Room 4 went to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on Friday December the 6th to create some amazing bug art.  John (the Art teacher at the Gallery) got us thinking about how bugs see the world different to us, with their compound eyes.  We tried on some glasses that helped us see like a bug!  John also showed us around some of the new exhibitions.  We really liked the forest and mountain exhibition where we got to go on them and in them!  It was very exciting and lots of us want to take our whanau back their over the holidays.  Here are some photos of us using our observational skills to draw our bugs.  You can come in and see them in our room at the Science Expo on Monday December 16th at 6:30pm.
            
                     
       
 
    
 
                 
 
      

             


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Lori explains the life cycle of a butterfly!

 
 
 
 
 
    
Want to know how honey is made?  Check out this video!

      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three weeks have sped by pretty quickly!  Last week with had a great athlestics session with Ginny - which was great since we didn't get to finish Athletics Day off properly the week before!  We have got some awesome jumpers, runner and throwers in Room 4!

               
                
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                                                Welcome back to Term 4 everyone!

                                         
 
Week 2 already and we are well on our way to discovering all we can about bugs!  Beautiful bugs!  We have already discovered that bugs have compound eyes, 3 pairs of legs, a head, antennae, a thorax, an abdomen and often, wings! 
Make sure you check out our 'Insect ABC Hunt' subpage.  We need to find an insect beginning with every letter of the alphabet!  We are also looking forward to our museum visit on Wednesday - hopefully we will be able to find some answers to our wonderings.  I am also putting up an 'Insect Wonderings" page, just in case you think of something while you are at home!
A  big hearty Bradford welcome to our two student teachers, Miss Fleming and Miss Brockie.  They are with us for 3 weeks.  I know they are looking forward to working with all the fabulous kids in Room 4!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wow!  What a night!  You were all amazing actors and musicians up on stage. Well done everyone.


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Today we went to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory.  I liked seeing the chocolate get made.  I got chocolates in a plastic bag.

Dakota


Rooms 4, 3 and 2 went to Cadburys World except for Tom.  He got sick.  I was with Ms Little.  Ms Little is the best teacher.

They put coca beans and milk and sugar together to make the chocolate.  We saw a chocolate waterfall.  It was loud and it smelt exciting.

I gave the trip to Cadburys a 10 out of 30.

Thomas

 

We went to Cadburys.  There was Room 3, Room 3 and Room 4.  There was LOTS of chocolate.  We went to watch a video.  There were Jaffas, Easter eggs, and different chocolate like Moro gold and Moro.  There was a big chocolate waterfall that came pouring down.  My favourite part was when we yelled out, “Chocolate” and then the chocolate came pouring down. 

Then we went back and it was awesome.  There was a jungle and there was a castle.  I saw lots of old cars and we drew our names on the wall with chalk.  Then we saw puppets that were moving.  There was a puppet that was painting an easter egg, there was other puppets doing other stuff too.  Then I went up in the castle.

They gave us chocolates.  I got 6.  We lined up and we went on the bus and went back to school.

Salesi

                                          Incredible Icy Igloo                                             
Well, it's not really icy but it definitely is incredible!  It also isn't finished and we have run out of bottles - so keep them coming people!!  Please look in our Gallery to keep an eye on the progress of our creation!  We have used over 300 bottle so far - how many do you think we will use, all up??                                  

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The Vampire.
The Vampire is 113 years old.   He has sharp teeth.  He lives in a scary castle.  Lord Vampire has a pet bat called Lord Caesar.  He is nice.
Joshua

My Mum.
My Mum is 37.  It is my Mum's birthday today and she is 38.  She lives in an orange house.  My Mum has 4 cats, a kitten and 2 fish.  She is cool.
Matthew

The Vampire.
The vampre is seven years old.  He is a ferocious vampire.  He has flamed hair.  He lives in a deadly dark castle.  Lord Vandog lives with a pet wolf.  His pet wolf's name is pirate Wolf.  he is a mean vampire.
Marni


                                                     Elgrego the Magician                                                              
Elgrego the magician and his wife, Sue came to visit us today.  We thought his show was fantastic and exciting!
He turned birds into the bunny rabbit. His name was Baxter.

