Term 3 Week 2
Welcome back everyone!
Dayton, Connor, Lucas and Owen have moved through to Room 2 and we have welcomed Liam to Room 3. We have some more children turning 5 very soon and they will join Room 3 over the next few weeks. Look out for them in the school newsletter.
In writing this week we had a picture about a giraffe that got stuck up a tree. We had to think about why the giraffe was up the tree and how he might get down! These are a few of our published copies for you to read.
Term 2 Week 8
On Friday we had our science expo sharing time. It was great to see so many friends and family come along to see and hear about all our learning this term. In Room 3 we shared our posters about how the sun, earth and moon orbit and rotate, our concertina books showing the solar system and also facts about the moon. We have worked on these over the term and we are very proud of all that we have learned. We were able to take some of the pieces home with us after the expo and more will go home next week.
Here are some photos of Room 3's sharing time.
Term 2 Week 7
We had our astronaut construction time on Friday. We each brought a soft toy to dress safely to survive in space. Our astronauts needed to have a spacesuit, a helmet, gloves, boots and a life support/jet booster pack on the back. We had some extra helpers from Room 5 which was handy as we needed lots of sellotape and gluing to hold everything together! Here are some photos of a few of our astronaut explorers. They are now 'exploring' our classroom and if you look closely in Room 3 you will see them hanging around!
Term 2 Week 7
On Friday Room 3 is going to have a special making time. In our space place in the classroom we have Elmo the Astronaut. We are reading a story this week about an astronaut getting ready to go into space and it tells us what the astronaut needs to wear to survive. Please bring a small soft toy that we can dress up like an astronaut. Don't bring a special one that you need to sleep with as it will hang in our room for a couple of weeks until the holidays. We are also looking for small plastic bottles and lids and tin foil for our making time.
Mercury Quiz answers
Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. True
Mercury is the same size as the moon. True
Mercury has air and water for plants and animals to live. False
Mercury has lots of craters. True
Mercury has ten moons. False
Mercury is a ball of iron. True
There is no air or water on Mercury and Mercury has no moons at all.
Term 2 Week 6
Some space writing from this week.
I feel floaty. I see an alien with antennae. The things are calling.
I can see Jupiter. I hear rocks smashing into the moon.
I see the earth spinning around the sun! I hear the aliens talking to each other.
We have also written some moon poems - they are hanging upon our classroom. Pop in and have a look.
Ball of rock
Shines at nighttime
Orbits the earth
You can jump
Silver and round
Made of rock
Tuesday May 27 - 10 o'clock start due to icy conditions.
Monday May 26th - School Closed today due to snow and road conditions.
Term 2 Week 4 2014
Last week Miss Cuttance our college teacher gave us a design task. We became rocket designers and had to use some common household materials to construct a rocket. We drew a plan of what we wanted our rocket to look like and then had to try and create that model with the materials we had to choose from. We really enjoyed planning and making our rockets. To make them look a bit more metallic ( rather than boxy!) we had some glitter to sprinkle liberally over our creations... we had some rather sparkly carpet as well! Here are some photos of the creative process!
Term 2 Week 3 2014
We have a new task to explore - a quiz !! If you look on the right hand side near the bottom you will spot a quiz button. Click on the space quiz button and you will get taken to 7 questions based on our learning so far. You will need an adult beside you to guide you through as there is a bit of reading but have a go and see what you can answer. Well done to Charlie who went home and did the quiz after we had a go in class today. Have a go at the "What does this start with?" quiz as well - you need to think about what letter the picture starts with. Good luck with our quizzes!!
Term 2 Week 2 2014
On Wednesday we went to the Otago Museum. We met up with Sam, the educator, and did some exploring around our space topic for this term. Sam got Shimia and Elijah to demonstrate how the earth rotates around the sun. The sun also slowly spins around in space. As the earth rotates parts have sun shining on it which makes it daytime in these parts. Other parts do not have the sun shining on them so they have night. Here is a picture of Earth Elijah and Sun Shimia. It really was a fluke that their names started with the correct letter for their space role!!
In the background you can see the Starlab. This is a big dome with air blowing it up. We crawled in through a dark dark tunnel and then sat inside the dome. There was a shadowy light so we could see a little bit while everyone came in. Then Sam turned the light down and we could see patterns of stars on the ceiling of the dome. We could see the moon rising and setting and she pointed out the southern cross constellation for us. It was pretty dark and we were all very brave about being in there. Some of us wanted to stay inside and some of us were very glad to crawl out after our time! There are no photos of us inside as it was too dark!
