Friday, 27 April 2012

Our Class Handshake - Flat Classroom Project

We made a "handshake" video introducing ourselves to our buddy class in the K-2 Flat Classroom Project
They are from Canada.

We hope they enjoy learning a bit more about us!

Visit to the memorial

We visited the memorial a few metres away from our school to learn more about ANZAC day.

It has all the names of the brave people who lost their lives in the Franklin area.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Learning about ANZAC Day

There is a special day in New Zealand tomorrow, 
it is called ANZAC Day.

We have been learning a little about ANZAC day and watching some videos to give us an understanding.

We were trying to build up a picture of what ANZAC Day might be all about as none of us knew!
First of all we watched this video called "The Last ANZAC Tribute"
We looked and listened hard and came up with lots of things we saw in the video.

We brainstormed all the things we saw in the video:

Next we watched this video which taught us a bit more about ANZAC Day. We stopped the video lots of times and discussed things as a class.

On Friday, we are having a BIG ANZAC Assembly at school, each class has to make a special wreath to pay their respects with.

Check out our AWESOME wreath!

Monday, 2 April 2012

Our Flat Classroom Buddies from Canada

Our class is participating in a new flatclassroom project, that will connect us with a class in Seattle, Washington and a Winnipeg, Canada for the next three months.

As part of this project, we were given the task of creating a classroom "handshake", or introduction to send to our new learning partners.

We got to watch the one sent to us by Mrs Nairn's class in Canada, you can watch it too below.

There were lots of similarities and differences between our school and theirs, and our class and theirs. We made a big list, check it out:
  • They have 477 kids at their school, we have 355.
  • They do reading, we do reading too!
  • They don’t wear uniforms. We wear turquoise polo shirts and navy blue shorts, skorts, long pants or tights.
  • They have a man Principal, we have a lady for a Principal. Her name is Miss Joplin.
  • They have a lady Vice Principal (DP). We have 2 lady Deputy Principals, they are Rachel and Mrs Holt.
  • They had snow outside. It is quite sunny still here.
  • They have blocks just like our blocks!
  • They have boxes with their reading books in it. We have our own book bags.
  • They have more children in their class than us.
  • They have 27 children in their class, we have 15!
  • They are very clever, they have had 100 days of school. We have had 43 days of school!
We are nearly fiished our class introduction and can't wait to share it with the other classes in Canada and  America!