He was there to talk to us about bullying too.  He said to be nice to people – respect others.

Don’t bully.

To be a HERO – H is for helpful, E is for encouraging, R is for respecting and O is for looking for opportunities to be kind.  To use Integrity and Kindness.

He made birds appear out of nowhere and picture books! and Sue, his wife – was in a box which he poked sticks in and she was still ok!  Then she came out with a bunch of flowers.

Check out some photos in our Gallery!


                                                             Cow Art

We discovered an artist who loves painting great pictures of cows and we decided to use his work as an inspiration for our own cow paintings. Here is one of his paintings.                                                            

 We used thick colourful paint, and black lines to make our cow stand out.  We painted the cow, as if it was looking straight at us.  We did quite a few drafts to make sure we did our very best work!  Check out our Gallery to see our finished products!



                                                             Farm Visit

We are off on our Farm visit tomorrow!  We can't wait to find out if we can discover the answers to some of our questions...
    •  What time of the day do cows get milked?
    • Why do cows have 4 stomachs?
    • Where do the cows come from – where do you get them from if you want one?
    • Why do cows eat grass?
    • Why do cows live on the farm?
    • How do cows make milk?
    • What do cows have to eat?
    • Why does the milk go to the factory?
    • What time do the cows wake up?
    • Why do they put milk in a truck?
    • Why do you round up the cows with a horse?
    • How do you get the milk into the big tanker?
    • Why do you use a machine to get the milk and now your hands?
    • What is milk made of?
Remember to bring a packed lunch, warm clothing and good footwear for a farm!



                                                 Our Cross Country tales!


Last Friday Bradford School did the Cross Country.  It was on the top Field.  I did not like running down the long hill but I felt excited.  I felt proud when I got 5th place out of all the Year 3's and Year 4's.
Lori

Last Friday it was Cross Country.  I felt excited and I felt proud because I ran and my group were cheering for me and the others were cheering for me and my group.  The whole school did it and my Mum and Dad were not there.
Zaraya

Last Friday all the children from Bradford School did Cross Country.  I felt excited.  I felt sorry for my brother when he fell over and got a scratch on his knees and his elbow and shoulder.
Summer

Last Friday we all did Cross Country.  We all started on the top field.  I felt nervous and sad.  My mum and dad came.  Last time I came 28th but this time I came 4th.  That made me feel a bit happy.
Thomas





                                              Week 4 and LOVING it!

We welcomed Lori to our room today.  She and her little brother Sam have joined us here at Bradford and boy, are we pleased about that! Room 4 had a little brainstorm this morning.  We decided to let Lori know about all the things which make Bradford special!  Here is the long list we came up with, can you think of any more?
  • The Japanese garden
  • iPads
  • our classrooms
  • our beautiful murals
  • futsal
  • all the sports we play
  • the teacher - especially Ms Little (I didn't pay ANYONE to say that!)
  • the new decks
  • the sliding doors
  • the new kids
  • our playground
  • Gill and the library
  • making friends
  • the chickens
  • all the cool trees
  • the tyre swing
  • the sunflowers in the vege garden
  • most of all... THE KIDS!!!!


                                                 Welcome back everyone!

Here we are.  The new Room 4!

We have Marnie and Joshua to welcome from other schools!  Kia ora boys, we are so pleased you are here with us!

Even though we have only been back at school for 3 days, we have done quite a lot already!

We visited Harold the giraffe in his caravan and learnt about how we are all different and unique.

We all decided how we wanted Room 4 set up.  We had to think about the best place for things to go, to make sure we had space and we could move around.

We have figured out our behaviour chart for Room 4 - more on that later!

We made a start on our identity boxes and self portraits!

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What actually went on?
Reading, spelling, Maths, Writing, Fitness, Market Day, Music, Library, smoothies at Mini Market, Fudge, organised sunflowers, buckeroos, BVD day, ice skating, icecream truck, whanau hui, Kapahaka, PE with Ginny, shared lunch for Lindsay, photos, snow day, igloo - made and crashed! (Phew)
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Writing character descriptions, Reading eggs website, handwriting, Reading contracts, Maths, iPads, basic fact ladder, snow day, Market day, making smoothies and fudge, Ms LIttle and Mrs MMB, library, making posters.

