Friday, 21 February 2014

The Journey of a Bubble

We had a lot of fun outside today with a whole heap of bubble wands! We used this hands-on experience as a way exploring descriptive language when we got back in the classroom. We brainstormed our ideas about what the bubbles looked like and how they "acted". This is what we said:

  • My bubble exploded in the sky
  • Bubbles are slimy and sticky
  • The bubble wafted through the sky popping in the atmosphere
  • Bubbles are carefree, drifting away in the wind
  • Small bubbles, big bubbles pop, pop, pop
We had hoped to complete writing about "the journey of a bubble", but ran out of time with the Pukeko Team art rotation in the middle block. Be sure to keep an eye out next week for our bubble writing to be displayed both in the classroom and on our blog. 

Monday, 17 February 2014

Help needed for the Gala!

This year volunteers for the gala are being organised a little differently. Each class will now be responsible for organising a specific activity. These activities will be decided by the support team soon. Please offer your time and support if you can. Room 15 would greatly appreciate it!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Parachute Fun - Team Building

We have spent a bit of time over the past few weeks playing games geared towards getting to know each other. We have be focussing on working together as a team while showing respect for our classmates. Last Friday we took the large parachute outside for a bit of fun. We had to listen carefully to instructions, play fair and treat the equipment in a responsible way. What a great time we had! Check out the photos below. Several children also wrote captions to match their photo:

"The wind was strong. We held on very tight!" - Ashton
"I like parachuting out of the air!" - Elisa
"I am holding up the tent and getting ready to go under" - Callum
"I am lifting the parachute over my head. The wind was pretty strong" - Spencer
"It was really fun going in the parachute" - Mariya 
"I liked the parachute because we got to make it into shapes like a giant balloon" - Jaime

Monday, 10 February 2014

Homefun Week 2

I apologise for Homefun being sent home on Tuesday this week and for any inconvenience it may have caused to after school routines. We have been experiencing a few "technical difficulties" with the printers. All is sorted now and Homefun has been sent home in book bags. Homefun this week is a fun writing task where the children need to write four statements about themselves. Two need to be true and two false. We will share these "facts" in class on Friday to see if we can figure out which ones are true and which ones are tricks! Please encourage your child to take care of their Homefun book just as they would all of their books at school. 

Friday, 7 February 2014

Reremoana's Best Bakers!

Today I bought in one of my favourite childhood books - The Witch in the Cherry Tree, by Margaret Mahy. As a child I always sought this book out at our school library. I loved Margaret Mahy's clever way of using words, the funny illustrations of a witch swinging her black boots from the top branches of a cherry tree, but most of all I loved the recipe for Gingerbread Witches hidden on the back page.

As I read the book aloud to our class of eager learners, I was very excited to see that they loved this New Zealand classic just as much as I did at their age. Of course we couldn't read this particular book without also making Gingerbread Witches! Check out the pictures below.

You may have noticed our Gingerbread "witches" didn't quite turn out the way they were supposed to. We seem to have ended up with gingerbread "blobs" instead!