Wow! What a busy term that was! This was certainly a term that required lots of 'Participating and Contributing' - one of the Key Competencies in our curriculum. In terms of performance, we started with speeches, and finished with the production but in between we had sport coaches, swimming, and lots of learning in Maths and Literacy. Check out what we have been up to!
Swimming was another highlight! Each Monday we hopped on the school bus and headed into Rangiora to develop our swimming skills. Choosing a buddy to sit next to on the journey was a pretty big decision! We practiced lots of different skills needed to swim and at the end we all hopped into the deep pool to practice our water safety skills. This made some of us very nervous, but with some encouragement and a whole lot of courage we found we could do it!
Sport coaches visit North Loburn every second Wednesday and it is a highlight of the week when they do! We've enjoyed learning about how to successfully pass, dribble and shoot basketballs and more recently we have been working on Athletics. Did you know that to successfully sprint you need to 'pick your nose and put it in your pocket'! (Not really, but thinking about it helps us to get our arms right!). We've got Athletics next term so we'll be ready to run when it rolls around.
And finally... our production! Productions only happen every second year, but when they do they are certainly memorable!! 'Yet' was the name and we learnt all about the power that we can find when we use that word at the end of our sentences. 'I can't do this!' becomes 'I can't do this yet!'. Manuka's item was themed around the board game 'Twister'. We learnt to twist (it's just like squishing a spider, and drying our back with a towel), developed our singing voices and had such a great time. For some of us the stage is a fun place to be, and for others it gives us the 'worry tummy'. Either way, we were proud of the way we listened to advice and feedback, practiced and practiced (and practiced some more) and got better and better with each and every run through. We were dazzled by lights, amazed by the other classes items and we had smiles a mile wide as our family and friends clapped, hooted and hollered for us. Check out how wonderful we looked!
As part of our Enviro Time we had some very helpful Enviro Leaders help us to paint some new vege markers for the garden. This was a fun way to spend our Friday afternoons, and we hope that it will brighten up our garden. We found drawing the 'fat, bubble writing' quite tricky and we needed lots of practice to make it big, bold and beautiful.
We have shared lots of interesting things with each other during News Reporters time. We've listened to the news reporter, learnt lots of interesting things, and checked that they have included a 'who, what, where, when, why and how'. We have quite enjoyed dressing up! Speeches were another Oral Language challenge! The the theme was 'Have I Got Something to Teach You!' and we were wowed with facts about scorpions, horses, writing speeches and even learnt how to hunt a roaring stag, skin and gut it. Not for the faint hearted!
With quite a number of wet days, Mrs Webb has been super impressed the quiet things we've found to do in the mornings before the day begins! Check us out!
And... we are currently super busy preparing for our School Production 'Yet'. We are very proud of the work we have done preparing for this, and hope that you are looking forward to this wonderful event! We certainly are!! Here's a sneaky preview.