Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Bike Safe photos

BIke Safety Fun in Room 3

Bike Safety - Bigfoot Adventures Session
August 14, 2018, Room 3

Wow - what a lot of very useful information to help us be safe on the road! Thank you Johnny and Jake!

Sensible clothing for biking
  • Hiviz (high visibility) or bright clothing so that you can be seen
  • Carrying a backpack - use a hiviz backpack cover
  • Helmet
  • Well-fitted closed-in shoes - make sure your laces are tied and secured by tucking into your shoes
  • Baggy pants - tuck into your socks (skinny jeans can chaff)
  • ‘Spring roll’ your jacket around your waist if you get too hot
  • Shorts are ideal or a skirt

Bike Safety Check
Good check every month or two

Check the wheel lever is secure
Daily check before you ride every time
  1. Brake checks: two working brakes
    1. Push the bike forwards and apply front brake to check
    2. Push the bike backwards and apply the back brake to check
  2. Properly inflated tyres -
    1. flat hand press on the tyre - if it goes down, you need to pump it up
    2. Squeeze - if they are soft, you need to pump it up
  3. Check that your wheel is attached securely
    1. check the quick release lever (open on one side and closed on the other)
    2. secure in line with the frame and the fork. If the wheel wobbles, it is too loose.

A quick check before you ride - every time.
Red reflectors on the back of your bike
Legal requirements: to ride a bike on New Zealand roads
  • Reflectors - red rear reflectors (rear chain stay or on the back of the seat)
  • Nighttime riding - lights instead of reflectors; back light red); front light whiteTyre - flashing makes them more visible
  • Brakes - must have two working brakes to ride on the NZ roads (front - right and back - left) (ride with two fingers on the brake so that you have a fast reaction to braking)

Two different shifts
  1. One for the front cogs (Left-hand shifter - not used as often - middle one just right)
  2. One for the back cogs (1-7 cogs); (Right-hand shifter - use them all the time 5
E.g. 1-1 very steep hill

Golden road - you must be pedalling when you change gears - the chain moves when you are pedalling. You can break the bike if you change gears without pedalling.
One click at a time (one gear at a time)

Pedal ready position
  • Left foot on the ground and right foot in the air
  • Opposite side of the chain
  • Footpath side
  • Off the road and the road is visible

Mounting the Bike
  • Hands on the handles - on the brakes
  • Tip the bike towards you and step over the bike
  • RIght foot up high (you will be pushing off with your right foot)

It is a legal requirement to wear a helmet when riding your bike on a New Zealand road
Head injuries can be permanent - we must protect our brain
Scooter helmets or other helmets should not be worn when riding a bike - wear a helmet that is specially designed for biking
Labels inside the helmet will tell you if it is a bike is a helmet - it lets you know what your helmet is made off.
Do not drop them on the floor or ground - that is the way MOST helmets are broken

The plastic coating is designed for sliding along the ground if we come off our bike

The styrofoam inner should be intact - no cracks (put pressure on the interior of the helmet with your hands to check for cracks - if you see any cracks, you should buy a new one)

Cut the straps and throw it away - don’t be tempted to use a broken helmet

Checking to see if they fit well:
When we ride our bikes, it is very important to wear a helmet that fits correctly.

  • Two fingers above our eyebrow - this is where our helmet should be positioned
  • Y on the side of the ear - looping underneath the ears
  • Tightened under your chin - lean forward to make sure your helmet is not ‘floppy’

Friday, 10 August 2018

Bigfoot Adventures - Cycle Skills and Safety Training

Hi Room 3 - We have our Cycle Skills and Safety Training on Tuesday, August 14th. Please make sure that you bring your helmet and bike to school on Tuesday morning if you can. We'll have some fun while we learn! We'll send this letter home on Monday.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Tread Lightly - Looking after our Environment

Our Photos

This week in Room 3, we took a serious look at factors that impact our environment, here in New Zealand and globally. It all starts in our backyard with us. The session with the Tread Lightly Caravan educators and the fantastic supporters from Room 3 parents and caregivers, challenged us to think about our personal impact on issues related to sustainability and the role we can play with our families to reduce our environmental footprints.

We looked at...

