Thursday, 16 November 2017

week 5 term 4

A crazy week with being out of the classroom for two days. Rimu and Kauri students competed at the North Group Athletics on Wednesday at the Eco-Light Stadium. there were some great performances especially from Harry, Taleah and Hemaima  from our room,  and these students qualified for Zone next week.The weather wasn't the best but could have been much worse, considering the day before there was a hail storm locally.

Seven room 3 students took part in the Kids for Kids concert at Manukau on Wednesday night. Our choir joined others from various South Auckland schools and provided backing for Jacqui
Clarke and were dircted by musician, Nathan King. They loved the gumboot song and the weird dance moves that accompanied 'She's a Mod.'

Thursday waa Shop Day with students who have given service to the school setting up stalls to sell goodies, mostly of a sweet nature- popcorn, candy floss, sweets, slushies etc and so there were some sugar-crazed kids in the afternoon.
I spent the day taking small groups of students for the SPARK programme, doing clayart. we had fun making hedgehog pencil holders and taniwhas.-  they looked awesome! In the afternoon I worked with year1 children making Christmas tree decorations. this was quite an experience compaqred with the age group I am used to.
On Friday we farewelled Maren who is moving with his family to Rarotonga. We spent some of the middle block practising our dance to 'We will Rock You,' for our assembly item, then spent time chopping fruit and preparing food. we enjoyed delicious salad wraps and then fruit skewers. Thank you to parents for their fruit contributions and the children who helped threading skewers and especially Skylar who helped with the washing up.

At the Rimu assembly all the syndicate students presented their dance. room 3 showed their Google art and several children shared their awesome writing.

The week finished with the Franklin Jump Jam competition at our school. we entered 3 teams including our senior team who came 2nd at the Nationals. there were not many entries this year. I wonder if they were scared off by the high standard of the competition!

Maren was our Player of the Week and Katie beat Jak on the Mathletics this week.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Week 2 Term 4

This week we completed our writing samples- a recount entitled  'I've got something to tell you.'
We also did our basic facts test and I began doing 1:1 reading testing.

In our writing, we have been learning how to expand sentences from simple 2- word sentences to more complex sentences with phrases that tell where, when, adverbs that tell how and using adjectives to add more detail. We ended up with some pretty impressive sentences which the students have shared on their blogs. In our reading we are studying information texts which support our topic, looking in particular at conservation and the environment while focusing on comprehension skills and vocabulary.

In our topic, we have learnt about food webs and the different roles of animals and plants in the energy cycle.
The focus this term in Maths is Fractions for Number and Algebra for Strand so I have included interactive websites to practice and supplement what we learn in class in homework.

We had to cancel our athletics practice as the wet weather made it unsafe so we had a game of Capture the Flag in the EC instead.

I appreciate that some children participate in after-school training, sports practices, clubs etc so homework requirements may be difficult to fulfil. I have talked to the class about this and suggested they do the best they can and manage their time well.  I would prefer to see some homework done that not at all. I would trust that students have a genuine reason for not completing homework and not use this as an excuse not to do any at all. All the homework activities support the basics and what we are learning in class.

Josh returned this week after his family trip to South Africa full of stories about safaris and meeting wild animals up close.
On Friday we had a special visit from the Blue Light Trek who travel around the country raising money for children's charities, with their stretch cars, fire engines and people in character costumes. They had lots of give-aways and four lucky children were given brand new bikes- great to see their faces light up with big smiles.

We had lots of our year 5 students willing to step up to take on extra responsibilities for next year.
We were to have had Road Patrol training with Constable Andy on Friday but the rain put paid to this so will be held at a later date.

The week ended with the Halloween Disco. The PTA had spent all day decorating the event centre with balloons, streamers and creating a haunted hallway as well as preparing spooky food- a huge effort to set the scene. The kids turned up in amazing costumes and scary make-up- very impressive and creative. I couldn't believe the way they tucked into the food! no doubt, some very tired children the next day.

Our Mathlete of the week was Jak,  again, Leone was our Star of the Week and Josh was our Team Player of the week.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

week 1 term 4

The class has settled back seamlessly after the holidays and is getting back into routine.  It is also important to get back into homework routines since homework practices the basics and supports what we are currently studying in Maths. With it being a short term, it is all them ore important to keep up with regular reading, Maths maintenance, and spelling in order to do well in assessments and help progress.

