21 February 2019

Term 1 'Getting to know you' Camp

Last week, Room 6 had a wonderful 2 days/1 night camping here at school. We did lots of work around working positively as a team, setting goals and managing ourselves. Some of us kids even got to help cook the meals on the BBQ. We had a lot of fun, had lots of laughs and also did lots of swimming.

Check out some of our pics!



08 February 2019

Totara Reserve School Picnic

On Tuesday we all had a wonderful day at Totara Reserve. We enjoyed doing some awesome activities including a scavenger hunt, and some relay races. We spent time with our buddy class and we also gathered our thinking and wonderings around the river, its land formation, water quality and its surroundings so we can use our real life experience to drive our inquiry learning  for this term. We finished off our day with a lovely swim. The water was so nice and refreshing and a great depth for swimming. We sure did have an awesome day!














30 January 2019

Introducing......

Our wonderful class of 2019! We are a bubbly bunch and we have already enjoyed a couple of great days, setting up our classroom and routines, and learning a bit about each other and how we want our class to work. Please keep updated with our class blog and see all the awesome learning and experiences we have throughout the year!












21 September 2018

Pompeii Assembly Item

This is a copy of last weeks Pompeii performance that we performed in our assembly.

Nearly 2000 years ago, in the year 79 AD, an extreme natural event changed a city forever.


An ancient Roman city, Pompeii, lay close to the bottom of one of the worlds most active volcanoes -Mt Vesuvius.


The village people began their day, as if it was any other day, hoeing their gardens, farming,  teaching children, building, cooking and cleaning, bartering at markets, being artists, training as military -the list goes on.


As the morning rolled on, Mt Vesuvius began to prove it had other plans for the day.

Let’s see how the next 24 hours unfolded.




The day Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in ash. Many years later the city began to be re-discovered, dug up and restored. Today you can visit Pompeii and see parts of the old Roman city. If you are lucky enough to ever visit this place, as Miss Simpson has, you will see some amazing history, get really dirty feet from the ash and dust, and probably get really hot from the extreme heat!

18 September 2018

Drama Shark 2

Drama Shark!

Today, while many of the students in our class have been at drama dress rehearsals, we decided we would create our very own versions of the current trend song, Baby Shark!
We used our very own drama skills, including our wonderful sense of humors and this is what we made!








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04 September 2018

We are ROCKING our learning!

Today we had the chance to look at, touch and feel nearly 100 different types of rocks! We grouped these rocks in a range of ways based on colour, weight, appearances, texture etc. It was interesting looking at them and identifying unique and interesting parts or types of rocks. We worked on explaining ourselves when we made a comment to justify our thoughts. We then identified that rocks are all different and for different reasons.

We learnt a bit about igneous rocks/ Volcanic rocks, as our science focus is volcanoes.

It was so cool being able to physically touch all these different kinds of rocks and learn about where they come from and why they are all so different!






Igneous Rocks

https://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-igneous-rocks/

30 August 2018

PJs... Hot Chocolates... Popcorn.... AWESOME!!

Yesterday we had a fun day in our Pjs! Thanks Totara Year 8s for organising this fun day! Whilst we all felt a bit lazy in our Pjs we still managed to dance, learn and enjoy our yummy treats at lunchtime!




Keeping a lid on the heat!

This week we looked at how boiling a pot of water creates great analogies for what different parts of volcanic and geothermal activity looks like and how it happens. The students observed what was happening at different times in the boiling process and compared that to volcanic activity. Some of the key things we discussed were: The interior of the earth is far hotter than the outside, steam creates pressure, and in some places the molten rock inside the earth can spill out.
In this experiment we did lots of observing, discussing, thinking, comparing, drawing representations,  explaining, predicting and critiquing the experiment.
We recorded our results and analogies in tables like the ones below.



Building representations

Earlier in the week we looked into the different types of volcanoes and researched a bit about them. Following this, in their groups, the students built a model of their volcano type to show other groups. They built Cone, Caldera and field volcanoes. Who would have thought that these kids would love to 'play' in the sandpit so much!



20 August 2018

Friday Fun with Mrs Lintott!

On Fridays, Room 5 year 6 students spend their mornings with Mrs Lintott. Last week they took part in a couple of technology challenges, where the students had to build a structure that would hold a drink bottle, and a parachute to sail from a set height. The kids loved building their creations even though some structures didn't quite turn out too well.