Monday, 8 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Elf Yourself! Take a look... These are hilarious!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Sunny day at the beach!


Yesterday the Pukeko Team went for a leisurely walk down to one of the local beaches as part of our Education Outside the Classroom.

Thankfully the weather was beautiful and it was a lovely sunny day. We were able to enjoy some paddling in the water, looking around the rocks for sea creatures like crabs, we played some football and cricket, played on the playground, used our parachute and flew some makeshift kites... What a day!

We all had so much fun! Well done Room 16 on being super sensible all day. 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Production 2014

Thank you very much for Miss Chalmers for creating this awesome slideshow of photos!

We are the World - Reremoana Production 2014 from Helen Chalmers on Vimeo.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Dancing Worms

Changing states of Matter

What you need to see dancing worms:

Baking Soda
Gummi Worms
Warm water

Today we looked at changing states of matter. We noticed that powered baking soda was the solid and when we added water it turned into a liquid. 
We let the gummi worms soak in the baking soda. Then we drained the baking soda water off the worms and we put the worms into a cup of vinegar. We then saw another change - we saw a gas appear from the fizz!


Kayley - Its going to start dancing
Hannah - They are going to wriggle
Naesha - They are going to stick together and dance together
Cherize - They are going to look like a wriggly worm
Ben - They are going to wiggle and going to jump up

What do you think is going to happen when we put the gummi worms into the vinegar?
Caleb - They are going to explode!
Shivali - The worms are going to go up
Millar - The worms are going to start dancing and jump out and start walking like humans!

We added the gummi worms and this is what we saw...

"I can see fizzing"
                   "I can see bubbles"
                                          "I can see gas coming out and it burnt my eyes"
                                                                                                    "It looks like sprite!" 

So what really happened?

The worms did not move like we expected :( They did float around a little bit, but they did not dance like we predicted! Maybe you could try this one at home with your family? Takes some pictures so we can see!!

It's fizzing!!

This is the link we used: 

Monday, 17 November 2014

We Made Butter!

Celebration this Friday - 21st of November

We are going to share our awesome video of us making butter last Friday. There will also be a few students reading their fabulous recounts.

Looking forward to seeing you all there 
- Miss G

Making Butter from Sophie Glen on Vimeo.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

How much sugar is in Coca-Cola?

Last week we talked about healthy eating. 

As part of Home Fun this week, children of Room 16 are challenged to bring in something healthy for brain food this week. Our healthy snacks have been steadily improving which is fabulous to see!

We wanted to know if Coca-Cola was a healthy drink option... What we discovered will shock you!
Look at the images below, we measured out how many teaspoons of sugar went into a can of coke, a small bottle of coke and a family sized bottle of coke. Each plastic cup contains the amount of sugar that goes into each size. As a class we were amazed at the huge amount of sugar, that can't be good for us!

Can (355 ml) = 9.5 tsp of sugar 
Small Bottle (600 ml) = 16 tsp of sugar 
Large Bottle (1.5 lt) = 40.5 tsp of sugar

Here are our super shocked looking faces...

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Floating and Sinking

Floating and sinking 

This week we read about the Gingerbread Man. When the Gingerbread man got to the river where the Fox was waiting, I had the children think about what they might be thinking using the picture below as a prompt. 
We all agreed that the Fox was thinking of a cunning plan to eat the gingerbread man and the gingerbread man simply thought the Fox was being a friend by helping him across the water.

We then discussed what would happen if the gingerbread man had to cross the river on his own... what would happen to him? We then came up with an experiment to test out our ideas using a ginger nut, a cup of water and some M&M's (these were our gingerbread mans buttons).

We learnt how to 'predict'. A lot of us predicted that the ginger nut would sink in the cup of water... but in fact it floated! It was only until we moved the cup that the ginger nut sank.

It was also very interesting to see how the colour on the M&M's came away and changed the colour of the water... We were all super shocked to see how much food colouring goes into each M&M. Not so good for our tummies!
The floating ginger nut

Here is Hannah's prediction she wrote up herself!