This term we are looking at Balance in our topic inquiry and in particular at the Balance of Nature.

This is a frantic term with so much to fit into a shorter term. There will be lots of assessments in the lead up to report writing.

This week we began the first of 5 dance sessions with Footsteps Dance Company, and were instructed by a former pupil of WPS. The students really enjoyed the session and learnt all the moves funk style for 'We will Rock you.'

Lots of movement going on here- looks like abstract art!

Children need to bring a change of clothes for these sessions

It was great to see Leone back and brimming with tales of her family trip overseas. She shared some suspect jellybeans, some of which had yukky flavours.

Several children were out on Wednesday attending the Franklin Group Day with their Calf Club animals.

Katelyn topped the class in Mathletics this week, Hemaima was our Player of the Week because she frequently volunteers and shows initiative and Stella was our Star of the Week.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Week 10 Term 3

This week was the big lead up to Calf Club Day and the end of term.
We had more Maths tests to gauge progress made over the term and also some pretests in preparation for next term which will help guide our teaching.

Topic inquiry projects were completed, presented and evaluated. On Wednesday we had a PE session for Rimu students to practise their field and track events and then the RICH reward afternoon where deserving students had the choice of devices or a movie and popcorn.

 Thursday morning saw all the Karaka and Rimu students out in the courtyard busily making their indoor creations- flowers and colour everywhere and a hive of industry.
In the afternoon, once the children had gone home, the judges came around and scrutinised the entries, eliminating some until they made their final selection. The rooms looked wonderful with their colourful and creative artwork and all the indoor and baking entries providing a splash of colour.

On Calf Club day it was great to catch up with community members, past pupils and families of students. Some of the projects were really impressive and the gardens proved to be a very popular option this year. There was lots of food available, some great bargains to be had and everyone found the animals interesting to watch. Rimu students manning the Nerf the Smurf and Zombie Throw did a great job running the activities and all up we made about $300 from our stall.

We hope everyone enjoyed the day. Best wishes for a relaxing holiday break.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Week 9 Term 3

We have been wrapping up units of work this week and doing some end-of-term assessments especially in Maths.
 Room 3 students have been working collaboratively on writing their narrative version of a poem telling the story of how Maui fished up the North Island. They are being tasked with elaborating on the story by incorporating dialogue and description to add detail. It is great to hear the talk that goes on and how students correct each other and comment on each other's work.we will publish our finished story along with the illustrations.

We have been trying to complete our Calendar art which will be displayed in our classroom with the hope that parents will be impressed and want to buy one made into a calendar- ideal Christmas gifts for family.

We are nearing the end of our novel study- the students have enjoyed the books they have been reading and there have been some good discussions about the deeper meaning and what we can learn from it.
We had a get-together of rimu students on Wednesday afternoon to run through preparations for the indoor exhibits. it is important to stick religiously to the criteria so some planning and organizing are required. It would even be advisable to do some practice. Students should consult with parents about which options they are best able to do. Scout around for flowers and foliage- ask neighbours, family and friends or choose an option that you have the materials for.

Tip: Cut flowers with long stems ( they can be trimmed to the required size), preferably the night before and stand overnight in a bucket of water so they can have a good drink.. do not pick if they are wet with rain as they will go mushy.
Children may require oasis for the floral arrangement so should bring $1 to school on Thursday for this.
Children are to do the baking at home but all the other options are to be made at school.
Please do read the description of the options carefully.

on Friday we hoped to do Athletics for PE but the ground was too wet and slippery and therefore u, unsafe after morning rain for jumping and running events. Instead, the whole syndicate competed against each other in our houses at a new game like Noughts and Crosses- very fast, noisy and exciting.

Skylar was nominated for Team Player of the Week while Madison was our Star of the Week.

On Friday afternoon, we had our Worker of the Term assembly. Samuel, Ruby and Mitchell shared their awesome descriptive writing based on NZ scenes.  Two very deserving .students. Harry and Ruby were awarded special certificates and achievement stickers as Workers of the Term.
Leone and Ella earnt a credit and a merit respectively in the NSW  English exam.
Service award stickers were given to Hemaima, Sadie, Oscar and Katelyn while  Hemaima, Taleah,  Kathleen and Skylar received rebel vouchers for showing commitment to Boot Camp.

