Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Term 3, Week 10

Our Performance

Last week the Junior School geared up for their big performance! It was about a little girl named Lily (Lily C from Room 11) who had to think of a story to write about at school while riding on the bus one morning. The problem was that NOTHING exciting ever happened to her! Or so she thought... Next thing a group of dancers performing a Maori Haka dance jump on the bus! Lily still didn't know what to write about even though she met some Cavemen, Irish dancers, Pirates, Trolls and alien catching Men in Black, along her journey to school! It was a wild ride on the school bus that day and all of the Junior School children performed their dances and song to their best. 
Miss Smith was incredibly proud of her Room 8 students and how they got up in front of the big audience with smiles on their dials. Room 8 would also like to thank all of the parents and whanau that came out for the afternoon to watch our presentation - your support was appreciated!

Check us out!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Term 3, Week 8

Junior School Performance

Room 8 are busy practising their Dino Stomp dance ready for our Junior School Performance next week.

Our performance will be on:
 Wednesday 20th September

First show: 12pm
Second show: 2pm

We hope you can come and watch!

Please remember also to bring your child's outfit to school in a named plastic bag by this Friday. Room 8 have a cave girl/boy and dinosaur theme. They need to wear a plain black, white or brown top with plain shorts/tights. If you have a caveman themed costume they are welcome to wear this - including dinosaur onesies!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Term 3, Week 7

Quick Writing

Room 8 have been learning to use descriptive language in their writing. We have been using Sheena Cameron's quick write models to help us form ideas about a topic quickly. To do this we work with our 'mat buddy' to describe a picture. Miss Smith sets the timer for 10 minutes and we have to come up with as many exciting words and phrases to describe the image as we can. A winner is even chosen at the end, so we all try our best to use exciting vocabulary. Then we come together to share our ideas onto a large whole-class brainstorm, so that everyone can see/borrow each other's words to make their writing the best it can be. After completing our brainstorms we have to take these ideas and put them into sentences - with focus on starting with a capital letter and putting a full stop at the end of each idea. We have produced some outstanding pieces of descriptive writing using this model. 

Take a look at some of our brainstorms...

Friday, 18 August 2017

Term 3, Week 4

Taniwha Artwork

This week for our inquiry unit, Room 8 read the legend of Kahu and the Taniwha. We enjoyed listening and talking about this legend and thought the illustrations in the book were pretty cool too. We decided to draw/design our own mythical taniwha creatures.
First we sketched our taniwha in pencil then went over the outline in sharpie pen. Next we used crayon to colour some parts and dye in the other parts.

Word Work

Check out the awesome focus of the Room 8 Learners doing their word work on their mini whiteboards this week...

Monday, 14 August 2017

Term 3, Week 4

Maui and the Big Fish

Last week, Room 8 read the legend of Maui and the Big Fish. In this legend, Maui goes fishing with his brothers and pulls up a huge fish. His brothers decide to try and cut up the fish to share with their whanau... but this creates an uneven land. This land becomes Aotearoa New Zealand as it has lots of valleys, rivers and mountains created by the cuts of Maui's brothers. The North Island is now known as Te Ika a Maui - Maui's Fish.

To represent this story, Room 8 created pieces of artwork that shows New Zealand and our rough landscape. Our learning focus was around hot and cold colours. We used cold colours (blue, green, purple, grey) to colour in New Zealand and we created a contrasting background by using hot colours (red, orange, yellow, brown).

Check out our awesome artwork!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Term 3, Week 3

Welcome Back!

We have started Term 3 off with a bang, getting straight into our Myths and Legends inquiry unit for the term. We began our inquiry by looking at the legend of Maui and the Sun. We talked lots about this legend and retold it in our own words. Next we made sun masks out of paper plates and collage which we presented at the Week 1 assembly as our class item! Last week we focused on similarities and differences with our Oral Language development and used this to compare and contrast two different legends - Maui and the Big Fish and Maui and the Sun. We also practised similarities and differences further by comparing and contrasting two different versions of Maui and the Sun, which was more of a challenge. It was interesting to see what was similar across these legends and what aspects were completely different. Room 8 really had to think critically during this learning.
We can't wait to show everyone what else we learn and create during this inquiry!

In maths we are learning about fractions. We have started off by finding halves of objects and we are going to explore quarters and thirds of objects next, before we learn how to find a fraction of a set. We have been enjoying using materials and our mini whiteboards to support our learning in fractions. 

Finally, our Physical Education and fitness focus for the first part of the term is all around our Cross Country training. We have been learning how to stretch our muscles before and after running to prevent injury and how to pace ourselves throughout the race. 
Cross Country is on Thursday 17th August (Week 4), with the saving day on Friday 18th August. We would love to see as many supporters there as possible!!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Term 2, Week 10

Balloon Language Experience and Science

In Weeks 8 and 9 we had a focus around hot air balloons after we were visited by a real hot air balloon a few weekends ago. First we designed our own hot air balloons by looking at different types of balloons and their patterns. We had loads of fun creating these balloons with bright bold colours and patterns! After this we wrote stories imagining where in the world we would like our hot air balloons to take us to.

The next week we conducted a science experiment where we blew up a balloon by creating a reaction with baking soda and vinegar. The baking soda and vinegar fizzed up and the carbon dioxide gas that was released went into the balloon and made it blow up. It was awesome! We wrote instructions on how to do this experiment.