Friday, August 18, 2017

Real Life Superheroes: Fire Service

This week we were extraordinarily lucky and had a visit from our local Fire Service!! 
We all asked lots of questions, and we learnt that:

- if we need the fire service, we need to dial 111, tell the operator we need the fire service, and we will need to know our full name and address.
- a fire truck holds 1400 litres of water,
- the Porirua fire station has been there for 65 years!
- firefighters do other jobs too - Chloe from Rata 1's Grandad, George, is a firefighter AND a boat builder
- firefighters breathe can breathe in fires by wearing special equipment called a breathing apparatus. It makes beeps and whistles, and you can hear the firefighter breathing. If we are ever in a fire and hear this sound we should not be afraid of it, because it's a good sound and means help is on the way.
- Porirua Fire Service has about 1200 call outs a year, not just to fight fires! They also help with floods, traffic accidents, or any emergency that needs an immediate hands on response.
- Firefighters used to carry axes on their belts to be able to get into houses to fight fires. They use different tools now.
- Some firefighters, like Kieran, used to do other jobs. He used to be an ambulance officer.
- Firefighters go into fires in pairs (with a buddy), to keep each other safe.

We also learnt all about the special protective clothing firefighters wear when they're fighting fires. 
Their boots have steel toe caps and soles to protect their feet from nails and anything falling. 
Firefighter's pants are 4 layers thick, and have thick black patches on their knees to protect them. There are reflective panels that mean we can see the firefighters in the dark! The full set of pants and coat cost about $2000, and every firefighter has one.
Firefighters wear a 'flash hood' under their helmet to protect their ears from getting burnt, and then a helmet to protect their head. The helmet has a flap at the back to protect their neck from anything falling.
Lastly, firefighters put on their gloves once they're all ready to fight fires, to protect their hands.

Here are some photos from their visit:

Monday, August 14, 2017

Maths Week

This week is Maths Week all around Aotearoa. We made maths monsters and put them on our wall! They are glyphs, which are a way for us to gather and display data.

Ours tell us:
1. Circles are girls, triangles are boys.
2. The number of eyes is how many people are in our family. 
3. The number of hairs is how many letters are in our name. 
4.  The number of teeth is how old we are (but some of us didn't quite get our teeth finished so we look a lot younger than we are!). 

Can you guess who made each monster?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Term 3 is underway!

What a busy time we are having in Rata Rima this term so far!

We have so many new faces in our class; welcome to Harper, Grace, Isaac, Nathan, Julia, Jesse, and Maya! We are loving having you with us in Rata Rima at Papakowhai School.

Earlier this week, we learnt a little bit about volcanoes, and did a science experiment to see how they explode! We turned our science experiment into writing and wrote some awesome stories. 

Here are some photos from our experiment:

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:

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Our New Class!

What a big couple of weeks it's been here in Rata Rima. Last week Liam started at Papakowhai School, and this week Jasmine and Dastirath joined us! We've been super busy learning all sorts of exciting things, like life cycles of ladybugs and butterflies, all about the letter P, some really fun maths games, and most importantly, how school works!

Here are a few pictures of us getting involved in gymnastics on Tuesday and at our Junior Cross Country this morning:

Real Life Superheroes: Fire Service

This week we were extraordinarily lucky and had a visit from our local Fire Service!!  We all asked lots of questions, and we learnt that: ...