Monday, July 24, 2017

Term 3 Contract

The children are busy organising their own timetables this term. They have a set number of tasks to complete and a blank timetable in which to do them. They do have to see me at set times for Reading and Maths but can manage their other activities themselves. This is a great chance for children to practice independence and time management skills.
Here they are with their timetables in front of them. Some children are doing poem reciting, handwriting, spelling learning, writing tasks.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Miss Walpole - Guest teacher for the morning

Miss Walpole is leading the class this morning. She earned this privilege as she displays great diligence in class. Here she is leading the class for a spelling activity. She then went on to review the criteria for instruction writing. I am impressed by her behaviour management - look at the focussed students.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Te Reo Maori

We have been learning some more Maori phrases.
Do you know what the children are saying?

Boat Building Challenge

Today we completed a boat building challenge.

We had to build a boat that could be used on a voyage.
It needed to:-
float for 2 minutes
hold 10 100 blocks
have a space for storage and shelter
be no larger than an A3 piece of paper.

There was a lot of cooperating, revising, problem solving, testing, designing, compromise and creativity taking place in our room.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Floating and Sinking Experiments

How's this for exciting learning?


It's great when kids jump for joy discovering new things.
We have been predicting which items will float and sink. Harriet was jumping for joy every time her prediction came true.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Incredible writers

We are just sitting down to write a story about an adventure on a vaka. I am creating a word bank for their writing. I asked for some words that they might need. This is what they suggested


I am so impressed with how more complex their vocab has become. they want their writing to be specific.
At the beginning of the year the suggestions would have been

What a great class.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tawhiao's Pepeha

Tawhiao brought in his Pepeha to show the class. He was very proud of his whanau and it created great discussion about where we are from. What an awesome way to present it too.


Here we are practicing some of our new sentences about our whanau.
We stand in two lines - introduce ourselves to our opposite partner and when the time is up one line moves a step down the line to a new partner. I explained it is like speed dating where we get to know a little bit about each other (not that I have done it!!!)
Our sentences

Ko wai koe?    Ko (name) ahau
No hea koe?  No (place) ahau
Ko (name) toku mama
Ko (name) toku papa
Ko (name) toku kuia
Ko (name) toku koro.


Here we are on the glockenspiels and ukelele playing music from The Wizard of Oz.
I am impressed with our ability to keep time.


We have discovered a great quiz game to play to review our learning.
You could probably hear our screams of excitement from your house.
The children had to answer questions on their own devices and they were timed and the top scores were displayed on screen. Such competition.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kensuke's Kingdom

Jacob has created a google drawing of some of the significant places and items involved in the Kensuke's Kingdom - the story I am reading daily to the class. He has worked so steadily on this in class and also at home.

Te Moana Disco

Wow what a happy looking bunch who came out to support the school last Friday.

Cross Country Training

We have started our cross country training and are well on the way to building our fitness. It's great to see the kids challenging themselves to run further each day.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What Kind Neighbours

Here are Chloe and Amber. They have made biscuits for their neighbours. How thoughtful.
I think I need to move next door to them!!!!

An Amazing Designer in the Making

Look at this amazing design. I am impressed with how Shelby remembered to include wardrobes, cupboards and bathrooms.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Wonderful Writers

I came in after play to a bunch of excited children asking if they could keep on doing their writing instead of Silent Reading.
Of course they can!!! It's so awesome watching children being excited to learn and extend themselves.

Excitement at the Estuary

What amazing luck with the weather today. Thunderstorms were predicted and we had a blazing hot sunny day.
Here are a few photos from our day.
We saw whelks, wedge shells, fish, shrimps, worms, mangroves, cockles, anenomes to name a few.

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Fun Food Webs

We had some pictures of different plants and animals that live at the estuary. We had to put place them together as a food web and include arrows to show who eats what.
When we finished we looked at a food web on our blog to see if we were on the right track.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spelling learning

We have such a variety of ways to learn spelling in our class - jumping on letters that make up our words, rainbow words, writing them on a whiteboard, playing a board game called ESCAPE, playing a board game that even includes making 5 farm noises.


Here we are doing relaxation after lunch - preparing our brains for concentrated learning after the busyness of lunchtime. Even cocoa on the couch knows it's time to rest.