The ginger nut experiment

My prediction was right. I was super shocked that the ginger nut floated on the water because I thought the water was going to suck up the ginger nut biscuit and make it smaller. I thought it would disintegrate.

By Hannah Dunn

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Friday Dress Rehearsal

Check Room 15 and 16 out!
On Friday we had our first dress rehearsal at school, don't we look flash? We were all so excited to get all dressed up in our costumes. 

A big thank you to all the lovely people who have helped with our costumes. Thank you to Mrs Glen and Jamie's Nana for creating our awesome shorts and skirts. We are so lucky!

Another reminder to please bring in your white t-shirt in a named plastic bag. We need to have these ASAP. Thank you parents!

- Dress rehearsal/walk to Clayton Park on Monday 3rd 
- Production on Wednesday evening

Hope to see you all there!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Welcome back

Welcome back to our final term for the year

What a great first week back we have had. We have gotten straight back into lots of learning already, lets hope we can keep up the great work for the rest of the term.

Term 4 is going to be a busy one!

We have...
- A production
- Athletics
- Tae Kwon Do
- A school trip
- LOTS of learning 

So lets make sure we get plenty of rest!

- Hats are compulsory this term
- Please bring any permission slips you may have left home into school ASAP
- Please return any overdue library books, slips will be sent home next week

This is what we got up to Friday afternoon of Week 1

We learnt about locomotor and non locomotor movements.

Locomotor movement is when you move from one place to another, you may do this by walking, running, dancing etc.

Non locomotor movement is when you stay on the spot and don't go anywhere, you may twist, bend, sway, balance or stretch on the spot. 

We practised "wandering" around the room to some cool music and had to listen to the instructions - one clap = rolling from our shoulders, two claps = rolling from our neck, three claps = changing direction. This meant we could put our knowledge of locomotor and non locomotor movement into action. A lot of skill was involved here - listening to the music, wandering around the room keeping safe from others and listening to the instructions and responding. 

We then did a small dance rotation to some music using a range of words as inspiration for our movements. These included - balance, roll, shimmy, wiggle, jump. As the music play we stayed in our groups and demonstrated what we thought each movement would look like. It was lots and lots of fun!

You could try all of this at home! It is super easy and the children absolutely loved it. It is a great way to get the children moving and to helps develop those gross motor skills, these include:

1. Balance
2. Coordination
3. Strength
4. Knowing body space

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Last Day of Term

Friday, Week 10, Term 3 

We have made it! Another wonderful term complete.

Today for our "Fun Friday" we made chocolate crackles. They were so easy to make, this is definitely something you could do for during the holidays.

Here is the link: 

Have a lovely and enjoyable holiday, I look forward to seeing you all again next term.

Miss Glen :) 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Doubling and halving

Doubling and Halving

We are getting very good at knowing our doubles to 20, now we are working on learning our doubles to 40!

Today we looked at halving numbers. It's tricky stuff!

For example we have the number 16. We know that 8 + 8 = 16, therefore half of 16 = 8.
We used butterfly wings and counters to help us halve the different numbers. We used the strategy of equal sharing - we counted the correct number of coloured counters then equally shared the counters onto each butterfly wing.

You could have a go at doing this with your child at home! You could draw your own picture and use all sorts of materials to help your child halve numbers to 40. 

Friday, 19 September 2014

Maori Fried Bread, Yum!

What a busy Friday Room 16 had!

Every Friday, the Pukeko Team does a Maori Rotation where each class gets to experience something different about the Maori culture.

Room 16 was very lucky to have their turn with Miss Chalmers in Room 15 and make Maori fried bread!

Here is a video below... Thanks Miss Chalmers, it tasted YUM!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Brain Food - Fruit Kebabs!

Today we made Fruit Kebabs and they were yummy!

