Thursday, 16 November 2017

Term 4 so far...

Ooops, I just realised that we are 5 weeks into term and I haven't posted anything on here! That must be because we have been too busy having fun and working hard.

This term our topic is Farm Animals, and it is providing us with heaps of fun outings and activities. Here are a few of the highlights so far:

One of our goals is to learn the names of the babies of each animal e.g. lamb, piglet, calf etc.
Kereama is working on a matching activity to help reinforce these new words

Aiyden LOVED our fluffy sheep - made by sticking cotton wool onto sticky clear duraseal. 

Tyler wasn't too sure about having a go at milking our pretend udder (a rubber glove with milk inside and a hole in the finger tips). It sure felt strange!

We visited a real dairy farm, where we could look through a window into the milking shed.

There has been heaps of fantastic imaginative play with our class farmyard. Lockie and Kereama made sure all the animals were separated out into their own paddocks.

We visited Liz's farm one day too. We threw some wheat into the chicken coup and watched them scratch around for it.

Tyler checked the nesting boxes and found an egg!

Lockie had a chat with Mr Rooster

William rode on the tractor.

We got up pretty close to the sheep, but had to be quiet so we didn't scare them away.
 On another outing we went to the Animal Park at Spencer Park.

This mother hen had 10 baby chicks, how many can you count in this photo?

Aiyden was pretty keen to get up close to the big kunekune pig!

Mr Peacock showed us his magnificent feathers!
So that's a quick glimpse at some of our farm activities so far this term. I will post some other things that we have been up to as well, very soon! We'd love you to leave us a comment if you like our blog, so that we know you have visited. Thanks!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Red Nose Day

On the last day of Term 3 we held a 'RED' mufti day to celebrate Red Nose Day and to raise money for the wonderful charity Cure Kids. Everyone looked awesome in their red clothes - thanks to the parents for making such an effort.

After morning tea we all went to the office, put our donations into the tin, and collected our Red Noses.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

Guess what our book is this week? We're going on a Bear Hunt! And so today we did....

We went to the Groynes and had a walk along a trail looking for a Bear.... Some of us were a bit nervous, but we were brave, we stayed together and stayed on the path.

 There was some long wavy grass going swishy swashy swishy swashy, but Lockie chopped it for us so we could get through.

After a while we came to a grassy clearing. Everyone took turns looking through the binoculars to see if we could spot a bear. The binoculars were tricky to use, but lots of fun - they made things look BIGGER!

Chris thought she spotted something down another little path so we all went along together and guess what we saw!!! A BEAR! Luckily he was a very friendly bear so we invited him to come to the playground with us.


At the playground the bear enjoyed the pole, a slide, and hiding in the tunnel, and playing "I Spy" with Lockie and the binoculars.


The Gruffalo

During our 'Gruffalo' week we had some pretty awesome activities happening. Kate and the students made Gruffalo paw biscuits in cooking - Bailey Rose loved helping to put in the claws (flaked almonds). They were delicious.

And on our outing we went exploring in Riccarton Bush. We took our Gruffalo masks with us to act out parts of the story as we went.

Everyone kept their eyes open as we walked along the past. What's that in the bushes???

Kereama spotted what looked like a Gruffalo footprint in a muddy puddle

Lockie was fascinated by the twisty branch that looked like a snake

Across the bridge....

We found a HUGE tree, I wonder if Owl's nest is at the top.

We found Snake! He was slithering across the seats.

A mouse took a stroll in the deep dark woods.

A Gruffalo! We found him! But he's not as tall as I expected...

Chris and Lockie make an impromptu puppet show with Fox and Owl

We found Mouse's house in a hole in a tree

Snake slithered up another tree

Another Gruffalo, hiding behind a tree!

What a fantastic adventure we had at Riccarton Bush!

At school we also made some fantastic Gruffalo faces in art - I will try to remember to take a photo tomorrow to show you all.