Friday 19th April

Today we had a special outing. It was BVD - Bradford Values Day - which is when all the children at the top level of our Values flower chart get to join in with a very cool activity. It was extra cool today because we went on a bus to the ice skating rink. It was the very first time for lots of us in Room 3 and we were a bit nervous but mainly excited. We had lots of mums and dads there to help us get into our boots and after a quick safety talk from the instructors we got out onto the ice.

It was tricky but we showed lots of perseverance  - we kept trying even when it was hard.

We showed resilience - when we fell down we got back up and had another go.

We showed awhina - some of us were able to help others by pushing them in the sleds and some of us were weights to keep the sled down on the ice to help the pusher!

We showed kia runga rawa - we aimed high - listening to teachers and instructors and thinking about tiny steps with our hands like penguins to keep our balance.

We showed respect - looking after equipment and using our best manners.

It was a great way to finish the term and another way to demonstrate all the values that we are learning about.

Check out the media gallery for more photos.

Here is the lovely Room 3 waiting to go on the ice at the rink.



Wednesday 17th April

We wrote this together after visiting the Cadbury chocolate factory.

"Today (Wednesday) Rooms 2,3 and 4 went to the chocolate factory. We saw a humungous chocolate waterfall.

We saw other chocolate machines. Some machines made chocolate buttons. Some machines made white chocolate. Some machines mixed the chocolate and made easter eggs. The factory was loud with all the machines.

The smell was yum - it was sweet and warm. We could smell turkish delight.

We were given lots of chocolate in the little bags they gave us. We had to wear hair nets to keep our hair out of the chocolate and we had to take off our jewelry and cover up earrings with tape.

The chocolate was delicious and dry and warm and soft and great. 

We felt hungry at the factory and we felt awesome and fantastic on the tour."

Written by Room 3



Tuesday 9th April

We have been working on some art and writing about the beautiful sunflowers growing in our school garden. We looked at the shape of the flower heads and petals and thought about the colours we could see. We used crayon and watercolour paints to represent the sunflowers. In writing time we thought of lots of different words that could describe the sunflowers. Some of the words described the colours, some described the size and some described how the sunflowers moved. We used these words to write some poems and we have published these poems onto our art work.

Here are three poems. Come into Room 3 to see the rest up on the wall.
















Tuesday 2nd April

Last week we went out to a dairy farm near the airport to see what happens in the milking shed. We saw the cows lining up in the yard to go in the shed. The cows stood very quietly to get the cups put on and they waited for the milk to get pumped out. The farmer talked to us about the process. It was quite noisy but the cows didn't mind. The cows get milked twice a day and they are woken up at 4am (that is very very early!) to go to the milking shed. It was very 'fragrant' at the farm with lots of country smells and we saw lots of what caused the smells. There are some photos of the cows in the shed in the media gallery on the right of this page. We thought the cows were big but beautiful with gorgeous brown eyes and cute fuzzy ears!

On the way back to school we stopped at the Mosgiel playground for lunch. We had a great time racing around and climbing on all the equipment. At school we have drawn cows and added some facts to our pictures. Come in and see them.


Wednesday 20th March

We are preparing to go to a dairy farm next week to see what happens there. We have been doing lots of learning about milk and where it comes from and where it goes. As part of this time we have started some art showing what cows look like. We have tried to include all the parts of the cow and today we began the background. Here are some pictures of art in action.

   











Thursday 14th March

Tuesdays are special days. We have Mrs Bowen for music and this is a real fun time. We join with Room 2 and play instruments and sing. Here are a couple of photos showing us playing bucket drums and learning a dance.

     
It is nice having Room 2 with us as we can make new friends and have different buddies to work with.

Tuesday is also library day. We go to the library before lunch with Gill. She tells us about all the wonderful books we have in the library and shows us how to choose a good book to take home.

   









Wednesday 13th March

We are studying the process of milk from 'moo to you' in our inquiry time. Today in writing time some children chose to write a sentence about what they know or have already learned about how milk gets from the cow to our house. Here are some of our stories.

Cows eat grass to make milk. By 'Ema

My cow eats grass. By Yui

Machines clean germs out of the milk.  By Rangi

Cows eat grass but they don't drink the milk.  By Sophie

We are planning a trip to a dairy farm on Tuesday 26th March and we will be looking for parent helpers. Keep this day free if you can and watch out for a notice next week.


