Friday, June 24, 2016

Making Réwana Bread for Matariki

Rēwena parāoa (literally, "leavened bread,"[1] also spelled rewana) is a traditional Māori sourdough potato bread.

To conclude our classroom celebration of Matariki, we made Réwana bread and baked it in the hall kitchen, then ate the bread for lunch.

  It was DELICIOUS! (But Mr Dobson thought it needed a touch more salt!)

Temporary and Permanent changes

We have begun an investigation into the temporary and permanent changes of substances. We looked at what happens when bicarbonate of soda is combined with a weak acid (vinegar)

 What did we see?
 What did we hear? 
 What did we smell?
 Could we get the baking soda or vinegar back after the chemical reaction? 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Boats that float!

For optional homework this week, the 'make and create' option was to make a boat that floats and bring it to school to share. We had some amazing boats arrive at school this week and all took the waters of the classroom sink to prove their sea-worthiness!

Ella also shared with us the crystal she has been growing!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Sea Animal Dioramas

We have been working hard all week on our sea animal dioramas. These people have finished theirs- don't they look great!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Kids with Grit

An article from

Helping your child develop resilience

The ability to persevere and recover quickly from setbacks – heartbreak, illness, redundancy – is one of the best skills to have in your emotional arsenal. Childhood is a great place to develop resilience, but how does a parent get that ball rolling?

Friday, April 1, 2016

Innovative thinkers at work!

Finn and Inaki both rose to the "make something useful from rubbish" homework challenge this week, and brought their creations to school to share! 

Finn made a musical instrument from old bottles he found at the dump! 

Inaki made a foot pedal rubbish bin out of an old milk bottle! 

Well done boys- you are demonstrating outstanding creative thinking! 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Picking tomatoes

Today we picked the last of our tomatoes that we have been growing over summer.

We had tomatoes on toast in class!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Life in the ocean

We have been learning about the microscopic world of phytoplankton and zooplankton, and made these chalk pictures! 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Bones, bones, bones!

This week in Science we have been investigating bones, big and small, human and animal. What would happen to us if we didn't have bones? 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Swimming lessons with the KiwiSwim instructors

On Monday we began our daily lessons with the KiwiSwim instructors. Each day we have a half hour lesson and are being taught how to improve our stoke, breathing and body movement in the water.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Rippa Rugby

We were very lucky yesterday to have parent volunteers from the Eastbourne Rugby club to run some Rippa Rugby sessions with our Year 3-4 children. There will be more sessions coming up next week, including a rugby carnival afternoon where parents are more than welcome to come and watch (email with details to follow :-)