On Friday 22nd November the Oaklands School swimming pool was opened after being repaired. There was an official cutting of the ribbon and all the children were able to go for a short swim.
This picture of most of the Room 3 boys was in the Christchurch Press on Saturday.
Tr'e is standing in the middle of the pool. How many children can you identify from Room 3?
This week we had a new class member join our class. Sophie is with us for 3 weeks from Singapore to experience the New Zealand classroom. We hope she enjoys her stay with us. Sophie made her own tapa cloth.
On Friday 21st June when it began to snow, we had only half of the class present. We had a Discovery time of our own because the normal Kākano Discovery was cancelled. We made these tapa cloth designs based on flowers. First we screwed up brown paper until it became soft. We drew our design in brown crayon, outlined it with a black vivid marker, then used Indian ink to fill in some of the spaces.
Every Friday the Kakano team have a Discovery time where the students can choose a variety of activities to opt into. Mrs Small chose to do some sewing on cardboard with wool. First the children sewed around the shape of either a leaf, tree or flower and then chose a second colour to fill in the spaces left. Mrs Small and Mrs Kidgell were kept busy re-threading needles when the wool came out and untangling mistakes in the sewing when the children put it through from the wrong side. Some children chose to colour inside their sewing when they had finished the outline.
After out trip to the Botanical Gardens we sorted our seeds that we gathered into a variety of categories. This was hard to do as many of the seeds looked very similar.
We also sorted the leaves we had collected and tried to put them into a Venn diagram that shows similar, different and things that belong to both categories. We had quite a discussion as to where things would go and why.
As you can see almost every group sorted theirs in different ways.