We have had a fantastic term of learning in Pohutukawa class. Here are some of the students highlights.
Early this term Pohutakawa went to camp at Aongatete Lodge. We did activities like rock climbing, challenge course, dodge ball and archery. It rained, sometimes heavily, but that didn’t stop us.
We learnt how to be safe in the bush, about the plants in the bush and how to use the bow and arrow correctly.
By Bradley and Serene
On Monday and Wednesdays, Matahui School travel to Dave Hume pool in Katikati to practice our swimming strokes, survival skills and improve our dives. The year 5 and 6’s then went to Omokoroa No.1 School for Small School’s Swimming Sports. Our whole class participated and did very well in their chosen events.
Our inquiry for this term is “The interaction between living things and earth depends on a complex web of processes”.
We have learnt how the earth orbits around the sun, giving us day and night, the seasons and a year. We have also learnt about the earths four spheres; geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. All these spheres interact with each to make life possible on earth. Sometimes these interactions are positive and sometimes negative, such as weathering and erosion. We found out about this in the sandpit.
Literacy, Writing Recounts
Room Pohutukawa learnt about figurative language and how to use different types to add description and depth to our writing some examples are; simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification and onomatopoeia.
Next we used this knowledge to write interesting recounts about camp or boat day.
Here are some of our favourite snippets.
This term we have learnt or perfected various strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems including; place value, family of facts, tidy numbers and column addition and subtraction. Here is one example of how we can solve a problem.
Breaking news. Today Matahui year 5 and 6 students participated in their first top school competition. There were a range of interesting challenges such as leaky bucket and horizontal bungee. We had to work together to complete the challenges.
Boat day is a very special day for Matahui School. It was my first boat day and I loved it. There where heaps of different activities including sailing, tubing and fishing but my favourite was kayaking. I learnt how to paddle and steer the boat really well.
Shave for a Cure
Early this term I decided I would like to raise money for the leukaemia shave for a cure. I wanted to to include the school in my fundraising so I talked to Mr Muller, our principal. We organised a food stall, had a wacky hair day and Denley and I shaved our hair at assembly. I had spray in my hair so it hurt a little when it was being shaved. I feel really great because I have never done this before and it feels good to be helping others. So far we raised $950.
Art gallery and library
When we went to the Tauranga Art Gallery there were beautiful works of art made by Richard Orjis that looked exactly photos of plants.
Then we sketched some plants and used water coloured paints to add colour. When we went back to school we used our art gallery experience to inspire our own water coloured paintings
Happy holidays everyone. I wonder what we will be learning next term?