Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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
Sunday, September 17, 2017
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.
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.
"Can you make the popcorn dance?" Was our challenge from the scientist at Te Manawa. We followed the instructions of the experiment working as a group of five. As we added vinegar and baking soda to our water and popcorn we could not believe our eyes when the popcorn started to move up and down in the jar! How was that happening? We wrote down our observations like good scientists do and discussed them with the other groups. We found out that when you mix an acid and a base like vinegar and baking soda it creates carbon dioxide. As the popcorn floated with the carbon dioxide bubbles they moved up the water and when the bubbles popped at the top the popcorn then came back down. We didn't realise how much science when into such a simple experiment. We can be scientist everyday!