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The Year 3 students presented their play at our school's annual Repertory for Kids afternoon.

There is nothing that will scare Mr and Mrs Brown ... or is there?

'Fearless' presented by B4, R.A.S. 2019 - Vimeo

Check back over the next week or so to see the Year 2 play, plus the plays of the other classes!
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Have you ever wondered about the moon?
Wondered why it seems to change shape?
Wondered what the moon surface is like?

B4 have been finding out about the moon.
This week we talked about the craters on the moon. 
We did an experiment to find out how the different-sized craters may have formed.
We used a tray of flour as the moon's surface, and dropped a variety of balls onto it.



We were surprised when the little marble went in deeper than the big ball!
Why might that have happened?















Can you see the patterns left in the flour by the softball?


Do you have an interesting fact about the moon to share with us?
Do you have a question about the moon?



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At our school we believe that homework should relate specifically to the learning that happens in 
our classrooms. 

Each term we try to have an interactive homework task that children and parents can work on together.

Our recent Social Sciences learning involved reviewing our Enviroschool projects that we did last year 
to improve our school environment.

As part of this, the homework task was to make bug hotels. 
Bug motels can encourage beneficial insects into our gardens.

Here are our amazing bug hotels!




















What are your favourite bugs?
How can bugs help us?


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We're back! After not posting since the end of 2018, we are finally back into blogging!


As part of the Health topic 'Looking After our Bodies' the
class watched a video to find out why we need to brush our teeth.
Why do We Brush Our Teeth? - YouTube


The children each received a toothbrush and some toothpaste and watched a video about the best way to brush our teeth.

How to Brush Your Teeth Properly - For Kids - YouTube

Finally, we went outside to practise!







What colour is your toothbrush?
How often do you brush your teeth?
Do you have any fillings or do you have no fillings?
Do you have any wiggly teeth?

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Last term we read the book 'Charlotte's Web', 
so this term the B4 students created a spider dance for our 
end-of-the-school-year
Celebration of Learning item.

We hope you enjoy it!

'Spider Dance' by B4, RAS, 2018 - Vimeo


 Year 7/8 and their dance called
Movin' and Shakin':
Movin' and Shakin' by Rm 2, RAS, 2018 - Vimeo


Year 5/6 and the Swinging, Singing Ostriches:
'The Swinging Singing Ostriches' by B2, RAS 2018 - Vimeo


Year 3/4/5 and their Dance Medley:
Dance Medley by B3, RAS 2018 - Vimeo



Year 1/2 and 'Dinosaur Stomp':
'Dinosaur Stomp' by B5, RAS 2018 - Vimeo


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We had a blast from the past today when this year's B4 got to Skype with Mrs McKenzie's friend Mrs. Morris 
and her Grade 1/2 class in Australia. 
Mrs. McK. and Mrs. Morris first met each other in 2010 through their class blogs.
Over the years there were lots of shared projects and Skye sessions.
We found some similarities and some differences between our classes and schools:











Here are some of the projects Mrs. Morris and Mrs. McK's. classes have shared over the years:





Do you have any questions you would like to ask us?



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Pet's Day is an annual highlight at out school. 
Students can enter their pets, plus there is a range of craft categories.
We are always amazed with the creative ideas our students come up with.
Here are some photos of the day, 
with entries by our Year 1-10 students.























































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As part of our science work on Fish, we walked to our river to think about fish habitats.
In our river we have trout and eels.
We also wanted to see how people may have changed the river and possibly affected the fish habitats.



Would some fish like the shallow, swift parts of the river?


We checked out a stream that flows into the river




Would some fish like the deep, shadowy parts of the river?


Fifty years ago, this part of the river was a deep swimming hole. 
Now it has filled with silt and stones.
Would the fish swim here?


Could landslides affect the fish in the river?



Sometimes the river floods over this paddock.
Would fish swim here?

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This bank has been shaped and replanted.
Could this affect the fish?




Would fish like to hide among these boulders?







Did you spot any fish while you were on the swing bridge?

If you were an eel, what part of the river would you live in?

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In science the class are finding out about fish.



Establishing prior knowledge:





Examining one of the hoki which was kindly donated to us by a fishery in Westport:
(thanks to Ros for completing the dissection after school for us, so we could cook and eat the fish the next day!)


The gills:



 The backbone:


Fish have teeth:








Have you ever been fishing?
What did you observe when you looked at the fish?

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This term our big idea has been 'Fun, Play, Celebrate'.



 We have had lots of fun doing science experiments and having fun as we learn!


Some of the experiments we did included - 
debating whether oobleck is a solid or a liquid ...


 looking at physical changes when we made 
ice-cream in a bag ...


observing changes when marshmallow is heated ...


observing chemical reactions when we made a 
lava volcano ...




and creating chemical reactions using red cabbage and substances such as lemon juice, dishwash liquid, vinegar and toothpaste.


What was your favourite experiment?

Can you suggest another experiment for us to try?

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