Monday 4th March
This afternoon we had a fabulous visit from Adrian who presented the 'Reading Rocks' show. We had soooo many laughs that our stomachs hurt! He talked about how he learnt all he knew about juggling from one of his 123 books that he had on that topic. He listened at school to learn to read, he kept practicing and didn't give up and now he loves to read! Adrian uses his imagination to 'see' the story in his head and finds himself in lots of amazing places through books. Here are some pictures of the show.


          



Monday 25th Feb

Last week we worked hard on our self portraits. We drew our first picture of ourselves and then talked about what was great and the bits that needed some improvement. We went through this process again until we had 3 pictures showing our first, second and third drafts. By the time we got to number three we felt we had shown lots of improvement. Our pictures are hanging up in our classroom and hopefully soon there will be pictures on the media gallery so make sure you check them out!

 
 



This is our first entry on our class wiki. Have a look around the page and click on things thave a look. 
The media gallery will have photos of our learning and activities. Last week we had a visit from Ginny from Sport Otago and we played some games with different kinds of balls. It was lots of fun and we look forward to another visit from Ginny later in the term.



Term 3 Week 1
A reminder to bring along your togs, goggles and towel for our first swimming session on Monday July 29th.

Term 2 Week 8

We have been working on writing character descriptions of people who are special to us. We had to think about how to describe how they look and what they like to do. We painted some pictures and we are publishing some of our stories to hang in our class. Here are three pictures and stories for you to enjoy.


   

Jayden By Rangi

Jayden has green eyes like a frog. He plays with me. He likes to ride with me.


Mum By Yui

Miho has brown eyes like chocolate yoghurt. She has a blue bag. She likes to cook rice balls.



Uncle Patrick by Madison
Patrick has black hair like seeds. He is good. He likes to play with me.

This week in our Prep time with Ms Clark we have been producing 'designer' recyclable bags to sell on our big market day in two weeks time. Here is a preview of our cool bags. They would make great shopping bags or even swimming bags! Look out for them on market day. They will be a very reasonable price!





Term 2 Week 6


At  1.45pm  we heard a very familiar jingle ringing from down by Room 1. Five minutes later a message came for Room 3 to go down and see a very special visitor. Surprise, surprise it was Mr Whippy! It was an unexpected Bradford Values Day!! All the children who were at the top of our  Value chart ( our flower pot display) were treated to a snowcone icecream. We enjoyed a creamy icy treat together in the sun by Room 1. Then it was Room 2's turn. It was so exciting!

Our class values are
  • I keep my hands and feet to myself
  • I talk nicely to others in my class and the playground
  • I follow instructions from my teacher
We are looking forward to another surprise Bradford Value Day - it can happen at any time so we need to always be doing the right thing!

   


Term 2 Week 5

On Thursday afternoon Rooms 2 3 and 4 held a mini market to sell fruit kebabs and smoothies. Rooms 2 and 3 made the fruit kebabs before lunch. We had to get the supplies from the warehouse and set up Room 3 like a factory to make them. Room 4 made the smoothies. After lunch we lined up to buy kebabs or smoothies with our 'wages' - the money we had earned by working in the factory. Rooms 5 and 6 were able to join in and buy from the mini market as well. They have been working in their businesses to earn wages and they were keen to spend!!

Here are a few photos of our mini market. We are looking forward to earning more money so we can spend it at the big market day at the end of the term.

     

As you can see we had some very happy and full customers!

Term 2 Week 4

Welcome to Tremorgan who started in Room 3 this week and also to Dayton who has been here a couple of weeks. It is great to have some new friends in our class.

Today (Friday) Ginny from Sport Otago came to teach us some hockey skills. We found out how to hold the hockey stick properly and to dribble the ball. We also had some fun riding our hockey sticks like horses!! We now know to keep the hook of the hockey stick on the ground and to control the ball as we push it along. Watch out Blacks Sticks! Our buzzy bee visitors joined in today as well and showed some great listening and control. Well done!

 


MAY 28th - SCHOOL CLOSED due to SNOW

Term 2 Week 3

We are exploring a new online learning website called Reading Eggs and are triallinf it for 3 weeks. Log in details are in our home learning books so we can have a go at home if we are allowed to. We can go online before school and during reading time. It is lots of fun and we can earn golden eggs as we complete different tasks. We had a go with the laptops with Room 2 and we all worked together to find out how to play the games. Here are some photos of us supporting each other.

