Wednesday, April 29, 2009

TGiF (On Wednesday!)

We had a great day today during our first rotation of Thank Goodness its Friday Programme. All the classes were mixed up and we headed off to different classes to take part in lots of exciting things:
Mr Hull: Science experiments. Explanations as to what is happening and why.
Miss Postma: Art – Andy Warhole using the digital cameras. Looking at shading and adding colour
Mrs Hooke: Components of an Orchestra to prepare for a visit to the Vector Orchestra later later in Term. Also learning how to play the ukulele!
Miss Edwards: Drama – Childhood family and friendship relationships using picture books as a motivation. Acting out different scenarios.
Mrs MacPherson: Te Reo Kori – sticks/movements and games.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A visit from the Regional Council

Room 15 and 9 had a special visitor from the Greater Wellington Regional Council today. Callum came to speak to us about the water catchment and what creatures live in this area. We learned a lot about the effects humans have had on this area and ways we can look after our waterways.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Take Action for Water

Click here to play some cool games and activities from the Take Action Programme.

Welcome to Term 2

I hope you all had a lovely break and enjoyed all those easter eggs.

We have a busy term ahead of us with lots of activities planned and sports activities. A quick run down of what we will be doing:
* INQUIRY - this term we will be studying Take Action for Water. This unit has a large science focus. Keep an eye on the blog for up-dates and links for this unit.
* MATHS - Addition and subtraction
* WRITING - Non-chronological reports on animals. This will be linked with our inquiry unit.
* P.E. - Cross country & Large ball skills
* ART - Painting landscapes

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Camp Safety Inquiry

After attending Forest Lakes in week 6 we decided to create safety presentations on various activities from camp. In groups we brainstormed possible hazards that could occur, ways we can prevent these hazards from happening and equipment that is required to carry out the activity safely. We used a variety of methods to present our work including wall charts, power point and keynote presentations.
After we completed our presentations we used a rubric to peer assess our work. We we assessing the overall layout of the presentation, the content and ideas and the accuracy of our spelling and punctuation.
We also completed a self assessment, reflecting on how well we participated in our group and how we managed ourselves throughout the inquiry process.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Camp Recount by Caleb

Here is just a taster of the quality writing which has been published on the Room 15 writing log. Well done Caleb!!!

The Mudslide
By Caleb Hewson
I stared up at the massive, black mudslide. Instantly I was terrified by the sight of it. Despite that I was really excited. Then I slowly began climbing up the steps, the mud squelching in between my cold toes. Eventually I reached the peak of the terror-filled mudslide. My body shaking in the wind. I fixed my eyes on the mud at the bottom. I could smell the foul stench of cow manure. Suddenly a volt of fear shot through me like electricity. Then I turned around, I could hear kids screaming and shouting in excitement! When the kids came to the top of the slide I let them past me. Scared. Cold. I didn't know what to do? Suddenly I heard a giant splash! By the looks of it I could see BenV climbing up the steps. It was my turn. I was horrified but I forced myself. I could see the detergent dribbling down the slide like a snake. Anyway I jumped and landed on the slide. I was zooming down as fast as a jaguar could run! The freezing water was spraying up in my face. Without time to think about anything I hit the mud! It was cold and awful. So I immediately hurried out of the water like a hungry jackal looking for food. “Man that was awesome!!!!” I screeched. Then I sprinted up the muddy path again and went on the awesome fun-filled mudslide again. After about fifty goes I thought it was the best and most fun slide ever!!I was so proud of myself and so were my friends.

By Caleb Hewson

Monday, April 6, 2009

Our Writing Blog Has Started!

We have finally got our writing blog underway! Please click on the link in the sidebar to view writing that has been written by members of Room 15. Hopefully there are no errors (or very few) in our writing because we have worked through the entire writing process of planning, drafting, editing, re-crafting, conferencing and publishing.
Our first examples of writing are from our recount unit where we wrote about our experiences from Forest Lakes Camp.
We would love for you to leave a comment and give us feedback on our work.