Thursday, March 8, 2018

Visual Art - Eye On Nature

In room 14, we have been working on identifying some leaves around Yendarra school!  We have been looking for different leaves, it didn’t matter if they were big or small.  After Room 14 had collected all their different leaves, we got to work! We went back to our classroom and Miss Harrison gave us a blank piece of paper.  We then started the leaf rubbing process, it wasn’t that hard. Miss Harrison demonstrated this for us first, it was awesome. We didn’t need to press hard with the crayon.

The next day, Miss Harrison told us to swap our papers with a buddy.  Our activity was that we had to identify the leaves that the person had leaf rubbed the previous day.  As we started to walk around our school, our job was to locate and identify which leaves matched with the ones on the paper each of us had. Once that was completed, we collected similar leaves and returned to our class.  Miss Harrison then gave us a paper, and we did the same process again.

We had a class discussion of what we found.  It was interesting to hear all the different thoughts. We also justified our reasons why we thought our leaf matched the image on our paper.  With evidence of rubbing the leaf, we explained our understanding. After all our hard work, leaf rubbing was fun!

By: Malia and Lorielle   

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Wharekai - Room 12

In Room 12 we are all excited about getting into the wharekai to cook. But before that we are all required to know the kitchen safety rules.

Everyone needs to wear closed up shoes in the kitchen to protect our feet in case we drop anything on our toes. Hair needs to be tied back so we can see what we are doing while we are cooking. Wash your hands - this is for hygiene purposes. You are handling food so hands need to be clean. We wear our aprons with our name tags on. The purpose for wearing the aprons is to keep our uniforms clean. The name tags are for our wonderful volunteers Mrs Sarah Powell and Mrs Jackson so that they know our names.

Identifying the danger points in the kitchen is very vital too. We were able to identify the danger points. They were
  • ·       No running in the kitchen
  • ·       Hot surfaces (Stove tops)
  • ·       Cleaning up liquid spills on the floor

·       Knife Skills.

We were shown how to hold the sharp knife correctly when we were taking it to the sink to get washed - holding the knife to the side of our body. We held the handle of the sharp knife pointing towards the ground.
The class was shown how to pass a knife, so we practised passing the sharp knife to our buddy next to us.
Never put a knife in the sink with soapy water. The reason for that is the person washing cannot see the knife through the soapy water.

Using the knife we learnt to chopping skills with the knife.

Tap chop
  • Thumb at the buck of the vegetable with your fingers tucked under.
  • Blade does not come above your knuckles.

Cross Chop

  • ·       Hand is flat on blunt side of the knife.    .
  • ·       Knife tips stays on the chopping board
  • ·       The handle moves up and down.

Now we have all done the kitchen safety rules and knife skills. We are ready for our first cooking lesson which will be on Thursday 8th March 2018.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Waterslide

A fantastic piece of crafted writing from one of our Year 4 tamariki. Keep it up.

The Waterslide

By Trinity

It was such a hot, boiling, blistering day that I felt like my skin was peeling
off! Me and my big family drove to the pools. It was my birthday! There was
every water slide you could ever imagine. Then I saw a humongous, gigantic
water slide. It was very colourful. Me and my cousins raced up the wooden
stairs. There was a dark hole waiting for me to get in. As I slid in the water
slide, it was freezing like cold ice! As I pushed the metal, silver bars, there
were flashing colourful lights on top of me. “Whee!” I heard someone
screaming but it was actually me! The water was splashing in my eyes. But
then I twisted and turned onto my stomach. I was feeling very terrified.
As I saw some light, I knew I was almost to the end. Suddenly I flew out
into the deep pool and water splashed into my mouth. “Yuck!” People were
looking and staring at me. I smiled back at them. I shouted, “Best water
slide ever!!!”