Thursday, December 13, 2012

We have been learning about Winnie the Pooh this week.  We looked at the mini adventures of Winnie the Pooh on Youtube.  Then we made stick puppets and wrote our own scripts to make a play.  Have a look at the first group's play.
We also had fun playing some of the Winnie the Pooh games. Try these links

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Salt dough

Today we had our first go at salt dough.  Mrs Nicholson helped us work out how much we would need to make so we could all have a go.  We used our maths knowledge to work out the ratios of salt, flour and paste and made it up.  We kneaded the dough until it was a little bit smooth and then made up the shape of one of the animals we had seen at the farm show.  Mrs Nicholson is going to bake a couple tonight to see how our recipe worked and tomorrow we will make some up to make into fridge magnets.  Have a look at what we did.

Salt Dough on PhotoPeach

Rosies World

We have now almost all completed our calf rearing on Rosie's world.  See the link to the right of this page.  We have spent two weeks feeding, grooming and caring for our calf.  Some of us forgot to get online and feed our calf for a couple of days and found that he had left home in search of food.  We were so sad we had to begin all over again.  This game has taught us lots about having to look after our calf.
We also went onto youtube and looked at some videos that Rosie puts out to explain about how cows work and how the dairy factory works.  Here is one of the videos we watched that explains all about how a cow eats and digests their food.
Wow fancy having four parts to your stomach and being able to eat anything . . .

Monday, October 29, 2012

My hospital Visit

Going to the Hospital “Ahhh”, screaming like a bird “I do not want to go to hospital!” Pinch! “Ouch” “I will keep doing that if you don’t go to the hospital.” “Okay!” “Now, have you got your PJ’s?” “Yep.” “Go in the car.” “Okay.” I went to the car and we went to the hospital and I was shivering like and iceberg. I was really cold. I started to shiver louder and louder. Then, “Ahh.” Pinch! “Ouch! That hurt.” “Then don’t scream.” “Okay, okay.” The nurse asked me some questions and then zzzzzzz I went to sleep.

A & P Farm Show

On Friday we went to the A & P Farm Show.  Here are some phographs of our day.

A & P Show on PhotoPeach

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Yay we are back at school.  Today Greg came from Sports Waikato to help us perfect our running styles.  We had to focus on:
  • running on the balls of our feet
  • keeping our arms shaped like an 'L'
  • moving our arms straight up and down as we ran
We ran some relays in teams and made sure we passed the baton on correctly by remembering to:
  • hold out the opposite hand to the baton holder 
  • call out 'run' to the person ahead of us as we approached them
  • using a chopping action to pass the baton to the next runner

Friday, September 28, 2012


Yay it is our school holidays.  We are on holiday for two weeks.  When we get back we will look at everyone's blogs again.  Some of us have a computer at home and will try to write comments while we are on holiday on your blogs.  Have a great two weeks.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


We have been having fun over the last two week learning how to safely tuck our chins in and curl in a ball to do a forward roll. Some of us are clever enough to do backward flips. We can all balance on the beam using our arms to assist us. Some of us can jump off the vault and do a flip in the air. Gymnastics on PhotoPeach fun gymnastics on PhotoPeach Gymnastics fun on PhotoPeach

Turtle Safe

Today we read a poem about being safe in an earthquake.  Isn't it a great poem?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


At twenty six minutes after nine this morning we had an earthquake practice.  It was really important to us to practice as there was a terrible earthquake, of magnitude 7, in Christchurch just over a year ago and lots of people were unprepared.  We haven't felt an earthquake before so Mrs Nicholson put on a soundtrack to help us visualise the experience.  We all stopped, covered and held until we knew it was safe.

This last youtube video we used during our drill so we could hear the sounds of an earthquake to help us visualise what it would be like.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Poem - Home is

Today we wrote poems about our homes.  We had to begin the poem with 'home is' and end with '. . . and that is my home'.  We tried to make sure we incorporated our senses so that we could paint a picture in your mind.  When we had finished we got to illustrate them in kidspix, and read our poem onto the image.  What do you think of them?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Quad Blogging

