Wednesday, 14 June 2017

What am I?

This week in class we have had a shared  book called Tails and Claws.  It gives you clues about an animal and then it tells you what it is.  So in writing we have been doing something similar. 

Everyone has created some fantastic work.  The focus has been on adding adjectives to add even more detail to our work.  Some of us have moved onto publishing because they were so fantastic.  

Initially we published some for our walls.  










Then some of us decided to publish using explain everything.  When we published on explain everything we decided that we wanted to use 2 different slides.  One for our clues and one for our answer to make our work more interesting for people watching it.  When we had put all the writing in, we recorded ourselves.  The finished work is what we are most proud of.  You can see a few examples below the pictures of our initial slide set up.














Watch out for more examples coming VERY SOON!!!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Zaviers Tuatara Animal Report

Last week we continued with our animal reports and researching different animals.  One of the creatures we talked about (but didn't get around to looking into in detail) was the Tuatara.

Over the weekend Zavier did his own research and brought it back to share this morning.  It was a fantastic example of an animal recount from a year 2.  Well done Zavier.  Mrs S and I were so impressed with how your had researched, and written your report, that instead of doing more research with the rest of the class, you were able to move straight into publishing your report to share.  Well done on your amazing work.


Maths Standards Wall

Since our interactive board was fixed and we have been doing maths warm-ups in Room 6 again we have had a big focus on our maths standards learning wall.  So far the children have been mainly focusing on counting forwards and backwards in ones, twos, fives, and tens which has supported by both classroom warm-ups and learning sessions.

The Children all have a goal that they are trying to achieve.  Initially this was teacher selected, but now that the children are getting the hang of it they will select their own.  They then use their spare (or 'can-do') time in class to practice these independently.  When they feel like they are achieving this goal they write them name up in a special space, so we can check them during the day or maths session.

This morning we introduced the children to a new maths warm-up focus of 'what makes 10' and the video below is one that they enjoyed using and wanted shared on our blog so they could revisit it at home and at school to practice for their maths standards wall and our current classroom strategy focus.


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Animal Reports Continued

Here are a few examples of Animal reports we have been working on in class.  We planned to share these as part of our assembly on Friday, and at the last minute we decided it would look cool to be green screened so EVERY ONE could see and hear our wonderful reports.  Here are two that we recorded.  These also will become a rewindable learning experience as we can look back to see how and what to include in animal reports in the future.



We recorded a third but I have to say we are really proud of the third child who said that his was not up to the standard of putting it up on our blog.  This highlights how we talk with the students about posting quality posts.  Well done Mason.  We look forward to re-recording your this week.

Backwards Rabbit

Here is the song that we sung in assembly on Friday.  The children in room 5 & 6 recreated the video.  First they created a story board to help them decide what video shots to take, Next they got an older child to help them take the shots and finally we put it all together using iMovie.  We hope you enjoy.


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Animal Reports

Many children in our class are really engaged in our current writing topic of Animal Reports.  A number of children have been so excited about researching topics that they have been doing so at home as well as at school.  

The diagram below is one we created to help the children in class to remember the things that need to be included in an animal report, and this is helping them with their research at school.   This may support any one at home wishing to continue doing research.  

Feel free to email your findings to us, or take pictures of your child's work (or you researching together) which can be a lot of fun.  We always love sharing these at morning news time.

HAPPY RESEARCHING!!!




Friday, 19 May 2017

Our Skype to Daniel

Joel :  Today we skyped with Daniel over in Canada.  We had lots of fun.

Kyle :  We saw a loader, lots of be birds and also an airstrip.  We have come up with some questions to ask Daniel next time we Skype with him...

'What do you use the loader for?'
'Why did you need to have the fuel brought in to your airstrip?'

Stella :  It was great seeing the Moose antlers that had been painted golden, and the Beaver skull with the orange tooth for chewing wood.  Next time we Skype we want to ask Daniel...

'Why is the tooth Orange that it chews wood with?"
Also what happens now that the ice is melting and their homes are getting exposed?

Mikayla :  We learn't that Daniel and his family carry pepper spray in-case they get attacked by a bear, but that they have to be 3 feet away for it to be effective.  We also learn't that black bears can actually be white as well which sounded really interesting.  We will have to look up more about black bears for next time we Skype with Daniel.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Pepeha Learning

In Te Reo this term we are revisiting our Pepeha learning from last term.  This week Mrs G snuck some of us out into the resource room next to our class to create a class Pepeha movie.  This was so we could revisit what we have been doing whenever we need to.  This is what we call rewindable learning.

We loved going out in small groups to create this movie.  We used do-ink on the iPads, and when we stood infront of the green fabric the background looked different on our iPad.  It made our movie look much more interesting.

We also decided that instead of just putting up a class Pepeha that we would have the question followed by the answer in Te Reo so we could not only practice the different parts of our Pepeha but we could also learn about asking and answering a question.

Enjoy our first movie on this topic, and if you have any ideas of other rewindable learning movies you would like to see on our blog make sure you comment so we can look into creating these.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Back into it with 30 night reading certificates


Well done Jake and Lucas on achieving your 30 night reading certificates.  Jake with all the reading you have done last year and this year, it is no wonder that you have flown from NZ and are now flying around the world with your reading levels.  Lucas you have made such fantastic improvements since you started in our class this year.  Make sure you keep it up when you move on to your next school later this month!

Also thank you Jayme for being the photographer so we made sure we captured this achievement. Mrs S and I love having such independent students in our class.  

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Team Maunga's Hungry Caterpillar Breakout

At the start of the term the teachers for Team Maunga had a breakout planned, but we had to wait for a few technical things to be resolved so we could access all the links for this breakout.  

Finally we were able to have a go at it.  The kids loved it, and learn't more about how to work together and how to help each other with clues so they could break in to the box quicker.  This lead to some fantastic re-crafting to need, writing and discussions about what the breakout was for and why this is important.  Hopefully we will be able to share these on this blog in the next few days as well.

Below is a link to the movie we create to help the children to remember what they did (rewindable learning), and help them see ways to improve for next time.  It is also great for sharing how our Tamariki learning together.  



Looking at this again we can see how our Kaikohekohe Education Network mission statement, "Learning together is empowering", is so important right from the early years of school.  We hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

More reading night certificates

Well done to these fantastic readers.  It's no wonder you are flying around NZ at the moment.  You do lots of reading at school and at home!  Keep it up!  

I wonder who will be next?


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Te Ika O Maui

As part of our school wide inquiry Room 5 & 6 have been looking at Myths and Legends.  This week we have been focusing on Te Ika O Maui (The Fish of Maui).

Our accelerated writing group have also been focusing on this as part of their learning.  Here is an explain everything that helped them to get their ideas sorted.  This group of children then shared this with the class to help them with their learning.  Fantastic work.


Here is an example of a year 1's writing that came from this work today.





Thursday, 30 March 2017

More home reading certificates

Here are some more certificates that were awarded today!  Well done.  Keep up that home reading and fly around NZ and the world!


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Lucas learns to ride

After our school triathlon Lucas has been determined to get going on a push bike.  Here he is zooming around among the other kids during our swimming/bike time.  Well done Lucas.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Reading Night Certiicates

This week we have had a group of children gain their first home reading certificates of the year!  Well done to you all and keep up that home reading.  Here are a few photos of them with their proud looks on their faces.  We are are so proud of their efforts and are very impressed at how they are progressing.  

You can see from the photo on the right photo a map of NZ.  This is a way of the children knowing what reading level they are on and where they need to be by the end of 1 year and the end of 2 years at school.  The children love being able to move their plane to a new location as they move through their reading levels.  Check it out next time you are in our class, and ask your child about where they are.  Also don't forget to ask them what their reading goals are as they are reading to you.


Friday, 24 March 2017

School Triathlon

Today was the day of the School Triathlon.  Our kids did SOOOOOOO well.  Watch this space for examples of writing that the children do on their Triathlon experience.

Sorry no other photos as I was too busy helping the kids transition with the bikes!  We had a parent kindly take photos and movies so when we get these we will share them with you.



Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Milk in Schools

We had a visitor (Tracy) come to our school to share with us the importance of folding our milk cartons properly so they can be sent off to be recycled into some really cool things, including; books, roof tiles, desk tops ...

We then wrote stories about this.  Here is one Dakota has put into an explain everything presentation for you.  Also here are some photos of us practicing our folding in the afternoon.







Visitor from the US

Today we had a visitor in our school who enjoyed seeing how we learn and interact with each other.  She was interested in how we link our inquiry into all aspects of our learning and how we work with each other.  Nice meeting you Sherry!


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Maths learning - Tens and Ones

In maths we have been focusing on place value, and learning about how we read/say/make numbers that have tens and ones.  Here you can see a group of children working together to solve some problems on our teaching station.  They have been also learning how to complete similar activities on the iPads and will be able to share that on our blog shortly.




Monday, 20 March 2017

Writing - What is it?

