Thursday, 14 April 2016

The beat goes on

In the senior area we continue to refine and practise our percussion skills. We've been learning to keep the beat and follow a rhythm. We have also been talking about what different percussion instruments are made of: wood, skin, metal and plastic. We've been having a lot of fun experimenting playing different types of percussion instruments. Take a listen...

Watch our drumming on Vimeo:

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

What to do in an emergency

This week we have been learning about how to help others in an emergency. People from St Johns in Schools came in and talked with us about how to keep someone safe. We learned about:
 - how to put someone in the recovery position
 - how to bandage bleeding
 - how to do CPR.
For CPR we used the letters DRS ABC to help us remember to:
 - Dangers: look for them before we help someone
 - Response: is the patient responding?
 - Send for help
 - Airway: put the head back to clear the airway so they can breathe
 - Breathing: check for 10 seconds whether they're breathing, if not do -
 - CPR: see where their armpit is and come across the chest to the middle. From here press hard (the beat should be like when you sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat). Stop if they start breathing!

Everyone really enjoyed this learning and participated fully. Look out for the certificates coming home.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Road Patrol April 2016 Schedule

Road Patrol- Term 1 2016 (April)         
Morning please be on patrol at 8.45am
Afternoon please be on patrol at 2.55pm



Emma R
Emma M

Alex B
Alex P
Sam Streeter
Sam Shortcliffe

Friday, 8 April 2016

Super Ten

We have been learning about Super Ten and practising was to make it using different materials. When you use a super ten adding and subtracting is much faster. It means you don't have to use your fingers and can use your basic facts more to solve problems.


Thursday, 7 April 2016

Parent workshop on reading with your child

Thanks to all those who came along to our workshop on reading today. We shared some decoding and comprehension strategies, and some popular books. Remember to show your child that you enjoy reading, and that you do it often. 

Have a look at the Worser Bay library website for some more ideas for books to read with or to your child. We're going to put together a list of books with the students that they enjoy and will share it on the blog shortly.

Wake up your brain!

 How do you choose to wake up your brain? We have a choice of three activities, the usual ones are: boot camp, yoga and singing. Sometimes we can also choose drama, running or skipping. Here are some photos of some of the yoga sessions. We've been so fortunate with the weather this term that we've been able to do yoga outside every day (well, except one).

We do at least two sun salutations everyday because we always balance the body when we're doing yoga. Then we do a variety of poses, partly depending on children's preferences. We've done a few handstands this week. Sometimes we finish with a little meditation or bee breathing where we block our ears and bzzzzzzz. Give it a try, what do you hear?

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Cold Porridge! Yum!

Teddy plays Bob the porridge eater in the short film, 'Yum! Cold Porridge'. He acts like a seasoned professional, a Hollywood veteran as he eyes up the bowl of porridge and then requests toast.  
He goes on to pretend that he doesn't like what he is eating! Watch his eyes screw up as he swirls the cold goo around in his mouth before he gallantly swallows.  

Such great acting Teddy! 

Zach has written about the experience; a delicious piece of writing Zach!

Cold Porridge! Yum!

Bob sat down at the table.
 He grimaced as he looked deeply into the bowl. He groaned, his face grim. He smelled it before he saw it.  
He could barely look at the mush on his plate. Slowly he raised the spoon to his mouth. His face said it all as he bit down on the the cold soggy mush.

His eyebrows tingled, he swallowed the mess.


Cold Porridge! Yum!

Cold Porridge! Yum! from Matariki on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Thinking and Behaving Like Scientists

Thinking and Behaving Like Scientists:

We had another close up look at Mussels today.  As we observed them we noticed some amazing things.
  • There shells actually have growth rings on them
  • There are whole ecosystems living on, in and around Mussels (we found Chitons, Limpets, other Mussels, Crabs and Seaweeds living on or in them)
  • We found the Mantle which is the outer part of the flesh of the Mussel.  It is the Mantle which ‘makes’ the new shell, secreting minerals to build it.
  • We noticed the Mussels smelt strong, of the sea or seaweed, very salty!
  • We noticed the difference between male and female Mussels (the females are orange and the males are white).

As we have been looking at the creatures which live in the tidal zone we are noticing how amazing, and how varied they all are.  The more you look the more you discover!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Zucchini Cake!

Zucchini cake
Before the Easter holidays John´s literacy group got to invent some recipes with the main ingredient being zucchinis. John and John’s literacy group all inspired me to try a recipe at home. So on Monday this week I decided to make a zucchini cake. So if you would like to make a zucchini cake just read this recipe below and you can try it yourself!!!

Zucchini Cake

3 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
125g butter, softened
1/2 cup plain unsweetened yoghurt
250-300g grated zucchini
250g chocolate chips
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed spice

In a food processor or using a beater mix eggs, sugars and vanilla.
Add butter and yoghurt, blend until smooth.
Fold in zucchini and chocolate and combined dry ingredients.  Mix gently.
Spread into greased cake tin and bake at 180 degrees for 50 minutes.
Keep in the fridge.

What happened to my Zucchini cake?

Molly made an amazing Zucchini cake and we ate it.  It was devoured, annihilated, devastated, destroyed, alongside a cup of tea during morning break in the staffroom.  It was delicious Thanks Molly!  