After being in the star lab we went on a trail around the museum finding lots of different objects along the way. Some were easy to find and some were a bit tricky. Here is a photo of Mrs O"D's group sitting on the friendly crocodile - always a good photo opportunity!
Term 2 2014
Welcome back everyone! Today children were sent home with a set of instructions to help them get onto their own personal ultranet page with a task to look at their media page. Some children have a short video of them saying their mihi from last term and others have a few photos to look at. The instructions are stuck into their home learning book so please have a look at their page. We have looked at a few today in class but children will need parental help to access the page - there are a few buttons to find and login details to enter and it's tricky to remember all the steps!! Your child will love looking at themselves on their page. This is a private page just for you and your child to enjoy together.
Today (Wednesday) we went down to the gate to talk about how to be safe after school when we are walking out the gate.
We need to walk down the path inside the white line so we are off the driveway.
We need to stop at the gate by the white line unless we are with our adult/pick up person.
We need to watch out for the sneaky driveway just by the gate. We need to check that the cars isn't driving out.
We need to walk on the inside of the yellow lines to get to where our car is parked so we are off the road.
Sometimes we might go to the wrong side of Bradford Street and need to get to the other side. We should walk back around the yellow lines and go in the gate rather than cross the road. It is much safer because it gets very busy on this road after school. Please help us stay safe by following these guidelines when picking us up at the gate. Thanks!!
Term 1 Week 11 2014
Today (Wednesday) we hopped on a bus after lunch to a mystery destination - today was BVD - Bradford Values Day. All the children at the top of our behaviour levels chart were taken to the Edgar Centre for an afternoon of sports and fun activities. We were all mixed up in our whanau groups so we could earn points and get to know people from other classes. There were 6 stations - hockey, soccer, rugby, cricket, fun relays and parachute activities. We got to do 5 although we wished we could do all 6- they were so much fun. We were on our feet moving for an hour and 40 minutes but no one complained they were tired - we just kept on going and going. All too soon it was time to get back on the bus to go back to school. What a great BVD!!
Term 1 Week 10 2014
Today (Friday) we held our term 1 learning expo where parents and friends were invited to come along and visit us in our classrooms to see some of the things we have been working on recently. In Room 3 we shared some of our published writing about superheros and our islands of adventures. We also showed our bottle gardens and the plants growing in them and our diagrams showing the different parts of a plant. We have some photos although its a bit hard seeing what we are looking at- there are lots of heads talking and sharing ideas. Some of our stories went home today and our bottle gardens will go home next week to be looked after and planted into gardens.
Term 1 Week 9 2014
Here are some photos of our last PMP session .
Here we are moving through the shapes without touching any part of it. We need to be aware of where all the parts of our body are and move them carefully.
These two photos show us tiptoeing through the rungs of the ladder and then moving heel to toe along the line on the ground. We are developing our sense of balance as we move.
Here we are using our hand eye co-ordination to catch the ball. There are different ways to throw and catch the ball so we are watching our parent help to copy the action.
Term 1 Week 8 2014
We started our PMP sessions today. (Perceptual Motor Programme) This is all about moving and how our body movements help to get our brain ready to learn. We are in 5 different groups which have their own special colour. Each colour starts at an activity - there are memory, fitness and locomation stations along with hand/ eye coordination and balance stations. We get 5 minutes at each station and when the timer goes off we move quietly to the next activity. It's lots of fun and we get to practice lots of different ways to move.
We have equipment sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays and we need to wear clothes that we can be active in. Dresses and tights are tricky for girls to wear in PMP as we need to be able to move on the floor and crawl around. Also we do our stations in bare feet so we need to wear shoes that are easy to get on and off. It's hard for Mrs O'D to do up 13 pairs of shoelaces at the end of our time! You can help us by reminding us to wear shorts, track pants or leggings on these days with slip on or velcro shoes. We don't have any photos of this time yet because we are all so busy being active there is no one standing around to take a picture! We might be able to get some later on.
Term 1 Week 6 2014
Today we had a BVD - Bradford Values Day - a special time when we all celebrate those children who are working at the top level of our class expectation chart. In keeping with our gardening theme we decorated some biscuits to look like flowers growing in dirt. We used chocolate icing as our dirt and cut up marshmallows to be the flowers complete with some sprinkles in the centre. They were very very sweet!!! We had some left over biscuits, sprinkles and chocolate icing so we got to take a chocolate biscuit 'sandwich' home in our lunchbox for later. Here are a couple of photos of some of the children enjoying their biscuits.
