Thursday, 22 June 2017

McKenna's Amazing Holiday Work


On Friday my family and I went to Mt Ruapehu. It was late in the night so we went to this restaurant called steak and seafood we thought it sounded very nice so we went in. Fires were going and really good service we loved it. We got to chose a table it was circle shaped and seated four. Straight away a lovely man asked us if we would like drinks we said maybe a few more minutes. 1 hour later I was halfway through my dinner when I asked if I could take a photo of my dinner cause it looked yum it smelt yum and tasted yum. Luke and I were getting bored so we got mums phone and we played on snapchat when we were taking a selfie we asked the lady if she would want to come in and it showed on her that she had too much makeup on but it was just a theme. Then the lady brought that kind gentle man over and she asked us if we could put the theme on him and he thought it was very funny. sadly it was time to go but I hoped I would come back another day. we said goodbye as we walked out into the blustery night. I think that has been the best restaurant I have ever been to.

My Holiday from myles webb on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Lake Rotokare Reserve - Report by Hayley

The Overgrown Jungle

The trees were hanging over the track and they were softly tapping on my head as I scooted past. Hiding the sunlight away from the soft brown earth. It was like a overgrown jungle with only one way out .  A saddleback was in the tree, singing a sweet tune to me.

On the track there were rat traps and mice traps. Zoe's Mum set off one of the traps, she poked the lever with a stick - Bang! It made me jump! Bang! Then we moved on to the end and took in the beautiful lake views.

There was not a single ray of sunshine peeking through the leaves . “Yuck mud, oh no it's on my shoes”I said with dismay. The mud was like chocolate pudding. Slush, slush sounds came from the mud as people passed through, covering everyone's gumboots and shoes. A little bit of Lake Rotokare are for everyone to take home. I enjoyed learning about our native plants and animals ,learning about our world and how to care for it .We don't have a lot of native animals in the world, so we have to look after and treasure the ones we do have . By Hayley

You can find out more about Lake Rotokare Reserve by visiting their official website.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Edison Robot Challenge

Edison Robot Block Challenge from myles webb on Vimeo.

Our Edison Robot Challenge was to create a way to carry as many plastic blocks as possible two metres. No blocks could fall off and the students only had straws and masking tape to create a way to carry as many blocks as possible. Our winners Tyrese, Luke-Noah and Harry managed to get their Edison Robot to carry an incredible 133 blocks!

Edison Robot - Challenge

Edison Robot Challenge on PhotoPeach

Edison Robot Challenge

I'm sitting here with straws and tape beside my group. We are beginning to build our
double trailer for our trusty robot  we were given. The first part was tough without
covering the sensor so that we could drive straight and stay safe. We thought we
were going to lose the race. Suddenly luck came we came 3rd with 30 blocks. We were all happy and had a lot of fun.



On the 13th of June we started a bot competition but we didn’t get to finish so it carried on the the next day. On Wednesday the first thing we did was the bot challenge. In my group was Caitlin and Sarah. The challenge was who could carry the most blocks.and our group came second with 80 blocks. Your whole creation had to cross the line. and the line was two meter. Some people got out because one of their blocks fell off or they did not make it over the line.



We started a robot Competition on the 14th of June 2017. We had to make a robot out of straws and masking tape. We had to make something attached to the robot to hold the blocks. We had to be in teams of three. Sarah, Zoe and I were a team. We made a trailer. The robot had to go two meters. Every robot that crossed the line had a chance of winning. You could restart it 3 times but no more than 3. Every robot that crossed the line you had to count how much of blocks they could carry across the finish line. The one that crossed the finish line with the most blocks won. If even one of you blocks fell off you would be eliminated.



Friday, 9 June 2017

R3 Answering Questions for Catriona in Scotland

This week we had contact wtih Catriona who is a student who is from Edinburgh, Scotland.  She was studying climate in New Zealand and sent us a video asking us some amazing questions about the climate and weather here in New Zealand. We listened to her questions, thought about them, and what we knew about Scotland, and we produced this videos to answer her questions:

Zoe, Caitlyn, Sarah and Hayley answer Catriona's Questions from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

Catriona's Question was about our Winter - in New Zealand Winter is about the same as the Summer in Scotland. We looked at the differences between the two and compared the temperature! It was Winter we the Girls made this short video, and it was Summer in Scotland but we saw the temperatures was nearly the same!

