We were so lucky to have James from Natural New Zealand Honey come and share his knowledge about farming bees. We learnt so very much and he was pretty impressed at what we knew too. We learnt all about 'queen excluders' in the hive boxes, got to check out the smoker that is used to calm the bees, and how different types of flowers make the honey different colours. He bought a see through hive where we could see 4,000 bees and if you spied really carefully you were able to spot the queen bee. James had painted a blue spot on her back so that she was able to be seen amongst all of the worker bees. We found out that three simple eyes on the top of a bees head help it to see in the dark, and that each of the two compound eyes has nearly 7,000 lenses! What amazing insects bees are! A great big thank you to James for sharing his wealth of knowledge with us!
What a lot we have learnt about bee bodies over the last few weeks. Bee's have amazing bodies, full of nifty tricks and their body parts are called the most wonderful words. We've learnt about their long straw-like tongue called a proboscis, their thorax (to be said like 'The Hulk' showing off our muscles!) which is the motor house for their wings and their long, useful antennae. We've learnt about forewings and forelegs, hind wings and hind legs. Did you know that they have pollen baskets on their hind legs and they use their fore and mid legs to brush the pollen into their pollen baskets. What is pretty cool is their five eyes (yes - five eyes! Two compound and three simple).
To show off what we had learnt we each designed and created a cardboard printing block. We made the base of the block using the basic three segments of the bee (head, thorax and abdomen) which we then decorated with all the essential bits likes wings, legs and a stinger (but only if it's a girl!). We did make quite a mess!
Then we got busy printmaking! We tried two different types of printmaking. First we wrapped our printing block up in a tight parcel with some paper and rubbed a crayon over it, transferring the image onto the paper. We found that if we use more than one colour it gave a really neat effect. Then we used proper printing ink and rollers. We carefully rolled the ink onto our printing block and then using a dry roller, pressed the image onto some paper. These looked pretty jolly fancy! Come in and check them out!
What's that buzz? North Loburn started off Term 3 with a wonderful day all about BEES! This is our school wide topic for the term and this was such an amazing way to spark our interest and focus our attention. The school was muddled up into six groups, all named after a different type of bees (did you know that there are not only bumble bees, honey bees and worker bees, but also leaf cutter bees and carpenter bees?!). These groups had students from every class in them, and it was so neat to see the big bees alongside the smaller bees to get the job done! We made bee buzzers that actually sounded like bees, bee stick puppets, a HUGE honeycomb, bees with transparent wings, iced cupcakes like bees (delicious!) and competed in a bee themed quiz. What fun!!
What a treat it is to join with Rimu and Kowhai for Discovery Time on a Friday. To end Term 2 we had such a great time celebrating with a Matariki themed discovery. There was lots of activities that we could choose to do. We could paint the night sky with cotton buds, make origami stars, do some weaving, puzzles or create 3D stars with the straws. We were also engineers with the Meccano, electricians with the Brain Box kits or scientists with the microscope! Mrs Green also put some Jump Jam music on and we shook our groove things on the stage. Such fun!
What a busy term we have had and one of the things that we are most proud of are the fabulous pieces of art that we have created. They brighten our classroom and are worth popping into class to have a look.
We were so fortunate to have Mrs Connelly spend a day with us this term, and she helped us to make these fabulous pieces of art. First we had to draw some abstract shapes onto our backgrounds, and then we used undiluted dye to create really bright colours for our background. She took photos of us 'striking a pose' and printed them off to go onto our bright backgrounds. We tied in some writing about ourselves which we also used on our artwork. We love that not only are each of our art works unique, that we are too!
To celebrate Matariki the junior classes were all muddled up into three mixed groups. Each group spent three afternoons in a different class creating something that reflects Matariki. In Kowhai, the students made kites which they decorated with ribbon and wool. In Rimu, they created a brightly coloured mobile that has the stars of Matariki hanging from it. In Manuka, we painted stars and then wove black paper through them. Some of us found the weaving part a bit tricky, under and over. It was lovely to see the big kids helping the little ones. They look fabulous!
Good golly Miss Molly! The students of Manuka have been so very busy! We've been writing recipes, but not any old recipe... Recipes to make your teacher frown, or recipes to make your teacher smile. We had such fun coming up with ideas! Then, just like real authors, we published our writing. We had to consider what font and colour to use, as well as illustrate our book with either photographs or drawings. Can you guess which ingredients are used to make Mrs Webb frown and which make her smile?
Lights, camera, action! NZ Playhouse visited and performed 'Little Red Robin Hood'. We laughed. We booed. We pointed. We had such a great time! It wasn't the original Little Red Riding Hood story - there was a little Robin Hood mixed in as well. There were songs and dancing, arrows and horses, and lots of laughing.
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.