Sunday, May 19, 2019

What Was Life Like for the Ancient Egyptians?

Read this article: Answer the following questions:

List 4 jobs in ancient Egypt

How did you get your job?

Why did children have to get jobs?

What is a Felucca?

How high is the pyramid of Giza?

What were houses made of in ancient Egypt?

How did they keep food cool?

List some foods they ate in Ancient Egypt.

Monday, May 13, 2019

An introduction to Ancient Egypt

Read this article. Answer the following questions:

How long ago did the Egyptian civilisation start?

What continent is Egypt in?

Why did people start living next to the Nile?

What crops did they grow?

What were the pyramids used for?

What was the writing that the Egyptians invented called?

How many gods did the worship?

What was the ruler of Egypt called?

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Ancient Egypt

Kia Ora All,

We're taking a trip to ancient Egypt this term. To start off we've looked at some hieroglyphics and are working out how to spell our names with the aim of working towards producing a piece of art.
   Throughout the term we'll touch on some geography, how the Nile influenced this ancient civilisation, and what life was like for the people back then.

Rock on,

Mr M

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Garden Signs and BTB Points Auction

 Kia Ora Koutou Katoa,

A little technology project we had on the go this term was making some signs for the school garden. This was done in conjunction with Sol. We also could not have completed the project without Malcolm's patient help and handyman skills. The signs took a good part of the term to complete; we worked in small bursts over several sessions. First the kids identified the perennial that they wanted to label, then they researched its scientific name, did some observational drawings, made a mock up of their layout, primed the plywood board, and finally transferred their design onto the sign. Once the signs were finished, the kids drilled holes in them to attach a rope, which they platted out of flax, to the sign. We then proudly hung them in the garden. Pop by the school garden if you get a chance and check them out.

BTB Points Auction
Every term I run a BTB points auction. Over the term the students build up a bank of BTB points awarded for good behaviour, outstanding manners, great sportsmanship, excellent work habits and superb effort in their learning. At the end of the term the students use their points to bid for items which have been donated to the auction. 

   This is the call for donations of any small items that are no longer wanted for the students to bid on. In the past students have brought in old toys, stationary, books or other random items - any small inexpensive items you could send along will contribute to the fun of the auction. Please send along with your child by Tuesday.

Rock on,

Mr M

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Class Movie and Car Boot Day Singers

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa,

The term is absolutely flying by. In between maintaining a class programme and enjoying extra curricula activities such as swimming sports and triathlon training we've somehow managed to find time to make our annual class movie. It's also on the school website, but here it is here for your enjoyment.

In other news, Maki's car boot sale was a great success. A bunch of kids sang at it to universal acclaim. I thought they were fantastic. Here's a picture of The Motupipi School Rock 'n' Roll Singers in action.
Rock On,

Mr M

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Tofu with Maki

Kia Ora All,

A couple of weeks back Maki kindly offered to come in to show the kids how to make tofu using chickpeas. I was impressed with how adventurous all the students were with trying it out. Almost everyone tried the finished product and everyone who tried it reported it to be very yummy. It's great to see a bunch of kids so open to different types of food - great job whanau!

Rock On,
Mr M

Rocky Shore

Here are some pictures from the Rocky Shore study the school did at Patons Rock a couple of weeks ago. It was an excellent day of discovery and a great day out for all involved.

Rock on,
Mr M