What didn't go so well?
People not playing with others nicely.
The igloo broke
Handwriting doesn't happen very often.
Children are noisy at learning times and Ms Little has to keep stopping the class and shhhhing.
Folding milk containers take ages and the milk spills.
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1  Ms Little has to make sure there is time for handwriting.  We need to do it at last 3 times a week.  Before reading.  Aim to do it in 10 minutes.

2  We could try having milk folding people.  Marni, Salesi and Zaraya.  After drinking you must tip extra milk out.  People do it at packing up time out on the deck.

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                        The Wonderful Pyjama kids (and teacher!)

                       


Character descriptions

After working so hard on our fabulous character descriptions, we are finally in the beginnings of publishing them!  We decided to put them on our class page to share them with you all!  Make sure you check them out on the Wonderous Writing subpage!

Enjoy!          



                              
Using 4 straight lines, connect all the dots, without taking your pen off the paper! 
I will post the answer on Thursday night!
Remember - Think outside of the square!

The solution requires you to LITERALLY think outside the square!
                                    


                       A Crown Fit For the Kingdom of Bradford!

After reading our Shared book - "A New Crown", we decided to make some crowns for ourselves!  The trick was, we had to decorate them with things that a special to our school, Bradford!

We thought of many things we could use, pictures of chickens, tyre swings, playgrounds, koru and Japanese gardens, our school values, Respect, Empathy, Kia Runga Rawa, Awhina and Integrity! 

The kids came up with some beauties!  
          
                                     


                                           Our Marvelous Mini Market!

After lots of careful thinking and planning, a bit of market research, some advertising, applying for a grant from the Bradford Bank, a chain gang making our product we finally had our Fruit Smoothies to sell at the Junior School's Mini market day. 

Everybody had a role to play to make this a really successful venture for us.  The most exciting thing for us was, that after we repaid our loan and we paid the warehouse for the items we used and rented we still made a $180 profit! 

Afterwards we had a think about what went really

well and what didn't go so well.  The next step is to think about what we will do differently for our next venture.  We can't wait!!  Check out more pictures in the media gallery! 



Special mention to two awesome kids - Summer was our photographer and Matthew was our money man - nothing fazed either of them!


Hockey Skills with Ginny from Sport Otago
On Friday May 31st, Ginny, our Sports Activator ran a hockey skills P.E. session with us.  We learnt how to hold our stick, follow through when we hit the ball and how to dribble the ball so we can keep control of it.






Isaac and Koby's Game

These two boys invented their own maths game.  It helps practice your basic facts.

You need two dice each and 5 counters each.  You roll the dice and add the numbers up.  If you get it right, you can take one of the other persons counters away!  If you get it wrong, you have to take one of your own counters away!  

The winner is the person who has some counters left.                              

                       



 MAY 28th - SCHOOL CLOSED due to SNOW                                 
                                Bye bye Lindsay!
We will all really miss Lindsay!  Today we had a shared lunch and gave her a card and a flash cupcake (thanks Baylee's grandma!!) to say goodbye.  As Thomas so eloquently said to her, she is a really great friend to have and a really great role model to all of us!  Here are some pictures of our shared lunch and also a piece of writing that Room 4 wrote describing the way Lindsay looks.

                                                       





Lindsay 

 

Her hair is the colour of golden autumn leaves.  It swings when she moves.

 

She is taller than the recycling bin.  Her giggle makes us laugh when we hear it. 

 

She is a kind and caring friend who looks after us.

 

We will miss her very much!

 

by Room 4




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                     A picture paints a thousand words! 
           

                    Week 1 and Igloo is complete!!!
 

It took us MUCH longer than we though but we have done it!  Our special 'chill out zone' is done and dusted.  It did collapse twice yesterday but due to the brilliance of hot glue guns and Ms Little (ha!) we fixed it again!  Here is the finished product and a description of the whole process!
               