Football Fever

Last Wednesday we had 2 teams that participated in Eastern Zones Football. It was a super sunny day and we had great fun. It was quite a competitive day with some really challenging games played. We held our heads high though and gave our very best right to the end. Big thanks to the parents who came along to coach and manage our teams. Next term we look forward to Eastern Zones Netball and Cross Country, so if you are keen get training over the holidays.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Group Writing about Cooking Zucchinis

We’ve been writing in groups using the chrome books to describe our experience using the pizza ovens to cook zucchinis with John. It was tricky to put ourselves in the place of a reporter and not write as “we” all the time. How do you think we did?

Experiment Zucchini!   

The day had come, it was time for the zucchini chefs to show their masterpieces.
What could they be cooking? Their ideas emerged and took form onto the table.
The students were outside by the flaming pizza ovens. The trees shaded them from the searing sun. The sound of the chattering children was carried in the  wind.
Time to get cooking! The only ingredients were milk, egg, garlic, cheese, dough, pesto and zucchini. They all chose some different ingredients and made something with it.  

The amazing E (a group who all had E in their name) made a Zucchini roll. The ingredients they used were: garlic, cheese, pesto, dough and grated zucchini. It tasted like crispy toast.
It looked like a fluffy cushion of dough.

One group made zucchini pizza. They made a pizza base and put grated zucchini and zucchini juice  instead of sauce. As well as a little bit of grated garlic and cheese. Then cooked. It looked some what like a pile of cooked zucchini. It smelt like burnt zucchini. It tasted like zucchini

Another group also made zucchini pizza but their idea was to make zucchini bread with cheese on top. Their ingredients were: dough, cheese, garlic, pesto and zucchini. It tasted like salted zucchini on bread - that's only one persons idea. Another student thought it tasted like zucchini that had been rolled in dusty old dirt.

One group’s creation tasted like an omelette because it had lots of eggs in it. They also made one zucchini pie.

In the end, everyone loved their creation and I bet they all had fun making them.

By  Evie, Greer T, Parker, Rico, Yasmin, Elliot, Daisy, Arabella, Maddie, Gemma, Alex, Lucie  
And the teachers Gabrielle and John (head chef).


Gabrielle’s literacy group made pizza with John. It was a boiling hot day. First the children got into groups and decided what to make. We were at Worser Bay school in the courtyard, cooking with zucchinis. The zucchinis came from the school garden.
They were the best food ever.

The ingredients were zucchini,milk, olive oil, eggs, dough and cheese. One group made zucchini pizza. Another made zucchini bread, it was wonderful - it tasted like normal bread and you couldn’t even notice the zucchini. The pizza was starting to rise
higher and higher. Bubbles in the pizza popped like popcorn in a microwave.

The food was spectacular! When we saw the food rise we wanted to eat it all up. There were zuchinni pizzas, pies,and patties.

The pizza was puffy. We made it like this. First we made the batter, then we patted the dough, then we sprinkled zucchini , Cheese then we put it in the oven. when they were cooked we waited for them to cool down. And then we ate it.

It was the  first time for some people to eat zucchini.  It was awesome experiment for all of us.

By Vienna, Jessie, Orla, Logan, Alastair, Ben, Clara, Max, Peter, Stirling ,Molly J and Gabrielle

Shapeshifter Sculpture Trip

It was awesome. As soon as we walked in our minds were blown by the colourful eye-opening sculptures. It was amazing how people made these wonderful artworks in so many different ways.

Kaia - I was astonished by the knitting: it was long, bright pink plastic bags knitted together with massive wooden knitting needles. It made a massive scarf.

Sam Sh - my favourite was the enormous giant drift wood eagle. It inspired me to think about what I can create from driftwood.

Evie - I liked the 'ring my bell' and the 'padlock'. The padlock because I liked looking at it and discovered it was hollow. I liked the bells because they all made different sounds.

Jasper - I really liked the frog because of how it was placed on the side of the stream and how it popped out because of its colour and the Haast eagle because it was made from driftwood.

Flynn - My favourite was the driftwood eagle because it looked exactly like a normal eagle but in a very realistic large version.

Louise - the one that inspired me was the Native Vessel - a long metal stick that came into a blue patterned feather.

Teddy - I liked all the sculptures because they all inspired me because they were all really cool. I'd like to make something like all of them.

Oto - I loved all of the sculptures, they really inspired me to make great artworks.

Milla - I liked the red lock and the keys because it was a bright red colour that really attracted my eye. I liked how the locks were hollow. It was about half the size of me.

We had an idea that we should make metal discs that represent every one of us at Worser Bay school and hang them from a tree as a sign of our community. We're interested in making some driftwood sculptures too, and maybe some sculptures from clay or another material.

Sam Sh, Oto, Teddy: Since we got back we've been wondering about creating a nature pole from scrap metal (to make the flax), wood and something to make a tui out of. It was really cool how we included each other's ideas to come up with this awesome nature sign idea. We're wondering how we would curve the metal to make it look like flax. If you're reading this and have some skills in this area we'd love to have your help.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Island Bay Marine Centre Treasures!

Island Bay Marine Centre Treasures from Matariki on Vimeo.

What is That Creature?

What is This Creature?
Is it some sort of Crayfish, Shrimp, Super Mutant?

Great scientists are curious about the world they live in.  Getting into the rock pools on the edge of the Island Bay Marine Reserve our students made the types of discoveries great scientists with their sharpened senses and substantial powers of observation might make.   A very aggressive creature: was it guarding its corner of the rock pool or was it hunting prey when it raised its two pronged pincers and attacked?
Can you see it in the rock pool?  It is actually staring at the photographer!

We asked Christine from the Marine Centre what it was but she said she had never before seen anything like it.  Have we discovered a new genus?  Can you help us to identify this rock pool inhabitant?