Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Our Puki Ariki Visit

 We went to the Puki Ariki Art Gallery to look at the amazing sculptures and art work that Len Lye created.  We were most interested in his art work that was inspired by the creatures he saw in the rock pools.  He looked closely at the special features, shapes and patterns on these creatures and then used his imagination to create his drawings.  We used our own imaginations and drew a pencil design of a 'creature' using curves, shapes, lines, patterns and lots more.  Chris our teacher at the Art Gallery then showed us the process of how to make batik art.  We used wet wax and crayon.  Look at how carefully we are creating our own batik from our designs.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Ata Hikoi (Trend Carefully)

The living creatures within rock pools have amazing shapes and patterns.

Through careful observation, and with the use of photography, we will discover and capture the beauty of these patterns.

Our task is to make a batik artwork using the shapes, textures, pattern and natural symmetry that we found in the rock pools.

This is the topic the junior school is focusing on for the next few weeks.  The process of learning how to create batik is very exciting.  This Tuesday room 5 is travelling to the Len Lye Centre to learn how to create batik.
We will be travelling by bus, leaving school at 10.30 and returning by 12.50.  Our session runs from 11.00 until 12.15.  We would love you to join us. 
You will need to pay $5 if you have not paid the Activity Fee.
We also have a trip planned for visiting the Rock Pools on Thursday the 31st March.  Leaving school at 9.15.  We will need parent helpers for this trip.  A notice will come out this week with all the details.

Sunday, 13 March 2016


The monach butterfly did escape from its chrysalis but sadly even after it pumped its wings one of its wing stayed bent.  Chloe carefully put it outside so it would hopefully fly away and no one would stand on it.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Stop The Press!

Mrs Johnson made a mistake.  Room 5 knows it is ok to make mistakes!  Our topic on Rock pools does have a science element to it but our main focus for this topic is art.  Wow!!  Keep watching our class blog to find out more. 

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Rock pools

Now that swimming has nearly come to an end we are going to spend many of our afternoons learning about rock pools.  This is a Science topic which falls into the Living World strand.  The junior teaching team felt that this would be a great topic.  As the children spent alot of time down at the rock pools on our Beach Day and were really excited about what they saw.  On Friday we had Mr Archer visit our classroom to talk about what lives in the rock pools.  Mr Archer works for the Taranaki Regional Council and he showed us photos of some of the creatures that we might find in a rock pool.  He was very funny and joked with us that we might see a pig or even an elephant which made us laugh.
We will be heading back to the same rock pools to investigate and I will let you know the date and time as soon as it is finalised.  We will need parent help for this trip to go ahead.  
Could the children please keep bringing their togs to school everyday this week as we may still be able to squeeze in a quick swim.
Mr Archer is showing us the three different sea stars we might find in the rock pools.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Swimming Demonstration

We had a lot of fun demonstrating our swimming skills to our parents and grandparents.  Look at how relaxed and happy we are in the water.