What might we be…

After we watched our caterpillars turn into butterflies it started a conversation about ourselves. We are 6 and 7 now but what might we become when we change into adults?

We had to think about what we might be, what special clothing we might need, any special skills we might have to have to have or learn,  and any special equipment we wold need for our job or passion.

We had to draw ourselves now and then what we thought we might be when we change into adults. We shared our pictures and thoughts with each other  and then we wrote stories about our ideas, and then put them together into this display.

There are lots of different vocations…from super spies, to racing drivers , hairdressers and even teachers! No matter what we dream of being, we are all awesome right now!

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Biathlon Thoughts…

20190322_155429.jpgAfter the biathlon we had to write down some of our thoughts about our experience. Mrs Finucane found a photograph of each of us and published our thoughts so we can read them during literacy time.

It was a great day. Come in and read our stories some time…

What can we do next…

Today we collected our rubbish from our lunchboxes. We counted 50 pieces of rubbish in just one day. That’s 250 pieces of rubbish(at least!) a week that we throw away.

We have 12 classrooms at SAS…if every classroom throws 250 pieces of rubbish out every week that’s 3000 pieces a week!  And we know that we probably have more than that just from our lunch boxes.

We sorted our rubbish. The first time we did this we thought we could reuse and recycle lots but…

When we had another look we realised that we didn’t agree with all our choices.             So we sorted again…

The second time we found out that only 11 of our things could be reused or recycled  but we did decide that if we had to throw something out then FLAT was best so it doesn’t take up so much room.

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But what could we do different that would make a change…

Reduce-Use half of the wax paper or “Bad” wrap instead of big pieces. Or look for big bags of food and put this into  reusable containers or bags , instead of buying multi serve bags that cost more and create more waste.

Reuse-Use bags or containers more than once by washing them. Use containers like yoghurt pots for other things. Reuse plastic spoons. Use washable drink bottles and containers and lunchboxes. Some of us even had washable sandwich wrappers!

Recycle-Recycle the yoghurt pots (after cleaning them) and clean cardboard in our big black and yellow recycle bins.

Rubbish-If we have to throw wrappers out then make them flat. Maybe we could find food items that aren’t wrapped or make our own…

If we each try to have one less thing to throw out we halve our rubbish output…

These ideas came from South Australia but they could work for us .

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Visit from Kathy, Zero Waste

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On Tuesday we had a visit from Kathy , from Zero Waste, who came to talk to  us about “Litterless Lunchboxes”.

She talked to us about how important it is to keep our waste output as low as we can so that we don’t fill up our landfills as quickly and let rubbish get into our oceans.

We talked about how we could start with something as simple as looking at what we have in our lunchboxes. We looked at what we had that could be reused or composted, and how some of our lunchboxes actually had little or no rubbish.

It definitely got us thinking….

Pukeko Biathlon

On Thursday we held a Pukeko Biathlon. We had to swim and then  run. We invited our families to come and watch us . The main goal was for us to participate in something new and to enjoy ourselves while being active.

Thank you to Miss T and all the students of Room 2 for helping us with our event.        And thank you to all our families who came to cheer us along as well.

Looking at all the smiles in the photos we achieved our goal!                                                    Our teachers were very proud of us and we were proud of ourselves.

And then there were 2…

We have had a swan plant in our class and have been watching our 3 wee caterpillars grow into big fat caterpillars, and then in the last 2 days finally complete their metamorphosis…into beautiful monarch butterflies. We have protected them as long as we could so now they have left our class and have made their way into the big wide world.  We have really enjoyed watching these wonderful creatures closely and have been very lucky to see all the changes and learn about their life cycle along the way.

Last week we read this poem in our class… We think it it a lovely way to describe what we saw…

Birth of a Butterfly    Author Unknown

A mama butterfly lays all her eggs,

Out pops a caterpillar, crawling on its legs.

The caterpillar first is rather thin,

But then it eats till it bursts through its skin.

After growing nice and big,

The caterpillar climbs on a leaf or twig.

It makes a shell where it hangs inside,

Then the shell cracks, and the parts divide.

Inside the shell, a change was going on,

The form of the caterpillar now is gone.

When the shell opens, what comes out?

A beautiful butterfly fluttering about.

 

 

 

 

Swimming Stars!

We have had a great run for swimming this term. At week 6 we are still swimming nearly every day and we have got a lot stronger at floating, gliding and kicking.

Here are some examples of our awesome swimming skills…

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