Friday, October 18, 2019

Earthquake Drill

Today we participated in the national shakeout drill. This took place around New Zealand at 1:30pm.  Our class is learning about natural disasters in New Zealand. Students are choosing their disaster, learning all about it and making an escape plan to keep themselves safe. This was great realtime learning for the students.

Students hiding under their desks. 
After the drill, Mrs Davan took us outside to show us where to go in case of a tsunami. Our school is very close to the beach, but luckily we have a big hill next to our school that we could climb up in the event of an emergency.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Ka Pai Kai - Group 5

This week we had our last Ka Pai Kai session with Anna.
Group 5 made yummy apple crumble for the rest of the class. Not everyone enjoyed the cooked apples. But for some, it was delicious and they wanted more!

Thank you Anna for coming to our school each week to take a new group for cooking. We loved this experience and looking forward to go to cooking classes next year at Intermediate. 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Squawk Squad Kaitiakitanga Week

We won!!!

Each week for Squawk Squad we send in a video of our students completing the activities set for us by Squawk Squad.  Every week they choose winners, who have shown high enthusiasm for their learning and sharing their learning with others.

This week, we sent through our class assembly on Squawk Squad and won a months supply of Pic's Peanut Butter for our class.

How exciting!

Thank you Squawk Squad!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Squawk Squad Assembly

Over the past 6 weeks in Squawk Squad, we have learnt some many new things, which we wanted to share with our whanau in the form of a class assembly.

The students chose topics, which were part of Squawk Squad - Predator Free, Native Birds, NZ Bird of Prey, Whio, Kauri Dieback, Marine Conservation and Kaitiakitanga.  Once the students chose which topic they want to focus on, they wrote their own script and decided on how this may look in our assembly.

The students did extremely well to write their own parts, and to decide for themselves how they were going to present their information.

Have a look at our amazing assembly.  (Please excuse the video editing. I have recorded our practice assembly and the real assembly, and tried to mash the two together to get the best out of both.)

Squawk Squad Week 5: Marine Week

This week we have been learning all about our Marine Environment and how bad plastics are for them. In an effort to help our marine environment, each student from Te Kauru had to collect at least 1 piece of plastic each day.  They had to find this out in their surrounding environment, either on the road, in town, or around the school.

The students together decided the shape they would like their sculpture to form. Our class decided to make a seal.  Bailey and Manaia were in charge or drawing the seal, while Aria helped Whaea Sharlz wash all the plastics.

Once everything was reading, everyone had a turn at glueing their plastics onto our seal.  Doesn't it look absolutely amazing? This is how much plastics we have saved from entering our oceans this week alone!

Do you think you can help us save our oceans?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Book Week - Favourite Book Character Dress-up

This week is National Book Week. We had a whole school dress-up today, with everyone dressing up as their favourite book character.

Here is our class, Te Kauru. We had everything from Demon Dentist to Harry Potter. So many creative costumes.

Then we went to our school book fair. The students created wish lists of books that they would LOVE their whanau to buy for them.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Squawk Squad Week 2: NZ Birds of Prey

This week we are focusing on New Zealand's birds of prey.

The core adjectives for the week is:

  • Learning about the kārearea and the ruru – being able to identify them and why they are significant to Aotearoa.
  • Learning about the sustainable forestry industry in Aotearoa - and how responsibly-managed exotic forests can support a range of native biodiversity.
  • Understanding that these birds are predators too - however, have evolved naturally with the other flora and fauna of Aotearoa and thus form an important part of our unique ecosystem.

This week our Call to Action involves creating a nesting box for Ruru. The students thoroughly enjoyed completing this hands-on activity.

Finished boxes to come...