Friday, 30 June 2017

How to make a parachute?

Here are Summer's instructions on how she made her parachute. Are the instructions clear? Has she included bossy verbs? Are her sentences direct and to the point? Would you get muddled if you followed her instructions?

How to make a parachute?

What you need

-Plastic sheet.

1. Grab your plastic sheet.

2. Cut your plastic sheet into a square.

3. Grab four pieces of string.

4. Cut your string into four medium strings.

5. Cut four holes in the end of your square.

6. Insert your string into the holes.

7. Tie the string together.

8. Attach the cork to the string.

9. Finally go outside and see if it lands softly, if not make improvements.
10. Once done put detailed designs on it!

By Summer! :D

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Designing and creating cars

We have been looking into 'How Stuff Works' and designed our own cardboard, balloon cars.

Balloon cars move forward when air is blown through a straw into the balloon and the car is released onto a flat surface. The air pushes out of the straw and forces the car moves forward. 

Here we are testing our cars

Tracey Tawhiao

Students will:
- Investigate the purpose of objects and images from past and present cultures and identify the contexts in which they were or are made, viewed, and valued.
- Develop and revisit visual ideas, in response to a variety of motivations, observation, and imagination, supported by the study of artists’ works.
- Describe the ideas their own and others’ objects and images communicate.
We learnt that Tracey Tawhiao is a famous NZ artist who creates her drawings on newspapers. We listed questions that we would like answered to find out more about her. We then did some research and shared it with the class.

What inspires her creativity? What motivates her? Why she is famous? How does she give back to society? What visual features do her artworks display? What messages does she try to communicate?  

Koru 2 then attempted to create their own artworks inspired by Tracey Tawhiao and our own individual cultural identities. We looked closely at the different patterns in maoridom and the meaning and significants of these.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Koru 2’s Learning Conferences

Children should be proud of the way they went about sharing their learning and new collaborative environment with whanau.

Children shared learning about maths, reading, writing, inquiry, our Licence System, our Class Treaty and Online Learning.

Thursday, 22 June 2017


Putting pictures in our minds is one way poets and other writers get their message across. These pictures are called images or imagery.
The language that is used to produce these pictures is called figurative language, because the words do not have their everyday meaning (literal meaning) but another meaning (figurative meaning) which our imagination helps to create.

To help with ideas we watched a video that had beautiful images of NZ landscapes. Koru 2 then explored some of the language features that can be used in poetry; similes, metaphors, and personification.

Can you identify some of the language features in our poems?

Monday, 12 June 2017

Making Predictions

There were 4 cubes in a covered bag (a combination of pink and green). We pulled out one cube at a time and then returned it to the bag. We repeated this several times, to try make predictions about how many of each colour there were. We looked at the results to help us make these predictions.

“When there are three green cubes and one pink cube in the bag, I think that there is a more likely chance of pulling out a green cube.” - Jamie B

“There is an unlikely probability of pink being pulled out because there is only one pink and there are three green.” - Emily

“When there are two green and two pink, there is an even chance of pulling out either colour.” - Chloe

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Testing our parachutes.

For Inquiry, our theme has been 'How Stuff Works'. We have been researching information and planning to make our own parachutes. Here are few pictures of us testing our parachutes and also some information we found out.

How do Parachutes Work?
A parachute is a device used to slow down an object that is falling towards the ground.
There are two forces acting on the falling person:
1.    Gravity (Upwards)
2.    Air resistance (Downwards)
Without a parachute, the gravity is more than air resistance. However, as the parachute opens, the air resistance increases. Now, air resistance is more than gravity.
This slows down the parachute and the person or object can land safely on the ground.

Here are some of the wonderful plans that students put together:

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