Friday, October 30, 2009

Calendar Fish

On Thursday we completed our fish pictures ready for families to order 2010 calendars or cards. Have a quick look at them here but you can also check them out on your child's individual blog at Room 11 Kidz Stuff. Final orders need to be in by this Friday, 6th November.
Room 11 Calendar Art 2010 on PhotoPeach




Our poem this week was 'A Busy Day' by Michael Rosen. Thank you Zandi for the lovely colouring. How many times can you hear the word 'pop' as you listen to our class performance.

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Due to this week just being 3 days we do not have much else to share with you but have a look at what we will be doing in week 4 of term 4.

In our Fresh Water Inquiry topic we will be working on forming effective questions to help us acquire the knowledge we need to discover how to keep a stream healthy. On Thursday afternoon we will be going on our first stream visit and seeing how many different types of animals live in the stream. All helpers very welcome..bring your gumboots!

In literacy we will be looking at short vowels to help us with our spelling, adverbs to make our writing more interesting and the tricky words 'two' and 'because'. Our poetry focus will be a haiku poem on the subject of fireworks. In art we will be doing observational drawings of stream creatures and producing a picture to go with our firework haiku. Our focus in maths will be subtraction in the range 0-10 as well as our specific focus for each group. In P.E. we will be continuing to join in Jump Jam sessions with Room 6 and start exploring throwing skills.

Have a great week and stay safe.

Reminders

Monday: Library books due back

Wednesday: Walk to School Wednesday

Monday 2nd November: Kowhai Parents' Placement Meeting 2.30

Thursday 5th November: Stream study 1.30, helpers needed

Friday 6th November: Last day for ordering calendars and cards

Monday 30th November: Suter Visit Aquamarine 1-3pm helpers needed

Monday, October 26, 2009

Healthy Diets

Last week we Iron Brion came to school to teach us all about the 4 food groups that we need for a healthy diet. These are:
meat and meat alternatives
milk and dairy products
fruit and vegetables
breads and cereals
Afterwards we enjoyed a healthy burger with salad. Which 3 food groups were covered by this meal?
On Friday we decided to make our shared toast healthier by using wholemeal bread, a good source of fibre.


Our poem last week was Miss Polly had a Dolly. It helped us to look at words that ended in 'll', 'ss', and 'ck'. Here we are performing it with a little help from Jenny. Can you teach everyone at home the actions?


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On Thursday we set the scene for our Fresh Water Stream inquiry with a talk from Mel who showed us the types of animals we might find in the stream and the equipment we will be using to study them. We looked at a film which showed what would happen to a stream if were not cared for responsibly.


With all the excitement of the holidays and the Mask Parade we forgot to publish our final piece of work from last term's Fairy Tale Inquiry about good citizenship. Apologies for those of you who have been waiting to share it with friends and family. Here it is......

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In week 3 we will be learning some more about verbs and looking at the tricky word 'now'. In art we will be finishing of our fish for the calender project and looking at Van Gogh's sunflowers. Maths will continue with the focus on doubles and halves and work specific to each group. As this is just a 3 day week there will be no spelling homework.
Watch out for all the events coming up during the rest of this term, including our Kowhai syndicate performance of 'Over The Rainbow'. Please sign the list in class if you can help with supervision or transport. on any of the trips.
Reminders
Monday: Library books due back
Wednesday: Walk to School Wednesday
Monday 2nd November: Kowhai Parents' Placement Meeting 2.30
Thursday 5th November: Stream study 1.30, helpers needed
Monday 30th November: Suter Visit Aquamarine 1-3pm helpers needed

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mask Parade

What an exciting start to Term 4. On Tuesday we had another fun packed session with the kelly Sports team. Have a look at the photos Ben took of us.
Kelly Sports on PhotoPeach

All week we were putting the final touches to our Cambodian masks ready for Friday's big parade. Here we are in the final dress rehearsal and waiting for the real thing. Check our Room 12's blog to see a video clip of us marching in the parade. A big thank you to all the mums, dads and grandparents who helped us to make the masks.

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Despite all this excitement we still made time to record this week's poem to share with you. Thank you Tom for the lovely picture. The poem is called 'Spring' and this week we wrote our own acrostic poems about Spring. Look out for them on display with our Spring trees painted in the style of the French artist Monet

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In week 2 of term 4 we will be starting our Fresh Water Stream inquiry unit with a talk by our expert friend, Mel. On Tuesday we will be learning about how to have a balanced diet and enjoying a healthy burger when Iron Brion comes to visit. In literacy we will be will be looking at words that end with ss, ll, ff and ck as well as learning about adverbs to help us make our writing more interesting. We will continue our acrostic poetry by writing a poem about ourselves. In art we will be producing art work for 2010 calenders..they will make great Christmas presents. In maths we are conslidating our instant recall of halves and doubles.

As always term 4 will be very busy so keep checking the reminders on each week's blog. Have a great week.

Reminders

Monday: Library books due back

Wednesday: Walk to School Wednesday

Monday 26th October: Labour Day, no school

Tuesday 27th October: Teacher Only Day

Monday 2nd November: Kowhai Parents' Placement Meeting 2.30

Thursday 5th November: Stream study 1.30, helpers needed

Monday 30th November: Suter Visit Aquamarine 1-3pm

Friday, October 9, 2009

End of Term 3

Hello to all my Room 11 friends and families. This is a very interantional blog as I am writing it from Kuala Lumpur airport on my way back from Cambodia. Looking at all the things we did in the last week of term 3 has put a big smile on my face. Here we are sharing a massage circle together.

We also had a great time thinking of a different adjective for each section of our giant adjective snake that we made during literacy. Can you think of any other adjectives we could add?

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The week ended with a fabulous folk dancing demonstration with Renwick 2. How many of our Room 11 friends can you spot doing the Birdie Dance? Dancing with the Stars ...here we come!

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The return to school for our final term of the year will have a busy start putting the final touches to our masks for Friday's parade. In literacy we will be continuing to look at short vowel sounds and learning when to use the word 'an' in a sentence. To help us make our writing more interesting we will be learning about verbs and our tricky words will be 'why' and 'walk'. In maths we will be returning to our numeracy groups with a whole class focus on halves and doubles. Art and poetry this week will have a Spring theme...I am hoping warmer weather might have arrived whilst I have been away. Before starting our final inquiry topic we will be spending some time practicing forming effective inquiry questions. Spelling homework will begin again in week 2.
I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing you all and hearing all your news on Monday.

Reminders:


Friday 16th October: Mask Parade 4.45pm Montgomery Square