Monday, December 6, 2010

Thinking about Christmas!

We have been using the Thinking Hats to talk about Christmas and what it means to us! Here are some of our ideas.

First of all what is good about Christmas?

You get lots of presents. Jack
I like all the food we eat. Paolo
We get to spend time with our family. Salani

Next we used the black hat to think about the not so good parts of Christmas - or why some people might not look forward to Christmas.

Some people might not be able to afford all the food and presents. Josiah
I don't like helping. Darrin
You don't always get all the presents you want. Paolo
You might not get yummy food. Charlie
Sometimes you eat too much and get a sore tummy.
You have to clean up the house. Grace

Then we used the green thinking hat to think of what we could to do to help someone on Christmas day or round Christmas time. Mum doing the baking. Kodie and Antonia Mum with the food. Salani Nana cook nice stuff. Campbell
...look after my cousin Willie while the parents set the table. Cameron Dad make up the Christmas tree. Josiah Dad wrap up the pressies. Paolo Dad make monkey bars. Jack Dad fix up cars in the garage. Callum

These are the words that tell you how we FEEL about Christmas...

love, excited, yummo, nice, great, exciting, good, hiamo, wana, relaxed, thankful, happy and delighted!

What do you think about Christmas???

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Paolo's message about fire

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pet day at Bradford

I like pet day but I did not get a certificate on pet day. My pet died when I was six yeras old and my pet missed the pet day. I like the fairy dog it was cute. I love pet day.
by Darrin

Today was pet day. I took all the photos. It was so big. There were dogs and cats, guinea pigs, parrots, snails, chickens and birds. My favorite was the chickens because we have chicks too.

by Rob

Pet Day at School on PhotoPeach

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Spritzy Sprinters

For the last two weeks we have been discovering the best way to 'take off' when we start running races. First we "take our marks"... (walk up to the line).

Then, we "get set"....

Then, we "go".... run as fast as we can to the finish line. It is important to look at the finish line and not at the people next to you as that might slow you down!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Natty Narratives!

We have been learning how to write proper stories. This type of writing is called a Narrative. You need to have a title, some characters, a setting, a great beginning, a middle and an ending.

This week we have been working on making our first sentences really interesting and having a good beginning, middle and end to our writing.

We used this picture to come up with some ideas for our writing this week.

The Seeker.
Written by Ethan.

It was a hot day in the Castle of Rome. The castle was magical. It had wizards but one wizard betrayed the Romans. The people ran and ran. They were terrified but there was a hero to save the world. He was the Seeker.
The Seeker had a weakness. His dragon was evil now but he had a plan.
He went to the forest and found an army and went back to the castle and saved the world. The they lived happily ever after.

The Key to the Dragon.
Written by Rob

A dragon was flying home. The a boy showed up and the dragon said,
"Why are you so sad little boy?"
"I am the lowest in my school."
"Jump up on me. I can fly higher than the moon and you can come with me on a hunt for treasures."
The boy jumped on the dragon and he flew over the boy's house and looked for treasure. They flew to the dragon's home and told his Mum about the treasure. They found in on a rock. It was a trap and the dragon was trapped.
The dragon tried to get out but he could not get out with all his might but still he could not get out and was killed.
The boy got out safe and went back to the dragon's Mum's home and told his Mum. She cried and cried. The boy was sad and left.

The Legends of the Guardians.
Written by Salani

One day Toto and Nick were out by the lake when there was a big explosion. Toto flew with Nick as fast as he could go. The sky was fiery yellow and misty. The mischievous dragon hunters did the explosion. They wanted Toto but Nick didn't let them take him. Toto was his best friend.
nick took Toto to a land where people loved dragons. There were heaps of dragons. It was a place where the dragon hunters couldn't find Toto and the other dragons.
Toto and Nick bought a house where the could both fit.
They never saw the dragon hunters ever again.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

high jump

We have been learning high jump at school. The highest we have jumped so far is sixty9cm.

We have to remember to; scissor kick over the bar, lift the closest leg to the bar first, land on your bottom and run very, very fast.

by Paolo

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Room 4's Concert

Today room4 went to a concert and some of the class went up to the front were they got to make some music.

After the Concert there were 5 more minutes left until the concert was done.

Hello Dads, mums and kids if you are seeing this I have made a Blog.

by Rob.Wadell.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

T shirts together

Last week we had the same T shirts on - and we, we mean, Paolo, Campbell and Ethan.
We look cool.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pats on the back!

We have been thinking about our learning over this term. We gave ourselves some big pats on the back for the great things we have been doing and learning....

I am reading at Level 18 now. Kodie

I really enjoyed doing mathletics. Briana

I got better and better at my spelling words. Grace

I started eating all my lunch this term. Antonia

I got a certificate for doing so well at mathletics. Jayden

I finished my powerpoint presentation about tarantulas. Campbell

I've beene really good at basic facts! Charlie

I really am good at mathletics. Rebecca

I know all my basic facts up to 10. Lorilee

I like my level that I am on now. Alyssa

I am really, really good at spelling. Callum

I know my basic facts up to 20. Jack

I have learned my 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Darrin

I am learning to fix up my mistakes in writing. Rob

I did really well in my timestables this term. Salani

I have done really well at reading my books. Dylan

I am reading at higher levels. Cameron

I learned lots about animals when we learned about the rain forest. Paolo

I have learned how to work on a Mac computer this term. Xanthe

Monday, September 13, 2010

Yesterday we had a cricket skills lesson with Steve from Otago Cricket.

He taught us lots of things to catch a ball. You should cross your pinkies over to keep your hands together and then close them like a book when the ball lands in there.

We warmed up with a game of snowball tag. We played non stop cricket - half of us were batting and half of us were fielding then we switched over.

It was a fantastic time - we loved it. Thank you Steve!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rainforest Game

Hi everyone - Ms Little here! I am at Teachers College learning all about how to do new things with you lot in the classroom! Have a look at this great site - you can explore a rainforest in Australia. Can you find any different animals in the forest?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dress up day

Today it is dress up day. We had a big parade. Miss Little dressed up as the PaperBag Princess. I dressed up as Winnie the Witch me and Cameron won for Being the Best dressed character. I like dress up day because normally I don't get to dress up and wear makeup on myself and make myself look really silly.

by Salani

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Room 4 Blog!

We have begun a new blog folks. It is a place the kids in Room 4 can share their writing with the whole wide world, all by themselves.
The children open up the blog and write straight into the blog and then publish it - all on their lone-somes!
Aren't they clever!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Book Fair

We have a book fair all week. There Are A Lot Of Books. There are Junior Fiction books and

picture books it is in room1 On Thursday it is fish and chips night. You can win some prizes. On Friday it is dress up day. You can dress up as an author who wrote stories or your favourite book character.

I hope you buy some books.

written by Callum

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Our Rainforest Adventure

Today we visited a rainforest - right here in Dunedin!
It was in the Otago Museum - Butterfly House.

These words describe how we felt about it...
awesome, exciting, great, happy, wonderful, fun, brilliant, amazing hot, puzzled, interested...

We loved... the butterflies, Discovery World, the bright green gecko, the little birds, the turtles, the waterfall, the tarantulas, the owl butterfly, the musuem trail.

We learned...

Trees can make sugar.
The butterfly life cycle.
Tarantulas shed their skin once a year.
About the food chain in the rainforest.
Butterflies are brightly colour to scare off predators and look like they are poisonous.
How a tree works. They have food pipes and water pipes to help the food and water get up to the leaves. They can breathe in and out air and even water.
The gecko is bright green to blend in.
A butterfly eats with it's proboscis.

Here is the bright green gecko we were lucky enough to see!

Miss Little was a bit scared and surprised when this Owl butterfly landed on her head!

We had a really good look at the tarantula's shredded skin - very cool!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Website address

Here you are chaps!

Our new fave website - the kids wanted to share with you at home!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Welcome back everyone!

Kia ora koutou - so excited to be back!

We have lots on this term and we got straight back into the swing of things today and I was VERY proud of the way everyone got down to business!

We had a sneaky peaky look at what we might be discovering about this term for Inquiry, we had to guess what some pictures were and then when we worked out what they were we had a chat about what they all had in common!
Paolo came up with this great idea!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Amazing alliteration.

One way to make our writing more interesting is to use alliteration. It is a sentence or a group of words that have words which start with the same letter. We wrote some awesome sentences using alliteration. Charlie and Kalayias videoed some for you!

Latest artwork!

We looked at Pieter Mondrian's artwork. He used black lines, horizontal and vertical and the primary colours. We created some of our own artwork based on his style!