Thursday, 22 March 2018

Jacob, Elliot and Tao Get Creative

Wow look at this amazing detailed picture of Jacob, Elliot and Tao's city. But watch out you don't get thrown in their jail! Olly looks like he was really enjoying watching them work together on their collaborative artwork.

Gary and Olly's Learning Choices

We have been talking with the class about taking great care of our class toys Gary and Olly as they are very special to us all. Tonight Gary and Olly have been having some quiet time at school instead of going home for a sleepover. But what have they have been up to?

Olly, are you using your great swinging skills to play basketball?

What are Olly and Gary making for the block challenge?

Planning projects is so much fun in Kohara. We wonder what their first project will be?

Olly and Gary are such kind friends in Kohara. They are always so happy to join in our games. Maybe they will challenge you at chess this week?

Excuse me Gary and Olly... but what are you doing on Mrs Campbell's computer?

Jackson and Harry the Cake Bakers

On Monday Harry and Jackson did their first baking project in Kohara. They decided to make a chocolate cake with the help of Jackson's mum Michelle. They were very organised with their ingredients and we all thought the cakes looked amazing!

They even had to do some problem solving when we realised we didn't have a cake pan. But nothing is ever a problem for long... they just decided to make it in two loaf pans instead. That meant they had to use their fractions to pour half of the cake mixture into each pan.

Maths Problem of the Day
How would you write the symbol for half?
When is another time that you need to use halves?

Masterchefs Bella, Siale-Maia and Luca

Today our group of Masterchefs whipped up some scrumptious looking cupcakes with Bella's Grandad Alex. During their baking they were measuring, and mixing and even improvising on the recipe with a few tweaks. They had great fun icing and decorating them at the end before they shared the cupcakes equally.

Maths Problem of the Day
Bella, Siale-Maia and Luca made 12 cupcakes.
If they shared them equally, how many did they each get?

If they only had to share them between two people, how many would they each get?
What fraction would that be?

Parent Helpers for Craft Activities Next Week

If anyone is keen to help out next Monday 26th or Thursday 29th in the afternoon with our fair crafts and activities please let us know. This will be between 1.30-3pm. This includes helping the children with either t shirt bags, decorating bags, or with painting rocks. We will be in mixed groups across our River classes.

We will not be doing the Wednesday afternoon next week as this is the postponement date for the Cross Country.

Cross Country Postponed

Update (7am Thursday22nd March)

Cross Country has been postponed until next Wednesday 28th March due to the weather.
Normal school uniform today (Thursday) instead.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Cross Country

Thursday is Cross Country Day. Fingers crossed the predicted rain stays away. Postponements will be made via school wide tweet or our class blog if needed.

We will be down at St James Park for our cross country running. Kohara will leave about 11.20ish to walk there. Please join us for lunch if you are able to (bring a picnic).

Children will need sporty mufti, a sunhat, lunch and a drink bottle.

James the Author

In Kohara this week we are having a go at learning to skip. Some children have been having a turn outside with our skipping ropes. It is great for fitness and we are enjoying the challenge. For some children this is a new skill. Luckily we have great helpers in Kohara to help teach them. James wrote a great story all about it today.

I am learning to skip.
I am getting the hang of it.
I had some help.
I had David.

By James

Monday, 19 March 2018

Items Needed for the Fair

As part of our Rakaia River fair activities we will be running a variety of activities on the day of the fair including face painting, hair braiding, and a nail salon. If you have any of the following that you no longer need, we would love them for our activities:

* hair ties
* nail polish (half bottles are fine)
* nail polish remover
* cotton wool balls or cotton buds
* face paint

These can be given to class teachers or dropped off to Ara Atu (Room 14 or 15).

Parent Help Required

Next week on Monday 26th March, Wednesday 28th March and Thursday 29th March in the afternoons (1.30-3pm) we are working in mixed class groups with our Rakaia River team to start making our goods to sell at the fair. We would love some parent helpers to assist. The activities include painting pet rocks, making t shirt bags, making butterfly themed bags and craft activities. Please note because our groups are mixed, you may not be working in the same room as your child.

