Sunday, 18 September 2016

B Block Olympics ...

Friday was super-fun in Super-Duper B5, or should we say 'Seussralia'  We proudly dressed in white, our country's colour, and put on the costumes we had made out of recycled materials (headbands, wristbands and tops) and represented our class/country at the B Block Olympics.  
Heading into the Opening Ceremony, flags waving...
Standing out in the rain for a country photo!

Because it was raining, we had to improvise with our parade and at hui each class/country stood up and showed off their costumes and flags.  Each country's King and Queen introduced their country, their mascot and talked a little about how they'd made their costumes. 
Queen Megan, King Alexis and Big Theodore were proud to introduce our country...
Our colourful audience, representing Leopardotopia (B1, wearing yellow);
Kakariki (B2, wearing green); Petelandia (B3, wearing red); Beekeychamps (B4, wearing blue);
Seussralia (B5, wearing white) and Toyland (B6, wearing black)...

To end our opening ceremony, we passed the Olympic Torch we had so lovingly made earlier in the term. Every student in B Block made a flame and 'lit' the torch and it has been proudly displayed in our corridor throughout.
Carefully passing the torch to one
another during our Olympic 'relay'...
The Olympic Coaches (aka B Block Teachers) in their countries' colours!
After our opening ceremony we all went back to our classes and had fun putting together some 'Olympic' activities to try.

We warmed up with some Cosmic Kids yoga... 
"Namaste"
One of our events was quoits...


Stacking champs in the midst of the action...
Recycled bottle bowling...


Strategy, problem solving, excellent balancing
 and building skills required...
A bit of car racing at our Olympics too...
Beanbag toss...
Nimble fingers activities...
Everyone who participated in our special B Block Olympics event was presented with a participation certificate, and there were some special awards given out for sportsmanship too! 



Our day ended with an Olympics themed disco... 

The B Block teachers warming up before the disco...
Here's a couple of pics that Riley's mum took (thank you)...


Millie, Riley, Mrs P and Lily...
Isobelle, Riley and Lily...

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Term 3 Principal's Award ...

Today at assembly Mrs Henderson presented the Principal's Award to a student from each of our junior classes.

This special 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 ...



This term Bryan was the deserved recipient of the Principal's Award for B5.  Well done Bryan!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Creating at Discovery Time ...

Throughout our Creating Champions inquiry we've been learning about the design process.  We've created a flag, country name and details, a uniform.  In Discovery we have the opportunity to simply get stuck in and 'create', but for some of us it's quite hard to come up with ideas and get things made with random materials. We've looked at a whole lot of different things that have 'plans' - experiments, recipes, house plans even and decided to try out making something in Discovery with a plan of our own. 

Discovery busy-ness ... a hive of creativity!
For the last two weeks we've designed our creations a couple of days prior to Discovery time, taking into account all of the cool recycled stuff that's been brought in to class (thank you). Then we've drawn and labelled our creations.  The next step was to identify all the 'stuff' we needed - like cardboard tubes, boxes, eggbox cartons, sellotape, staples, glue and so on.  The last bit (and the hardest) was writing step by step instructions for what we needed to do.  

Glue, tape, paint, boxes ... all sorts of stuff!
To practice this we all wrote some shared instructions for making an origami purse. Mrs P showed us how to make one and together we came up with the instructions. Then we tried to follow our instructions! It was very funny, Mrs P's purse ended up being a scrunched up piece of paper. We realised how important it was to include ALL of the steps. Isobelle pointed out that it was a bit like making a cake and including all the ingredients but not how much of any of them we needed.  The cake probably wouldn't turn out right.

Everyone is so busy!  
On Friday we got to work and following our plans, made our creations.  We were pretty excited about it and found we all had a lot more time to create. Usually we feel like the time we have is very rushed, but we had everything we needed in front of us and could just take the time to make what we had really wanted to.  

Isobelle designed and made a unicorn out of boxes, egg cartons, a
plastic container and cardboard tubes.

After we had made our creations we shared them and reflected on how our plan went. Overall we were really happy with what we had done and how we did it. Check out our cool creations ...

Kevin made a disco party...
Zhimeng made a roller coaster in a box...
Eshaan made a house...
Alexis made a shirt out of a plastic bag
with cardboard boxes for arms...
Izzy made a dog... 
Alysha made a jewellery box...
Riley made a cheerleader cat...
Isobelle made a unicorn...
Rawhiti made a robot arm...
Thomas made a crocodile mouth...
Michelle made a jewellery box with a
mermaid and a princess inside...
Sienna made a jewellery box...
Ethan made a Minecraft Base (version 2.0)...
Bryan made an Olympic torch...
Shoma made a robot arm...
Nia made a Koala ...
Feo made a robot arm...
Carter made a rugby jewellery box... 
Megan made a jewellery box...
Lukas made a robot...
Millie made a laptop computer ...
Lily made a jewellery box...
We love Discovery time.  Thank you for your continued contributions of recycled materials.  It is exciting waiting to see what ideas the kids come up with each week!