It is hard to believe we are just about to begin the final school term of 2020, what a whirlwind year! It seems like a fitting time to share a few photos of some of the highlights of the previous term. It was a busy one!
In weeks 6 and 7 we joined Room 2 for swimming lessons down at the Stokes Valley pool. Although the weather and the Covid-19 restrictions meant things were a little different this time round, we still enjoyed ourselves and learnt a lot. Thank you very much to our wonderful parent helpers who walked with us or joined us at the pool!
During Te Wiki o te Reo Māori we learnt a number of fun Māori games. Here we are making up rhythmic sequences with our rākau with a buddy or a small group.
This year we have been using the amazing Science Boxes put together by House of Science. The kits get delivered to our school every week and we have absolutely loved exploring and experimenting with all the amazing resources inside. We have looked at the relationship between sound and vibration, human and animal skeletons, and how to give sequenced instructions (code) to a bot to make it move – to name just a few!
We have had visits from some very sweet furry friends – Jaxon’s dog Possum and Cotton the lamb.
We had the great opportunity to use and experiment with the tools and equipment in the Build & Play trailer. We had two 45 minute sessions in total. Some of us decided to use this time to build something specific, while others decided to focus on practicing using the different tools. Thank you very much to our awesome parent volunteers who helped us out.
During Tongan Language Week, Mele shared with us some of her beautiful traditional Tongan garments made by members of her family.
At the end of the term we had a Dojo Party to celebrate reaching our class target. We had the option of dressing up and bringing to school special toys to share with our classmates. We made ooobleck – a wonderful, non newtonian fluid made from water, cornflour and food colouring, relaxed in front of a movie and had pizza and popcorn. It was a lovely day to celebrate all our hard work this term.
We were also individually working towards reaching 60 dojo points. If we met the goal we could decide between choosing something from the prize-box or teaching the class something of personal interest. When Finn reached 60 dojo points he decided he would teach the class how to code using Scratch. Although a number of us were very new to the programme (or had never used it before) we all had a lot of fun!