Sunday, 19 March 2017

Rippa Rugby

Last week we were lucky enough to have a session of rippa rugby with Bill.He showed us how to run and carry a rugby ball, throw & catch and then we even tried running and catching.
It was great to see all of the Room 5 students give it a go and get better throughout the session.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Time with Mr Byers

Last week Mr Byers came for one of his visits to Room 5 & 6. During this time both classes listened to Mr Byers read a story about a polar bear. The story lead to lots of great discussions around polar bears , where they live and other cool facts that Mr Byers shared.
After the story  Mr Byers played a pattern/rhythm game with both classes. Mr Byers would show the children a clapping pattern and then they had to copy it. This is an interesting game to play to see if students can pick up the pattern and repeat.
Thanks for visiting us Mr Byers, we look forward to seeing you next week.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Ice Skating at Stanley Ave!

How lucky were we! This week we were able to go ice skating! The rink has been set up in the rec centre.  At the start we had a safety talk about what to do on the ice. We had to wear gloves to keep our fingers safe, and a helmet to protect our head. When we were on the pretend ice, the instructor showed us how to get up. You have to go on your knees first , then try to stand up. 
Here are a few photos from our experience - it was a lot of fun !

Monday, 27 February 2017

Our swan plants!

Last week we got back in to our garden plot. First we had to weed out the old plants that were dead. Miss Williams had brought in some swan plants from her house and we each took turns at planting one or two plants. Some are big, some are small. One plant even has a seed pod on it with fluffy seeds inside. Kelly helped us to plant some of the seeds and we will see if we can grow some plants from scratch.

Today we looked at the cycle of a Monarch butterfly. We listened to a cool song about the butterfly and the stages it goes through, and then we started colouring in a picture of the different stages. Our new word we have learnt is chrysalis - which is where the caterpillar changes into a butterfly.

Keep an eye on our blog for more updates ! Hopefully we will have some caterpillars on our plants soon!

Monday, 20 February 2017

All about me....

Over the first few weeks Room 5 has been learning some Te Reo Maori. As a class the students have been focussing on how to respond when asked "Ko wai to ingoa?" which is " what is your name?". Students are getting better at responding to this  where they say "Ko............... taku ingoa".  Another response they have been learning is how to respond to "Kei hea to kainga?" which translates to "where is your home". We are all getting better at saying "Kei Te Aroha taku kainga"  ,meaning "my home is in Te Aroha".  It has been a lot of fun for both myself and Room 5o to learn this and I have especially loved how students are giving it a go and taking a risk trying something new and unknown to them.
We tied this learning in to a poster that the students filled out about themselves. The poster includes the responses they have learn't as well as information about their whanau and themselves. If you pop into Room 5 check out these cool pieces of work on our back wall.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Tuakana Teina

Check out how we spent the afternoon today! We were lucky enough to have visitors from Room 13 come and spend some time with us. This was part of our Tuakana Teina time that we do each term at Stanley Ave. Our buddy class is Room 13. The time is for us to get to know our buddy class and to learn from each other.
Here are a few pictures from our time with the people who visited us from Room 13.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Fonterra Milk in Schools

Today we had a lovely visitor from Fonterra. She told us all about what happens to our recycled milk containers, and even showed us how to fold them. It is a little tricky for little fingers, but Jayden did a great job when called up to demonstrate .
Room 5 found out that when the milk containers are recycled, they get turned into roof tiles and school books! We thought that was pretty cool.