We have joined in with three other classes for Quad-blogging. That means we are going to look at three classes blogs and they will look at ours. The classes are: in Scotland - Mrs Maclean's P5/19 blog; in Slovakia - Eight is Great; in USA - Rotation Day A. You can find the link to their blogs on the side of ours. Go and have a look at all the wonderful things they are doing. Last week we visited the class blog in Scotland and found out they have been recycling just like us. This week they are going to visit ours. Welcome. We hope you enjoy finding out about our school, our class, and our learning. :-)

Our Operetta Stories

Our Operetta Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


We have finished our operetta. The operetta was about making changes. Our class production was about reducing, reusing and recycling. We made our own musical instruments and wearable arts costumes and preformed a percussion show. ">

Commended in the Altrusa Writing Competition

Chloe decided to enter the Altrusa Writing Competition.  She had to begin her story, 'If I could I would be . . . '.  It was the first time she had entered a writing competition that was open to the entire county.  She did so well to get a commended.  Here is her story.

Moshi Monsters

If I could I’d be a Moshi Monster.
Moshi Monsters is a game where you can create a monster and care for it.  You’re allowed to make up your own owner name and monster name.  There are six monsters to choose from.  You can also choose two colours for it.  Their names are Katsuma, Diavlo, Furi, Popet, Zomer and Luvily.  You have a book to collect your medals in and you keep it in your house.  You also have a health and happiness bar.  If you get them both up to 999 you will get a medal for it. 
On Moshi Monster there is a diamond castle called the puzzle palace.  At the puzzle palace if you do the daily challenge you get lots of money.  It is named the puzzle palace because it has got lots of puzzles.  There are heaps of puzzles and it is a place where when you have finished a puzzle you get five rox.  Rox are little diamonds but on Moshi Monsters it is actually money. 
Also on Moshi Monsters there is a map but some places on the map are for members only.  On Main Street there is a shop called the grose–ery store where you can buy all your food to boost your health.  On Moshi Monsters there are these things called Moshlings.  If you are not a member then you can only have two Moshlings, but if you are a member you are allowed 24 or 42 Moshlings, but only six in your house.
On the map there is a volcano for members that become Super Moshis.  They get to do super- Moshi’s missions.  And at the end of every mission they get a Moshling.  Lucky Super Moshis.  I wish I was a member but I need a membership card.  Moshlings can’t be fed but when you click them they make a cool noise. 
On the map there is a place called the Port and at the Port there are some shops.  In one of the shops, called Colourama, you can change your colours to whatever you like.
I think Moshi Monsters are cool and I wish I was one.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sorting Rubbish

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Cross Country Writing

We have finished our cross country training and run our race.  We all set goals.  Some of us just wanted to be able to finish the race because it was a very long way to run.  Others wanted to come in the top six, or win, their race. We all wrote about our experience afterwards. Cross Country

Reading with expression

We have been practicing reading our poems with expression.  We read them onto photobooth.  Have a look at this one:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Daffodil Day

For daffodil day we brought in a gold coin to raise money for the Cancer Society.  Our poem for the week was Daffodils by Wordsworth.  We found a wonderful link to illustrate the poem.  Have a look:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Compatible Numbers

This week we watched a video to help us learn our compatible numbers to 100.  After we had watched it some of us could easily work out addition problems adding to 1,000 and 10,000. 
It is an American video and they refer to them as complimentary numbers instead of compatible numbers.
Compatible numbers

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Calendar Art

We have finished our calendar art and it is in the office for parents to view, and order calendars and cards. Here is a sneak peek at how wonderful it is. Just click on the picture and turn the pages.
Calendar Art

Monday, May 28, 2012

Making Ice Cream

Changes of State
In a journal we read about how to make liquid cream into ice cream without a freezer.  We put the cream, sugar and vanilla essence into a small jar.  Then we put ice into the bottom of a large jar.  Our small cream jar sat on the ice and was then surrounded by ice and topped with rock salt.   Everyone had a turn at rolling the jars for four minutes, resting it for one minute and then repeating.  We did this over half an hour then opened out jars and discovered we had made ice cream.  It was delicious.  We ate it in minutes.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Practising Reading Fluently

This week we tried recording ourselves reading with the flipcam. It is the first time we have done this independently. We were focusing on reading fluently with our journal held below our face so that the camera could record our faces as we read. How do you think we did on our first attempt?

