K15 and K16 worked together on a class inquiry about the emperor penguin. First they decided on what would be a good question for inquiry that would lead to further smaller questions. Working in pairs the children focused on one of the smaller questions and then these were put together to create an inquiry presentation using Google Slides that answered the main question. Below is a link to one of our presentations.
K15 and K16 and a great trip to the International Antarctic Centre to learn more about the continent. Some of the highlights included seeing the penguins, going on the Hägglund ride to get a sense of what it would be like getting around in Antarctica, experiencing an Antarctic storm in the polar room and being shaken, jolted and sprayed in the 4D theatre room.
This week the children worked in small groups to research information about Antarctica using online websites and books. They recorded each piece of information onto mini hexagons. Afterwards they had to connect/group the hexagons together and be able to justify how they chose to group their information. Each group then presented their findings to the class.
Some common groupings were wildlife, environment, climate change, interesting facts and exploration.
St Albans School is looking to send a team of 16 year 5 and 6 boys and girls to the Primary Schools Duathlon on Monday 23rd March at Ruapuna Raceway. It is a competitive event comprising of a 2km run, 6km bike and a 1km run. Due to the nature of the event parents will be required to transport their child and bike to and from Ruapuna Raceway and be responsible for their health and safety during the event. The children will need to be at the course prior to 9am and will be unable to collect their bike until the end of the final race at approximately 1pm. If your child is an able runner and cyclist and would like to be considered for the event they will need to complete an 'Expression of Interest' form and return it to Julie Worthington by Monday 2nd March. If your child didn't collect a form earlier in the week spare copies are available in K15.
If more than 4 children in each year/gender group express an interest in the event then we will look to hold a school trial to select the fasted athletes and more details will follow.
If you require any further information please see Julie Worthington or check out the duathlon information on the Primary Sports Canterbury website: www.primarysportscanterbury.org.nz/
This week we had our first coding session as a hub. It was great to see children making connections with what they had previously learnt last year. All children were engaged in creating and following a simple algorithm and a program. This is helping the children to begin to understand how computers, iPads and many other devices need instructions and programming to enable them to do what you want them to.
If your child wishes to be considered for the Primary School Duathlon on Monday 23rd March, they must return a completed 'Expression of Interest' form to Julie Worthington by Monday 2nd March.
If you require further information please either email or see Julie.
We began 2020 by taking part in our annual swimming lessons at Aquagym. The opportunity to have consecutive days swimming with expert coaches, really makes a big difference to skill development and endurance in the pool. We are then able to put what we learnt into practice back at school in our class sessions.
The school swimming sports is on Tuesday 25th February at Jellie Park Pool. It is only for those children who are competent swimmers ie, can swim unassisted for at least 25 metres. Over the next few days the children will be asked if they would like to enter. They can select up to 3 events at either 25m or 50m in breaststroke, freestyle and backstroke, however they can not do for example a 50m freestyle and a 25m freestyle. A letter with further details will go home to parents of children who have opted to compete.