Monday, 19 June 2017

Puriri Team 5 - Term 2 Week 8 ending 23 June




Maths

We have been learning so much about graphs and the different types there are.  Some of us investigated other students around the school and have posted the findings through a range of graphs which are up on the classroom walls. Other students investigated the flight of paper planes and used these investigations to make their own paper planes and produce different scatter graphs. It's been a lot of fun in maths!

Reading

With all those boring probes out of the way we have been able to get back into our literature circles, with some of our groups even finishing their books!  Now's the time to summarise what we read and decide what we think the author did right and how they could possibly have improved the book. We have also finished our chapter chat book, 'Ms Bixby's Last Day' and although it was a sad ending to the story it was an awesome book to read.

Library - Remember we have changed our library day to Tuesday from 11.20 - 12.00.  

Writing

With all the choices in our writing we have been able to produce some incredible pieces! We are learning how to make our stories come alive and capture the reader. This week it is all about animals and we will be producing animal reports. These are going to include a lot of facts and descriptive words, so the reader will really know about the chosen animal.

Inquiry

Each day we investigate our science.  So each day we come closer and closer to answering our questions. Sometimes we might not always get the result we were expecting but this does not mean we aren't learning. The experiments can be seen all over the classrooms and the boards are slowly coming together. We can't wait to show you all our experiments and the hypothesis that come with them. It will be an incredible day where everyone will be able to have their scientific inquires on display.


Sausage Sizzle

Please keep supporting our fortnightly Sausage Sizzle, the next one is happening tomorrow. Orders need to be placed via wrap it up by 9:15am on the Friday of the sizzle.  NB: Popcorn is no longer available

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Puriri Post - Issue 7

Half way through Term 2 and my how the time flies.  We are continuing to work through our learning goals and look at where we need to go and how we need to get there.  This is what we have been up to lately:

Maths

In maths we have been learning all about statistics and reading and creating graphs.  We have also been really focusing on fractions as it is an area a lot of us need a boost.  We are not half bad though...excuse the fraction pun!

Reading

We have been asking lots of questions in reading.  This is good because asking questions helps us make sense of what we are reading.  Jack and Sven have also been bugging us with those annoying Probe Tests.  They are a pain but they also give us really good information about how we are understanding what we are reading and what age we are reading at.

Library - Remember we have changed our library day to Tuesday from 11.20 - 12.00.  

Writing

We get to choose what we are writing!  That's write/right, we choose.
If we have something we want to write about we simply go to OneNote and write our genre request in the genre request page.  We have more say over our learning and more student agency.  It's great!
This week we have done 'Legends of our Houses' which was requested by Mia M and 'Writing from an Animal's Perspective' which was requested by Lola.

Inquiry

Our science inquiries are slowly building momentum.  The biggest thing we are working on is, now we know what we want to find out, how can we create a fair test to get the answers we are seeking.  Next week we have two science focus days were we will be doing science from 9 - 12.40. These are on Tuesday and Thursday.

Puriri TV Station
After the success of a student inquiry last term, a group of students are endevouring to set up a more permanent TV station where children can share the news and notices on our blog.  Today they visited Parnell District School to see how they run their TV station. Hopefully they get lots of great ideas to bring back.
Watch this space...

Sausage Sizzle

Please keep supporting our fortnightly Sausage Sizzle, the next one is happening tomorrow. Orders need to be placed via wrap it up by 9:15am on the Friday of the sizzle.

Sport
Our swimming sports team did exceptionally well winning the Inner City Swimming Sports, there were some excellent individual results and our team broke lots of long standing records. Well done to all the swimmers who participated.
Also a huge congratulations to our Inner City Cross Country team that won the inner city event last week.  The team trained well hard for a well-earned result.  

We are having an amazing year of sport at Bayfield!




Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Puriri Post - Issue 6


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X Country

Talk about fast runners!  We had an awesome time at Cox's bay last friday, in what some would called perfect X-Country conditions. Although a lot the students were hoping for that rain to save them from it, our students did an amazing job aiming to run the X-Country as fast as they could.  Congratulations to all those who made the Inner City Team!! These guys are going on to represent our school next thursday. Good luck!
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Maths
At school this week we have been gathering information about our pulse-rates. We have displayed the data using a stem-and-leaf graph. A stem-and-leaf graph is a bar graph made by arranging numerical data in a display. The first part of the number is the stem and the last part is the leaf. 
See if you can place the pulse-rates of your family on the chart below.
stem-and-leaf graph
We been solving heart-beat problems with the help of calculators. Here’s one for you to work on with your child:
How many times does your child’s heart beat in a week?

Reading

We have been getting stuck into our shared novel 'Ms Bixby's Last Day' and the children have been producing awesome artwork and answers to the chapter chat questions. All parents are more than welcome to come inside to see the incredible art work that the children have been producing from chapter chat and of course the answers to our weekly questions.

Library - We have changed our library day to Tuesday from 11.20 - 12.00.  We really appreciated parent help running the desk with this last term and would love more this term.  If you are available could you please email us we are happy to make up a roster.

