Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Cricket Skills

We were very lucky this week to have Tim from Canterbury Country Cricket come in and teach us some skills. We practiced throwing, catching, batting a fielding. One of our challenges was to throw the ball up high and see how many claps we could do before catching it. The record in Room 12 was 9!

After practicing these skills we had a mini game with a batting team and a fielding team. We tried to keep score but we all got too many runs to count! 

At the end, Tim gave us all a bag with a foam ball and a poster to go on our bins at home. We have been having lots of fun playing with our balls (although some of them are already stuck on roofs and in trees at home). 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Working on our Blending

We have been learning more about colours and blending this week.

Before we started with the colours, we had to make viewfinders and do some investigating. We took our viewfinders into the garden and had a look at the beautiful plants in our school. However, it is the middle of Winter so we had to go with Plan B - using pictures of flowers! Once we had chosen a section on the flower to use, we stuck on our viewfinder and sketched what we saw. We did a great job focusing just on what we could see in the picture.

We had to trace over the lines in vivid to make them stand out, then we used a mix of PVA glue and black paint to create some texture to our art. Then came the fun bit - pastels. We practiced blending colours on scrap paper first. Once we got the hang of it, we started on the real thing.

We think they look amazing!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Art during Week 1 Term 3

Room 7, 8 and 9 have started the term off with some exploration around how to blend with oil pastels. We will be creating some different art works over the next two weeks to show our learning and progression. It is great way to start our new inquiry topic. Keep an eye out!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

End of term Jump Jam Competition

On the last day of term, KNS had a Jump Jam Competition.  
Each hub entered a group of children to participate and perform in front of the whole school.  
Akeake had two teams - Hub 7, 8, 9 and Hub 10, 11, 12.  

It takes a lot of courage to get up on the stage in front of the whole school - and it was great to see so many of our children taking part and having fun!  Both Hubs did an amazing job and made their teachers very proud.   Well done to all involvedImage result for your awesome gif

Hub 7, 8 & 9 doing a fantastic job dancing to 'Cant Hold Us'.

Hub 10, 11 & 12 being cool dude's to 'Uptown Funk'.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Akeake @ Kapahaka

We have a great group of Akeake children who go to Kapahaka practice every Monday lunch time.  
They have been working really hard to get ready to perform at the Cultural Festival being held next term.  
Check out this sneak peak of what this dedicated bunch get up to.

The girls having fun during one of the warm up songs:

The boys showing off their dance skills.

Keep up the great work Team Akeake!

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Upcycling Competition

Thank you so much for supporting our entry in the upcycle competition a few weeks ago. Thanks to the generous number of votes, we got the People's Choice award! The money we won will go towards resources to provide more options during Explore Time.

Check out the pictures of our Fairy/Scary Village. The individual houses will be going home in the next week so you can see the real deal in person!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Mini Beast Reports

This week we are researching mini beasts.

We could choose which one we wanted to do, honey bees, the New Zealand weta or the Hercules beetle. With our buddies, we are reading articles, watching very interesting video clips and learning lots. When we have written our reports we are going to share back to our home classes.

Did you know that the weta breathes through holes in its exoskeleton and that the name wetapunga means 'god of ugly things?'