If you can help please let class teachers know by this Thursday 22nd March.

Adult T Shirts Needed

As part of our Rakaia River craft activities that we are selling at the fair, we are after some donations of adult sized t shirts to make into bags. They need to be clean with no holes please. If you have any that you would like to donate to a good cause, please send them to school this week as we will be starting to make these next week.
Many thanks.

Kobe the Author

Kobe has been working so hard on his writing and using really interesting vocabulary. Check out his wonderful story he wrote today.

I am a bunny that has a magic wand.
Harry goes after me.
He duplicated the wand.

By Kobe

Sunday, 18 March 2018

James, Sullivan and Fletcher's Symmetrical Pattern

Check out another fabulous symmetrical pattern - this one was made by Fletcher, James and Sullivan with some sideline support from Gary the gorilla. Great to see the children cooperating and working together to create these amazing patterns - they are certainly a popular learning choice at the moment.

Taylor's Song

Taylor loves Paw Patrol so it was only natural that she decided to make her first project something to do with the tv show. Taylor decided to learn the lyrics of her favourite Paw Patrol song and present it to Kohara. We all thought she was very brave getting up in front of the whole class and singing it to us. We thought she did a great job and she was so confident on the chorus parts. Well done Taylor - we loved hearing your fabulous singing.

Theo's Jet Pack

Theo has been working really hard on his jet pack project. He has had to do several things to get it looking so flash. He started off with two milk bottles and taped these together. Then he painted them and added crepe paper to make the flames shooting out. Finally he decided it needed straps so we measured the ribbon against Theo's body to work out how long it needed to be. Lots of art, maths and oral language in this project as well as problem solving, perseverance and detail! Watch out - you might see Theo blasting off soon into space.

Tao's Shape Picture

Tao was concentrating hard on his big shape picture - he tells us he was making a big, bad dog! Tao has used lots of 2D shapes in his picture - what shapes can you spot?

Leo and Arlo Sketch Hedgehogs

Wow look at these fabulous hedgehogs that Leo and Arlo were drawing together. It's great to see children in Kohara making new friends and trying out new activities together. Look at the detail on these gorgeous hedgehogs!

Week 8 (19-23 March)

Welcome to Week 8 :)

Hopefully the pool will be open again this week - please send swimming togs along on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Union Meetings
On Tuesday we will both be attending Union Meetings at 10am (Tracy) and 1.30pm (Monique). Release will be provided by Ms Hudson in the morning and Mr Anderson in the afternoon so the classroom programme will continue as normal.

Cross Country
This Thursday we have our school Cross Country down at St James Park between 11 and 1pm. Please join us for a picnic lunch down there. Racing begins with Year 6 children followed by Year 5, Year 4, Year 3, Year 2, Year 1, New Entrants (so no exact times as it will depend on how quickly the races are finished). If wet, postponement will be advised via the school tweet system or you can check on our blog on the day.

If you are not signed up to receive the school tweets (text message system), this is really easy to do and Mr Anderson is happy to show you how - you can find him on the couch in the office area most mornings before school. That way you'll never miss an update, cancellation, postponement or school event information as they are texted out to you every morning once you sign up. If you're unsure, feel free to ask us as well. Details on how to do this are also posted on our school website on the main page on the left.

Library Day is Friday.

Kapa Haka on Tuesday afternoon.

Have a great week :)

Friday, 16 March 2018

Found: Glasses in Black Case

Someone handed in a black converse case with black reading glasses. If your child is missing these you will find them in the office.

Luca's Egg Penguin

Luca found a great activity you could make with an egg shell. You had to break the egg and save the yolk and white for another day. Next you had to carefully wipe out the inside of the egg. Then the fun started. Layer after layer of tissue and took many days as Luca had to wait for each layer to dry. Finally Luca painted her penguin and added the final details. What do you think?