  

 Term 2 Week 2
This week we performed our version of Grumpy Elephant in assembly. We read it last week and thought it would make a great play to act out. We chose our characters and thought of actions we could do to tell the story. Sophie and Dayton had to be grumpy for most of the play and then had a big laughing part at the end.We had some squawky parrots, some cheeky monkeys and a couple of shy giraffes. We had a lot of fun and hope everyone at assembly enjoyed it.


 

We also made some cloud dough on Friday. This is kind of like a soft sand that sticks together when you squeeze it and then it crumbles up again. It feels really nice when you touch it. You can make it at home by mixing 8 cups of flour with 1 cup of oil. Ruby and Memphis followed the recipe to make some for us to try.





We have a new reading space in our classroom - the tent. We had a mission putting it up but we had a couple of tenting experts in Room 3 who knew about poles and we got it up in the end. Ezra and Rangi put the poles together and then we fed them through the pole sleeves on the tent. Have a look on the media gallery page for a few other photos showing the tent.






Term 2 Week 2

We have been reading a book called "Grumpy Elephant". We have been writing descriptions about him in our writing time.We thought about what he looked like and some of us have compared him to something else. Here are a few of our stories so far.

Grumpy Elephant by Bailey
He is fat.


Grumpy Elephant is fat like a dog. By Rangi

Grumpy Elephant is grey like a mountain. By Madison

Grumpy Elephant is fat like a ball. By Sophie

We hope you get a picture in your head of what Grumpy Elephant looks like from our descriptions.



PLease check the Term 1 subpage to the right for earlier posts to the wiki.

Friday 19th April

Today we had a special outing. It was BVD - Bradford Values Day - which is when all the children at the top level of our Values flower chart get to join in with a very cool activity. It was extra cool today because we went on a bus to the ice skating rink. It was the very first time for lots of us in Room 3 and we were a bit nervous but mainly excited. We had lots of mums and dads there to help us get into our boots and after a quick safety talk from the instructors we got out onto the ice.

It was tricky but we showed lots of perseverance  - we kept trying even when it was hard.

We showed resilience - when we fell down we got back up and had another go.

We showed awhina - some of us were able to help others by pushing them in the sleds and some of us were weights to keep the sled down on the ice to help the pusher!

We showed kia runga rawa - we aimed high - listening to teachers and instructors and thinking about tiny steps with our hands like penguins to keep our balance.

We showed respect - looking after equipment and using our best manners.

It was a great way to finish the term and another way to demonstrate all the values that we are learning about.

Check out the media gallery for more photos.

Here is the lovely Room 3 waiting to go on the ice at the rink.



Wednesday 17th April

We wrote this together after visiting the Cadbury chocolate factory.

"Today (Wednesday) Rooms 2,3 and 4 went to the chocolate factory. We saw a humungous chocolate waterfall.

We saw other chocolate machines. Some machines made chocolate buttons. Some machines made white chocolate. Some machines mixed the chocolate and made easter eggs. The factory was loud with all the machines.

The smell was yum - it was sweet and warm. We could smell turkish delight.

We were given lots of chocolate in the little bags they gave us. We had to wear hair nets to keep our hair out of the chocolate and we had to take off our jewelry and cover up earrings with tape.

The chocolate was delicious and dry and warm and soft and great. 

We felt hungry at the factory and we felt awesome and fantastic on the tour."

Written by


Term 4 Week 9

On Friday it was our last buzzy bee session for the year. We have been focussing on the special jobs different parts of the frog's body has. We have discovered sticky pads on the tree frog's toes and fingers; we have discovered the bulgy eyes that can look in different directions and also help to push the food down when the frog eats and we have discovered that a frog has a long sticky tongue to catch its food. We had fun making frogs with these features - especially the long sticky tongue! We used party blowers for this part and we took them home after assembly - we hope the ride home wasn't too noisy for mums and dads!!

We also had a special afternoon treat of frogs in a pond....not real frogs - lolly frogs in a blue jelly pond- yum yum! It was a cool treat on a very hot afternoon. 

Here is a photo of us as frogs sticking out our long tongues....maybe we might catch something!


Term 4 Week 6

We haven't had much luck growing our little creatures in the tank although there are 2-3 still swimming around. They are pretty small and you have to look really hard!  We have started to investigate frogs which are amphibians. Some of our questions have been around where they live and what they eat and we have started our research into these areas. We have looked at some clips on the internet and read some books to find out about frogs. We have created some models of a frog's habitat which we will show later in the term. We are going to keep adding our new learning onto these models as a record of what we find out. 