 Today Daniel and his mum came in with a special 'what is it?' question.  We all discussed we thought it might be and why we thought it might be that.  We even got to touch it.  In the end Daniel told us it was a broadbill fish (AKA Swordfish).

 Image result for broadbill fish
We then choose to change our writing focus for the day so that we could write about such a magic experience.  Thank you Daniel and your family!


Friday, 17 March 2017

Visible learning here we come!

Visible learning is happening in our classroom already but we are all just a little excited about getting our board going again.  The children have really been missing being able to look up and see what we are up to next.  

Its not until you don't have something sometimes, that you really work out how much you use it.



SADLY ... 

We have been unable to mount the projector as we were sent the wrong parts so fingers crossed we get it up and going shortly.

Watch this space.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Mini Inquiries - student led

I have to say SORRY to all the parents of children in the Jets and Bicycles who have been bombarded with children bring crickets to and from school.  This has also becoming a class wide experience as more children get recruited to find crickets in the playground.

Last week the children had a book about crickets, and I encouraged them to make a cricket house, and research crickets.  They loved making these and taking them home, with crickets inside.  This kind of learning has continued at school I promise you, with children overturning rocks and chasing crickets all around the playground.  They have also looked up books in the library and enjoyed re-reading the cricket book we had used in class.

This has been a fantastic learning context for the children so please bear with it and remember to ask them questions about what they are learning.  If you have time you could also look up information about crickets together.  Feel free to email me information and photos of your experiences together!
kariene@ohaeawaiprimary.co.nz





Tuesday, 28 February 2017


We had a great day with Tracey learning how to be safe in the water with a life jacket. We learnt how 'tight is right!' To have our jacket snug and tight to help keep us safe. We also learnt how to huddle together and kick in a line.
We can't wait until tomorrow when Beth comes in to follow on with our water safety learning. 

Team Maunga Movie

Here is a movie the kids created to share with their parents at the 'Meet the Teacher' evening.  

Hope you enjoy.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Our spider pets

Today we read the book My Spider Pet. As a follow-up activity we made our very own spider pets. Scared or cute? You decide­čśä


Monday, 13 February 2017

Our Chocks return from their holiday

Today our chocks returned from their amazing holiday at the Munfords.  A group of us got to take the chocks around and release them back in their house.  Here is a video that Te-Marama took of us.  She did an amazing job.  Well done Te Marama.


Thursday, 2 February 2017

C is for

This morning Jake and Mikayla turned up at school with some Crazy Cool Creations.  They had both used lego to make something that started with C.  




Jake Created a Camper van that was going camping.  



Mikayla created Camping car.  







Well done you two!  Love seeing your creativity.


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

WELCOME to 2017

Wow!  What a fantastic Day we have had today in Team Maunga.   We all worked hard to create our literacy and numeracy place mats, and some of us even got to dye them this afternoon.  Also this afternoon Mrs G took a small group outside to create a hut that we will now be able to get Matua Ken to help us finish off.  Here are a few movie clips that the students created of themselves making this hut.

Today we looked at the letter C.  They have been set a challenge to create something that starts with the letter C.  This might be a picture of a cat, or a catapult made of toothpicks, or anything else they wish to create.  The children can either bring it to school, email, or draw pictures of what they have created.  We will share these at news time.

Please remember that on the stationary list that went home this afternoon you only need the items at the top of the list.  The items in the bottom box are only if you need to replace these items from last year.  However each student will need a portfolio.  You can either choose to take out what was in your child's portfolio last year and return this one, or you could purchase a new one.

We are still waiting for the swimming pool to be ready and will let you know when daily swimming will start.  We will also confirm your child’s library days when groups are finalised. Spelling this year looks to be really exciting.  We are moving away from our previous lists to align with the essential words lists.  All children will be tested over the next few days and following this we will send home the appropriate list in your child’s learning journal.   We are looking for spelling testers.  If you are available to do this please let either Mrs G or Mrs S know.  

Feel free to contact us at any time, or pop in for a chat.  sarahjane@ohaeawaiprimary.co.nz   kariene@ohaeawaiprimary.co.nz


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Room 5 & 6's Fill a Stocking - Advent Calendar

Here is the Advent Calendar that Room 5 & 6 made.  The idea came from Mrs G's class from last year.  It relates to the 'Fill a Bucket' book series that compliment our school values.  Please share and discuss this at home.  Feel free to send us photos of your children doing things on the calendar.


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Reading for Report Writing

This week we have been learning how to write reports.  Mrs Gardiner was back in class today so the Centipede and Snails reading groups were introduced to their independent reading projects for this week and next.

Here are a few examples of their work.  Well done!