Sunday, 10 December 2017

Kelly Sports

On Friday the 8th of December Kelly Sports came in and ran sports rotations for us. We had such a great time and really enjoy their water relay!
Kelly Sports run holiday and after school programmes. More information can be found on their website.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Oderings School Garden Project

This year Oderings have decided to fund a trial programme that gets children involved in gardening. 
We are lucky enough to be one of the ten schools involved. 

Each month an Oderings staff member and Christchurch Horticultural Society member come out to our school and take a small lesson on their planned topic. They also supply us with plants and any materials needed. 

This months topic was pollination. We learnt about leafcutter bees and how they help with pollination. 
You can find out more about pollination in their latest Live & Grow magazine.

Leafcutter Bee House

Leafcutter Bee Cocoon

Monday, 13 November 2017

NZ Currency

Today we started a maths unit about understanding our money and how to use it correctly.  It is a life skill and one that can be shared at home.

Banknotes in circulation

New Zealand has two sets of banknotes in circulation – Series 6 and the new Series 7. Both series are legal tender. Both sets have five denominations: the $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 banknote.
Series 7 $5 and $10 banknotes were released in October 2015 and the remaining three denominations were released in May 2016.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Cyber Citizenship

Today we were lucky enough to have two educators from the Christchurch City Libraries team come and lead our students in a session titled, 'Cyber Citizenship' to support our inquiry about the Internet and Being Safe Online. We learnt safe and appropriate ways of being an online citizen. We explored the concept of citizenship at home, at school, and in the physical and digital community. We discussed ways of avoiding common problems and had some creative fun.

We used an app called Chatterpix during our session.  The students really enjoyed this and we will be downloading this on our school iPads for our students to use.  Follow this link if you would like to download this on devices at home. Chatterpix App

We followed this up by watching a video about sharing personal details online.  

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Minecraft Competition

We have had a group of students from around the school working on creating an eco house in Minecraft to enter a nation wide competition.  All of the work on this has done in students own time.  Students have had to plan, build and explain their buildings before entering the competition.  See some of our studio's entries below.

Monday, 11 September 2017

How Does a Seed Grow

First put some fresh soil in a pot then put a seed in and let it have some sun and water. Next just the root will come out of the seed. The root will grow down because it needs to soak up water. Then the seed leaf will come out of the seed. When the seed leaf has come out of the ground the leaves will catch sunlight and air. After I a while some flowers will grow or the plant. Last the flower will turn into a  pea pod or a fruit and there will be a seed ready in those plants to be planted and grow again.

The inside of a seed is called the endosperm. The endosperm is made of oils, sugars and protein.

No matter what the leaves will follow the sun. It is sort of like a magnet. The biggest seed is a coconut seed. Some plants do not grow from seeds, they grow from spores.    
By James

Monday, 4 September 2017

How Does Maths Inspire Creativity?
We used this site to create semi regular tessellations.
Tessellation Creator