Below is a song clip we are learning all about amphibians. It is a catchy song and we can't get it out of our brains - so beware - if you watch it that may happen to you too!



Term 4 Week 4

On Tuesday we had a mystery parcel arrive in our class. We had to unwrap it but between each layer we had to name an animal according to the clue, eg, name an animal with two legs, or that has a shell, or that lives in water. When we unwrapped the last layer we found a letter and a little packet of mystery eggs.
 
It was from a little animal from the crustacean family called artemia salina and the mother had sent us some eggs to look after.We followed her instructions and they are now floating in our little tank in the classroom. They are very tiny when they first hatch so we won't be able to see them until they grow a bit.

Here are the eggs mixed in with some green powder which makes the water like sea water. Crustaceans live in sea water. The eggs were tiny little black dots which you probably can't see in our photo. We could hardly see them!

We had lots of questions about these little animals especially since we didn't know what crustaceans were. We are doing some research to see what we can find out. We will also be like scientists and observing these creatures closely as they grow. Observing means looking and noticing changes, measuring, taking pictures and keeping notes on what we see.

What do you know about crustaceans? There are lots of different kinds of crustaceans. We have found out that crabs, lobsters and shrimp belong to the crustacean family. We have found out that they can live in sea water and they have their skeleton on the outside of their body - like a crunchy shell. They also have lots of pairs of legs - 8 to 10 legs. 

Here is a website you can visit to find out about crustaceans.

http://www.ncdmf.net/kids/whatcrust.htm


Term 4 Week 3

Last week we finished our garden project. It is now a city for us to play in. We painted our blocks and have stabilised them by gluing in some rods which get pushed into the ground. We have moved the rocks into another space and they look really good there.

Here we are placing our buildings where we want them to go. We have put some gravel around for our cars to drive in. 

  

Here is the finished city. We think we might call it 'Rainbow City' because it is so colourful. At lunchtime we had some keen children out playing. We are collecting old cars and trucks for our city so if you have any please send them along to Room 3. Also if you have any plastic animals we could use them too. We would love some grass plants to go in our garden. Do you have any self-seeded ones at your house that we could have?


Term 4 Week 1

Welcome back everyone!. It's great to have Shimia, Daniel and Charlie in Room 3 now as they started school on Monday. We will be updating our class photo as soon as everyone is here on the same day! A couple of children are not well so when they are back we will get a new picture for this page.

Our big project  to start the term is to redevelop our Room 3 garden. We have found that the wee succulents planted earlier in the year have died and the grasses are looking sad. We are in the process of moving the lovely koru design across the path to curl around some healthier grasses and creating a new garden  in the old spot. It gets very wet at times and children's feet trample it as well so we are 'planting' something else. Watch this space (and the actual garden too)

Here are some photos of our work so far. We wonder if you can get any clues of what we might be planning.

      
Our old garden areas

    
Plotting and planning

     
Clearing, digging and sanding.

Hmmmm.....what are we up to?



Term 3 Week 9

On Thursday last week we were participating in Polyfest and we were all on stage again! The girls  wore beautiful kapahaka dresses and had green feathery headbands. The boys were brave and had bare chests! Our songs and haka sounded strong and we were all so proud! There were lots of parents watching and children from other schools as well. It was pretty amazing being part of something special and we were all very excited.



Term 3 Week 8

What a fabulous night we had on Thursday for our production of Jack and the Beanstalk. There were a lot of very excited children getting  in their  costumes ready to go on stage. We all did an amazing dance called "Crunch" which was about the 
giant and Jack. Thanks to Tara's Dad for the photo of us on stage.




We are now gearing up for Polyfest on Thursday of this week - 2 more sleeps until the performance. This week is also when we are retelling our chosen fairytale to our classes. We only have one or two nights left to practice our sequence and interesting voices. It has been a very busy few weeks!! 



Term 3 Week 7

There is a new maths resource to explore. Look under the resources list on the right hand side of our page. Click on the Basic Facts Practice folder and then click on the Stages1-3 Basic Facts tab. This will open up a new window and there are a whole lot of games to try out. Let Mrs O'Donnell know which ones are your favourites!

Today at reading time Mrs O'Donnell took some photos of children working quietly on their tasks. 
Here are some photos

  
Ruby is reading a story on our big activeboard.
Tremorgan is on reading eggs - a computer site that is lots of fun.

