Thursday, 11 May 2017

Tens and Ones

We looked a lot recently at the number ten. But we didn't think that much about how important it is in making up our numbers.

Bianca talked about two-digit numbers:

Tens and ones is what you need for a two-digit number.

Like this:
We've used the yellow "tens" and "ones" to make each number. We also put them on top of a hundred square like the kind we often use:

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The SPA animal refuge

Today some of the Grade 11 students came to us.
They told us about a place that looks after cats and dogs, called Refuge SPA.

They got us decorating cakes, to raise money for the refuge.
What a lot of wonderful cakes!
Here we all are together:
And here's the cakes being sold at the end of the morning:

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Cookie Cutter Shapes

When EH had his birthday he brought in some lovely brownies for the children in the class.
Children in K3G noticed various things about the icing shapes. 

Then they looked at just four of them, and thought about which one doesn't belong:
EH's mum very kindly lent us the cookie cutters they'd used for making the shapes:
and said it would be OK if we used them with clay. So we rolled out clay.
(We used the wood to make sure the height of the clay was the same all over.)
We left it to dry for a little.
Then we though about how best to cut out the shapes:
And we got to cutting:
Next, we'll be heating the clay up really hot in the kiln at school. And if that works, we'll be painting them with glaze.

Watch this space!

Thursday, 4 May 2017


Children in K3 have been learning the names of some of the notes on the tuned percussion, and using their knowledge to perform a tune.

There's a pattern here: