Thursday, 31 July 2014

Fastest Cross Country Runner - By Spencer

People were screaming. I heard mister Fourie called me up. I heard the whistle and I sprinted. I was going as fast as I could. I was in front of every one. I was almost at the end. I came 2 place after the race it was pouring with rain. I got in my class and went home. I felt proud of myself.

Written and typed up by Spencer

Place Value Practice Tests

Throughout the year we have been improving our knowledge of Place Value. We know that Place Value is all about making numbers. We know that each digit in a number has a value (ones, tens, hundreds, thousands...). Place Value is very important - math wouldn't make any sense without it! Once a term we have a really, really tricky test called the "Place Value Slideshow". The reason it is so tricky is because it is so fast. We must do these practice tests to help prepare us for the national assessment that comes at the end of the year.

Below are two practice tests you can do at home. The first one is Stage 4 (Circles and Squares, start with this one) the second one is Stage 5 (Triangles, you should be doing this one as well).

How quickly can you answer the Place Value questions?

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Speeches and Poetry Recital

Hi Parents,

Apologies for not getting this information on the blog sooner. I hope you all received the notices about speeches and the poetry recital sent home last week and in Week 9 of last term.

This year the Year 2s will be participating the Kiwi and Pukeko Team Poetry Recital. This will be for Years 0-2. The Year 3s will be participating in the Pukeko and Tui Team Speech Competition.

Please note the following changes:
As we felt a little bit rushed with speeches and poetry recitations, we have now extended both dates by two weeks.

Year 3 Speeches - Week 6
Year 2 Poetry Recital - Week 8

Year 3s - once you have written your speech at home (as many of you already have) please bring a copy into school. We will begin practising these from next week.

Year 2s - we have a copy of your poem at school and you should also have a copy at home. If you have misplaced your copy and would like another, please just let me know. We will also begin practising at school next week.

Social Studies: Our Culture

Many children in Room 15 have brought in special items to share about their culture. The children have been so excited to share a small part of their family with the rest of our class. Some of the children thought that they didn't have a culture because they are "just Kiwis". This has been a really profound and meaningful topic this term, as each child learns that everyone has "a culture". That doesn't necessarily mean they have to come from another country or speak another language. We have been learning about how every family is unique with special values, traditions and history. 

Below are the children who shared their "cultural item" last Friday:

Children - it's not too late to bring something to share into school! What could you bring to school that is special to you and your family?

 Ashton's Culture

"This is a Cambodian statue. My grandma got it from her temple in Cambodia.  I like this statue because of the picture on it. Before, I used to go to the Temple in Auckland with my Grandma and big brother. Sometimes we get to eat on the floor just like 'grandma used to'."

 Elisa's Culture

"My whole family who live in my house were all born in New Zealand. My mum's family come from Scotland. I am very lucky as I have two tartans. The tartan from the Clan Mcleod and the Clan McDonald.  Every year in January my family go camping in Orua Bay, we usually stay for two weeks. We go swimming, play at the playground and get lollies.   My mum, my sister and I go to church on Sundays. I like the songs.  My Nana and Poppa live in the South Island. My mum's mum and dad live in Hamilton. Every second year we have Christmas in Hamilton. This year we are going to the South Island for Christmas!"

 Hayley's Culture

"My family and I come from Christchurch. We moved to Auckland because of the Earthquakes, and now it has stopped.  Both sets of my grandparents live in Christchurch.  Last year we went back to Christchurch for Christmas and my grandparents came up to Auckland in the holidays.  Every Sunday we have a roast for dinner.  The Rocking Horse is from our Christmas tree. I like Christmas." 

 Jed's Culture

"My mum was born in Samoa and my dad was born in New Zealand. My aunty and uncle were born in New Zealand as well.  Nanna Bonney and Aunty Tina and Mama were born in Samoa  This bowl is called a 'Samoan Bowl' or Tanoa.  We make 'Kava' in the bowl which is made from Coconut. Coconuts are hard on the outside and soft in the middle.  My family says a prayer before we eat. Sometimes I eat 'Taro'.  I can also speak Samoan. My mum, my uncle and my cousin speak Samoan at home.  I went to Samoa when I was 4 and 6. At the beach house there were 8 dogs and 9 cats, they were everywhere!  My mum wears one flower in her hair."

 Dylan's Culture

"My family are New Zealanders. My dad's mum (Grandma) is American and my mum's dad (Grand dad) was born in Ireland.  In our house we celebrate birthdays and Christmas.  I have a big dinner with    all my family. We have steak.  We all celebrate the 'All Blacks' when they play. My whole family come over and we watch them. When it is my birthday I open my presents when everyone is there. We also get to decide what we are going to do for our birthday."

 Keira's Culture

"I brought in two special blankets. This blanket was made by my Nana and the white blanket was made by my great, great grandmother.  They are special to me and my family because I do crafting with my mum.  Crafting is in our Culture. We love crafting. We celebrate birthdays and Christmas.  My mummy usually goes to all the Craft Fair Markets - I am her little helper.  I get to go with my Dad and my brother and we go and see my dad's mum and dad in Te Aroha.  When we are at Gran and Granddad's, Gran makes us a special drink."

 Callum's Culture

"I was born in England where the Queen lives. My dad was born in Ireland and my mum was born in New Zealand.  On ANZAC day we think about my great grandfather who was in World War II.  When we visit his grave we take some flowers and polish it. My nana said he would be very proud of me!"