  
Here are some children reading in the library corner and we have some puzzlers - putting a big long puzzle together.

We are working on staying on our activity until change around time and we are trying to use quiet inside voices.

This week our reading time is based around practicing our fairytale retells. We are getting really good at using a growly wolfy voice or a squeaky piggie voice. We are also thinking about how to make our retell sound like a storybook. We can use storybook phrases like 'Once upon a time...' or  'Along came...' or 'They lived happily ever after'. We are practicing at home as well before our sharing time next week.

Reminder to practise the songs for the school production of Jack and the Beanstalk which we are performing really soon!  September 12th.
Here is a link to the School Daily Notices, where you can find the songs and words to practise each day.

Term 3 Week 5

We had a story telling workshop with Kaitrin today. She told us some stories and we had to think of how she made them come alive. We discovered it was because she used her voice and her body to add interesting sounds and movements to the words of the story.

 

We had a go at being the wolf and the pig in the Three Little Pigs tale. We had to show our feelings using our face and our bodies. Then we had to sound like that character when we talked.

   

You can see we are thinking about how we move and stand when we are being  those characters. We have to think about what our arms are doing, what our legs are doing and what our face is showing. 

We loved all the stories that Kaitrin shared with us and we heard some more at assembly! Thanks Kaitrin - we hope you come back again soon!



 
Term 3 Week 4

Today there were some very strange children at school - they had very big spongy noses and they were RED! It was red nose day  and we had lots of giggles as children put their noses on for the first time. They gave our noses a bit of a tickle and they were on and then off and then on again as we had a bit of a scratch but it was a fun day. We looked pretty good in red too - nice and bright.



We had quite a few of our class away sick today so we look like an extra small class.

It was our assembly day and we presented two pieces of our learning. One was a shared reading of "I'm the King of the Mountain" complete with our own instrumental sound effects for walking, stopping and shaking. The stopping part was a cymbal crash and we think it probably kept everyone awake in assembly - it was LOUD!

Some children also shared their writing about swimming. Here are three other pictures that are hanging in our classroom. We used crayon and silver paper to show the movement and sparkle of the water with the blue dye. We love swimming and we are off again on Monday morning after our marae visit. It will be a busy day!

  
Term 3 Week 3

Today we had a fantastic group come to share their performance with us. We welcomed "Kahurangi" at 9 am so we were off to a quick start! Remember to be at school nice and early because you never know what might be happening!!

The Kahurangi group showed us lots of songs and dances from different islands around the pacific - Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, the Cook Islands and of course Aotearoa New Zealand. There are some photos posted on the Media sub page for you to see - here is one  photo to show you some of their show.  This photo is a Maori song from New Zealand. We really liked the mosquito dance from Samoa - there was lots of slapping to get rid of the bitey insects!



Term 3 Week 3

With our retelling of the three little pigs story we have created a big  map which shows all the places in the story. It is going up on our wall so everyone can see it. You can see Mother Pig's house and the houses that the 3 pigs built. You can see the road where the wolf walked up to the houses and you can see trees and flowers. On the map we created the characters and stuck them in the important places with speech bubbles showing what they said. We took a photo of the map but it is a bit hard to 
see how great it is. Come and have a better look on our wall.

   

Term 3 Week 2

Remember swimming togs on Monday!

We have been reading and watching clips about the three little pigs story. We have written stories about the ending where the wolf ended up in the pig's pot and we have explored telling the story using pictures like little puppets on our  class wall.  During our inquiry time we have been using musical instruments to add sound effects to retell another story about a flea and a cow. We hope to perform this to assembly when it is our turn to share an item. We are also busy learning songs for our big production about Jack and the Beanstalk near the end of the term so it is all go in Room 3! Can you tell our topic is about storytelling?????


At home you might like to look at the clip above of the Three Little Pigs story and have a go at saying what happens with the pictures.  Play it with the sound first to learn the story and then turn the sound off and use your own words to retell what happens. 



 

Term 3 Week 1
A reminder to bring along your togs, goggles and towel for our first swimming session on Monday July 29th.

Welcome back everyone! It's great to have Owen in Room 3 - he had a big birthday and turned 5! 

We had an awesome session at Moana Pool today. We had our lesson first with the Swimsation team and then we explored the wave pool. Some of us  used our goggles to look under the water and get our hair wet. We can't wait for next Monday.