Friday, 17 August 2018

Woohoo it's been Maths Week!

What an amazing Maths Week we have had. The children have been engaged in creating tiny houses based on certain criteria they were given. They used measuring skills and learnt about area and perimeter too. There were some challenges in fitting everything in but we are pretty happy with the results. Have a look at some of the finished products.       


Saturday, 4 August 2018

Problem Solving

Every second Friday Rimu class works on a math problem. These math problems are based on the idea of low floor, high ceiling - problems that all can access and all can try different strategies to solve it. There are no wrong ideas, or wrong answers, just a good step into the learning pit. 

This week we worked on a Jo Boaler problem called Toothpicks. We had to work out how many toothpicks were in a 3 x 3 shape, without counting. We then went away and worked on the problem of a 2x2, 4x4 & 13x13. How many strategies can we make for each shape? We were super lucky because we had Miss Adams in to help us. 

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

A delayed holiday post

In the middle weekend of the holidays, I headed to the Brick Show with my daughter, her friend, my niece and sister. It was H U G E! We saw many amazing designs. 

More importantly, we saw Teegan and his mum. They had a table of lego they had put together. Check out his designs.

What a wonderful display Teegan. You and your mum should be very proud of yourselves. 

Monday, 23 July 2018

NZ are Back to Back Champions!!!!

A number of our children were excited about how our Womens Rugby 7 Team had won the world cup which meant they were the first country to be back-to-back champions. These children were disappointed that school had started back today otherwise they would be watching the Men try and do the same.

Mrs Taylor and Mrs Spragg decided to take time out of our busy day to watch the Grand Final between New Zealand and England. We first off watched the 3rd place play off between Fiji and South Africa. Jedi and Sam were hoping their home team of Fiji would win but Eben was hoping that his home team, South Africa, would win. South Africa took out 3rd place.

Onto the Grand Final. Chloe was really hoping that England would be crowned champions but the majority of us were cheering on New Zealand. New Zealand started off strongly with a try and a conversion in the first two minutes. England came back at us though but thankfully New Zealand were the victors. New Zealand were back to back champions in the mens game too. What a fantastic achievement by both our Mens and Womens Teams. Woohoo!!!!!



Friday, 8 June 2018

Woodend Camp - Day Two

After a less than great sleep (The teachers only got 4 hours of interrupted sleep! Good thing they work 9-3 and only term time eh?!?), but a delicious breakfast, we headed off on the bus to the new Taiora:QEII facility. There was a lot of excitement ... eeeek a hydroslide and a lazy river!!!

Following our hamburger lunch we got ready for the afternoon's activities; aerojump, climbing wall, archery and rifle shooting.

After all that activity you'd think a rest was in order but no, free time was on offer and so basketball, trampolines, maypole swinging and playground was the order of the day. Luckily dinner was full of colourful veggies and some drumsticks (and a crumble dessert).

Refuelled we headed out into the dark for a game of spotlight and then inside for some of our 'Posted' shared story and then the newspaper challenge. There were many prizes with design awards, special mentions, teamwork awards and the overall winner.

Best Design.

Whew! What a day. The beds were finally calling to all and so everyone settled in for the night and as the Dream Fairy weaved her magic and a hush settled over the camp, the parents and teachers sighed in relief and went to bed.