Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Two weeks ago it was sign language week and we began learning to sign and sing 'Paradise'.  Paradise was written by Waimarie Smith from St Peter's School in Cambridge.  She won this years 'Hook-Line & Singalong' with this song.  As it is New Zealand Music month we have been learning this song and are going to sing it with the whole school this week.  You might see us on the MENZA website singing it.  Here we are practicing:

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Creative writing using random words.

Stu Duval showed us how we can create imaginative stories by choosing three random words and then creating an interesting story from them.  The secret was to have some music playing to inspire us and to make sure we included the 5 'W's' (Who, What, When, Where, and Why).  Here are two of our stories using the words, 'dinosaur, kitten and chair'.
The Kitten’s Dinosaur Chair
Once there was a kitten named Dinosaur.  She loved her dinosaur beanbag.  Sometimes she nibbled on it as well.  One fateful day she nibbled on it too much and then it exploded!  BOOM!  Because it was such a big noise the people in the house came to see what it was.  “What happened?” asked the people.  Dinosaur was all right but the chair wasn’t.  Dinosaur was sad. One of the people in the house said, “Don’t worry.  We will get a new one.”  But nothing could replace that chair.
By Ruby Kate

The Kitten’s Dinosaur Chair
Harry the kitten had a dinosaur chair and he loved it so much that he hardly ever got off it because it was so comfortable.  So whenever he was told to do something he wouldn’t do it.  He just said, “NO.  I’m playing on my chair.”  Then one day Harry got so big that when he jumped up onto the chair, CRASH, it broke!  Harry was so sad.  But then he got a new one.  He was so happy and he had a fantastic time.
By Hamish

Monday, May 20, 2013

Stu Duval came to our school today and taught us a little about cartoon drawing. He also told us a wonderful story which he first drew in chalk pastels. Here are some of the pictures we took. Can you guess what the story is about?Stu Duval on PhotoPeach

Experimenting to see how we can reflect light.

Last week we had two wonderful students from Rm 11 help us with our experiments.  Here they are showing and explaining how we can change the path of the light by using mirrors to reflect it.

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The history of Light

This term we are finding out about light. First we decided to look into the history of light. Right at the beginning of time we only had the sun and stars to provide our light. As time has gone on we have found ways to use fire to help light up our world and we have invented light devices - the light bulb, touches, etc. We found this wonderful website to help us understand how light has evolved.  Click on the link below to see.


We are reading journals to support our procedural writing. We look at what we will need, make sure we have everything and then follow the instructions. Look what we have made

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