Nadith, Ryan and Maree answers Catriona's Questions from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

Catriona wanted to know about the rainfall - was it greater in Taranaki in Winter or Summer? Was there one month of the year that had more rainfall than others! This question was answered by Nadith and Ryan, with assistance from Maree who choose to answer the question in the Auroa Primary School Library!

1080p copy from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

Will New Zealand and our farming be affected by global warming? The answer is yes according to Ellazae, Georgia, Harriet and Kassie.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

R3 Auroa School Connecting with France

Our friends from Brindas School, France have just received a package that we sent to them at the start of this term. We wrote the students letters and sent some flags to them. Today they put this amazing post on their class page thanking us for the gift and the connection.

You can click on the link to their amazing class page to find all about them by clicking here.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Winter at Auroa Primary School

This slideshow as created today by the students of Auroa Primary School to show what Winter looks like in South Taranaki. For us its the first official week of Winter. We took photographs around our school with a theme of Winter. We added a sentence describing the link between the photograph and Winter and published it. For our overseas visitors we have a mild Winter, our last snow day was in 2009. Our temperature at the moment, officially in Winter is sitting around 14 degrees centigrade.

Monday, 29 May 2017

R3's Ellazae's The Gloop!

The Gloop from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

Ellazae created this video of her science experiement involving Gloop with Mrs Kinaston last Wednesday.

Video Tour of R3 in Minecraft

Room Three in Minecraft from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

This video was created by Brock and Ben and is a tour of the model of Room Three, Auroa Primary School, that was created using Minecraft.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

R3 The Rodents in France

Our friends from Cm2 Brindas School, in France have been helping us out once again.  They have seen that we are identifying rodents around our school and they have taken the time to identifty the rodents that are around their area - there's some differences because we were amazed with some of the pictures! You can see the link to their wonderful class page here!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

R3 Caris Explains the Wax proces

As part of the process of having Jen from Rotokare Reserve we made Wax traps to record the teeth marks of some of the animals that are around our school.  As part of our writing Caris from Room Three wrote about the process.

Wax
The popsicle stick sunk into the wax. The wax set and cooked slowly. The sticks set into the yellow wax. The wax was lukewarm before Georgia stuck the wax in the ground. The wax should attract the pests and be able to identify the teeth marks.
                  

Thursday, 18 May 2017

R3 Rotokare Educator Slideshow

R3 Rotokare Educator Visit

This week we were lucky to have an educator from Rotokare Education Centre, visit us and work with each of the classroom to learn about how to track life around our school. We created pit traps and tracking stations and we able to put these all around our school. It was an amazing experience and we are looking forward to our Rotokare visit later this term. Rotokare Educator Visit on PhotoPeach

R3 Modelled in Minecraft!

We've started looking at Measurement and measuring to scale in class. As part of the activities associated with this we've had some of the students modelling our classroom in Minecraft - not as easy as some of the students thought that it might be. These screen shots were provided by Brock from Room Three who worked on the project in his own time...

Left: Room Three as seen from the outside area. Don't worry we have lots of classrooms and other parts of the school around us!


Left: Room Three from the inside - as modelled by Brock from Room Three.  Does this look like the inside of our classroom? What features can you see that are around the classroom? Where is your desk? What has Brock got right and what does he need to adjust?

Friday, 12 May 2017

R3 Nadiths Bike Saftety Explanation

Bike safety

People ride bikes everyday. Some people don’t ride them properly and don’t use it properly.

The parts of a bike are the frame, wheels, chain, seat, handlebar, tyres, brakes, light, pedals, reflector and spokes.

Helmets are the most important thing you need  when you are riding a bike. To fit a helmet you need two fingers under your chin and one your forehead.

There different fines for different things you do no your bikes. If you don’t wear a helmet when riding a bike it is a $55 fine, and if you ride your bike on the footpath it is also a $55 fine too.

If there is a bike or a car in front of you you need to be one bike length away.

Lots of different signs on the road, so you need to be careful. If there is a stop sign in front of you, you lift your right hand on a 90 degree angle. Then put your left or right hand straight. If you are at intersection and you are going straight, you don't need to do any hand you are going straight, you don't need to do any hand signal. Now you know how to ride a bike so get on your bike and ride it. Don't forget to wear your helmet.



Thursday, 11 May 2017

Mathematical Problem Solving in Room Three

This is the problem that our Maths class worked on yesterday.  Are you able to replicate the problem and then solve the six answers? If you need help you can view the videos and time lapse photography that was created by the students in Room Three this week!

We really enjoyed this problem and worked collaboratively with others in our group to come up with the solution! Eventually we were able to make sure that we could answer all six questions and then we helped each other to make sure we were all successful.


