Monday, February 11, 2013


Portraits on PhotoPeach We have begun our self portraits.  We are using black and white portrait photographs which we are covering.  It is hard searching through all the magazines to find the right colours for our faces, hair, features and the background.  Once we have found a picture we rip the picture into tiny pieces and glue them on our photograph.  We are finding all sorts of interesting pictures that have the colours we need.  We have only just begun but they will look awesome when we have finished.


We are learning to plan our writing to show a beginning, middle and end to our stories.  We only allow five minutes to plan so we have to quickly sketch our ideas down and add a few important words to help us.  It is important that we sequence our ideas and so we number them.  Only then do we begin our stories.  We write on every other line to allow us to edit our writing.
When we have finished we read our writing to make sure it makes sense.  Then we reread it and fix up any punctuation and underline our spelling tries.  After we have checked our spelling tries and corrected them using a spellwrite dictionary we read our story one more time.  This time we check that we have said everything we need to and not rambled.  We add in, or cross our unnecessary ramblings.  We also change any words we think we could substitute with a clearer word.

We are learning lots.

Writing on PhotoPeach

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Swimming With Wendy

Wendy came to visit us and help us with our swimming. She Showed us how to kick properly and now we are practicing to kick from our hips without bending out knees. Swimming With Wendy on PhotoPeach

We are all the same

MOV00501 from Ham East on Vimeo.

2013 Class

Our class for 2013 is already hard at work. This week we designed and wrote our class treaty. First we did an X-Chart to find out what we wanted our class to look, feel, sound, and think like.

As we are part of the Totara team we decided to make our treaty look like a Totara tree and we have signed a leaf and added it above the treaty to to say we will try our best to follow the agreement. Have a look at our treaty.  Can you see us sitting under the Totara tree at school?
Our treaty says:
To make our class a fun and busy place where we can all learn we agree to:

·    Respect each other, our environment, our school, and ourselves.

We will use these important thoughts to the best of our ability so we have a most successful time at school.

We broke down what we think 'respect' means and came up with this:
When we Respect each other we:
·      use manners
·      are kind and we care for each other
·      help and support each other
·      include people
·      are positive towards each other
·      call people by their correct names
·      are honest
·      welcome new people and introduce ourselves.
When we Respect our environment we:
·      stay off the gardens and the banks
·      take our rubbish home or put it in the bins
·      stay out of areas we are not suppose to be in
·      look after our gardens and plants
·      don’t climb up trees
·      look after our equipment
·      put things away
·      use up all the space on our paper
·      recycle our paper and food scraps
When we Respect our school we:
·      follow the Tool kit
·      talk positively about the school
When we Respect ourselves we:
·      try our best
·      listen and follow direction
·      believe in ourselves
·      produce quality work
·      are organised and have all our equipment
·      are resilient