Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Tuakana Science Rotation

To end our year Tuakana students have begun a science rotation.

In Ahia Maia class we have been looking at air resistance and drag by creating and testing parachutes.

The problem: Mr Egg wanted to try sky diving but doesn't have a parachute!
The design brief: Design a parachute to get Mr Egg from the top of the play scape to the ground safely.

We  split into teams, developed parachute designs, refined them and tested them.

Well done to Chloe, Maddie and Bea from team "Mr Egg's Life is in Our Hands" who developed the winning design. With Mr Egg inside it took their parachute 2.5 seconds to get from the top of the playscape to the ground.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The Sparrow

This week our class read the Poem 'The Sparrow'. This is the original poem:

The Sparrow by Alan Bagnall

Hops closer
And closer…

Hops closer
And closer…

And then-
A sudden scare!

Boldness turns
To instant fear.

Losing that crumb
He wants the most,
He flies back
to the starting post.

Afterwards we re-wrote it from the sparrow's perspective. Here is what Alex wrote:

The Sparrow by Alex
I went to the school for some lunch. It had looked like a 6 year old had dropped a crumb from his cookie. I zoomed towards it. Suddenly a human came and almost stepped on me and I lost the crumb. The children went after me so I flew as fast as I could and went to my nest.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Sports, sports, sports

The first few weeks of Term 4 has us doing a lot of sports in Ahia Maia class.
Next week are the school athletic sports so we have been training hard.
We have also been lucky enough to have rugby coaching twice a week. With so many students in the class who play sports in the weekend we have been picking up rugby very quickly!
Here is a picture of our class in action.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

This term the Tuakana syndicate performed the show The Wizard of Oz. We worked incredibly hard, sung our hearts out, learned lines, calmed nerves, conquered fears, and are incredibly proud of our show. 
If you came along we hope you enjoyed watching it just as much as we enjoyed performing it.

Thursday, 7 September 2017


On Friday mornings we learn softball skills with Room 3. Two really cool coaches called Maddie and Emma come to teach us. Today we learned all about catching. This is a picture of us practicing.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Real world practice

This term we have been practicing instructional writing as well as fractions. This week we practiced these skills in a real world context by creating lolly cake.

The next day we had a go at re-writing the instructions together. This is how our instructional writing turned out:

How to make a Lolly Cake

Have you ever wondered how to make a delicious lolly cake?

1 Crush biscuits.
2 Put condensed milk and butter in bowl.
3 Put in microwave for 30 seconds.
4 Cut Eskimo lollies in half.
5 Mix malt biscuits and Eskimos together
6 Mix the milk and butter mixture with the malt biscuits and Eskimos.
7 Spread coconut on a plate.
8 Roll mixture into a log.
9 Roll log in coconut.
10 Wrap in glawrap.
11 Put in fridge for 4 hours.

12 Cut into slices to eat.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Step 1, Step 2...

This week in Room 4 we started learning about instructional writing.

To begin we tried to write instructions for putting on a jacket. It sounds simple but we certainly learned how specific you have to be! Below are the results of some of our initial attempts: