Sunday, 25 October 2015

Father's Day celebration

Hi all - thanks for all of those who cam to the celebration.  It was great to see all the Dad's getting in and helping with making the kites.  Here are some of my pictures:- Apologies for the haziness. Hopefully you have seen the more professional ones Ms Fothergill put on Facebook :-)

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Hi all - hope you are enjoying the break! I have been painting a fence today in Whangarei (my Mother's house) but was chased inside by a rain shower.  Hope the weather is good where you are.  A huge thank you to the parents that came on the trip to the Botanical Gardens.  Here are some pictures Ms Harland sent me.  I have some on my phone and have emailed them to myself but they are not through yet so I thought I'd put up the ones I have so far - and I will add to this.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Botanic Garden Trip

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Thank you to everyone who has offered to assist with supervision on our Kiwi Team trip to the Botanical Gardens.
The following parents have indicated that they are able to supervise a group on the day: 
Jenny Collins
Michael/ Maria Davies
Shanel Hall
Erin Thompson
Angela Wu

Unfortunately we only have limited spaces on the bus so we request for parent group leaders that are not required on the bus to use their own transport to and from the Gardens.

The following parents are required to accompany us on the bus:
Jenny Collins
Michael/ Maria Davies

 If you are able please send along an empty yoghurt pottle on the day. 

Kind regards

Nicola Williams

Friday, 11 September 2015

Kia ora folks!

Yesterday we reviewed some of the maori language we have learnt and practised our 'korero' song. You may notice Jake and Eden are missing from the video.  These two super helpers noticed that we had pastel on our nice mat - and offered, and set to cleaning it off.  Thanks you two :-)

Friday, 4 September 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Well done to the four speech finalists from Room 5  Peter, Lily, Mia and Taylor.  Congratulations to Lily who placed 3rd.

Our calendar art is nearly done.  Have a look and see if you would like to purchase one (as a calendar - it is a great PTA fundraiser.  The children have worked hard on these (we did intend to have them finished earlier but have had a few issues keeping the colours nice and bright) They are looking great now.

Happy Father's Day to all the great Dads out there! Here is some of the writing which hopefully made it home to you.

My Dad works really hard.  I help dad mow the lawns.  I push the lawnmower.  He plays footy with me.  He catches me when I have the ball.  He videos weddings and he is very good at it.  I love my Dad.


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

IPADS - for reading

Today we had class photos - so no reading swap.  We took the opportunity today for a couple of groups to use the IPADS for reading, with books from 'sunshine on line'

Friday, 7 August 2015

Reading fun

Hi All - we had some fun in reading today making these hedgehogs.  No cross grouping on Friday, so it is lovely to catch up on everyone's learning.  Here are some pictures from this fun reading experience.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Writing in Room 5

Hi all - here is some of the great writing we have done this week as we work on making our writing interesting for an audience.

The Highway rat likes to steal everyone's food because he's a bad rat.  He has got two things about him that are black, it's his mask and his hat.  His whiskers are long and white.  His sword is shiny and strong. - By Ryan

The Highway Rat is mean.  He has big sharp teeth.  Is tail is horrible.   It looks scary. His whiskers look pointy and sharp. He steals people's food.  - Chaska

Scarface Claw has big whiskers and a long tail.  He's got yellow eyes.  They glow in the dark.
By Meadow

The Praying Mantis is green with sharp spikes on his leg. His eyes are big like tractor wheels.
By Eden

Friday, 26 June 2015

Making Ice-cream / Reading

A couple of things are spinning through my mind tonight as I write this.  I have just read through the home fun   - thanks for all the comments on reading. One of them stood out for me, I left them at school so can't remember the exact words but it said something like ' she was so pleased when she worked the word out' .  It is a great feeling for them. Just thought I'd give you an idea of what we might do as part of a reading lesson. We look at developing an understanding of many strategies they can use to work out tricky words.

We start with a 'Learning Intention' - (during the early stages in reading this is usually based on decoding.  Some of our readers are starting to move onto a heavier comprehension focus now).

In conjunction with this- we have Success Criteria - in a nutshell - what the learner will do to be successful with meeting this Learning Intention.  We don't just focus on 'sounding out words'.  There are many other aspects that are super important for children to achieve reading success.

Here is an example of a Learning Intention

WALT:  Read tricky words
SC :       We skip unknown words
              We read to the end of the sentence then reread.

I might then, in a modelling book,  provide an example of what this might look like and go through this with the children.

In this case the reader has had trouble with the word 'jumped'. When they read-on and successfully read 'up on the stool' -  going back and rereading, the word 'jumped' becomes much easier.   As we go through the book and at the end we constantly refer back to our learning focus)- we then look to use this strategy  (it doesn't always work -and that is why is is so important the children have a range of things they can do like:

*Making connections with what they know  -to the stories we read (this helps them with vocabulary and context) This does not need to exactly match the topic - for example they don't need to be scared of spiders to make a connection with a book about this, it might be something else that they are scared of that will help them make connections with vocabulary and feelings within the book

* Using the pictures to help read. While they have pictures to support meaning - they need to use them! Sometimes we examine the pictures without looking at the words and make a big list of words we might expect to see from what we can see happening in the text.

* Using meaning - thinking about what makes sense.  What is the word likely to be, based on what we a reading about?

* Looking at words I know that are like the one I don't know - If I know 'here' -it is not that much of a jump to 'where'.

* Using punctuation to help read - does it have a question mark - then there must be a question word in there  - 'how', 'who', 'when' etc. Punctuation also gives an idea about feelings of characters - and this can be used to help with making meaning.

* Looking at the sounds in words.  This is obviously important and works with all the other things I have mentioned (I have probably missed some too)

The point here is that good readers do a RANGE of things to help them read.  :-)


Today in Room 9 we made ice-cream, as part of our Inquiry on milk and also as part of our PB4L focus on 'collaboration'.  The group identified what they needed to work together and they all had defined jobs.  They helped each other and worked together and we all had fun. To do this, we put a small bag of milk with vanilla essence and sugar into a big bag of ice and salt and 'shook, shook, shook'.  Unfortunately one group ended up with salt in the ice-cream  -not so nice! The other four groups had great success and they shared with the less fortunate group.  Great collaboration!

Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera -so the shots are taken from my mac.  Hopefully they come out clearly.

Friday, 19 June 2015


Thanks to those who came to celebration today.  I did try to load the whole video of photos onto here but too many mbs :-( Here are some pictures of the groups that collaborated on their 'cows are useful animals' pictures.  We are sorry that Abbey, Emma, and Aleesha weren't with us today.  Hope you are all feeling better.

Friday, 12 June 2015

From cream to butter

Hi all - as many of you will have heard, today we had the fun experience of making butter. This tied in to our current inquiry on milk. We made it by tipping some cream, a pinch of salt into some jars (thanks Zoe's Nana) and  shaking, shaking shaking. Mrs Williams should have bought and brought more biscuits as there was not enough for two each.  This did lead to exploration of a maths problem involving fractions (The importance of maths being used across the curriculum as a way to solve problems is something I have been doing some reading on recently). It was Rebecca who suggested we cut the spare biscuits into four (after we worked out we still did not have enough if we halved them).  Well done - smart thinking!

This photo and the one below made me laugh - Emma was sneaking some extra butter out of the jar - doesn't the face below say it all!