Then hands washed, instructions heard, and the cooking begins! This week it was 'Pumpkin Mania'. We were treated to a delicious pumpkin soup with flat breads, impossible pumpkin pies, and finished with chocolate and zucchini cake. Yummo! While we waited for it to cook, and the smell made our tummies rumble, we worked on our recipe books. We all tried a little bit of everything. The pumpkin soup was so delicious that we were scraping the bottle of the pot. With lots of smiles, and full tummies we headed out to play. We are so grateful to Cherry, Rachel and their team of merry helpers who support us in this. It's always super fun, great learning and something we look forward to!
Wowsers! How proud were the Manuka Superstars yesterday! After weeks of training, it was finally Cross Country Race Day! The weather forecast was a little dicey but the decision was made to go ahead and showcase our perseverance. So amongst a few drops of rain, through some mud, and to the sounds of our friends and family cheering, we ran. With puffing lungs and red faces we crossed the finish line and all that hard work paid off. For some it was a time to bask in the glory of getting a place and for others it was the satisfaction of knowing they had given it their all. All the Manuka students should be proud of a job well done.
The excitement when we know it's Rangiora Gym day is very high! We look forward to these trips every year. For some of us the trampolines are the highlight, and for others it's the thrill of jumping into the foam pit. We challenge ourselves balancing along the beam, and we stretch our muscles when we jump, tumble and use the bars. Check us out in the slide show below!
What a fun day we had at our 'Wheelie Fun Wheelie Discovery' with Rimu and Kowhai. We were really lucky to have a beaut day and even though the field was too wet for bikes, we had such a great time on our scooters and skateboards on the court. In the hall we had LOTS of different wheelie action. There were tummy boards, train sets, hot wheel cars to name a few! Even Mr Ward and Mrs Webb had a go.
My goodness it's been busy in Manuka over the last few weeks. We've had visitors come and share with us about their passions, and it's been so interesting for us to listen to and ask some questions!
Gemma McCaw is an olympic athlete and plays hockey for the Black Sticks, the New Zealand team. She spoke to us about the importance of striving for excellence, which is one of our PRIDE values, the importance of trying your best and friendship. Lots of us brought along our hockey sticks for her to autograph. We are looking forward to watching her and her team mates play at the olympic games.
Garden to Table is one of our most favourite things to do and this term it was even more exciting. James from Natural New Zealand Honey brought along some boxes of honey and some queen bees for us to look at. He was pretty jolly impressed at what we knew about bees (but we are the Busy Bees of Manuka!) and we had LOTS of questions for him. Did you know that a worker bee only lives for 6-8 weeks and makes about a teaspoon in it's lifetime, but a queen bee can live two years? The frames full of honey were very heavy, and were dripping on the floor. We were allowed to scoop out the honey with our fingers. It was REALLY messy but such great fun.
What a treat we've had in Manuka! Mrs Mason has spent a few days with us doing all things piratey. We've written pirate storys and made treasure maps. Check out our pirate paintings and the amazing finger and peg puppets that we made. We gave them all suitable names, and praticed our pirate voices. "Ohhh arrgghhh", "shiver me timbers" and "walk the plank you scurvy dog!"
During the week Manuka share each day a poem linked to something that we are learning about in class. On Fridays we share our favourite poems with a buddy, using our very best expressive voices (some are even sung!). We then get to be illustrators. After gluing the poem for the week into our poetry books we get to illustrate them in any way we choose, as long as it is linked to the poem. Each week a 'judge' critiques our illustrations and announces a winner, who then gets to the be judge the following week. This is then popped in our bags for sharing at home.
We took the opportunity in Manuka to do a little 'data analysis' after Pet Day. We created a pictograph based on what animals Manuka brought to pet day. We found that the most popular pet Manuka brought was a dog, but there were lots of lambs as well. However, there was only one spider - a truly unique pet. We explored what a pictograph is, it's features and purposes, before trying it out ourselves. When asked what sort of other graphs there are, Mrs Webb was expecting answers like 'pie graphs' and 'bar graphs' but she had a wee giggle when one clever cookie answered with 'photograph'! We then moved onto bar graphs. Question forming, tally charts and making conclusions kept us busy during this unit and we learnt lots about how to make general statements about the 'data'.
