Monday, March 25, 2013


This summer we grew tomatoes, lettuce and green beans in our garden.  The last lettuce was harvested a couple of weeks ago.  Last week we picked a big bag of green beans and a couple of tomatoes.  We were all asked to talk with our families and come up with some favourite bean recipes.  On Friday we cooked our beans up in the two recipes and tried them out to decide which one we like the best.  One recipe was green beans with apple and walnuts coated with honey and toasted sesame seeds. The other recipe was  a green bean curry which also used two tomatoes.  The winning recipe would be the one we would use this week for the school Harvest Festival.
The two recipes were very different from each other.  We tried them with roti.  The winning recipe was a curried green beans recipe that Isikeli brought in.  Take a look:

Green Bean harvesting and taste testing on PhotoPeach

Throwing and Catching

Throwing and Catching skills with Sonja from Ham East on Vimeo.
Sonja, from Project Energize, came and showed us how to throw and catch.  We videoed some of the lesson so we could share her knowledge and tips with you.  She taught us catching and throwing skills and introduced some new games to us so we could practice what we had learned.

We also wrote some stories about our lesson.

This morning we went over to Dawson to learn to do ball skills. I laughed with joy. When you throw the ball and clap it is so hard to do. Catching balls and throwing, this was the best day of my life. But catching and throwing at the same time, now that’s hard isn’t it? I kept on trying with my catching. First we had to do our muscle arms and point to the target. When we threw we had to point to where we were going to throw. I think Sonja is a great Project Energizer Teacher. I like her working with us and I felt happy. My lips were curled up like a curled up caterpillar. When we were throwing we had to get the bucket down, but we only got thirteen points. It didn’t really matter, did it?
By Nevaeh

We went to Dawson to see Sonja. We did lots of catching and throwing. It was a bit hard. I threw the ball up and clapped bit I didn’t catch it because I wasn’t watching the ball. We played cool games like throwing the ball at the red shiny bucket. I got the bucket and got two points. I used my muscle arms to throw the ball as far as I could and I did. I also pointed and threw over the rainbow, throwing past my ear and my nose. When it went on the ground I ran and got it, and then ran back.
By Denver

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Showing and Not Telling

This week in writing we are focusing on showing and not telling. We have been trying to describe feelings without naming them. Here are two of our stories.

 Scaredy Cat 
It was a hot day with my cat. My pet and I moved our legs into the house. I put my hands around my cat and then I lifted my soft hands up. I put the edge of my lips up. The dog came sneakily through the big door. The dog jumped up as high as it could. The cat trembled. My poor cat! It went off my hand, from my thumb all the way to my palm. My hand blasted open. I said, “OUCH, OUCH!” I ran as fast as I could to my mum. “Mum, Mum, I need some plasters because my hairy cat scratched me”. My mum put the plaster on me. She asked, “Are you alright now?” I said, “Yes” and then I had a great time with my cat.
By Isikeli

 My Cats 
One day my cat had kittens. Her face was all scrunched up. She meowed a mysterious meow. The kittens were shivering. Their faces were scrunched completely in a mess. Poor mother cat!
By Courtney


We have been learning about each other, our similarities and differences.  Today we made a video to show some of the things we have done.

Blog Entry - Turangawaewae from Ham East on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Our Spelling Mountain

We practice our spelling everyday. On Fridays we find out how many words we have learned and if we can move up the spelling mountain. This is what our mountain looked like at the beginning of the term. Look at how it looks now . . .

  Look who is currently the King of our Mountain. I wonder who will join him next week . . . . and how long it will be till someone climbs off our mountain.


MOV00706 from Ham East on Vimeo.
It has been such lovely weather that our team decided to go outdoors to practice our waiata in the shade of lovely trees.  Here we are singing our school song

Friday, March 1, 2013


We are so proud of our portraits. They are all finished and proudly displayed in the classroom. We have made them into a book so you can have a look. What do you think? Our Portraits