This video with solutions to the problem above was created by Mackenna and Hayley.
Mackenna and Hayley - Maths Squares from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

Brock, Nadith, Connor and Bens Mathematical Problem from Myles Webb on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Rats! Can you help Room Three?

This term we are completing a unit of work, our AKO or investigation, around Rats and Rodents we are looking at rats, rodents and whether there might be any around Room Three and Auroa Primary School.  This is where you can help us - have you had any experiences in your school or area with rodents? what does your school do to prevent them from appearing? If you could leave us a comment with the answer on this post we would really appreciate it.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

R3 Our Postcards arrive in England!

Earlier this year we received postcards from our friends in Room Seven at CP Hoopwood School in the UK. They were asking us about what its like to live next to a volcano. We loved hearing from them and sent replies with our own postcards being sent to thier school, they've just arrived in the UK and you can see our work featured on their blog at the link here!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

2017 EPro8Challenge

In the last week of School Auro School has been participating in the 2017 EPRO8 Engineering Challenge. This is an amazing competition with some brilliant challenges and devices that our students have been invovled with. Auroa Primary School students competed last week in Stratford and at Devon Intermediate School, with the Auroa Bulls winning the competition at Devon Intermediate and all of our Auroa Primary School teams making it through to the finals next term!

R3 #CLROrangePoetry

Monday, 10 April 2017

R3 #CLRPoem 2017

Thanks to our good friend Mrs Yollis, we've had another great collaborative project underway. We're working on a series of poems with a colour theme. Today we looked at the first stage, we searched around Auroa Primary School looking for subjects with a 'red' topic for our 'red' themed Haiku's! These are the images that the students of Room Three took today

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Kaya and Dylan B's Amazing Writing

Kaya and Dylan B from Mrs Yollis Class Writing

This week we've been looking at narrative writing from a pair of students from Mrs Yollis class in the United States of America.  It features a dog called Buck, who is Mrs Yollis dog! We started by looking at their writing, sharing it and then completing the task of finishing the story! Not only that but when we finished our version of the story we shared it back to Mrs Yollis and she commented on our students work.

When Mrs Yollis was commenting 'live' on our students work we were amazed because we realised that we were a day ahead of the United States of America and while it was Wednesday midday here in New Zealand it was Tuesday afternoon at the same time in the USA.

It was a great example for our students to read a narrative from other students from another part of the world.  We haven't finished yet.  We are creating a wall display featuring Mrs Yollis and her students work to put on display and help us improve our writing.  Thank you Kaya, Dylan B, Mrs Yollis and all the students in your amazing classroom.  You can click on the link to the blog here.

Friday, 24 March 2017

R3s Science Experiments: Part Two

This is a fantastic example of what we've been doing in science this week, created, filmed, edited and published by Mackenna from Room Three, what a fantastic job she's done.

My Movie 5 (1) from myles webb on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Time Lapsed Science Experiment

In Room Three - we've been carrying out some creative and interesting scientific experiments. Last week we experimented with candles and water - you can see what we were doing by watching this time-lapse photography! This week we start our investigation into what was happening and looking at the scientific reason behind it.

Science Experiment (1) from myles webb on Vimeo.

If anyone else has completed this experiment and has created some work or posts about it please let us know we would love to get in touch with you.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Parents Vs. Students Vs. Staff Relay 2017

Parents/Teachers/Students from myles webb on Vimeo.

Swimming Whanau Relay 2017

WhanauRelays2017 from myles webb on Vimeo.

Highlights from the 2017 Auroa Primary School Swimming Sports - this is the second to last event of 2017, the Whanau relays where the four Auroa School houses - Auroa, Haua Roa, Haua Piko and Hinengakau competed against it for glory.

School Swiming Sports 2017

On Friday 17th March 2017 Auroa Primary School took the day to make their way to Stratford Swimming Pools for our Sports.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Maths Questions for Mr Smiths Class in Australia

Once a week one of our Mathematics Group engages in problem solving on a regular basis. While this isn't particularly unique as lots of classrooms do this we have something a bit different - our 'Rectangles' have input and problem solving with Mr Smiths' Y5/6 Class from Queensland, Australia. That means the distance between the classes is over 3500km! This week we looked at creating Mathematical problems based around our farming. All these questions that we posed are real problems based around the farming in our area.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Class 7 - Hopwood CP School

This is the link to the class page of Class Seven, Hopwood CP School.

