We are a class of Year 3 & 4 children at Vardon School in Hamilton, NZ. The purpose of this blog is to share what we are learning with others. Click into our individual blogs to see samples of our learning and our reflections. WE LOVE LEARNING!!! We also love commenting, so please leave us a comment!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cutting flax with Mrs Anderson

Mrs Anderson talked to us about how to cut flax. We had to say a karakia before we cut the flax to bless the flax. Then Mrs Anderson showed what flax to cut and what flax not to cut. We only cut the outside of the family (grandparents and the parents). We can't cut the baby flax because they need to grow. We also were showed how to cut the flax on an angle so the rain can drip off it.
We took the flax back to class and plaited it to make flax ropes.
We used the flax ropes to act out the legend of How Maui slowed the sun.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

camp week

Our camp week was so fun because we all like going to beaches and camping over night . We all had fun !!!

Our Middle Syndicate Amazing Camp!!!!

camp week

Monday, March 14, 2011

Maui and the sun

For our topic we are studying solar energy.
We read the legend of Maui and the sun.
We also listened to this legend retold in maori.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Solar Energy

Which colour absorbs the most heat?

This is our colour experiment. We wanted to find out which colour absorbs the most heat?

We wrapped 3 chocolate biscuits in whit, red and black paper. We put them in the sun.

The black paper melted the chocolate chips, the red paper warmed the biscuit and the white paper didn't warm the biscuit.

So.... black absorbs the most heat!!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Working as a team!!

We had to line up in order of height without talking!!

To achieve this we had to work as a team and use facial expressions and gestures.

Shadows Experiment

Our pre-ideas..... about shadows.

Listen to Ella, Trinity and Alannah talk about their shadows experiment.

PS - turn your volume up loud so you can hear us!! :)

We learnt that our shadows moved because the sun was moving.
Our shadows started off long and then got shorter and shorter. They also moved to the left.
The higher the sun in the sky the shorter the shadow.