 Darius' Culture

"I was born in New Zealand and I am a New Zealand Maori. My mummy was born in New Zealand and she is a Maori and my daddy is Niuean. We speak English at home. My grand parents speak Maori. On Sundays I go to church with my whole family. We get to sing songs and dance. My Aunty Mary comes over and teaches me how to cook.  After dinner on a Friday we always play a game or watch a movie!" 

 Riley's Culture

"I was born in New Zealand. My parents were born in New Zealand, my grandparents were born in Scotland, my granddad is a little bit Scottish.  My grandma is a bit English, she knows every word of English.  I have met my grandma's grandma, she's really old.  I have also seen my granddads grand dad, and he is not that good at listening and he is even older.  This is copy of my family Tartan. The Tartan in my family is really important, there is a picture with my granddad and my dad wearing something that looks like a skirt, but it isn't a skirt.  It is called a 'Kilt' made from the fabric of our family tartan.  We celebrate Christmas and birthdays.  I have a 'McIntyre Shield - family crest'. Each leaf is a person from my family.

Sophie's Culture
Caption to come :)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Social Studies - What is your Culture?

This term we are learning about the families, cultures and ethnicities at Reremoana School. The whole school will be exploring this topic for the first few weeks of school. After that each class will be given one "culture" or country to learn about further. We will celebrate out learning together in Term 4 in the form of a whole-school production. 

Here's a little bit of information about Miss Chalmers' culture. Reading it might give you some ideas about the conversations you could have with your family about what's important to you. 

To me culture is all about family and traditions. My parents and my Grandparents come from New Zealand. We are Pakeha, New Zealand European. A long, long time ago, my ancestors  moved from Scotland to New Zealand. 

When I was 18 years old I travelled around Europe. I went to Scotland and found this book which tells me all about my family's history in Scotland.

This is a picture of me and my little family. Grace had just turned one and we were celebrating with our family and friends. Gracie's Daddy, David, comes from a country called Cambodia. When he was a baby, his mum had to leave their country and come to New Zealand because there was a big war happening. Remember how I said I was New Zealand European? Well, that makes Gracie half Cambodian and half Pakeha. But I usually just tell people she's Cambodian. 

This is the Cambodian flag. The Cambodian culture is very important in our family. David's mum (Gracie's "Ma") makes us lots of yummy Cambodian and Chinese food (they're half Chinese too). Gracie's Ma also teaches her how to speak Khmer, the Cambodian language. I can speak a little bit too, but not much. 

This week you have been asked to bring an item into school that tells us something about your culture. This is a photo of my special item. It's a locket that my Grandma gave me when I was a little girl. She lived in Wellington, which seemed very far away when I was young. She always told me that whenever I looked at the moon, I could know that she was looking too. That has become a special tradition in my family. Gracie and I talk about the moon every night before bed. We pretend we're going to go there on a rocket ship that we're going to get from NASA. 

Please note: while it is important that you bring your item to school before Friday (we will be doing lots of activities around it) please don't bring anything too precious into school. While we will take the utmost care with our items, I would hate for anything too special to go missing. 

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Term 2 Science Topic - The Living World (plants)

In Room 15 we have been learning all about plants. We know about the life cycle of plants, we know about the parts of a plant, we know about the things plants need to survive. We know all of this...yet we can't seem to grow one single plant! We have planted three different types of seeds, but none of them have grown yet.

Ms Fothergill sent us a really cool picture of a tuber that her parents dug up in their garden. We know that Ms Fothergill's mum (Mrs Fothergill) is a really good gardener - we know that because Ms Fothergill showed us photos of her parent's amazing garden.

Mrs Fothergill's (Ms Fothergill's mum, that is!) heart-shaped tuber 

We have written a letter to Mrs Fothergill asking for her expert advice on how to help our plants grow. Parents and readers - if you have any advice on gardening, we would really appreciate your help, too!

Dear Mrs Fothergill,

Hi, we are Room 15 from Reremoana School. We have been learning about plants. We have planted three types of seeds - two by ourselves, and one when we visited the Botanical Gardens. We planted Manuka, Renga Renga Lily, peas, and pumpkin seeds that a boy in our class bought to school. We have a problem though - they're not really growing! We have tried everything. We know that Ms Fothergill is your daughter. She told us that you are an expert gardener. She showed us your website. We looked at the brilliant movie about your garden. We also saw your fruit trees, vegetables and pretty flowers. Ms Fothergill also showed us the heart-shaped tuber that you dug up out of your garden. The tuber looked cool because it looked like a love heart. Why do you think it was pink and shaped like that? What did you do with your tuber? Did you turn it into mashed potato? We don't really understand what tubers are yet. Can you tell us some more information about them?

We learnt that seeds need light to grow. They also need water and space. Our problem is that none of our seeds seem to grow! Some of our seeds have tiny sprouts, but lots aren't growing at all. We'd really like you to help us. Can you give us some advice on how to make our plants grow?

Thank you for helping us. We can't wait for you to write back. 

Room 15

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Our Trip to the Botanical Gardens

This term for Science the Pukeko Team has been learning about the living world. We have been focussing on plants, in particular. In class we have been learning about the parts and life cycle of different plants.We have planted seeds which are slowly growing (very slowly!). As part of our Science  Inquiry we went to the Botanical Gardens. Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) provides children with hands-on access to learning experiences that are not available inside the classroom. We had a great time at the gardens...maybe we can do some gardening at home over the holidays?

"Yesterday the Pukeko team went to the Botanical Gardens. We saw a lot of beautiful plants like roses, daises and sunflowers. We also went to the kids area and there was a jungle to explore. We learnt about the parts of a plant. We saw a guide dog called Rolley. The teacher was training him." - by Keelyn, Samantha and Ashton