Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Yesterday we did a fun experiment with chocolate......

First we put a chocolate button into a plastic bag
Then we held the the bag between our hands and waited for 2 minutes.....

Finally we put the bag in the freezer. The freezer was very cold........

Today we looked in the freezer.....

What had happened???
The chocolate was hard again

Yum, yum

 Our question.........

What changes chocolate from a solid to a liquid then back to a solid..........

Heating and cooling changed the chocolate.

We used our 5 senses to describe what happens to chocolate when it is heated.... 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Today we sorted lots of pictures...

Our question was....
Is it a solid?
Is it a liquid?
Is it a gas?

Is paper a solid,liquid or gas? 

Is it a solid, liquid or gas?

Is juice a solid, liquid or gas? 
It is a liquid. 

Is ice a solid, liquid or gas?

It is a solid but when it melts
it is a liquid.

WE know....

·       Solids stay in one place and can be held.
·       Solids keep their shape. They do not flow like liquids.
·       Solids always take up the same amount of space. They do not spread out like gases.
·       Solids can be cut or shaped.

Liquids can flow or be poured easily. They are not easy to hold.

Liquids change their shape depending on the container they are in.

·       Gases are often invisible.
·       Gases do not keep their shape or always take up the same amount of space. 
  • They spread out and change their shape to fill up whatever container they are in.

·       Gases can be squashed.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Papakowhai School Powhiri
tomorrow at 9.00am

We will be welcoming all our new families. 
See you there...


Te aroha - Love

Te whakapono - Faith

Me te rangimarie - Peace

Tatou tatou e - Be amongst us all

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Our Gymnastics 
Star of the Day 
Congratulations Camille
William loves gymnastics.......

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It was raining popcorn in 
Rata Tahi today...............


Popcorn Song


Our Inquiry question was.....

How does popcorn pop? 

We found out that each kernel of special popping corn has a small amount of water stored inside the kernel.
When the kernel is heated the water (liquid) 
turns into steam (gas) and the pressure of the steam makes the kernel explode and POP!

Only popcorn kernels can pop, and the secret is WATER.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Happy Birthday Kathryn...
Welcome to Rata Tahi

Saturday, May 14, 2016

 Thanks Miss G for letting us share this youtube clip. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Today we used play dough to make 
pinch pots and coil pots
How to make a pinch pot....
Roll the play dough into a ball.

Using your thumb make a hole
in the middle of the ball

Jacob is using his thumb to make a hole
in the ball.
He is being very careful.
Pinching and pressing to make 
the pot shape.
The final result...
Joseph was very proud of his pot.
Well done Joseph.
Well done Aiden.

Kathryn and Camille 
came for a school visit.
Welcome to Rata Tahi

Drama in Rata Tahi

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Our Inquiry unit is investigating 
ways in which materials change.
We toasted bread and used
our five senses to think about 
and compare the changes 
between bread and toast.

 We thought......
what do we need
to make butter?

We made butter from cream!
If you shake cream
the fat content clumps together.
It turns from liquid to solid.