Thank you so much everyone and Mrs Atherton for sending us the postcards! We have just sent a set back - what a great learning experience.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Brock talks about Dog Agility!

Hi my name is Brock. I do Agility, And Flygility, with my dogs Allie, And Tip. Allie Is a Labrador cross,  Tip Is a Border collie.

Agility Is kind of like a sport, But for dogs!

What Is Agility??? Agility Is series of jumps, turns, tunnels, A frames, weaves, and dog walks, Its

Not always about the time sometimes It can be on how many faults your dog made! What Is a fault??? A fault is when your dog knocks one of the jumps down, Or Muddle up the order of the weaves,

Sometimes If your dog does not behave you get no time or placing. Just Two Weeks ago I went to my very first competition I entered my dog Allie, And My Mums Friend let me use her dog Grace! I was really happy when i found out that me and Grace had come first! But Allie didnt win because she got last for doing a BIG poo In The middle of the course!

Brocks Dog Agility Training from myles webb on Vimeo.

Monday, 6 March 2017

MT SPA 7 and 8 Year Old Relays

Girls Relay 7/8 Girls Relay from myles webb on Vimeo.

These two videos are from the MT SPA Athletics competition held at Victoria Park, Kaponga on Thursday 2nd March. These videos are the seven and eight old years racing in the relay racing. The Schools competing were Auroa (in Orange), Kaponga, Manaia and Matapu.

7 and 8 from myles webb on Vimeo.

Athletics 2017: Official School Video

Thursday, 2 March 2017

MT SPA Athletics - 9/10 Relay races

9-10 Boys 2017 from myles webb on Vimeo.

Y9-10 Relays from myles webb on Vimeo.

MT SPA Athletics - Senior student relays

Today at Victoria Park in Kaponga the local MT SPA cluster had their Athletics competition. The local schools of Auroa, Matapu, Kaponga, St Patricks and Manaia competed for the competition athletics shield. Auroa were the defending champions who had won the past five titles and were looking to win for a sixth time. These highlights are from the senior boys and senior girls (10-11 year olds) relays - Auroa School are in the orange uniforms.

Senior Boys Relay from myles webb on Vimeo.

Filmed at Kaponga - this video is the senior girls race from todays competition.

GirlsSeniorRelay from myles webb on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

R3 Postcards from the UK

Sophie with a Room Seven Postcard - 'touching' the top of the Mountain!
Today in class we had a special delivery - a pair of postcards that had come all the way to us from the United Kingdom.  They were sent to us by our friends from Room Seven, Hopwood School in the UK.  They have be learning about volcanoes for their unit of study and as a lot of you who regularly follow our blog know, we have a volcano that dominates the local landscape - Mount Taranaki!  We were very excited to receive something from the other side of the world - these photos are taken with our own local volcano in the background!
Georgia, Kade, Ellazae, Hayley, Paimarire, McKenna and Sarah with a Room Seven Postcard - Mt Taranaki is between the trees in the background.

Ben from Room Three - holding a Room Seven Postcard

The Gingerbread Mission: Part Two

The Gingerbread Mission - Part Two.
Their gingerbread house came to life and turned into a monster.   Nolan said “this was not in the recipe”.  “I kinda used come to life food in it as the secret ingredient” said Elie.  Nolan sighed “look” said Elie “its getting away”.   Nolan and Elie ran after it “it’s heading into the baking competition!”  They saw it eating all the food and getting bigger “that thing has lots of teeth said Nolan.   “This gives me an idea” said Elie “let’s eat it” and so they gobbled the monster up “well we may not win but we did have a good snack” said Nolan “what are you talking about” said the judge “you kicked the monsters butt” “you totally win the prize.  “Hooray” said Nolan and Elie


By Ryan Room Three.

Mrs Yollis and her class of students in the USA have been creating some amazing examples of narrative writing. This inspired our students in New Zealand to come up with an ending to their work this is Ryan example.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Gingerbread Mission - Nolan and Elie Global Work!

Today in class here in New Zealand we spent time looking at a piece of writing - nothing unusual in that however we were looking at a story written by two students in Mrs Yollis classroom in the USA, Nolan and Elie.    We loved reading their writing in class - we were all given a copy of their writing, we shared it to every student and converted it to a google doc.  

We then created a plan for our writing - the story by Nolan and Elie was left at a cliffhanger and our challenge was to end it! When we created the Google Doc we shared it with Mr Webb and also Mrs Yollis.  This created a surprise for our students, because while it was Monday mid-day here in New Zealand, it was Sunday afternoon in California and Mrs Yollis was online and started editing our work.   You can read the original post by the students from Mrs Yollis classroom here and we will be posting our work in the coming days.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Americarna Recount - Georgia

"That car is sick!!!" I can't wait its the Americarna!