To top it all off, Room 3 won the assembly shield. Well done Team.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Week 8 Term 3

This week we worked on and completed our explanations of how an old fashioned toy worked. The students worked well some using the Read and Write talk and type tool to support spelling of difficult words. some found this helpful while it impeded progress for others. We peer evaluated each others writing using the criteria for the genre.

Cross grouping has been going well as students extend their strategies for multiplication and division.
Students are doing their own inquiries for their topic options too.
Room 3 students have been reading and studying novels this term and seem to be enjoying the chosen stories, all by reputed authors.

This week we started practising for athletics, developing our techniques in throwing, high jump and long jump.
Room 3 students completed their papier mache 'ugly faces' by adding weird and wacky hair. our Calf Club art is all finished now. There is just some finishing off to be done for our calendar art which will be on display on Calf Club day so parents and family may order calendars incorporating the artwork.

On Thursday we conducted several simple science experiments to show how water can travel and we also discovered why big strong Mitchell couldn't rip a sheet of newspaper straight whereas Ella could. We researched to find out how paper was made. this surprised some children who thought it was made from leaves.

Our RICH focus has been on Care this term so for the past 3 weeks the students have all been showing kindness and care towards a secret friend- a smile or compliment, a positive note or gift, an invitation to join a game or some thoughtful gesture. on Friday we had the big reveal where they found out who their secret friend was. They all decided this was a fun exercise. I hope it continues with or without a secret friend.

It was Maori language week this week so we learnt about some Maori place names- what they mean,  how to pronounce them and how to ask 'Where do you come from?''. I even get pulled up for mispronouncing names from time to time.

This week Ella was our Star of the Week while Jayden was our Player of the Week for his perseverance in his work, his lovely manners, and general helpfulness.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

week 7 term 3

Rimu students had a fantastic day out at the Howick Historical Village on Thursday and thankfully the weather was obliging and the rain stayed away.

we enjoyed 4 classroom sessions with wonderful staff taking on the roles of people from the 1850s.

Room 3 students leant how butter was made and each had a turn at churning the cream  and tasting the finished product at the end.

At the mansion house, we learnt about the sort of things emigrants packed into their limited -size trunks in order to start a new life in NZ after the long 4 month sea voyage. No toys or luxuries but more practical items like an axe, a potty, shears, flint and steel  for making fire, a cooking pot and a family bible.
From there we learnt about the sort of toys children made and played with - mostly wooden and handmade like Jacobs ladders, periscopes, dolls and no plastic in sight!

Lastly we lined up and marched into the schoolhouse to experience school lessons as they were 150 years ago- copper plate writing on slates, hand and nail inspections, quoting in a chorus a values statement, rote learning of tables.
I am considering adopting some of the rules they had then- children lining up in two lines- girls  with hands clasped and boys with theirs behind their backs, use of the cane for wayward children, no lefthanders...... !!!!!

After a short lunch we had time to look more closely at the buildings such as the raupo whare, sod cottage, church and mill complete with water wheel.

This was my first visit to the Village and I was most impressed with the exhibits, the organised staff and the smooth running of the day so that our time was maximised.
I would thoroughly recommend it as a great place to visit for families especially on their live days when many people are in costume and taking on village roles. these are on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

Rimu students enjoyed their last gymnastic session. We have been most impressed by the efficient way these have been run and how the students have been challenged and extended in a fun way.
Next week we will start Athletics skills because our Athletics day creeps up quite quickly in Term 4.

We madea last big effort  today to finish our Dream Car brochures. We all roamed and looked at each others and selected Ben's, Jesse's and Stella's  for a voucher prize . Ruby's and Harry's were selected to go up against those from other classes. Ruby won a car and sticker while Harry won a cap  and poster for his efforts. Super work .

At assembly on Friday, Hemaima was awarded the Belong trophy for her service to the school, aways readily volunteering for extra duties while Jak won the Become award for always persevering in his work. Harry and Ruby won achievers points for their success at cross country and Mitchell received a certificate for his contributions within his reading group. Leone had won a distinction in the NSW writing exam  although she is overseas and unable to collect her certificate. Didn't they do well?

Katelyn was our Star of the Week while Oscar was our Player of the Week for being so enthusiastic, willing to volunteer and keen to answer quesions while at the Howick Village. He even got  to wear a Victorian gentleman's night shirt and lovely he looked in it too!

week 5 term 4 A crazy week with being out of the classroom for two days. Rimu and Kauri students competed at the North Group Athletics on ...