Thursday, 30 June 2016

Everyday Superheroes - Ambulance ...

Today we had a visit from some more real life superheroes - Paramedics (also known as Ambulance Officers).  They worked for the Wellington Free Ambulance, the only free ambulance service in New Zealand.  They showed us lots of their equipment and told us lots about their jobs.

Ambulance staff wear green uniform with reflective stripes.  Their badges identify what ambulance service they work for.  They also have protective helmets and other protective clothing to wear in different situations.  This is kept in a special cupboard on the side of the ambulance.

Patients are put on a special adjustable bed with seatbelts attached so that the bed and the patient don't move around in the back of the ambulance.  The ambulance officers will give first aid at the scene and then transfer the patient to hospital if needed.  They need lots of speical equipment to help sick and injured people.  They showed us their LifePak machines, thermometer, stethoscope, blood pressure monitor, laughing gas, breathing masks, gloves, first aid kits, dressings and more...  There is a lot of stuff stored in the back of an ambulance.  There is room for 1 patient on the bed plus 4 more seats and 2 in the front, so they often take patient's family members with them in the ambulance on the way to hospital. 

Brett is currently training to be a paramedic.  He joined 6 months ago and is 18.  It takes anywhere from 3 months to 4 years to be fully qualified.  It depends on what sort of paramedic and 'level' you are training to be.  Some paramedics do a university qualification too.  There is lots of on-the-job training and also days spent at Polytech. There are about 300 Ambulance Officers in the Wellington area.

Stacey and Brett show us the adjustable ambulance bed 
Luke helps demonstrate the LifePak machine which reads blood pressure, heart rate, p
ulse and can even bring someone back to life with defibrillator pads!
Ambulance services use different vehicles including the Ambulance truck itself, cars, vans and 4 WD cars.  They often work with the Police and Fire services and sometimes the Rescue Helicopter service. An Ambulance is allowed to drive 30km faster than other vehicles on the road, provided it is safe.

Every September they have fundraising event to raise money to keep the service free. This year is a onesie day!  You can find out more here.  You can watch this video to see what the inside of the ambulance looks like and how you can support the Wellington Free Ambulance too.

If you need an Ambulance (or Fire or Police), call 111.

Paper Shaper...

Today we were very excited to be treated to a special show - Paper Shaper, presented by the Little Dog Barking Theatre Company.  This clever puppet show kept the crowd engrossed for an hour, spreading a great message about the importance of recycling and disposing of rubbish in the right place. 



We all loved the show.  The characters were really endearing and even our youngest audience members got the message about recycling...


Picking up rubbish lying in the park ...
The rubbish bin comes to life ...
Use the right bin for the right rubbish ...
The Little Dog Barking Theatre Company are having another performance at our school over the holidays, Guji-Guji.  This is a fundraising event for our school and great holiday entertainment too.  For more details click here.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Everyday Superheroes - SPCA ...

Today Matt, an educator with SPCA, came to talk to the juniors.  He brought two colleagues with him and two absolutely gorgeous puppies.  The SPCA (The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is a largely volunteer organisation with a mission to promote the humane treatment of animals and to prevent cruelty to animals.  

The SPCA provides many different services including providing food, shelter, veterinary care, love and the chance to find a new home for unwanted, abused and neglected animals in the Wellington region (more than 6000 animals last year). They also provide education services for the community.

The Wellington SPCA opened 132 yrs ago. The first ever SPCA was opened to look after horses.

Matt explained the SPCA's purpose to ensure that animals had the 'Five Freedoms': food & water;  shelter; vet care; love; exercise.

He told us about the importance of desexing your pets!  Did you know that if you put a girl and boy kitten on an island by themselves, they could breed over and over and you could end up with over 18,000,000 cats within 10 years!  (that is not a typo).


Matt surprised us all by telling us about dangerous dog breeds. The most dangerous are the Chihuahua, Jack Russell Terrier and Sausage Dog (Dachshund).  Big dogs that attack most often are Golden Labradors and Golden Retrievers!  We were shocked.  He explained by telling us that it is important to teach and show dogs love, and they will sho us love back.  

If you see a dog and want to meet it, you should only ever do so when it's owner (an adult) is there too.  First, ask if you can touch the dog.  Second, put your fist out in front of you (fingers curled in so the dog doesn't bite them), and let the dog sniff you.  If it is comfortable with you doing that, then gently pat the dog's back or gently stroke his face.