Today we talked about "Healthy Eating" and what this means.
We knew that healthy eating was about eating food that is good for you. Some clever cookies knew that healthy food gives you energy and makes you nice and strong.

We thought we would make our own brain food today using lots of healthy fruit, we had: kiwifruit, banana, oranges, grapes and pineapple... we even added a cheeky marshmallow to our kebabs. Yum!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Community Consultation Survey for Health and P.E.

We would really appreciate it if you could please take a few moments out of you day to complete this survey.
Many thanks!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Poetry Recital!

Well done to all the children in Room 16 who had a go at reciting their poems today!

It was so lovely seeing you all have such confidence to stand in front of a lot of people and share your poem... We all understand how tricky it can be!

A big thank you to all the parents, siblings and grandparents who came to support us. Thank you also to Mrs Cantley, Mrs Campbell and Room 15 for attending this afternoon - we were pleased to be able to share our poems with you.

Finalists will be announced tomorrow and a notice will be sent home. The final Poetry Recital will be held next week - Tuesday 8th in the hall. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Doing Good Because Good is Good to Do!

On Monday it was Random Act of Kindness Day, this tied in well with our behaviour model. This week we are up to D of our ABCD's - Doing Good Because Good is Good to Do!

Do the right thing, even when no one is looking.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Counting Back Strategy!

Movie on 1-09-14 at 9.26 AM from Sophie Glen on Vimeo.

Here is another strategy - counting back! This is similar to the counting on strategy, however this time you are subtracting (taking away). Note: We get caught out when we track on our fingers and start on the number we are counting instead of the next number. Well done to my special helpers! What great mathematicians.

Maths: Helping At Home!

Counting On Strategy from Sophie Glen on Vimeo.
Here is a quick and easy game you can play at home with your children. This is a strategy we work on at school when adding and subtracting numbers. We are learning to decide which is the biggest number - put that number in our head and count on or back using our fingers to track the numbers. In our homefun this week there are instructions on how you too can play this easy card game. We certainly loved being videoed today...:)

Friday, 29 August 2014

Poetry Recitation - Week 7

Poetry Recitation is happening this week! 

Students in Room 16 will be sharing their poems on Thursday 4th, at 2.10pm. Everyone is welcome!

Here are some tips to try at home:

  • Re-read your poem, read each line slowly and repeat
  • Record yourself reciting your poem, play it back so you can see what you need to improve on
  • Practise eye contact with an audience 
  • Try including hand gestures or actions
  • Change the tone in your voice and pronounce your words properly

But most importantly... have fun!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Consider Your Choices

Consider Your Choices




We have be learning how to consider our choices at school. In order to do this we must - Stop, Think and Act.

This allows us to assess the situation, calm down and make a rational decision on what to do next.

This week we made traffic lights to remind us that we must consider our choices everyday.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Pukeko Team Celebration - This Friday!

Our Pukeko Team Celebration is this Friday the 22nd of August!

We look forward to any parents, friends and family who are able to come along and support us :) 

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Celebrating our success with Room 10

On Friday Room 10 joined our class to celebrate our wonderful successes this term.

We really enjoyed having Room 10 into share their celebration books with us, and we shared our self portraits and "Be Respectful" writing.

Room 16 had great fun sharing their work and making new friends!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Self Portraits

Check out our gorgeous self portraits! Here are a few of of them below...

Acting Safely

We have been learning about ways that we can 'Act Safe' in the classroom and in the playground. As a class we brainstormed all the ways that we can 'Act Safely', we then went for a walk around the school to demonstrate how we do this. Here are the ideas that the children came up with, we have some vey sensible students in Room 16!

In the classroom:
- stay away from power points
- walk carefully with scissors
- listen to an adult or a teacher 

In the playground/around the school:
- walk by your parents to and from school
- stay away from the road
- be careful of cars
- hold an adults hand on the walking bus
- don't throw sand in peoples eyes
- take turns on the monkey bars
- walk carefully around the school
- don't go outside the school gates
- look after yourself and younger students