Monday, 26 August 2013

Monday 26th August

Kia Ora all

Today we went out for our first Jump Rope session with room 6. We are building up to the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser on Friday September 20. Today we had a play round with the different ropes. Some did individual skipping and some tried out the longer ropes. Here are a couple of pictures of us in action.




Today at Kauri assembly the wonderful GRACE received the Room 5 Active Thinking certificate. Grace uses her initiative and is always helping out. She also completes her morning jobs with out being reminded. Well done, Grace.

Today at Kauri assembly there was a 'challenge' - a milk drinking and folding challenge. Here is Savannah, our student of the week, representing Room 5. Maddison is helping out one of the year 7/8 classes with how to fold up their milk cartoons as they don't get milk.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Thursday 22nd August

Kia Ora all

Today Lydia shared her 'Dummies Guide' with the class. Her instructions showed how to make a 'hairy carrot'. Lydia brought along her completed 'hairy carrot' for all to see. Here is a picture of Lydia and her 'hairy carrot'


We have been learning about adverbs this term. We are pretty good at identifying adverbs that end in  -ly such as slowly, carefully, happily, steadily. This morning we watched a video that explained that there are 3 types of adverbs - An adverb tells us the WHEN, WHERE and HOW.

Here is the video - in the form of a rock song

After the video we worked on a task identifying the adverbs in a sentence.
Here is a link to the worksheet.

Tomorrow we will be planning our activity for next Thursday's MAKE IT day.
We will also be working on our posters to show our understanding of recycling at Oaklands School.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Tuesday 20th August

Kia Ora all

Today we shared our Waste Challenge Booklets with each other. There were quite a few tasks to complete, and it was pleasing to see the effort put in by a number of students.

Here we are sharing our booklets.



Recently we have been reading instructional texts. Group 1 read about how to make a purerehua; Group 2 about making a moveable garden; Group 3 and 4 about things you can make with paper. We used recycled materials where we could. Last Friday we began making our selected items and spent some more time today on them.

Here is a photo of what Jade made - She had to correctly follow the instructions set out in the text to complete her task. I think Jade is going to try for 3 or 4 levels.

Sophie's Castle

Sophie has been busy at home creating masterpieces from recycled material. A fantastic example of turning 'trash into treasure'.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Monday 12th August

Kia Ora all

We have some photos to share with you today.

12 students received a mathletics certificate for getting over 1000 points ...
GOLD for Charlotte. Well done on receiving your gold. Charlotte is a whizz with her times tables and is quick on the draw with her division equations. Way to go, Charlotte.
Today at Kauri assembly Jade received the year 4 mathletics trophy. All students who scored more than 1500 points went into the draw. Well done, Jade.
The amazing Lydia was awarded the Room 5 Active Thinker certificate at Kauri assembly today. Lydia manages herself well by making good choices, asks questions, listens to other people's opinions, and can reflect on her learning and the choices she makes - all examples of an Active Thinker. Well done, Lydia - we are very proud of you.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Friday 10th August

Kia Ora all

This week we have been writing instructions for making a raisin boat, to be raced in the Raisin Boat Race Challenge. The reining champion is Mr Forman and his boat 'The Boss'. Would the students of Room 5 be able to build a faster vessel, and become the Room 5 CHAMPION?

We began with a demonstration of how to build a raisin box boat. We then built our own, and wrote up the instructions. We are going to edit and proofread our instructions, then give them to another class and see if our instructions are clear enough for them to follow.

Then our champion will take them on in a race off.

Here are some photos of what we did.

Raisin Boat Build




Raisin Boat Race

                                                        Introducing the raisin boats
The heats


Now, for the finals


"On your marks"                     They're off. Mr F is in the lead.
                                                 Convinced he has the race won.

But no. Anneke flies home to take the victory...and

 Be crowned - Room 5 CHAMPION Raisin boat racer, 2013

Monday, 5 August 2013

Monday 5th August

Kia Ora all

All last week we have been collecting our rubbish in one container, and each night Mr Forman put it into a plastic bag. Today, with Room 6, we went to the hall where all the rubbish was emptied out onto a blue plastic sheet.

The aim was to show just how much rubbish we accumulate over such a short time. This was only for one week.

A few 'Eco Warriors' put on gloves and sorted the rubbish into 3 piles - recycle, organics, rubbish.

We then had a special guest visit - Mr Donaldson, our caretaker. He talked about what happens to the rubbish when it gets removed by the cleaners, and also some of his concerns about [a] the amount of rubbish and [b] how many classes don't properly sort their rubbish.

We asked him, "Mr. Donaldson, what can we do?"
Mr. Donaldson suggested that we ensure we place our rubbish into the correct containers, bring less to school, and keep the rubbish in the bins rather than on the field.

We are going to take up the challenge.