Matt told us what to do if we were standing and a dog came up to us that we were unsure of.  He told us to cross our arms and hold them high up against our chest.  If you have no hands waving and you are being still with your arms crossed, it makes you look a bit boring to a dog and he may not want to 'play'.  If the dog continues to approach you, keep your arms crossed and turn your back on the dog.  'Think like a tree'

We had lots of questions about the SPCA.  Here are some of them...

What animals do they help?
Most animals – some wild animals, lizards, pet  (birds go to the Zoo)

How do you help animals – what do you do?
Rescue animals who are hurt or harmed or homeless
Vet care
Education – teach people how to look after animals
Desexing

Do we ring the SPCA or do they drive around looking for animals to help?
If you know that an animal needs help, you can call the SPCA and they will come out.

How do you get to work for the SPCA?
University – 5 years study to become a vet
You can become a member of the SPCA and volunteer

What ‘stuff’ do you use to help the animals?
All sorts of stuff!

What do you do when an animal is scared and needs help?
The SPCA workers can give them medicine to make them sleepy while they are being helped, or they might entice an animal with food.

What vehicles do you use?
SPCA truck, animal ambulance, cars,

Do you help animals deliver their babies?
Sometimes

How many SPCA’s in NZ?
There are lots of small ones but there will be one big one in Wellington soon (there is 4 at the moment).


Poster Project ...

Our Superheroes in the Community Inquiry is drawing to an end.  We've learnt a lot and had some really interesting visitors.  Today a notice has been sent home about an optional project the students are excited about doing ... presenting a poster to share their learning about their chosen everyday superhero.
If you need some ideas or inspiration, here is a link to Mrs P's old class sharing their superhero projects ...

Monday, 27 June 2016

Term 2 Principal's Award...

Today Lily received the Principal's Award - congratulations!

Today we went to a special assembly for the Principal's Awards.
There were twelve children who got an award.  Lily from our class got one.
Did you know that Lily is the youngest student in B5?  We are very proud of her
.


Lily receiving her award from Mrs Henderson.
All of the junior Principal's Awards recipients...
This award recognises excellence and effort at school and demonstration of all of our school values. For example, always trying our best, showing respect to others, showing resilience when things get hard, taking responsibility for our things, giving things a go even when we're not sure ...

Well done Lily!



Friday, 24 June 2016

Discovery Time ...

Today it was B5's turn to host our Discovery Time Hui.  Ethan and Millie did a wonderful job representing our class.  



We enjoyed a whole variety of Superhero activities across all of the different B block classes (we get to choose what we want to do and what class to work from): making masks and capes, constructing cities and hideouts, making belts and gadgets, painting superhero scenes, watching superhero movies, playing superhero games on the iPad, creating literacy superheroes on the laptops and making super shields!  What a busy and exciting time.  

Throughout Discovery we worked really hard to be equitable (our value focus for the week) - including everyone and treating everyone fairly.  We practised to 'Stop, Think and then Speak!' during our activities too.  It can be tricky to do this sometimes, but it is an important skill to learn.

We love Discovery Time.

Thursday, 23 June 2016


Today the super-duper kids in B5 completed their Mathathon questions.  What a bunch of clever cookies we have in our class!  

Answer sheets have been sent home today with the number of questions marked clearly on the front.  Sponsorhip money can be collected and returned to school next week. There will be collection points set up in the hall before school each day.

All money raised goes towards technology in the classrooms across our school.

Thank you for your continued support.

Learning to Learn - We Can Get Smarter ...

In Learning to Learn this week we have been learning about how to exercise our brains! Did you know that we can make ourselves smarter by practising things?  If we keep trying (perservere) and give things a go, they get easier.  



We talked about times that we have tried things and they've been really hard.  We thought we weren't good at doing them but when we kept on trying and practising, we learnt we could!  We wrote some stories too.

Kevin and Eshaan typed theirs on the laptops... 


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Skip Counting by 5's...

We are practicing counting by 5's.  Skip counting is a good strategy to use for multiplication...

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Monday, 20 June 2016

Everyday Superheroes - Firefighters ...

There was a sense of excitement earlier today when some firefighters came to visit us. There was eight firefighters and two fire engines.  We were shown all the special equipment that they use and wear.  We learnt lots of new information.  Now lots of us want to be firefighters!