Writing

Although a lot of our writing has been science-based this term, Sven and I have decided to bring back genre sessions for the children to improve their range in writing styles. Last week the genre's were legends and narratives. Lauren Goldwater had her legend story about Sir Edmund Hillary conquering Mt. Everest posted on our blog last week and shows us just how imaginative and open minded our children are, with the writing skills to match.

Inquiry
Now that our science mini lessons are complete students are beginning to work either by themselves or with a buddy on their own science investigation. Students are working across year 5 & 6 and our science lessons are on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. This means you may need to remind your child/ren that they will need to bring their equipment to school on these days. The research has begun and the questions have been asked. Now it's time to see just how inquisitive our students are. Experiments can be completed either at school or at home but all writing must be completed within the class. 

This science project is due on the 3rd July. We can't wait to see what the students investigate.
To make sure students are given enough time to complete their investigation we are going to have dedicated science days in Week 7 and 8 on the 13th, 15th and the 20th and 22nd June.

Sausage Sizzle
Every two weeks the councilors will run a sausage sizzle for Bayfield students. It will always be the same day that we have assembly.




Future Dates

June 1 - ICSS Cross-Country
June 5 - Queen's Birthday
June 13 - Dedicated science Day
June 15 - Dedicated Science Day
June 20 - Dedicated Science Day
June 22 - ICSS Rugby League/Dedicated Science Day
June 23 - ICAS registrations close
June 28 - Skip-a-thon


Please remember we have an open door policy


svenc@bayfield.school.nz
jackp@bayfield.school.nz

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Puriri Post - Issue 5

Welcome Jack

We are so happy to welcome Jack Peterson to our team.  He is an awesome teacher who has brought new and interesting ideas to Puriri.  We miss Lizzie lots but he has been a great replacement!

Swimming Sports

What an amazing day!  We had a blast and it was so good to see that even though lots of us were really nervous we all gave it our best effort in the pool.  Congratulations to Mia Barber-Smith, Mia Montgomerie, Piper Lodge, Lochie Klouwens, Frankie Ashford, Carter McMahon, Tabitha Sellar and James Nairn on making the Inner City Swim team that will compete on behalf of Bayfield School at the ICSS competition.

Maths

In maths this term we are focusing on fractions and decimals for number and measurement for strand.  Some of the things we have been covering have been ordering fractions, converting improper fractions, rounding decimal numbers, finding the perimeter and area of regular and irregular shapes and we are also continuing to develop effective strategies when to help us solve a range of problems involving the four operations.

Reading

In reading this term we continue to learn comprehension strategies that will help us read a wider and more sophisticated range of books.  We are carrying on with our literature circle too.  In literature circles we are in groups reading the same novel together.  We read aloud (a paragraph at a time) and discuss the book along the way.  It is a great way to enjoy a book together and support each other with our reading.
Library - We have changed our library day to Tuesday from 11.20 - 12.00.  We really appreciated parent help running the desk with this last term and would love more this term.  If you are available could you please email me and I am happy to make up a roster.

Writing

Writing this term has been very science based.  We are learning to write up scientific experiments correctly, forming a hypothesis and analyzing results of experiments we have been doing.  We have also been learning how to use diagrams to help us explain scientific concepts and ideas.

Inquiry
This term is 'Think Like a Scientist' term and we are inquiring into all things science.  To start the term we have chosen different workshops with different teachers to learn about areas of science we are interested in.  During these mini lessons we have been carrying out scientific investigations and experiments.  We have been learning how to carry out a scientific investigation by going through the scientific process correctly, step by step.
This year we are moving away from the traditional 'Science Fair' as we are going to carry out our own scientific inquiries at school with the support of our teachers.  Phew, less homework!

Sausage Sizzle
Tomorrow will be the first of our fortnightly sausage sizzle.  Every two weeks the councilors will run a sausage sizzle for Bayfield students. It will always be the same day that we have assembly.


Future Dates



May 17 - Bayfield School Cross-Country at Cox's Bay
June 1 - ICSS Cross-Country
June 5 - Queen's Birthday
June 22 - ICSS Rugby League
June 23 - ICAS registrations close
   June 28 - Skip-a-thon


Please remember we have an open door policy


svenc@bayfield.school.nz
jackp@bayfield.school.nz

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Bixbyisms

A Bixbyism is an affirmation (a positive thought to make your life better).  Research an affirmation that is meaningful to you and write it in your Gratitude Journal.  Explain why you chose it and what you think it means.
I like the affirmation 'When given the choice between being right and being kind...choose kind'

Monday, 10 April 2017

Holes Movie

Hey guys

Just a reminder about our viewing of the movie Holes tomorrow.  We are excited to see how it compares to the book which we really enjoyed!
Students asked if they can wear P.J's and bring a pillow which I said could be optional.
Also there was a request for popcorn and that is BYOD completely optional (and healthy variety would be best!) I am sure I will regret that decision when I see the state of the floor afterwards.
Sven