Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bug Hotels

It's winter and that means that our bugs need somewhere warm to hide when it's cold! When Harper, Isaac, and Nathan visited us last week, we made bug hotels to keep minibeasts and insects warm over winter. 

We decorated cardboard tubes, then found dry leaves and bark to stuff the tubes and give insects somewhere to hide. Today, we found the perfect place to keep our bug hotel! We went for an adventure over the rainbow, and found a small tree that our bug hotel fit into really nicely. 

This afternoon we also learnt about worms, and did the compost all together! It was so smelly, but the worms love it.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Silver Medalists!

At today's Hui, Rata Rima was awarded the Silver Medal by Mrs Dacre for our outstanding sitting and listening, and keeping still and sensible even when Liam's Golden Ticket was drawn out of the box to win an ice block! Well done Rata Rima! :)

Strike Percussion

In week 7, we had a visit from Strike Percussion - and we had so much fun! We were all dancing and getting into the groove of the rhythm, even though it was very loud! Here are a couple of photos of their performance. They even played music with fire!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Our Insect Art

In Rata Rima, we are learning all about minibeasts - and we have learnt so much about insects! 

We have learnt a cool song about the body parts of an insect; they have a head, thorax, abdomen, antennae, sometimes wings, and six legs! 

Last week for our New Entrant visit we learnt about stick insects, and made our own to take home too!

We made some butterfly art that is up in our classroom, and we made some bumblebees when we learnt all about pollination. 

Take a look!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rata Rima Keeps On Growing!

Rata Rima has grown again! We welcomed Sophia and Sofia to our classroom recently and we are loving having their lovely faces at Papakowhai School. Here is a photo of all of us with our art from the Disco last week. We made old school records by layering black pastels over really bright coloured pastels, and then scratching our patterns onto them so the colours peeked through:

Fun With Mrs O'Leary

Every Thursday, Mrs O'Leary (Sam's mum!) comes into Rata Rima to teach us. We have so much fun when she is in here - have a look at all the cool things we've made!

Here is some artwork about Greedy Cat, and what he likes:

And here are some Eddy Elephant masks we made when we were learning all about Eddy Elephant in Letterland and the sound he makes in words!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Welcome to Papakowhai School!

Monday saw all four students (there are four of us now! Sam started on Monday!) in Rata Rima welcomed to Papakowhai School in our assembly. After being introduced to the school by our senior buddies, we all shook hands with Mr Smith and received a certificate. Later in the week we were officially welcomed into the school community through the pƍwhiri. 

We've been up to all sorts this week, creating some lovely art to decorate our classroom (there are more photos to come next week of the handprint butterflies we made this morning!), and practicing our handwriting not in our books, but outside on the concrete with chalk!

Here we are being introduced by our buddies:

 And here's us shaking hands with Mr. Smith and receiving our certificates:

Our creative handwriting was lots of fun!

And here are our collage caterpillars and our crayon and dye bug jars:

Superheroes at School

School is always a safe and fun place to be, but today it was extra special and fun with Hulk Smash and Spiderman looking out for everyone i...