Thursday, 27 March 2008

Peter and the Wolf

On a rainy day (the 27th of March) we went to see a performance of "Peter and the Wolf". Some people from the Orchestra played for us. They brought a cello and a basoon with them.

First we listened to the story of Peter and the Wolf. We all got to act it out too. We had to be a wolf, a duck, a bird, Peter, a cat and the grandfather. Next we split into three groups.

One group listened to the musicians play the bassoon and the cello. You play the cello by plucking or by using the bow on the strings. You play the bassoon by blowing through a metal tube. You put your fingers over holes.

Another group got to use puppets. There was a cat and a duck puppet. You had to be gentle when using them.

The last group got to listen to the story of Peter and the Wolf. We had to work out which character played which instrument on the story.

We got a go at each group. It was really fun and awesome.

Shared writing by Siobhan, Siggi and Rachel

"I learned which instrument played for each character in the show" - Siobhan

"I learned that you play each instrument in a different way" - Siggi

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Staying Alive!

On Friday Room 9 went to the Staying Alive Expo at the Richmond Showgrounds. All of Kowhai and Totara syndicate came too. We went on a bus with our teachers and Renwick 2. The bus ride was fun and bumpy. There were no seatbelts on the bus. The bus was big and we could see out the windows.

When we got there the bus left and we ate our lunch. We looked at the crashed cars and the pretend grave. For Staying Alive our first activity was looking at why we need to wear seat belts. They had seat on a slide, it showed you what happens when you are in a crash. Taylor went on it. His sunglasses fell off his head because of the impact.

Here are some of the things we learned:

  • it is good to have a booster seat until we are 8 years old - Ella
  • we learned how to get down, get low and get out! - Oscar
  • fire can go through a house in just 6 minutes, you have to get out quickly - James
  • when you have a fire you can meet your family at the mailbox (or end of street) so you are safe - Luke M
  • if there's a fire and there's a fire engine coming the cars have to let the fire engine go past - Luke H
  • even driving at 60kms can mean you don't stop in time and you may run someone over - Toby
  • you need to get out of a fire straight away because the the smoke is poisonous - Amber
  • get low and get out if there's a fire in the house - Tony
The whole day was awesome, excellent, interesting and fantastic. We had lots of fun and also learned lots too!

What we like about our school!

Our topic at the moment is:
"It's our school and we're proud of it!"

We have been looking at all of the really cool things we like about Nelson Central School.

We used a special programme called Inspiration to create bubble maps that brainstormed all of our great ideas. You can click on the picture to view our ideas larger if you want.

By Arjuna, Hayden and Chloe

By Quanah and Charlotte

By Melany and Grace

Thursday, 6 March 2008

A new teacher for Room 9

Room 9 has something new about it....
it is very exciting!

We are lucky enough to have two teachers for the next 5 weeks!!

Taylor is a new teacher in our class. He has been helping us learn. Sometime later this year Taylor may have a class of his very own!

Here is what some of Room 9 had to say about Taylor:

"Taylor is friendly" - James

"He is a very nice teacher" - Ella

"He helps us with words that we don't know" - Luke M

"He is very helpful" - Oscar

"Taylor reads us stories" - Siobhan

Mathletics and World Maths Day

We have been playing Live Mathletics to celebrate World Maths Day for the past two weeks. It has been lots of fun racing against the clock and playing maths against people from other countries.

We each have had our own username and password and have gained points and bonuses for correct answers. It has been A LOT of fun!

Have a look below to see what some of Room 9 thought of playing Live Mathletics for World Maths Day.
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