Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Wear Your House Colours!

WHY: It’s the end of Term, House Celebration and we and running a whole school wheelay.
WHEN: Thursday, 2 April 2015
WHERE: At school, soccer field behind Room 9

Monday, 30 March 2015

Inquiry learning

On Friday Room 9 and 10 had the opportunity to explore our shared learning.  Miss Glen had students painting the Whio Duck and in Rm 9 we watched a documentary about the endangered Whio Duck. After that we followed the instruction on how to draw a duck. Yes, this was challenging but... we all tried our best!

 It is Whio duck awareness month
Our school-wide Inquiry topic this term has involved studying the local
environment and estuary eco-systems. As part of this topic, we have been learning about different water-life animals. The Whio is an endangered native NZ bird - there are less than 2500 birds left.  That's less than the Kiwi! As part of Whio Awareness Month the Department of Conservation is running a competition where families could win a paid holiday to
Tongariro or Fiordland National Park!

You can find out lots of information, and enter the competition through their website www.whioforever.co.nz.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Jump Rope

In fitness we have been working on our hopping and jumping.
This week we added skipping ropes to improve our co-ordination skills. Here is a clip... we’ve only been practising for a week.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Place Value

This week have been looking at making bundles of 10 and counting how many we have.
 Here are a few examples of what we have been learning in class. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

A surprise visit...

Just before lunch we had a surpise visit from Darius’s puppy. All the children were very excited and couldn’t stop asking questions.
Thank you for the quick visit Bluey.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Room 9 and 10 Sharing

This week our focus was on asking 3 questions to gather more information.  It was a challenge because they had to first work out which questions will give more information.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

PB4L- We 're using Traffic Light Thinking

These students have been making great learning choices this week. The traffic light has helped them to, STOP...THINK...and then ACT by making a better choice.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Word Surgery

Word Surgery on PhotoPeach

The Little Yellow Car

We learned to follow instructions when drawing and to identify some sound words in the book we were reading.

Our Goals

Custom Glitter Text

Thank you to all the parents who came to Room 9's Goal Setting Conferences on Thursday last week. Your children appreciate the interest you have shown and your commitment to their learning. Your child's goals will be pasted into their homefun book. This makes it easier for you to monitor their progress.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Writing in Room 9

Descriptive Writing!   
This week our purpose for writing was to describe. 
We made sure to follow the success criteria. 
Our first description was about our principal, Miss Harland. Here are a few examples of what we wrote.

Our principal is Miss Harland. She has sparkly blue eyes and she has pretty pink lipstick. She works in the office and Miss Harland is a very happy principal.  
By Vishnu

Miss Harland is our principal at school. She always helps the students. She is kind to everyone in our school. She is beautiful and wears fancy shoes. 
By Brooke

Miss Harland is our principal at school. She has shiny hair, blue eyes and a very pretty smile. Miss Harland works in the office everyday. 
By Amelia F

Our principal is Miss Harland. She has beautiful straight hair. Miss Harland wears fancy shoes to school. She wears pink lipstick. Miss Harland has blue eyes. She takes care of our school and works in the office with Mrs Cantley and Miss Fothergill. 
By Naesha

Our principal is Miss Harland. She has blue eyes like the sky. Miss Harland has lovely hair. Miss Harland works at the office looking after the teachers. 
By Matthew

Friday, 13 March 2015

PB4L Week 6

 A for Act Safely
These students showed resilience this week by moving safely around the school at all times and reporting Hazards to the teacher on duty or in class. They are Korben, Kurt, Cherize, Millar, Naesha, Liekahr and Saraih.
Super Duper, Guys!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Developing Questions: Our Inquiry Process

On Friday morning we looked at a few of the interesting things we saw on our walk around the Wattle Downs Peninsula. We had pictures of a pond with ducks, a real bird's nest, some grass, and a photo of tadpoles. Each group had a set of question starters. Students had to ask a question at each station. These questions were shared with the whole group. As an audience we answered some tricky questions.
Here are just a few of the questions the groups came up with...
What do ducks eat?
Who feeds our ducks at the pond?
When did this nest fall from the tree?
Where does this grass come from?
What are those tiny little fish called in the pond?
Great learning Room 9 and 10. I can't wait for next Friday!

Thursday, 5 March 2015


For the last few weeks we have been learning about digraphs in reading. We looked at why they are called digraphs and which letters make these special sounds. Here are a few examples we made...

Kiwi Team: Inquiry Learning

Focus: Our Inquiry focus is THE LIVING WORLD.
Exposure: We live on such a beautiful peninsula. This is a perfect opportunity to take our students on a walk around Wattle Downs.
Prior Knowledge: We talked about things we might see and things students have seen, as they sometimes go on walks with their families. Room 9 and 10 were well prepared for their walk.

Here are a few photos that were taken by students in Room 9. 
Well done to all the Room 9 photographers.
They were, Leikahr, Vincent, Millar, Naesha, Kurt, Korben, Brooke, Darius, William, Cherize, Matthew and Vishnu.

Thank you to the parents that helped on our walk!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

PB4L Week 5: Look at these students.

These students were caught following adult instructions in class and on the playground. Well done you guys!