Our Maori Vowels

We have been learning to pronounce our maori vowels - both long and short.
Here we are pretending our hands are a keyboard and we are playing the vowels. The left hand are the long vowels and the right hand are short vowels.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cheyenne's 'Give It A Go' and 'I Care' attitude

Cheyenne's mum is doing the Mt Everest challenge, which is to climb Mauao 38 times in 50 days raising funds for the women's refuge league. Cheyenne's been up twice with her so far. They went up Saturday night together where Chey ran the majority of the steps going up and a 12 minute run all the way to the bottom. Her mum says 'she is awesome to take with me because she encourages me when she notices me slowing down behind her.' 

More Amazing Chef's

Making a meal at home is a popular home learning activity.

Amber's Home Learning

Look at this amazing meal Amber made.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sea Science

Another fantastic House Of Science kit. We learnt about filter feeders. We had some ordinary sea water which we poured into a funnel through some filter paper. The green glitter represents all the goodness that the filter feeder takes out of the water. We then used contaminated water which left green and gold glitter on the filter paper. This demonstrated that if there are pollutants in the water they are still being absorbed by the filter feeder animals. This can mean they are poisonous to humans who then eat them. We also looked at videos of the Rena disaster.

Ellie's Bike Adventure

Ellie had a fantastic bike ride through Karangahake Gorge on Sunday despite not feeling 100%. This is a picture she shared with us for her home learning. Well done Ellie for showing our school value of 'Giving It A Go'.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dion's Coastal Creation

Dion made an amazing coastal creation for his home learning from shells he collected at Waihi Beach. He made it with his mum and used a drill to make holes in the shells - unfortunately some broke. He then hung it in the Elf Tree.

I Care - School Value

We have been focussing on our school values particularly - I Care. We have been learning what it takes to be friendly.
Here is a saying that we have been repeating every day.

I am friendly
Today I will smile and say hello to other people
I will share myself and show interest in others
I like myself and I know I can make new friends


Can you spot Tracey?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bob Marley Back Up Band


We are learning about Music Legends - Bob Marley is our Legend for the term. Not quite 'The Wailers' but getting there.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Learning Spelling Words

Here are some of the ways we learn our spelling words. Maybe you can do this at home.

Jump on the letters of the alphabet

Write in chalk

Use your water bottle to squirt the words on the concrete

Reading in the Tent

Silent Reading is so much fun when we read in the tent.

A Gorgeous Summer Afternoon

On a beautiful summer afternoon last week I read our story outside under the shade of a tree while the children drank their cold milk. A lovely way to start the afternoon.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Summer Writing

We went outside today to record our observations about summer. We are trying to write sentences about summer with out using the word SUMMER.
We are learning to 'Show don't Tell' when we write.
Keep posted for some of our sentences.

Awesome Self Motivated Extension Activity

Josh decided to make his own map for the Blue Bots to follow. He must have spent quite some time creating this at home. His classmates really enjoyed using his map.


Fantastic Behaviour in Our Class

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cocoa loves our Class

Cocoa is feeling right at home with our class. She even came and sat on the couch until playtime yesterday. Having a school cat can be a very calming influence on a class. It's also an excellent way to teach children how to look after animals correctly.

Blue bots using bluetooth

Today we used the tablets and bluetooth to programme our bots. We also tried to follow set paths on some big maps which came with the pack. A lot more problem solving today - and by the teacher too - trying to work out how to do it before I taught the kids.



Sunday, February 12, 2017

Go For It

Go For It has started again with a focus on Pass It. Here are a few photos of our session. We had to hold the rugby ball like a W with the index fingers on the seams of the ball.

Robot Fun

We have the House of Science Blue Bots in our class this week. Today we explored how to programme them. We had a challenge to see if the robots could write the letter H.  This involved problem solving for many of the children and working trial and error - persevering until they succeeded.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Our School Values

We are reviewing our school values this term. We talked about what we would like our class to look like, sound like and feel like when we were working in here. We then decided on some guidelines (rules) to help us achieve this type of classroom. We placed these guidelines under the headings of our school values:
Honour Our Heritage
Be Yourself
Aim High
Give it a Go
Be Heard


We have a Tootling Wall in our classroom. Instead of tattling - telling tales, we Tootle - say positive things about each other. The children can come and write positive things about each other on the speech bubbles.