Making a worm farm

How to make a worm farm on PhotoPeach

This week we read a school journal about how to make a worm farm using ice cream containers. We have decided to make one for our classroom and put our lunch food scraps into it. It will be fun to see how the food decomposes and how the worms eat it all up. We should be able to get some worm wee for our garden from it too. :-)

Pumpkin Cake

Last week we were given a crown pumpkin from out of the school kitchen garden.  It really needed to be cooked and eaten as it was beginning to rot.  After cutting it up, peeling and boiling it, we mashed it and made it into a pumpkin cake.

It was yummy!  If you want to try our nice moist spicy pumpkin cake here is the recipe:

125g butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup of cooked pumpkin pulp
2/3 cup milk
1 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well.  Add cooked pumpkin.  Mix in all the dry ingredients. Add in milk and mix till smooth.  Bake in a lined, greased baking tin for 45 minutes at 180 degrees C.

Pumpkin Cake on PhotoPeach

Friday, May 11, 2012

Writing about someone special

This week we wrote about someone special.  We had to be descriptive and paint a picture of the person.  Some of us were clever enough to use similes to make our writing interesting.  Here are two pieces of our writing:

My Grandma is special.  I love her.  When I go to her house we bake cookies and cup cakes.
She has curly brown hair.  Her eyes sparkle.  I feel happy when I see her.
She behaves beautifully.  She speaks nicely to me and helps me to make good decisions.  She is a kind-hearted lady. 
My Grandma looks after the trees and she waters the trees.
By Eve

My brother Daniel sounds very cute like a baby kitten miaowing at my bedroom door.  He looks very funny when he pokes out his tongue.  He copies me like a monkey. 
Daniel has big tantrums.  He screams like a dying cat.  He likes to pull my dogs tail.  He makes a red face when he is about to cry and screams.  His face goes as red as Mars.  He looks funny.
By Chloe S

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Finding out why leaves change colour in Autumn

This term we are learning about changes.  This week we have been looking at the changes in seasons and we wanted to know why the leaves change colour in Autumn so we did an experiment.
For this experiment we needed leaves from an evergreen, and green and autumn coloured leaves from deciduous trees, plus some rubbing alcohol and a coffee filter sheet.

We cut up the leaves really small with a plastic knife and put them into jars that we covered with rubbing alcohol and labelled.  Then we covered the jars with plastic film and placed them in a tray full of boiling water.  After half an hour we checked to see if the colour from the leaves was showing in the liquid.

Autumn deciduous leaves
Autumn deciduous leaves
Deciduous green leaves

Deciduous green leaves
Evergreen green leaves

We uncovered the jars and placed strips of the filter paper into the liquid.  We checked the jars after half an hour and then again another half hour later. 

Look at our results -
Deciduous Autumn leaves
Deciduous Autumn leaves
Green deciduous leaves

Green deciduous leaves
Green evergreen leaves

What we discovered:

Plants make their own food. They take water from the ground through their roots. They take a gas called carbon dioxide from the air. They turn water and carbon dioxide into food and oxygen. Oxygen is a gas in the air that we need to breathe.
Plants make their food using sunlight and something called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll gives leaves their green colour.

Winter days are short and dry. Deciduous plants stop making food in the autumn. The chlorophyll goes away. Then we can see orange and yellow colours. These colours were in the leaves all summer, but the green covered them up.
Some leaves turn red. This colour is made in the autumn, from food trapped in the leaves. Brown colours are also made in the autumn. They come from wastes left in the leaves.

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Waikato Winter Show

Today we all went to the Waikato Show.  First we all had to get tickets.

Then we went into listen to the Civil Defence people.  They talked to us about being ready for an emergency.
We got to go outside and wander around and look at the pets.  Some of us go to pat different animals.

We listened to lots of people telling us about the Wilson family who weren't ready for the earthquake and saw their house the the mess the earthquake made.

We wandered around the cultural village and saw all the lovely food that was available to buy.  There were cultural games for children to play.

After lunch we went to the Family Stage and saw Under Cover Cody and the Funky Monkeys.  Under Cover Cody reminded us about Slip Slop Slap and Wrap.

