Saturday, 30 August 2014

What has Room 15 been up to lately?

Room 15 has been up to some exciting things lately. Here's a little peek into our classroom...

Have you seen our new classroom display? We wrote stories about looking out into a Frozen Land. You won't believe some of the characters we come across!

We got new 12 new tangram puzzles in Room 15 this week. We were so excited to try them out! Look how focussed we were! 

For extra fun, why not pop over to the "Math Madness" section of our blog - Miss Chalmers has found some fun online tangram games to play. CLICK HERE!

This is a tangram. You can make lots of different shapes with just 7 pieces!

Two of our reading groups have been engaged in hands-on learning activities this week. The Peadbodys read a book which explained how to make a bridge out of a piece of paper. We tried it out and had heaps of fun! With the help of Darius and Kayne, the Peabodys learnt a lot about collaborating and working together. 

The Bees read a book about an artist who makes sculptures out of corrugated iron just like the ones in the picture below. Check out the corrugated cardboard sculptures we made!

In Room 15 we have been learning about collaborating. We know that by collaborating with others we achieve great things. These children were caught collaborating this week and took home certificates to share with their families. Well done Jocelyn, Keira, Kayne and Darius!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Pukeko Team Celebration, Term 3

Well done Room 15, you were awesome at celebration today! I'm sure there were a few proud parents in the audience. For those who weren't able to be there, here is a video of our performance.

The poem we are reading is called "The Crayon Box" and is all about working together and celebrating our differences. This links nicely with our school-wide Social Studies topic this term: "Celebrating Culture"

A special well done to our class presenters, Dylan, Spencer, Alex and Kyra; and our Celebration Presenter, Ashton, who was asked to run the assembly with only a couple of hours notice. You were all fabulous!

While walking into a toy store the day before today 
I overheard a crayon box with many things to say 
"I don't like Red!" said Yellow and Green said "Nor do I" 
"And no one here likes Orange but no one knows just why" 
"We are a box of crayons that doesn't get along 
Said Blue to all the others "Something here is wrong" 

Well, I bought that box of crayons and took it home with me 
And laid out all the colors so the crayons all could see 
They watched me as I colored with Red and Blue and Green 
And Black and White and Orange and every color in between 
They watched as Green became the grass and Blue became the sky 
The Yellow sun was shining bright on White clouds drifting by 
Colors changing as they touched becoming something new 

They watched me as I colored - they watched me till I was through 
And when I finally finished I began to walk away 
And as I did the crayon box had something more to say 
"I do like Red!" said Yellow and Green said, "so do I" 
And Blue you were terrific! So high up in the sky 
"We are a box of crayons each one of us unique 
But when we get together the picture is more complete"

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Te Reo Maori

Every term Room 15 has a different focus for Te Reo Maori. This term we have been learning about traditions, myths and legends.

We read the traditional Maori legend "How Maui Slowed the Sun". We had lots of fun getting out the old Over Head Projectors (OHPs) and making shadow puppets to retell the story. 

We also made Maori Fry Bread. Mrs Gregory was an expert - she used to make fried bread as a child with her family. She told us that in her family, you always make a wish as you mix the bread dough. Hopefully we had a few wishes come true in Room 15!

Mrs Gregory's Traditional Family Recipe:
5 cups flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cold water
Oil for frying

Combine ingredients and stir the mixture (don't forget to make a wish). Make sure the dough isn't sticky. Roll out until approx 2-4 cm thick. Cut into good sized portions and fry for approx 10-20 minutes until cooked through. Cut into one to make it isn't doughy. Serve warm with butter and golden syrup!

We have also been practising several Maori songs. Here is a video of us singing Haere Mai. We have been practising very hard as we will also be performing this song at the Pukeko Team celebration.

Haere Mai Video from Helen Chalmers on Vimeo.

Friendly Reminders

As mentioned in the Homefun this week, the Pukeko Team Celebration is...
Please come along to support our class in the hall at 2.30pm. 

A notice also went home today inviting the parents and families of our Year 3 children to come along next Monday afternoon (the 25th) to watch our in-class speech competition. This will be a time for the Year 3 students from Rooms 15 and 11 to present their speeches - Mrs Martin and I will have the very hard job of choosing two finalists from each class. 

Please return this notice

Monday, 11 August 2014

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) - Part 2

Room 15 has a new visitor. Have you heard about him? He's a very hoppy kind of fellow. And he just loooooves carrots. His name is Respectful Rabbit! (calling him a puppet would just make him sad)

Respectful Rabbit has been helping our class learn about all the different ways we can Be Respectful at school. We know that it is important to respect ourselves, others and the environment. This is all part of Reremoana's new Positive Behaviour for Learning Programme (PB4L). It is important that we all work at keeping our school a safe and happy place. 

Check out the ideas that we shared in a brainstorm today:

Stay tuned. Respectful Rabbit might be making an appearance on the blog sometime soon!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Parent-Teacher Interviews (Please return form ASAP)

The link for this form is at the bottom of this post

Hi parents,

A reminder that parent-teacher interviews are next week on Wednesday 20th August. Please remember to book a time by visiting code YGNRX. 

Please remember that classrooms will not be operational from 12.45pm. Students who are unable to be collected will be supervised in the hall until 3pm. Please also remember to return the "Supervision Arrangements" form to school so I know where your child is expected to be at this time. If you have lost your form, I have attached the link below. I also have spares in the classroom if you happen to be in and would like to fill one out there and then. For safety reasons, I will be following up with any families who do not return this slip :)

Kind regards, 
Helen Chalmers

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Squares Math Group (using ten)

"Parent talk"
The Squares group are beginning to work on Stage 5 addition and subtraction strategies. Stage 5 means that children derive answers from known basic facts. The key concept is that numbers are abstract units that can be partitioned, or broken apart e.g. 8+7 as 8+8+1 (doubles) or 8+7 as 10+5 (making tens). As children begin to master these strategies they will begin to work on more complex equations such as 43+25 as (40+20) + (3+5) (place value) or 39+26 as 40+25 (rounding and compensating).

National Standards:
Stage 4 by the end of the second year at school (usually around 6th birthday)
Beginning Stage 5 by the end of the third year at school (usually around 7th birthday)

Today The Sqaures group used the "Showme" app on the ipad to demonstrate some of the tricky strategies they have been learning about in math group recently. We have been learning about using our knowledge of "making ten" to solve different types of equations.

Callum, Darius and Kayne show how they add three or more numbers together using their knowledge of making ten.

Keelyn, Jocelyn and Kyra show how they solve equations by turning one number into a "tidy ten".

Just like when we used this app with The Triangles (here) the children were a bit shy to start with. Please remember to leave a positive and encouraging comment when you've finished watching out videos :)



Friday, 1 August 2014

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

In Room 15 we're learning our ABCs!

Okay, okay, maybe not the same ABCs that we learnt when we started school.

Reremoana has introduced new behaviour guidelines. They are clear, positive and easy to remember. It's as simple as ABC! Following these guidelines will help us to become the best learners we can be. If everyone follows the guidelines, Reremoana will continue to be a safe and happy place to be.

Over the past two weeks we have been talking about ways we can "ACT SAFE" at school. We've brainstormed lots of ideas. We had so many ideas that Room 15 have now become SAFETY SCOUTS - always on the look out for unsafe behaviour. Check out one group's video:

Make sure you come back to our blog often - every child will be involved in making a video over the coming weeks.

Next week we are focussing on "BEING RESPECTFUL".