Term 1 Week 5 2014
We have been learning about the main things plants need to grow. They are water, soil, air and light. We have started an experiment to see what would happen if some of these things were missing. We have some pottles in the classroom growing little lettuce plants and we have labels on them to show what we have taken away.
These pictures show the first two pottles. One has all that it needs - it will get water, sun (light), air and soil.
The second pottle has a lid taped on so no air can get in but it has soil, light and we will give it some water.
The first pottle will get no water over the next couple of weeks but it has light, air and soil.
The second pottle has no dirt...well, there is a little bit on the roots that didn't shake off but not much.We will still give it some water, light and air.
The last pottle is covered by a box so no light gets to the plant. This is what it looked like at the start of our experiment - nice and green. What will it look like after some time with no sun??
We think we know what will happen. We think the plants without light, soil, air and water will probably die and the plant that has all it needs will probably grow really well. We will take some more photos next week to see what happens and make comparisons.
Term 1 Week 4 2014
On Tuesday we went for a walk to Glenelg street to view some gardens belonging to some Bradford schoolmates. We were surprised that these gardens existed in the middle of the city. There were lots of trees, a stream, a duckpond, big gardens, small gardens and lots of nooks and crannies to explore. We saw chickens, play areas, a few hidey-holes and even a skink garden.
Here we are looking at an amazing vegetable garden.
There were so many different types of vegetables to spot.
This is the duck pond. We saw a few happy ducks waddling around. There were fruit trees
hanging over laden with apples and pears.
We didn't see any skinks but they like living in these little clay pipes/tunnel houses and warm in the sun on the rocks.
The worm farm converts kitchen scraps into compost and worm tea to feed the plants in the garden.
We saw some of the worms from under the scraps.
We were quite inspired by this visit and talked about our gardens. We found that there were lots of interesting gardens
at our homes too.
Term 1 Week 3 2014
We had some special visitors today at Bradford School. Some very well trained dogs came with their owners to show us all their tricks. We oohed and aahed and thought how cute they were as they went through their paces.
There were 9 dogs altogether and they all had something to show us. One could even fly like a helicopter....sort of...see the photos below.
We learned how to treat dogs. They don't like hard pats on the head but they often like a little tickle or scratch under their chins. They like to be left alone when they are eating...a bit like us - we don't want someone taking our food either! It is always a good idea to ask the owner before getting close to dogs as some are more friendly than others.
We loved the visit from the Dogmatic show and we hope they come back again sometime.
Term 1 Week 2 2014
We have started to learn our mihi this week. This is a way of introducing ourselves in Maori. We have echoed each line after Mrs O'Donnell has said it so we can listen to the sounds and then have a go ourselves. Soon we will be able to say it on our own.
If you click on the Mihi button on the right hand side under subpages you will go to a page where you can see a little video of Mrs O'D saying her mihi. Click on the picture of Mrs O'D at the bottom of the page to get the video to play.
Ours is the same except we put our name in instead of Mrs O'Donnell's. Have a listen and see if you can say your mihi.
Ko Bradford toku kura.
Ko __________ toku ingoa.
Tena koutou, tena koutou,
Tena koutou katoa.
Term 1 Week 1 2014
Today we went to class in a truck....no, not travelling in a truck....we were sitting inside a truck learning!! It sounds strange but the Life Education mobile classroom was parked in our school driveway and we were allowed to go in for a visit.
We met Richard and Harold the giraffe. We learnt about how special we are and what our body needs. We didn't realise but we have some doctors in Room 3 - experts in the human body! It was amazing what we knew about our body and how to keep it happy and healthy. Our bodies need-
- to be clean
- to be safe
- and LOVE!
We have a few photos but as it was darkish inside the truck and Mrs O was using the i-pad the photos may not be the clearest!
Term 1 Week 1 2014
Hello everyone in Room 3!! I hope you are all looking forward to coming back to school and meeting up with your friends again! It has been such a long time since we have been together. I'm sure there are lots of shorter haircuts and longer legs and you will all have some great adventures to tell me about.
All you need to remember to bring at this stage is your lunch box and water bottle and your reading folder if you have it in your school bag. See you in Room 3!!