We got to go on the stage with the Funky Monkeys and sing "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes".  Neil blew some big bubbles and we got to try and catch them.  Some of us won prizes for good manners, smiling, singing, and for doing tricks.  Look at the wonderful tee shirt that someone in our class won.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Descriptive Writing

We looked at Room 2 Burnham School's blog (see link on the side of our blog) and loved the idea of writing about stalking a cream bun.  The children had written amazing stories pretending to hunt their cream bun much like an animal might hunt his prey.  They were also encouraged to describe their cream bun without actually stating what it was.  We decided to have a go at writing on this topic and kept to their criteria.  Here a three stories.  Can you guess it is a cream bun they are hunting from the descriptions?

I sneaked into the cloak bay.  I was getting my creamy gooey sponge.  It melted.  I sneaked to my lunchbox.  I opened my lunchbox and I took a big bite of my sponge.  All the cream splat all over my face.  I licked with surprise.  I licked and licked, and then there was hardly anything there.  Then I went back to the class.
By Alaa

I stalk the smell of the fruity lava.  I pounce on the pantry door.  I swing it open.  I take a big bite.  I feel that the clouds have landed on my tongue.  The gooey lava drips down my throat.  The attack begins.  The lava lands on me.  I start to burn.  I attack back.  It squirts cold white clouds on the lava.  It has been defeated and victory is mine.  The lava is so cold that it turns into fluffy clouds.  More lava squirts out.  I dodge it and it melts on the floor.  I squirt my weapon and before it squirts I eat it.
By Chloe S

I was hiding under my desk.  It was looking at me sitting there, doing nothing.  I was creeping closer and closer to it.  It was sitting there in my lunchbox, jumping up and down.  I pounced on it so it couldn’t run away.   It started to run away.  It was smooth indeed.  I ran after it.  I couldn’t stop because of the beaming smell of blueberry.  I finally caught it.  I threw it in my mouth.  It was spongy and slippery.  I couldn’t stop the squirting in my mouth.  It was delicious.  I gobbled it all up.  That was my delicious lunch.
By Rafeea

Monday, March 19, 2012

Making a Monster at the Waikato Museum

On Wednesday we went to museum.  We went into three different activities.  The first one was with Ray seeing the 'How to Make a Monster' exhibition. At the end of looking at the exhibition where we were able to press buttons to move the monsters, eight children disappeared with Ray.  Instead of them a monster came back.

Some of us were a little bit scared.  This monster could glow light, lift his tail and fart (rude thing), and open his mouth wide.  His three eyes changed colours and lit up.

Ray showed us how the monster worked.  There were eight children in him.  His tail moved up and down with a pump.  The fart noise was children using a whoopy cushion.  Someone had a controller connected to a pipe that was attached to the head.  They could make the lights come on and off but it chose the colours.

This shows the balloon that was inside his tail

Next we went with Sybilla to make a movie.  The first thing we did was make the background.  We got a beach background and clipped it to the back, sides and bottom of our stage. 

 We added lights using two lamps.  Then we tested which colour to use using coloured cellophane in the windows.  If we put two different colours in the windows they mixed to make it either darker, lighter, brighter or duller.

We put some wooden people in position.  We added a prop in the shape of a building.  We got to take turns moving the people's bodies.  We were only allowed to move them a little bit.  Each time we moved a piece slightly we took a photograph.  We took 50 photographs all together.

Our camera man took all the pictures.  Then Sybilla saved the photographs onto her computer and made them into a movie.  Our movie is suppose to go onto youtube soon and we will send you the link when they notify us.

The last thing we did at the museum was to visit Nathan who told us about taniwha.  He told us three stories and then we got to do a play retelling one of the stories.  We got to wear some amazing costumes for our part in the play.  Some of us made up a tree and waved our branches.  There were two taniwhas who swam and danced around the stage.  Everyone had a part in the play and Nathan thought we were fantastic.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cooking our potatoes

We washed the potatoes that came out of our garden.  We scrubbed them until they were clean.

We cut the potatoes as thin as we could.  The potatoes were purple inside because they are Maori potato and the name translates to 'dog pooh'.  The potatoes are a lumpy oval shape.  When we cut them we had lots of circle and oval chip shapes.  Then we dried the potatoes off between two kitchen towels.

We painted the potatoes with melted butter so they would brown.  We only used a little bit of butter so they wouldn't burn.  The butter also added flavour and made them taste delicious.

When the oven was hot we put the chips into the oven in a single layer so they would crisp up.

When the potatoes were cooked we added a little salt.  We could smell them cook and were eager to eat them.  When they were cool we munched them all up with delight.