  • Our stormwater system - only rain should go down the drain 
  • The fascinating microscopic world of the compost bin 
  • Generating power through Kinetic Energy - the different pull of power for different appliances
  • Reducing waste through efficient management - how things break down over the years 
  • Our family environmental footprints - how many planets do we need to sustain our current level of lifestyle if everyone in the world used the resources we do 

Each topic encouraged us to discuss what we know, what we want to know more about and how we can make changes to help sustain a better environment.

We were shocked or surprised by some of the facts we learned about... 

  • How many planets we would need to keep our lifestyles going 
  • How the marine creatures habitats are impacted by the dirty water and rubbish going into the ocean from our drains - especially not being able to hunt for their food source due to murky water 
  • How different appliances use different amounts of electricity and what the energy stars mean 
  • Some materials (particularly plastics) don’t break down even after 100 years 
  • That praying mantis have five eyes

 After the session, we selected a Tread Lightly Pledge to commit to. We have four weeks to make a difference and hopefully a new habit due to the awareness of how it impacts on the environment and can make a difference to sustainability. We also have an opportunity to make a family commitment to change. We love our planet and what to keep it healthy and cared for.

Here are some photos from our explorations:
Robin generating power for the light
Thomas working hard
Olivia is caught off guard with the smooth sander
How things break down over the years (or not!)
Neil gets the hairdryer revved up

Debbie explains our environmental footprint
Allen leads the discussion on stormwater pollutants
Lisa and Kirsten help us understand more about how to effectively manage waster
Kavita helps us understand what goes on in the microscopic world of the compost bin

Thank you Joe, Allen, Debbie, Lisa, Kirsten and Kavita - we couldn't have had so much fun without you!

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Dragons - Celebrating Chinese New Year

As we embraced Chinese New Year at the start of the month, we looked at the symbolism of dragons in the Chinese culture. Dragons traditionally symbolise potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it in East the tension building, to drum beats, between the colourful, silk dragon and the fiery sun that remains elusive in the chase throughout the dance. The story goes that the dragon wants to extinguish light (the pursuit of the sun) but is frightened away from villages by sources of light and noise from firecrackers and villagers drums.

We sketched with fine pens and dyed our dragons carefully with a fine brush using red, orange or yellow dye. We also described a dragon’s qualities in a poem using description language. We looked at their physical powers, movement and mythical attributes. These precise words help form visual imagery in our poems.

We enjoyed listening to quiet Chinese music played on traditional instruments while the artists worked on their dragons.




Project Jonah and our Sea Mural

We have completed our collaborative masterpiece. The discussion, debate and fun in planning, designing, creating and finalising our project have resulted in a very pleasing piece of art. A spark of an idea from Chanel during the start of Sea Week ignited this project.

Concept Drawing by Cynthia, Indy and Leora
Debating the location of Titanic's final resting place.
All Hands to the Deck
Attention to detail!

Blending carefully.

Collaborative effort.
Project Jonah's Team came to visit Sunnyhills on Wednesday. We learned so much information. Did you know that there are 88 different types of whales and dolphins in the oceans worldwide, and 44 of those species are found in New Zealand waters? We are home to the endemic endangered Hector Dolphin - the smallest dolphin in the world. It was tragic to hear on five being killed in fishing nets this week. The size of these magnificent creatures of the sea was measured out with a tape measure - wow - the size of the smallest dolphin is as big as a Year 3 student right through to the Blue Whale that would span the width of our Sunnyhills Hall as you face the stage!

We learned how to take charge of a whale stranding and the steps we should take to ensure their well being. 
  • Call 0800 4 WHALE or 111 and ask for the Fire Service

Final Placement Decisions
While you wait - get started on the rescue:
  1. Keep the whales or dolphins wet with sea water (they are sea creatures)
  2. Don't cover their blowhole (they breathe oxygen) or their eyes (they like to see what is going on)
  3. Cover them with wet sheets - this keeps them wet and protects them from sunburn
Why do whales, orca and dolphins get stranded? There are a number of reasons including being unwell and malnourished OR because they are chasing their favourite food source into shallow waters and then get stuck. Orcas LOVE stingrays. 

Many sea creatures die because of ingesting plastic. What can we do? Be sure that plastic doesn't go into the ocean via the storm-water drains - pickup rubbish on our roads and beaches. Be part of the NO PLASTIC movement to help our planet and its amazing creatures. 

Come in and see our Sea Mural sometime!