is really a super-hero!
Captain Cashtastic shows us the different coins.
Doing money super-hero training .. growing like a seed
and like our savings if we look after our money.




Monday, 21 March 2016

New Member of our Class...

Today was a bit exciting as we welcomed the newest member of our class ... The Giant (from Jack and the Beanstalk).  A BIG THANK YOU to all the friends and family of B5 who donated clothing, straw, pantyhose, hats, wool, and a very sturdy wooden frame (thank you to Fin, Ethan's dad).  We started stuffing our scarecrow on Friday during discovery and managed to pull all the bits together today to create this fabulous being!

Kevin giving our giant a face...

Over the weekend Mrs P and her husband came to school and erected the birdhouse (thank you to Millie's parents for this).  We are hoping to have time to paint it this week before our Garden Project competition draws to a close on Thursday.  We will also be making some special garden labels so we know what the different plants are and what seeds are planted where.  Remember to check in on our garden as you go past (if you think it looks a little thirsty, you are welcome to squirt your water bottle over the little plants).  

Friday, 18 March 2016

Jack and the Beanstalk and our Garden...

A week or so ago we planned our super-duper garden and decided upon a Jack and the Beanstalk theme.  We made a call out to our classroom community and were given lots of great things for our garden - a birdhouse, seedlings and donations of clothing and straw for our scarecrow.  On Friday during discovery we got busy and started planting seeds to grow into seedlings for our garden, and stuffing our scarecrows legs. 


Planting bean seeds ...
We are experimenting with planting seeds in icecream cones!  Mrs P saw this idea online and it seems pretty neat.  You plant the seed in the cone and nurture it into a seedling, then plant the seedling,  still in the cone, straight into the ground.  Neat, huh?  Watch our posts to see how they turn out...




During discovery, we enjoyed doing some fun Jack and the Beanstalk colouring in pages and mazes; using the computers (with help from our senior Digikids, Ansh and Matthew) and the KidPix application to make pictures; writing postcards, and our very popular cars, animals and construction...

Cars, trucks and things that go...
Can you spot the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk?
Hard at work on Kid Pix...
Colour in, and mazes ...




Thursday, 17 March 2016

Happy St Patrick's Day...

Today is the 17th March and it is St Patrick's Day.  It is a national holiday in Ireland and a day when Irish culture is celebrated around the world.  The festival is named after St Patrick, one of Ireland's patron saints.

Today lots of children and teachers at school wore green.  This afternoon we listened to an Irish folk story and made some leprechauns!








Tuesday, 15 March 2016

"I can't do it ... YET!"

In Leirning to Learn we havea bing toallking about addirmations,  This is when you say something to yourself over and over until you believe it!  We are tring to say "I can" insted "I can't", and "I can't do it ... YET!"

In Learning to Learn we have been talking about affirmations.  This is when you say something to yourself over and over until you believe it!  We are trying to say, "I can" instead of "I can't!", and "I can't do it ... YET!"


video

Monday, 14 March 2016

Thinking Positively...

Following on from our thinking about having a 'Growth Mindset', we've been talking about the importance of thinking positively.  This was emphasised in our visit from Rayz Puppet Show last week, when Ray talked about looking for the good in people and things and giving things a go.  

The children in B5 recognise there is an "I can" in "I can't" but sometimes we just feel like we can't do something.  In this video, Elmo tells us another way to think about these situations ... "I can't do this ... YET!" Take a listen ...

Friday, 11 March 2016

Magnetic Iron Sand...

Today I sherid my migntx iron sand. I got it from Martinbra. It has got iron sand insid it.

By Ethan


Ethan writing his blog post

B5 Class Garden...

11.3.16

To our friends and family.

We have decided to make a Jack and the Beanstalk garden.  It will have a Giant scarecrow, flags, a birdhouse letterbox, a feijoa tree, parsley, beans, apple tree, squash and flowers.

We need some things from home: brown wool, rope, adult size jeans, an old work shirt, old gumboots, straw to stuff him.  We have seeds but some plants would be good too.  Do you have an old letterbox we could have or can you help us make one out of old wood?

Our garden has to be ready by Easter so we need all the stuff next week please.  Thank you.

From B5


This is our class garden now...
We are excited about our plan for our garden...
This is our plan for our garden...

This picture from Jack and the Beanstalk is like
the birdhouse letterbox we want to make...
Can you see the Giant?  

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Seaweed ...

On our visit to the Island Bay Marine Education Centre, Victor mentioned that seaweed was an ingredient in many icecreams and was in lots of things we ate. Many of the children in our class have wanted to try it.  Today Mrs P brought in some seaweed 'chips'. Many of us liked it, some not so much. Some words the children used to describe them: salty, crispy, weird, like sushi, yuck, yummy, like salad, tasty...

Our seaweed chips...
Trying it out...
Thumbs up for "Yum!", thumbs down for "Yuck!"

Rayz Roadshow...

Today our school was treated to an amazing performance by Rayz Roadshow.  This feast of fun was made up of puppetry, ventriloquism, magic and laughs a plenty.  In fact we liked it so much we sat for over an hour, totally engrossed in all the fun.


Ray is a talented puppeteer who brought along some of his talented 'talking' friends (the puppets) to share some key messages about respect and some of our other school values. We were reminded that we should have : hands to hel;eyes to look for the good in people & things; ears to listen and a mouth that says nice things to others.  What great messages! 






Creatures ...

Today we had some interesting things brought in for sharing time ...

Millie found an exoskeleton of a dragonfly ...

Megan found a dead cicada ...


Isobelle brought in her very special sea star which she was given as Christmas time.  At some point this was a living sea star, but it is not now.  If you look carefully at the picture though, you can see the grooves in it's underside which is where all the little tube feet are, which help the sea star to breathe, smell and walk (when it is alive)...