Saturday, June 27, 2009

Matariki

Last week we joined with our other Kowhai friends to celebrate Matariki, the Maori New Year. Take a look at some of the activities we shared during our round-a-bout of activities last Wednesday



In Renwick 2 Dianne taught us some new stick games using rakau.




In Room 10 Teresa showed us how to weave Maori putiputi




In our own room we made Matariki pictures by printing stars and adding glitter. Look out for the end results on our individual blogs along with our retellings of the Maori legend 'Tane and the Star Fish".


Our poem from last week also had a star theme, can you work out which popular song the poem is based on?

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This week we will be continuing our Maori studies on Monday morning when we visit Nelson Museum to take part in a workshop to learn about Maori musical instruments.

Our sounds for this week are 'er' and 'ar' and the tricky words are 'by' and 'going'. In maths we will continue our work on telling the time and use the clocks we made last week to practice reading o'clock and half past times. This week we hope to complete our digital story on "10 Ways to Save The Planet". In P.E. we will continue developing our skipping skills, take a look at how we got on last week when our Room 5 buddies gave us a hand.


Reminders

No library books will be issued this week.

No reading books will be sent home over the holidays.

Friday 3rd July: last day of Term 2

Monday 20th Juky: start of Term 3

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Reuse

In our inquiry topic last week we were busy creating images and sound files for our digital movie "10 Ways to Save The Planet". This clip is our favourite so far and shows how our class carpet came from the transfer station and is an example of reusing items. Watch out for the premier of the finished movie in week 10!

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Listen to our sound recording of the nursery rhyme " The Queen of Hearts", can you hear the 'qu' digraph. This week's picture was coloured by Will.

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This week we will be learning the sounds and actions for the digraphs 'oi' as in 'point' and 'ue' as in 'blue'. Our tricky words are 'out' and 'down'. We will be sharing a range of activities to celebrate Matariki, Maori New Year, including a round-a-bout of workshops with other Kowhai classes on Wednesday and looking at the legend of Tane and the Stars. In maths we will be starting a 2 week on 'Time" and Friday our buddy class will be helping us with our skipping skills.

Reminders

Library books due back on Mondays

Wednesday: walk, bike, scoot, run to school

Monday 29th June Maori Musical Instruments workshop at the Museum 9.10-11am

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Rain, rain rain!!!

What an incredibly wet week we had last week. However, Room 11 have shown their great social skills of turn taking, sharing and being good friends to each other during all the indoor playtimes we have shared. Well done Room 11 friends!


In art last week we have finished off our printed caterpillar pictures, watch out for them crawling around the walls of the classroom soon. We also started a papier mache project making special boxes to keep our tricky word mini books in when they are sent home. Here we are putting on the final white layer with our Room 5 buddies.

Instead of recording our poem from last week we have made a digital story of the big book we shared, "Mrs Wishy Washy". We hope you enjoy our first digital shared book and remember to listen out for words containing the 'sh' digraph.

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Our sounds for this week are 'qu' and 'ou' and the tricky words 'little' and 'when'. We will be sharing the big book "Baby Bear's Quilt' and having a go at making a class quilt on the theme of "Saving The Planet". Our poem also has a 'qu' link as it is the nursery rhyme " The Queen of Hearts" .

In maths we will be developing our instant recall of number bonds to 5 as well as learning to image the solution to addition and subtraction problems. If the weather remains dry we will be starting a unit on skipping in P.E so get those ropes out and start practising at home!

Reminders
Library books due back on Mondays

Wednesday 24th June Matariki Kowhai shared kai

Monday 29th June Maori Musical Instruments workshop at the Museum 9.10-11am

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Running, dancing, moving.

Even though last week was only a 4 day week we managed to squeeze in an amazing number of special events. Thanks to all the parents who made this exciting week possible through their support.


On Wednesday morning we learnt all the positive things that are happening linked to recycling and reusing at the Transfer Station in Tahuna. On the way back to school we visited the York Valley landfill where we realised how much rubbish is being buried when it could actually be recycled. Take at look at some of the things we saw and see if you can spot items on the video clip of the landfill that could have been recycled at the Transfer Station.





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In the afternoon we took part in the school cross country event. Well done to everyone, Room 11 had a great "can do" attitude!!!! Take a look at some of our friends doing their very best racing round the course.





We spent Thursday afternoon with Esther at the Suter Gallery looking at art works that made us want to jump, dance and move. Here we are warming up at the start of the session. Remember there is no charge at the Suter on a Saturday, so why not pop in and share the art with all the family.


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Our poem from last week was 'Jack in the box", listen out for the 'x' sound at the end of one of the words. The picture was coloured by Will.

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This week we will learning the sounds and actions for the digraphs 'sh' and 'th' and our tricky words will be 'said' and 'put'. In maths we will continue to develop quick recall of pairs of numbers that add up to 10. In our inquiry topic we will be planning how to present our 10 ideas for saving the planet. Now that cross country has finished we will be working on large ball skills in P.E. Have a great week!!

Reminders

Library books due back on Mondays

Monday 29th June Maori Musical Instruments workshop at the Museum 9.10-11am