Another thing we do each week is Basic Facts. Usually we do them first thing on Monday morning, and work on them at home (and at school!) during the week before we do them again on Friday morning. The goal is to improve our score by 4 or more which is sometimes a real challenge. During Week 5 we were only at school for three days as there was a Teacher Only Day followed by Show Day. Instead of Basic Facts Mrs Webb gave us a Basic Facts activity. We had to make our way through a series of mazes by calculating the answers to a number of maths problems. This was a lovely change to our usual routine, but there were a few students who were pleased to be back to the usual Basic Facts Challenge!
BUT..... one of the highlights of our week is when we get to do 'Garden to Table', and we were so lucky to get to have both a kitchen and a garden session in Week 5. What a treat! The 'silverbeet' group went out on Monday afternoon to harvest some delicious looking vegetables from our gardens. Hats on, gloves on and off they went to discover what wonderful produce had been growing. Then on Tuesday it was 'all systems go'. We are so lucky to have Cherry and her team of helpers who have everything laid out and ready to go when we arrive at the kitchen after our smoko. This time we were preparing spinach pancakes, broad bean dip, vege sticks, and to top it off there was apple crumble and ice cream! What a treat! The pancakes were a very definite green colour, the perfect size for spreading with the broad bean dip and they went down a treat. Not a single one left! And nobody said no to crumble and ice cream. Delicious!
And then on Wed we were off with Rachel and another wonderful team of helpers to work in the garden. We planted our sunflowers that we had planted earlier in Literacy Hour, mulched, weeded, watered and tended our vegetable beds. It was a beautiful day and a lovely way to spend an afternoon. It was also a special occasion as Emma and John were presented with their prize packs that they had won from Young Gardener of the Year. They looked pleased as punch and we are all very proud of them! Did you see them in the paper a few weeks ago?
It's athletics time of year and we have been making the most of the beaut weather to get out and practice our running, jumping and throwing (and just quietly, we're getting pretty good!). We'll keep practicing for a wee bit yet, but you're more than welcome to come and see us display our talents at our Junior Athletics celebration! Make sure you're prepared to be impressed! It's on Friday 1st Dec at 9am.
It's been a great start to Term Four! Students arrived pleased to be back, rearing to go, with big smiles all round. What a delightful bunch of children we have in Manuka.
Mrs Webb finished reading us 'My Father's Dragon' and it inspired us to head to the iPads and get creating! We created a scene/background from the story which was based on a remote jungle island, and then drew and imported characters from the story onto our background. We learnt to make these characters move, dance, get bigger and smaller. We are going to record ourselves retelling a section of the novel using the iPads. It's been quite a long process, but we've learnt lots about how to be creative, problem solve, and learn from each other.
This term is all about the Power of People! As a Green Gold Enviro School we know how to make powerful decisions to make a difference in our school and community. We have been focusing on three things that happen at NLS: paper recycling, plastic recycling and worm farming. Throughout the term we are exploring these practices, demonstrating how we can be 'Eco-Warriors'. In Manuka, tiger worms are our focus. Check out the worm farms we made with Lesley Ottey (we love when she visits)! We've learnt lots about the good things that worms do, as well as some interesting facts... Did you know that worms don't have teeth or lungs - they breath through their skin!
Once in a while we are lucky enough to be invited to join with Rimu and Kowhai for their discovery sessions on a Friday. We love being able to choose activities that are creative and hands on, and it's lovely to be able to work alongside, helping the younger children in our school. Mrs Green and Mrs Hassall arranged a Discovery Time that was all about nature as part of our Eco Warrior unit. What fun we had hunting ants and spiders webs, using the magnifying glasses, painting with leaves, and weaving with recycled paper. What a treat!