Feb 29, 2016

2016 Warrant of Fitness

Our Term One DRIVE health inquiry question is "What makes me a healthy person?"

This group has chosen to investigate why children need exercise, the amount of exercise children should get and the types of exercise that are suitable.

Here is their Padlet page:



At Edendale Primary School we are...confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

2016 Brain Power resource page

Our Term One DRIVE health inquiry question is "What makes me a healthy person?"

This group has chosen to investigate our brains and how we can keep our brains healthy so that we can be great learners.

INVESTIGATE:

SMARTs - read about multiple intelligences and take the test to find out about your own SMARTs!

Brain info from Easy Science for Kids


Ducksters website - more brain info

Cool Kid Facts website info       Video about the Nervous System


Why Breakfast is Important    

Cycle Helmet Safety      Video - the helmet song   

Video - concussion (brain injury)     

Why breakfast is important: From www.livestrong.com: 
Kids who fuel up in the morning with a breakfast high in carbohydrates and protein before heading off to school gain many benefits, both mental and physical. These benefits not only last throughout the school day, but also can contribute to overall health and school performance over the long term. According to the Healthy Children website, about 8 to 12 percent of school-age children skip breakfast entirely, and among adolescents, this rate is even higher, reaching up to 30 percent. 
Kids who eat breakfast have better concentration during school hours than kids who skip the morning meal. Eating breakfast every day can even improve your mental performance and math scores, according to a study in the August 2013 issue of "Frontiers in Human Neuroscience." According to pediatrician Dr. William Sears, children who eat breakfast also participate more in class discussions, are better able to handle complex problems in class and get better grades. In particular, a breakfast meal containing a balance of protein and complex carbohydrates boosts school performance for the remainder of the day.
REFLECT AND ASK QUESTIONS:
Here is their Padlet page:







At Edendale Primary School we are...confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

Feb 28, 2016

This week's THINK ABOUT IT...

Link to image source


At Edendale Primary School we are...confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

Feb 26, 2016

Mathletics Medals!!!!

All three of the top points-getters for this week on our school Mathletics programme came from Team Kahu!! Way to go!



Every visit to Mathletics helps improve our maths knowledge and use of strategies so keep it up team!

At Edendale Primary School we are...confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

Feb 25, 2016

Senior MVP

Last week Lucy was our senior MVP for manaakitanga respect, congratulations!!


Tonal Gradations

Working on landscape paintings this term, today we tried some tonal gradations as a follow up to our atmospheric perspective paintings (see next blog post)...here are our 'artworks underway'...





And with the red tones...





Pretty cool huh?!



Feb 23, 2016

New pen licence holders!

These lucky pupils have shown that they have really tidy, well-formed handwriting and are able to write well with pen - this means that they have been 'granted' a pen licence (made on the OfficeMax School Supplies website) and have received a free congratulatory pen from OfficeMax School Supplies!


These "pen pushers" may use pen to write in all of their books (except maths) - well done, keep up the great style!!

And thanks OfficeMax School Supplies!

Feb 22, 2016

Maths measurement - the cubic metre

Today we looked at how big a cubic metre is by building a cubic metre out of rolled newspaper and then we tried to work out how many pieces of 'firewood' we could fit into a cubic metre...










Feb 20, 2016

Learning about hauora (well-being)

Today we discussed the four aspects of our health that are so important for us to be well...








...then some of us followed that up by creating videos about the different taha...

2016 Taha hinengaro from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.

Feb 19, 2016

Week Four's THINK ABOUT IT...



At Edendale Primary School we are...confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

Feb 13, 2016

Goal Setting this week!!

Our GOAL SETTING conversations are being held this week: WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY 17th-18th Feb (after school) 

You can select your own timeslot at this website www.schoolinterviews.co.nz (enter code: 4HGML
                or phone the school office to book a time. 

Be quick to get the time that suits you!

At Edendale Primary School we are...confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

Think About It...


At Edendale Primary School we are...confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

Feb 12, 2016

Principal's Awards - two weeks in a row!

Team Kahu is off to a great start for the year, being the winners of Mr McKenzie's Values Awards for the second week running - what great senior role-models we have in Team Kahu!

Sophie and Chloe won their certificates and pencils for showing respect for others and their property by tidying up all the lost property that had blown off the rack earlier this week when it got windy. They did it without anyone asking them to...great initiative ladies!


Feb 5, 2016

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Manmeet for being the first winner of Mr McKenzie's new weekly Principal's Award, for showing respect. Well deserved! Good on you for making a great first impression!

On Track! Driving our learning...

Today is the first day for our inquiry programme, which we are calling "On Track!" - we spend all day Friday (after Bible in School and our weekly reviews, and before Celebration Time) working on our inquiry for this term.

Our focus question this term is health based - What makes me a healthy person? 

Today we have been carrying out some starter tasks to get us thinking and questioning about different aspects of being healthy...

Naming some of the major bones in our skeletons and writing questions about bones...

Using the information from the food diary we have kept this week to see if we are eating a balance of the five main food groups...

Creating a 'brain hat' to show us the different areas of the brain and what those areas help control...

Seeing if we can identify and name and locate different organs of the body...

Testing out our heart rates when we carry out some different activities (using an app that calculates our beats per minute for us).

We've also been thinking about how to do hand washing and why we need to do it...here's one of the videos we've made...
2016 Team Kahu - Handwashing lesson from Edendale Primary School on Vimeo.


At Edendale Primary School we are confident, connected, actively-involved, lifelong learners.


Feb 3, 2016

In Team Kahu we do...

Here is our team mural, built with 'bricks' displaying the terms that best express how we want our team to be this year...

...and here we are having fun at the pool for fitness time today (the water was refreshing even though it was just as hot inside the pool building as it was outside!)





At Edendale Primary School we are confident, connected, actively-involved, lifelong learners.


Feb 2, 2016

Manaakitanga - Respect

Manaakitanga - Respect is our school's focus value for Term One - today we discussed what we believe respect means and when we might use it or how we might show respect (at all times and in all places!)



We watched this video about respect and carried out some role-plays of different situations in which we might show respect.
At Edendale Primary School we are...confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

Our 2016 Team!

What a cool team we have this year, a mix of Year Five and Six kids, all ready and eager to learn and face the challenges of being senior role-models - we are going to have a super year together!!!

At Edendale Primary School we are confident, connected, actively-involved, lifelong learners.

Feb 1, 2016

Welcome back for 2016! First quote of the year...

Image link
At Edendale Primary School we are...confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.