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!