Thursday, November 9, 2017

Constructing A Whare

We have been learning about the different parts of a whare.  We have learnt that they can represent parts of the body and have been learning what they are called.  As a class we constructed a small wooden whare.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Te Rangimaire Kawakawa Balm

As part or our 'So What, Now What?' part of our inquiry from last term we decided to form a business and produce kawakawa balm.  We got into small groups eg labeling, mangers, production team, brand name, logo, website, posters etc.  Over three weeks we all work really hard to do our jobs.  We came up with the brand name Te Rangimarie which means peace in Te Reo Māori. Our product is called Kawakawa Healing Balm.  We were all so proud of our efforts and especially selling our product at our Carlton Carnival.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Making Sushi

Our cooking group was very lucky to have Me Suk (Yoonsu's Mum) come and show us how to prepare and make gimbap or kimbap.  It is from South Korea and looks like Japanese sushi. She had done a lot of work at home that morning cooking the meat and egg and cutting up some of the vegetables. The group had to cut the rest of the ingredients up into thin long strips.  We carefully watched Me Suk demonstrate how to make a gimbap.  We thought it looked easy but when it was our turn we realised that it was a lot harder than it looked.  Rolling it up with lots of fillings in it was not such a great idea!  Cutting it up so it didn't fall apart was another challenge.  We put them in special containers and were excited to taste them. Some of us tried it at morning tea time and others of us were taking them home for our families. It was great to see so many boys trying different foods for the first time. We thank Me Suk very much for coming in and sharing her knowledge and expertise. 

Friday, September 22, 2017


Once a week we have been walking to Springvale Stadium to learn badminton skills.  First we all warm up by stretching our muscles so that we don't hurt ourselves.  Then we have a fun warm up game. Next we learn a skill which has been developing over the past 5 weeks.  Skills like how to use just the wrist to flick the shuttlecock over the net, to using long and short shots to try and get the shutttlecock on our opponents floor.  Every time we go we get better.


Over the past 5 weeks we have been going to gymnastic lessons. Today we had Mass who is a gym coach from Denmark take us. We think he is amazing as he shows us lots of his skills like flips and backward somersaults! For warm up we did lots of strength activities with a buddy. Lots of fun and laughs. He taught us cartwheels today and some of us found them hard. We had races along the air track with each other and jumping into the pit at the end was fantastic.  At the end of the session we had free time on the equipment where we could show off our skills we have learnt.  We all wanted to stay longer and can't wait until our last session next week.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

3D pens

We have been exploring our new 3D pens. From the knowledge we gained from our inquiry we were able to create a flower. Some of us have found this quite challenging as we are learning the correct techniques.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Herb Farm

Ashhurst Herb farm was a great place to visit.  Jess explained to us about lots of herbs and what medical properties they each have. We followed instructions to make our own cream. It was lots of fun finding the correct ingredients and putting each into our containers. Some of us got cream all over us! But that didn't matter because they are all natural products. Our creams smelt lovely and when we were finished we got to name our cream too. Some of us walked around the gardens they have and we found lots of the plants we have been learning about.

Esplanade Playground

Lunch at the Esplanade was so much fun because we got to have a play on the playground too. We also went on a walk around the bush and we spotted lots of plants that we have been learning about.

Printing at Te Manawa

At school we have been learning printmaking during art so when we went to Te Manawa we had some knowledge on what to do.  We were taught three new techniques on how to print.  We used leaves for inspiration. Using paint we drew leaves, cut leaf shapes from cardboard and inked over the leaves to make prints for cards. We look forward to receiving our artwork in the post one day soon so we can share them with our family and friends.