Team 2 - Term 1 2018

Imaginary MinibeastsImaginary Minibeasts
Lately Room 6 have been writing reports about made up minibeasts. If you do not know what a minibeast is, it is an invertebrate, but some minibeasts have an exoskeleton. We put in facts in paragraphs like Introduction, Diet, Appearance and Habitat. We all started off by using a planning template - we wrote it in our writing books then went on a chromebook or laptop and published it. Some of us did short ones and some of us did long ones. It was a lot of fun. We are learning lots of things about minibeasts. I wonder if Room 7 and Room 8 are learning as much about them too?

Papier Mache MinibeastsPapier Mache Minibeasts
Three weeks ago Room 7 made minibeasts out of newspaper and glue/papier mache. We painted them different colours and made legs out of straws and then decorated them with whiteboard markers. We did two layers to make sure the body wasn't wrinkly and we put stingers/wings on the body. Most of Room 7 liked it but some of the people complained about getting glue on their hands. If you want, you can see them in the corridor for Team Two. Before I forget, we also made a leaf/flower and glued our minibeast to it.

Minibeast Paint ArtMinibeast Paint Art
Room 8 has done minibeast art. There are 4 steps. The first step is to grab 3 pieces of paper, then you paint 2 layers of paint but don't mix them. Then you paint patterns on the paper and let it dry. Cut out shapes that will soon form the shape of an insect. Find a piece of paper and glue on the insect parts so that it forms an insect or minibeast.

Room 6 does Showtime. We always do it on Fridays after morning tea. Every week a reading group performs a play. The Lions did a play called The Day Off. We can also do a dance, share something that we did in the weekend or bring in something that we have at home like a sculpture. We also get to take turns having a class bear: one is called Bernie and the other is called Melinda. Jonathan shared about going on holiday to Auckland with Bernie. Sometimes people make quizzes. Miro and Benji did a super duper long quiz, they were not allowed to finish it because it was so long!  You could also do it about some art that you could have made at home and bring it in if it wasn’t too big.

Name MonstersName Monsters
On the 5th March Room 7 made monsters. They look kind of like our names.  We folded a piece of paper in half long ways and wrote our name on both sides of the paper and then opened it up and it turned into a monster. When you’ve done that you have to colour it in. The colouring has to be symmetrical. We called it a name monster because we used our name and it looked like a monster.
Reuben’s letter: I find them very creative. There is a lot of detail so it is easy to tell the friendly from the unfriendly. 
Oliver’s letter: I find them very creative and very hard to find out whose is whose. Some of them look very friendly and some very scary. 


Year 3 Sports FestivalYear 3 Sports Festival
Team 2 Year 3s went to the Year 3 sports festival at Samuel Marsden School. You do activities outside and inside. There are 7 activities which are: line football, ice cream vs volcanoes, balloon ball, bench ball, skittles and fill the bucket. How you play line football is there are two lines  of people, one on either side. You each have a number from 1 to 12 and if they call out your number you run onto the field and play football. How you play ice cream vs volcanoes: you have two lines of people on each side of the field and there are cones in the middle, some are flipped up and some flipped down. The ones that are flipped up are ice cream cones and the ones that are flips down are volcanoes. The people on each side have a name which is either volcanoes or ice creams and they run around trying to flip the cones the other way. Balloon ball is like volleyball but you use a balloon instead of a volleyball.

Team 2 is learning about minibeasts.  Minibeasts are small animals that have no bones. Some minibeasts have exoskeletons. An exoskeleton is a shield that protects minibeasts. Their shield is on most parts of their body. Another way to describe it is like this - outside skeleton. Fun facts: insects are the largest group of animals in New Zealand. There are over 25,000 minibeast species in the world.


Who Am I?Who Am I?
Who Am I writing is about people trying to guess who you are out of twenty seven children's writing and to see if your parents know you well or don’t know you well. We couldn’t put our name in it so we also couldn’t put our parents' or siblings' names in either.

At Northland Park Team 2 have been doing softball. It's like cricket and T ball. There are four bases. This is how you play: you hit the ball and run to all of the bases and touch the bases just like in T ball. The fielders like in cricket try to catch the ball and throw it to the back stop, except if they catch on the full, they still have to throw to the back stop. 


Room 6 is learning how to do a self-portrait. A portrait is a  drawing of your head or someone else's. You can do portraits in lots of different ways. You could use pictures from a magazine. If you ever do a portrait, put the eyes in the middle of the face then you should put the mouth about 2 cm away from  the nose. We were given a piece of paper with a head in an oval shape and neck lines.

School PicnicSchool Picnic
On 9th February we walked to Otari Bush to have a picnic. The whole school was there. When we got there we went in the river and we built a dam but the water kept leaking through the dam. Later we went down to where it was deep and we dunked our whole body under the water. Once we got out it was time to get our sausage!


ASB SportsASB Sports
Team 2 are doing sports at the ASB Centre. We are doing 3 sports which are: gymnastics, floorball and speedball. You do all sports 2 times. Room 6 did gymnastics first. Room 7 did floorball first. Room 8 did speedball first. How you play speedball is like netball except you can score at both ends and there are crazy catches instead of hoops. You can also only take three steps. It's also different in terms of starting. You have a different ball which is a hard ball.


Room 6 are learning how to make graphs for statistics. A graph is a drawing that shows mathematical information with lines, shapes and colours. People use graphs to compare amounts of things or other numbers. Graphs are also known as charts. We did our first graph on Tuesday 13th February. It was about transport from home to kiwi school. The most common was walking. There was a hard sheet and an easy sheet. Then we made a bar graph. We have also done pictographs and line graphs.
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