Monday, 18 May 2015

Week 3 and Week 4 Term 2

Hi Families,

We are cramming two weeks in to one blog this week so here we go!!!!!!

Our projects are well under way. All of the children have been involved in a range of exciting learning experiences.  They have also visited experts and welcomed experts to our school.

Fashion Group
Chantelle has continued to work with the fashion group.  They have been thinking about how they can 'bedazzle' old clothes using a range of different techniques-felting wool to make flowers, dying and tie dying.  They have also been creating their own designs for different types of garments.

Felting pieces of wool using soap suds.
Tie dying garments.
Drying all the garments.

Food Group
The children have been working really hard over the past couple of weeks developing their own biscuit recipes.  There have been some real successes and some opportunities to problem solve!!

The Chemical Reactions Group
We completed our final experiment, 'Disappearing Colour' and have been exploring the difference between reversible and non reversible chemical reactions.  We created our company 'Bathzilla' and wrote our design plans which included such things as a logo, slogan, and target market.  Vanessa, Will's Mum, came in to present a marketing plan to us which gave us lots of good ideas and things to think about.  We are headed to Lush next to find out how they make their bath bombs and to get some really good ideas for ours.  
Reading the instructions carefully.
Adding the right amount of milk.

Adding food colouring to the milk before we add the washing up liquid.

Looking at the key features of logos and redesigning well known logos before we design our own.

Using a thesaurus to find exciting adjectives to describe our product.

Vanessa presenting a marketing plan.

The Town Planners
It has been another busy two weeks for the Town Planners.  We visited the Hobsonville Land Company and came away with lots of answers to our many questions.  We also went for a walk in the community, stopping to sketch along the way and take photos.  We popped in to the Universal Homes show home too!  Some of us worked with Bailey and Oliver from LC3 to look at Sketch Up, a programme that allows you to design a whole town.

Meeting with some of the team at the Hobsonville Point Land Company.

Thanks Kathleen and Robert!

Taking the time to stop and admire the view!


Stopping by the Universal Show Homes to take a look.

Working with Oliver and Bailey on Sketch Up.

Feedback to give to Hobsonville Point Land Company following our visit.

Growth Mindset and The Learning Pit
We have spent time this week revisiting our thinking on a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset.  We have also looked at The Learning Pit.

Working with Constable Lorena
We spent time with Constable Lorena to develop our scooter and bike safety.

Sam from the Breakfast Show
Some of us were crazy enough to get to school at 6am a couple of Tuesdays ago to participate in the filming of the weather for the Breakfast show.

It was very, very dark and very, very early!

Our reading has been connected to our project over the last few weeks.  All children have taken home some interesting reads that have supported the different elements of their projects.

We have been using the Look Say Cover Write Check method to support our spelling.  Some of us worked on high frequency words, some on exciting adjectives and others challenged themselves by finding words in the dictionary or thesaurus.  

We have needed to retrieve information from a range of sources for our projects so we have been working on how to take notes.

We presented our poems around the Anzac theme.

We are continuing our work on Measurement, considering when you would use cm, m and km.  We have also practised how to use a ruler to measure lines and draw lines of a given length.

Place value has been our number focus this week.  Sari did a great job applying the new learning that she had and facilitating James to be successful in the same learning activity.

We have been looking at what makes a good logo.  Bold, eye catching, colourful......  We had a go at redesigning already well known logos.

Student Led Workshops
Another successful morning of student led workshops last week.  Here is a run down-

Drawing foxes with Hannah.

Making pop up cards with Luke.

Drawing Minecraft figures with James.

Drawing houses with Ben.

Drawing wild dogs with Lucy.

Drawing wild dogs with Zoe and Lauren.

Soccer with Justin and Aaren.

             Have a happy week everyone!