Sunday, 30 August 2015

Inquiry Learning - Why? and How?

We spent most of the afternoon, learning about the green colour in plants. After a set of questions we now know that plants are green because of the pigment called chlorophyll. It traps the light energy to make food and this process is called photosynthesis.

Welcome, Jeremy

We are all very excited to have Jeremy in Room 9.  Jeremy has made a new friend, Deon. These two have been making great learning choices together in the class. 

Thank you Room 9, for making Jeremy feel at home in our class.

Mrs. van Zyl

Friday, 28 August 2015

Planting our sunflower seeds at school

On Friday afternoon we got to plant some sunflower seeds to grow in our class. We looked at and discussed all the important things the seeds will need to grow into sunflower plants. We then went out with our cups and seeds and went planting. The students were very excited and a few even danced around their cup like in the Jelly Bean Tree story to help it grow. 

This brings us to the next step in our learning and that is, understanding the life cycle of the sunflower. We will be looking at the importance of each step in this life cycle.

Great learning Room 9!

Celebrating our learning...

This week Vincent and Naesha went for a writing celebration. 
We are all very proud of you!
Keep up the great writing skills - Matthew

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Sunflower growers...

Here Vishnu is planing the sunflower seeds. He made sure to plant the seeds in good soil and will give it water and sunlight every day.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Some writing we have done this week...

On Friday Jade bought in five little budgies. The toys they have is  a mirror and a stick house that they can go in and out to play. They also have a bell that can ring. Two of the 5 budgies are named. One is Larissa and the other is Tweety, but they are not named. They eat grated carrots, sunflower seeds, bird seeds and broccoli that is as green as the grass. The buddies chirp so lovely!
By Cherize

Last week Jade came to school with her budgies, she named one Larissa and Olivia her sister named the other budgie Tweety.
They are different colors. One is yellow as the sun. One is as green as the grass and the other as blue as the sky. The budgies love eating sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds. They play with a ladder and a mirror. They are really cute.
By Naesha

Exciting news...

It is so good to see that more sunflower seeds have been planted this week. Remember all the important things these seeds need to grow..... 

This is very exciting... can see it on their faces! 
The sunflowers are growing! 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Writing Celebration!

A Principal's Award for Hamish on Friday. 
Hamish wrote and explanation about how to grow diamonds on Minecraft without mining. 
Wow, a great explanation Hamish!... From Room 9.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

A very busy day in Room 9

Playdough - Paraoa poke

Playdough can help children to:

  • develop hand, eye, arm and body coordination and finger and hand muscles through squeezing, patting, pounding, rolling, poking and pinching, cutting with scissors
  • dramatise about food and cooking and identify with the role of family cook
  • be successful - playdough is easy to mould and manipulate
  • be creative
  • learn about science and maths – preparing, weighing, measuring
  • feel settled and safe.

Making dough

Cooked playdough

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 4 tsp cream of tartar
  • food colouring
Mix dry ingredients together. Add water, oil and colouring. Blend until smooth. Stir over heat until mixture comes away from the sides, forming a ball. Tip the dough onto a board and knead well.
Uncooked playdough
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tsp food colouring
  • 1 cup water (hot water works best)
Put flour and salt in bowl. Mix water, oil and colouring and combine with dry ingredients. Knead well - extra flour may be required. Add items such as essences and herbs for different smells and textures.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Exciting Friday...

Today started with a bang...
What a lovely surprise when Jade from Room 10 walked in with her budgies. Both classes could not believed what was happening. Every students enjoyed looking and listening to their chirps. We also got to share a school reader - Pete Little- that is all about a green budgie.
Thanks for sharing Jade!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Positive Behaviour for Learning

This Week We Are Learning To 
Consider our Choices by making good choices for me and others.

Room 9 shared this during our lesson this morning...
  • making good choices will help your learning
  • it will help you find friends to play with during lunch
  • other students will see you as a good role model
That is great sharing, Room 9!

Homefun: Week 5

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Writing Celebration...Tuhituhi whakanui ...

Well done, Matthew and Vishnu for taking pride in your learning.  You can feel very proud of your writing achievement, this week.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Inquiry Learning: What do plants need to grow?

Thanks for showing us how the seeds are growing, Amelia! I can see you are giving your plant all the ingredients, for it to grow into a healthy sunflower. 

Hamish is planting the sunflowers seeds at his home. Can’t wait to see how they grow! Please keep us updated, Hamish!

After learning about what plants need to grow, students have to do some planting themselves at home. Here, William is busy planting some sunflower seeds.
In Maori...
I muri i te ako e pā ana ki te mea e hiahia tipu ki te tupu, e ngā ākonga ki te mahi i etahi whakatō ratou i te fare. Here, William he whakatō etahi o nga purapura putirā pukumahi.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Sock Puppets to support our learning

Today we each made a sock puppet using an old sock. Through sock puppet shows we are learning to develop language skills, imagination,  problem solving and creative thinking.
All students enjoyed planning and designing their own puppet.  Just look how cool they are.

Writing Celebration

Great writing about how sunflowers grow, using a picture plan and connectives.