These are all the controls for the appliance...
Check out the big wheels and all the special markings
that say where the fire engine comes from...
A fire engine is like a giant toolbox...
Firefighter Manu shows us the sledge hammer
There are two type of hoses - some are for big fires and connect to the
pipes in the ground.  The small hose connects to a water tank
on the fire engine which holds 1300 litres of water!  That's a lot of water.
This is Firefighter Johnny.
He is wearing his special firefighters uniform.
The ladder can reach as high as 17 metres.  That's very high.
This is a different sort of ladder,
Firefighter Manu showing us the remote controls for the ladder. 
Firefighter Brownie climbs into the ladder basket for us! 
We watched a cool video about becoming a firefighter.  


We also learnt that an important part of what the firefighters do is to install smoke alarms and educate the community about keeping themselves safe from fire.  

There are some great games and online activities available for kids on the Firewise website.  Click here to take a look.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Making GOOD choices...

For 'Learning to Learn' over the last couple of weeks we've been talking about choices. We know that a choice is when we have different ways of doing things or different things available and we need to decide what to do or which one we want.  Sometimes it is hard to make a good choice.



We have identified that there are lots of opportunities for us to have choices about our learning at school - who we play with, how we sit (sometimes we lie down on our tummies, sometimes we sit on a chair, sometimes on the mat), what to work on (what reading/writing activities are best to help us work on our literacy goals; what maths activity to choose), what books to get at the library ...

While we were getting to know one another, we had named seats and Mrs P helped us decide where we should sit.  Lately we have been choosing our own spots at our work table.  From this week, we decided we were ready to choose where we wanted to sit and who we worked well with, so we took our name labels off our chairs.  The first day wasn't so easy. We all rushed to sit with our friends. It was nice to sit with our friends but we quickly realised that for some of us, that wasn't good for working.  We started to chat and distracted each other.  So as a class, we talked about how WE like to work, and what works for US ...

We all have some great ideas about what makes a good choice...

After trialling different spots and working with different children, we reflected on our ideas and all wrote down what worked for us.  To remind ourselves while we get used to sitting where we want, we wrote our ideas on post-its and have displayed them on a chair at the front of the class!  Every time we go to work at a table, we are reminded about choosing a good spot that works for us and the people around us.  It is working well.  We like being able to choose where to sit...



Thursday, 16 June 2016

Multiplication ...

We are learning about multiplication.  One of the strategies we use in multiplication is skip counting.  We are learning to skip count in 2s, 5s and 10s.




Here we are practicing our skip-counting!  Go up, go down ... say one out loud, say one in your head .... 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9...

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

When we are old ...

Mrs P's Grandad is having a birthday soon, and it's got us thinking ... what will we be like when we are 'old'?  What is old to us?  What is old to Mrs P might be ancient to us, what is old to us might be young to her?


Mrs P's Grandad, Mr John Laird is turning 103 on the 21st of June.  That's ONE HUNDRED AND THREE.  Wow!  He is an amazing man who has lived a full life and shared many stories with his family.  We decided to write some of our own and made him a book which we have sent for his birthday.  We hope he likes our stories.  Here are just a few ... you can see copies of our work hanging in our classroom.










We were interested to find out that recently Emma Morano, a 116 year old from Italy, became the world's oldest person alive.



Monday, 13 June 2016

Community Superheroes - Police...

Today we were visited by three Police Officers and two Police dogs who shared all about what they do in their jobs and how they help people in the community.  One of them was Hannah in B1's dad.

We had lots of interesting questions...


We found out about a Police Officer's uniform and equipment.  They wear a special vest with a belt attached and there are lots of tools (equipment) they carry and use in their jobs. The most important thing is a notebook which the Police Officer uses to record all the details of the jobs they go to.  They also carry gloves, a radio (walkie-talkie), pepper spray, hand cuffs, a taser, and a baton. 

The Police badge identifies people as Police Officers.  They sometimes wear a uniform too (pants, shirt, hat, jacket, black shoes).  

Police dogs don't wear uniforms yet but they will soon have special vests to wear. Usually Police dogs are German Shephards.  

Lukas meets the Police dog
Alysha, Rawhiti, Carter, Izzy and Sienna
meet West the dog and Daniel the Police Officer.

West loves his special dog toy.
He didn't want to give it back to his handler!
Lily volunteered to be handcuffed.  She managed to get out of them!




Carter tried to extend the baton by flicking it, but it was really hard to do...


Hannah helped her dad to show us all the different bits of uniform and equipment that Police Officers use.