Sunday, 29 March 2015

No readers in Week 9

Just a reminder that readers will not be sent home this week due to stocktake.
Please also note that library books must be returned this week also.

Thank you!
Miss G :) 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Fun Friday Making Art!

We had such a cool Friday learning to draw and paint ducks.

We used a tutorial online to help us to draw a duck by following step by step instructions and they turned out pretty good!

We also got to learn about the endangered Whio duck (blog post below with more info) and used the outline of a duck to paint the Whio duck blue with a bit of red for its chest. 

We focused on our fine motor skills using our 'pincers' to hold ear buds and cotton buds with pegs to create our dot artwork. 

It was cool! Enjoy the pictures. 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Whio Duck Awareness Month

Did you know that it is Whio Duck Awareness Month?

Here are some interesting facts about this beautiful Duck...
(Facts taken from their website - Here is the link to  if you would like to have another look)

  • Whio are only found in New Zealand.
  • Whio are on the $10 note.
  • Whio live in one of the most challenging environments in the world – a fast flowing river!
  • They are the Central North Island white-water specialists.
  • They have a lip on the end of their bill to protect their bill when feeding for aquatic insects amongst the rocks.
  • They are perfectly camouflaged – they are blue/grey in colour and look just like a rock!
  • They have big webbed feet for swimming in the rapids – even day old chicks can negotiate the biggest white water – born to surf.
  • If you find Whio you will find a healthy river.
  • They can’t live in just any old waterway; they need fast-flowing water, high water quality, plants along the bank and lots of underwater insects.
Our inquiry unit is based on Ducks for Term 1 & 2. How cool that we can now study this Duck as part of our inquiry. Next week we will do some writing about the Whio Duck, be sure to come in and read your child's writing.

Miss G :) 

If you would like to know more please visit the site above or you can watch this short clip. 

Monday, 23 March 2015

Room 10's Tadpoles!

Room 10 now has Tadpoles!

Thank you to Xavier and his Mum for giving us three Tadpoles, they are just awesome!

Come in and say hi to Big Buster, Terry and Jimmy - all named by our class :) We can't wait to see their transformation as they grow into Frogs. Watch this space!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

PB4L - Do good, because good is good to do.

PB4L - Do good, because good is good to do.

WALHT: Be positive role models

Here are some of our ideas...

Monday, 16 March 2015

Here are our fantastic Room 10 students practising their high frequency words!

Look at the us being "Resilient" students!

For many of us our goals are to get better at reading and writing our high frequency words. Here we are practising these words on our awesome white board table.

Sunday, 8 March 2015


Please remember to bring the following to school:

- Student conference forms (if you need an extra form please see office)
- Books bags to school everyday (readers will not be sent home without)

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Inquiry learning - WALHT ask and answer questions.

We are learning how to - ask and answer questions.

As part of our follow up from last Fridays exposure to our natural surroundings in Wattle Downs, we were then able to generate some questions about the different types of things we saw.

We set up 5 bus stop stations where we had 5 items from things we had seen or come across on our walk. We were then put into buzz groups consisting of both Room 9 and 10 students where we had cards with 6 question starters - Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. Using the items at each station, we had to come up with a question to ask about that item. 

We ended up with some pretty inquisitive questions, which is what inquiry learning is all about! 

"Who feeds the ducks at the pond?"
"Why do some ducks look different to others?"
"How come grass is green?"

We hope that the questions and ideas that have now been generated by our students will lead us further along our inquiry process! We look forward to seeing our inquiry art develop from this!

Inquiry Learning

Focus: Our Inquiry focus is THE LIVING WORLD. 

Exposure: We live on such a beautiful peninsula. This is a perfect opportunity to take our students on a walk around Wattle Downs. 

Prior Knowledge: We talked about things we might see and things students have seen, as they sometimes go on walks with their families. Room 9 and 10 were well prepared for their walk.

Thank you Room 9 students for the awesome photos!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Maths at home

Do you ever wonder how you can help your child at home with their maths? Here is a fun and simple way to practise addition at home. All you need is - a pack of cards!

Counting on Strategy from Sophie Glen on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

PB4L - Use kind words and good manners

This week our focus is on using kind words and good manners.
We had a big discussion around what this means and looks like at home and school.

This week we are trying our best to focus on saying kind things to each other and using good manners like please, thank-you and excuse me.

Here are two clips of us showing us not using our manners and then using our manners properly.

The sound is not very good - but I'm sure you can figure out what is going on!

Enjoy :)