As part of our Moo to You Inquiry last term, we made an igloo made out of plastic milk bottles.

We thought it would be a really good place to silent read or write or just have a quiet chat with a buddy!

First of all we had to collect the bottles.  We though we might need about 300.  We were wrong.  We ended up using 689! 

We had to wash and drain the bottles to get all the smelly, rotten milk out!

We started building the igloo by laying out a semi circle on the ground making sure it was big enough.

We then stuck the bottles together, layer upon layer, using a hot glue gun.

The hardest bit was doing the roof.  Ms Little could hardly reach!

It took us a long time to finish our igloo. But we are really glad we did it.  We love sitting inside looking at all the beautiful colours of the lids!  It  feels quite big inside and it is peaceful too.

 

 





          Hi everyone!


I hope your holidays are all going well.  The rain is actually quite nice I have to admit.  I've been snuggling up in front of the fire with a good book or a DVD and enjoying the cosiness!

I wonder what you lot are all up too?  Have a look at the tasks page and see if you can follow my instructions to let me know how your holidays are going!

Make sure you check out our Term 1 subpage. (on the right hand side) - that is where all our posts from last term are.

I am in at school today - I thought I might be able to finish the igloo but look how many we need to finish it off.

                                               

It is looking really great and it is quite beautiful inside!

OK - take care of yourselves and enjoy your holiday!

Love
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  Don't forget lovely Room 4!  Bring your togs for swimming tomorrow - that's Tuesday 10 September!


Room 4 - I am just letting you know that there is a problem with getting your retelling videos
onto our classpage!  but - like our value for the week - I am not giving up!  Watch this space!
Ms Little


                                     
                                            DON'T GIVE UP!!!!  
This is our value of the week - here is the clip Ms O'Donnell shared with us.

What can you persevere with this week?

  
                                                    
Reminders!

We have got so much going on at the moment but I am very proud of the way the children in room 4 are coping!  Way to go guys!  Some things we need to remember for the coming weeks.
 
                                                   DISCO - this Thursday night at 6pm!

*Black tights and top in a named plastic bag for production - we need this ASAP!
            
*Home Learning at the moment, is focusing on retelling our chosen fairy tales.  Reading books will still be coming home but the children may have selected some of them from their choosing box!  Spelling is taking a break while we focus on the fairy tales.  Keep practicing your basic facts though!
 
*Check out the production songs on the Daily notices page! Click on the link below to take you there.

 
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Hi Room 4 - I am sorry I am not there today but I wanted to remind you all that today - Wednesday and tomorrow - Thursday - are the two days we have to compete in the mathletics online competition.
Click on the picture below, log in with your details and give it a go!


Remember to go to the retelling fairy tales subpage to write your name and the fairytales you are going to be practicing for the Oral l

anguage cup!
Well done to those of you who have already managed to do this!


I like snow white she eats a apple that is poison her. by nika macut.

iFreeze frame!


We have been doing a bit of drama here in Room 4 - to prepare us all for the up and coming production!  And, yes - there are quite a few 'drama queens' in here! 

We have been focusing on using our faces to let the audience know how we are feeling and also making sure that we use BIG gestures!

These photos show some kids in a freeze frame.  They were given two characters and they had to think about how they could show who they are to the audience.  See if you can figure out who they are pretending to be!   Answers at the bottom!

Next we are going to have a go acting out some fairy tales in small groups!  Fun!!!


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1  A king and a dragon

2  An old man and a ghost

3  A doctor and his patient

4  A winner and a loser

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Writing character descriptions, Reading eggs website, handwriting, Reading contracts, Maths, iPads, basic fact ladder, snow day, Market day, making smoothies and fudge, Ms LIttle and Mrs MMB, library, making posters.

What didn't go so well?
People not playing with others nicely.
The igloo broke
Handwriting doesn't happen very often.
Children are noisy at learning times and Ms Little has to keep stopping the class and shhhhing.
Folding milk containers take ages and the milk spills.
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1  Ms Little has to make sure there is time for handwriting.  We need to do it at last 3 times a week.  Before reading.  Aim to do it in 10 minutes.

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