Monday, 23 September 2013

Monday, 23rd September

Kia Ora all

Great to see the sun out. I was out of class today at meetings but I hear that Room 5 had a busy day.

Things kicked off with the wonderful Jade reaching the milestone of 200 nights reading.

Here she is. Well done, Jade.


A record 14 students received a mathletics certificate today, including 4 silver. Way to go team. Keep up the great learning.

Today Austin and his sister Riley brought in a large pile of completed Meadow Fresh Cool Our Schools entry forms. In fact they brought in so many that we took a photo to share with you.

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY = construction days

We will be constructing our flower/plant holders and / or stationery organisers over the next two days. This will complete our integrated learning on sustainability. We will post photos of what we got up to.
Students will need to supply materials; they know what they need. Any extra materials you have (see email sent Sunday and newsletter in home learning book) would be much appreciated.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Showing not telling

Kia Ora all

Today we worked on making our recounts more interesting to the reader. We looked at a photo of Ashton swimming and wrote interesting, powerful sentences.

We started with a TELL sentence, where we just tell you what is happening.

Our tell sentence was
Tell -->    I am on my back kicking

Now this sentence is fine because it tells the reader what was happening. However, we are trying to make our writing more interesting to the reader, so we have used SHOW sentences, where we are more descriptive.

Here we are sharing our writing with a classmate.

After we had finished writing, Miss Gatherer and Jerry from Room 6 visited us. They listened to the TELL sentence, then chose 4 students to read out their SHOW sentences.

We asked them to make a mental picture based on what they heard. We then showed them the photo of Ashton, and they gave us feedback on what they liked about our writing. Ngakau and Grace have shared their writing with you.


I am in the middle of the pool on my back kicking and gliding across the pool.
I feel the the smooth slosh of the wavy chlorinated h20.
I smell the chlorine in the pool.
I taste the moist air.
I'm not sinking because I have good relaxation in the pool.
My head is out of the water getting air.


I'm on my back about to do a big arm stroke and the water just
splashed on my face. aahhh it was refreshing, and now I'm kicking really fast like a speed boat. I'm getting really exhausted, I'm breathing really fast.

... and here is the photo.


We thought it might be a nice idea to share some of our handwriting with you.
We are developing our skills in correct size, slope, flicking, and for some, linking.
James, who is our student of the week, selected 3 quality examples to share with you.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Monday 16th September

Kia Ora all

For the first time in two weeks we didn't pack our bags, jump on the bus and zoom over to swimming at Starfish. We are back into our usual routine.

We completed a spelling test and also did a TIME pre-check. We will be learning about time for the next two weeks during mathematics. Tomorrow we are going to make our own mini clocks and begin our learning journey.

Here are a list of the learning intentions for our time unit.

·      Know the days of the week and months of the year
·      Read digital time
·      Read and draw O’clock and half past on an analogue clock
·      Read and draw ¼ past and ¼ to on an analogue clock

·      Read and draw minutes on an analogue clock

You can help by making a cardboard analogue clock at home and practicing the above; practising day and month order as well as the day( and month) that comes before and after a day(and month). For example  August comes after July and before September.

Go to the link on the right hand side of our home page --> Woodlands Junior - maths zone and search for the TIME resources.

Congratulations to the amazing COURTNEY who placed first in the Canterbury Primary Schools trampoline competition Sunday and got 1st in A grade.  In 2 and half weeks time she is part of the Canterbury team to go to the Nationals.

Calendar Art

This can be viewed on our blog. Go to the top and click on the CALENDAR ART page.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Friday, September 13th

Kia Ora all

Today was the writing week "dress as a character" day. Students came as all sorts of characters from a number of decidedly scary looking witches, Woody from Toy Story, to Super Diaper Baby. Mr Forman even managed to dress up. For some reason students thought he was from Barbie or Puss 'n Boots, when in fact he was Aramis, one of the famous Three Musketeers.

We joined everyone else in the hall for the parade. From Room 5 we chose Sophie, Harrison, Maddison and Phoebe. In fact we could have chose just about everyone as the costumes were amazing.

Unfortunately we had to leave for swimming before the winners were announced but we later heard that Sophie had placed 2nd in the year 4 section. Sophie received a book of her choice as her prize.

The bus driver looked a little confused when we all hopped on the bus in our costumes but she thought we looked fantastic.

We also finally received our letters from Kingswood Junior School in England. They have taken a long time to get here because they were returned to England and had to be re-sent. Nevertheless, we were excited to finally get a chance to read their letters. We are going to try and complete our letters before the end of term.


The wonderful and talented AUSTIN has reached his GOLD mathletics certificate. The 2nd in the class but the 1st boy. Well done, Austin. You hard work and diligence has certainly paid off. Austin has thrown down the challenge to all the other boys in Room 5. 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Tuesday 3rd September

Kia Ora all

Today we received a letter from Mrs Trotter. She heard that we are learning about 'upcycling' and has set us a challenge.

She has challenged room 5 and 6 to use materials from the yellow recycling bin to create a resource that is useful for the classroom.

Here is a copy of the letter below.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Monday 2nd September

Kia Ora all

Today we had our first day of swimming. Everyone was very keen and seem to have a good time.

A group of students received their weekly mathletics certificates and a special NZ maths week certificate for those who participated.

Here they are; all smiles.

Fun with Junk day

We had a great day on Friday, making all sorts in interesting things. You can view some photos on the fun with junk page. The comments have been added by students and more will be added tomorrow.


You will find videos of addition and subtraction strategies on the MATHS-ADD/SUB page. I will add a table showing what strategy each group is currently working on. 


Just a reminder that there is a disco this Friday. Students took home a notice on Friday.