It was time to go on the bus.  It was soooo funny on the bus because everyone was singing, they were singing juja on that beat, abcds, wheels on the bus round and round.  It felt like we were singing for ages but we weren't.

Finally we are there! First we have to walk down there, and now were there.  As soon as I looked down the road there was a flash orange car, it was mean, it had big black wheels.  Next there was a pink car, yup - a pink car it was flash as well.   All of the cars were flash they were awesome but the one thing is that it was HOT!

It is soooooo hot it, it was sooo hot I felt like tipping frozen ice over me! Thats how hot it was, I also felt so tired.

The cars were colourful there were lots of orange, red and yellow cars.

It was so funny because there was a skeleton in a car.  It had a cigarette in its mouth and there was also a dog in there.   It was so awesome at the Americarna.

Recount Written by Georgia from Room Three, about the Auroa Primary School visit to Opunake Beach for the 2017 Americarna show.  

Friday, 24 February 2017

R3 Mystery Skyping with Australia

Yesterday we held another #mysterySkype - this time with the students and staff from Good Shepard School in Canberra, Australia.  This was a fantastic experience which we found a bit difficult because we didn't know that Canberra has its own state in the middle of another state, making it a bit hard to locate on the map.  Another great experience! If you would like to organise a #mysterySkype with ourselves or another class at Auroa Primary School please let Mr Webb know!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

AmeriCARna 2017

Today Auroa Primary Schools Y5-8 students travelled to Opunake Beach to view the 2017 Americara Show.  At Opunake Beach at nearby Opunake we saw a parade of classic America cars well over 500.  It was an amazing experience for our students and these were some of the pictures that were taken on the day.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Francois from France

We're very lucky to have contacts and friends from all over the world that we interact with and learn with. Our friends from CM2, Brindas School have sent us a very special gift, a mascot for our classroom, Francois the Chicken complete with an Olympique Lyonnais Scarf! Some of the Room Three students took pictures around Auroa School of our new friend! You can click on the link to their fantastic blog here!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Connected Learners in Australia

This is the link to the Connected Learners Blog in Australia.

This is a fantastic class blog with lots of information and material and is run by Mr Lamshed and Mr Natars and is Y6/7 level.

You can click on the link here.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

R3 First Mystery Skype of 2017

Yesterday in class we completed our first International Mystery Skype for 2017.  We had to guess about the location of another classroom that we were Skyping around the world.

It turns out that the class we were Skyping with was from the Stamford American International School in Singapore.

As only Mr Webb had been to Singapore it was a bit hard to understand some of the differences for the people of Singapore. We Google Earth'd their city/country as well and were amazed by all the buildings and the fact that we couldn't see any farms! It was a fantastic learning experience for our students and we look to do some more during the year.

A special thanks to Mr Kemp from the Stamford American International School for arranging this!

Monday, 13 February 2017

R3 Taranaki Tennis

Taranaki Tennis on PhotoPeach
Today we had a special experience when Sport Taranaki arrived at Auroa Primary School to teach each of the classroom some of the skills involved in playing Tennis, the weather was against us so we moved to the Community Hall to take part in this fun activity.

Friday, 10 February 2017

A Message from France for R3

We're really fortunate in Room Three to have contact with classrooms all around the world, and some of our very best friends live in Brindas, France.  Today we received a special package from them which we opened up in the class, more on that later.   At the same time we watched an amazing video created for us from our friends on the other side of the world.  You can click on the link to their class page here and we look forward to another year of working together!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Welcome to 2017...

We're back for 2017 - its a new class and its a new year and another fantastic class of students for Auroa Primary School. We look forward to connecting with old friends and meeting new ones in the year to come. Thank you so much for your visit and leave a comment to us and we'll be in touch.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Taranaki the Kiwi Adventures Continue

Thank you for your visit - it is currently the school holidays in New Zealand and our school students are on their summer break.  Our students will be back at school on January 28th for the start of the new school year.

In the meantime one of the projects that we've been involved with in 2016 was an exchange of mascots with different schools around the world.  We are currently hosting 'Foxy Jack' a Fox sent to us by Mrs Monaghan in the UK! We have sent 'Taranaki' the Kiwi to the USA were Taranaki is currently being hosted by Mrs Yollis and her class of students - and not only that Taranaki has just been on holiday to Hawaii...