Sunday, 29 March 2015

Week 9: No Homework

All readers are currently due back to school for end of term stock take and organisation. If you have any lying around and home, they will be gladly welcomed back to school! Library books are also due back.

As it is a short week, and readers are currently due back, there will be no Homefun this week. Basic facts sheets will still go home - the weekly test will be moved to Thursday instead.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Logan finds a white butterfly!

This other week Logan caught a little surprise in his hands. He had captured a white butterfly! The children had lots of debate about whether it was a moth or a butterfly. After we released the butterfly, Logan jumped on a computer to find out more information. 

I found a white butterfly. I was not sure if it was a moth or not. Nether was Miss Chalmers but the rest of the class fort it was a moth. We looked it up it on google. It was a butterfly. This is a white butterfly and it eats cabbage. He escaped out the window afterwards.  - By Logan


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Mathletics Champions Week 7

Wowee, it was close this week! Because it was a such race to the finish line, we decided to show the top five Mathletes this week. Well done, children!

(A friendly reminder that Mathletics subscriptions will be cancelled if they are not paid in full by the end of the term)

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Blog Buddies!

Room 15 now has a blog buddy class! Do you remember Mrs Kate Clarke? Of course you do! She's teaching a class of Year 3 and 4 children at Glenbrook School and they are keen to be our blogging pals.


They get up to some seriously cool stuff in their class. We might have to be copy cats on a few of their fun activities! They even have a Symbaloo, just like us. Maybe you could check out some of the sites they use? Hopefully they will enjoying looking at our blog too. What post of ours do you think they will like the best?

Your writing task for Homefun this week is to write a comment on Te Marama's blog. We have been learning how to write quality blog comments. You can use these guidelines to help you.

Don't forget, Mrs Clarke will be checking your comments before you post them. I'm sure she won't publish boring comments that aren't written well!

Once you've written a comment on their blog, come back to our blog and write a comment about what you saw there.

I can't wait to get to know our blog buddies a bit better!

Friday, 13 March 2015

Week 6 Mathletics Champions

It's become a bit of a tradition in Room 15 to find out who our top Mathletics users are every Friday. We have two new "top three" students this week. This is the second time Elijah has made the list. Ka pai, boys!

P.S - do you like using Mathletics? At the moment every student has been given a login. If you haven't paid for your subscription, then your login will stop working at the end of this term. It's not too late - subscriptions can still be paid to the office before the end of Week 9 ($30). 

Popsicle Stick Challenge

(Alert: here's a cool activity to do at home with your family)

Today we watched a video tutorial showing us how to make "Popsicle Stick Bombs". These were the youtube clips we watched:

We were super excited to give it a go. Miss Chalmers printed out instructions for two different types we could make. We got into the co-operative groups that Mr Narot's been helping us with (we'll tell you more about that later). The challenge was waaaaay trickier than we thought it would be. Our class was unbelievably quiet because everyone was concentrating so hard. We worked at it for almost 45 minutes! Sadly, no one managed to get it to work. Not even Miss Chalmers or Mrs Gregory!

We won't give up though. You will definitely hear from us again about this challenge. Stay tuned for videos from our very own class about how to make Popsicle Stick Bombs (although we better figure it out ourselves first!).

Here's our reflection about our challenge. We had lots of discussion about how learning can be very difficult sometimes, and the importance of persevering and not giving up.


Hi, children! I was so excited about this challenge (and annoyed that I couldn't get it right!) that I came home to practice some more. Meet my brother, Greg, who came to visit for dinner tonight. He's very clever and great at building things. Can you believe he took only 5 minutes to make one a metre long??!!! I just went to get my camera out when it exploded! Do you think maybe Gracie touched it??

Miss Chalmers with Gracie and Greg
Getting started is the hardest part

Wednesday, 11 March 2015


Watch out! There's a dragon in Room 15! Have you seen him yet? He's scaly and spiky and oh so fierce!

Remember our post about Chinese New Year a while back? We learnt all about dragons in Chinese tradition and culture. Then we got to talking about the different dragons we had read about in books and seen in movies. Before we knew it we were doing lots of dragon learning! We now have a big dragon hanging in our classroom, which we made out of colour-wheels. Mrs Gregory was so clever getting him to stay hanging up! We also wrote similes to describe the dragon (that's the fire you can see coming out of his mouth). On our "INCREDIBLE" writing wall, we have also displayed the narratives we wrote. We worked on these narratives for 4 sessions. We learnt about the structure of a narrative, how to edit our draft and how to use some interesting language features like onomatopoeia.

Here are our stories, too. Some of them are a bit hard to read, so parents will have to check them out in person tomorrow night at goal setting conferences :)

P.S - I'm sorry Charlie and Majesti - I can't seem to find your stories. We will will have a hunt for them later.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Changes to Spelling Homefun

The Pukeko team teachers have recently reviewed our spelling procedures for Homefun. We have made a few changes, starting this week, to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all of our students. We will continue to work from the Essential Spelling List, and children will still be placed into groups based on assessment data. Instead of having only 5-8 words sent home each week, we will be sending home the whole list for each group. The number of words your child will bring home depends on what group they are in.  We find that the difficulty of the words in each list varies a lot. This means that your child can focus solely on practising the words they don’t know how to spell. Because there are a large number of words in each list, groups will now be tested on alternate weeks. i.e. Groups 1-3 will be tested this week, Groups 4-6 will be tested next week. If your child passes with more than 90% they will move up the to the next list. I will continue to send home suggestions on how to practise spelling words each week. Families can choose how many words they think is suitable to practise each night. As always, please let me know if you have any questions. (P.S - I have labelled this post "Spelling" so that you can always find it on the right-hand side of our blog)

Here is the Essential Spelling List that the Pukeko Team work from:

Bits and Bobs from Week 5

Reremoana School Art Competition

We sure do have some fantastic artists at Reremoana School! This week we had over 100 students sign up to take part in our art competition, including some of our very own Room 15 children. Check out what they produced without any help from an adult:

Goal Setting Conferences:

We look forward to seeing you this Thursday for goal setting conferences. A few reminders:
  • This is a very short time for children to share their learning goals with their families. If you have anything else you would like to discuss, please feel free to book an appointment with me outside of goal setting conferences to ensure we have enough time together. 
  • Please remember to send the "pick up form" back to school. It's very important that we know where each child is supposed to be when we finish school at 1pm on Thursday. I will ring around on Wednesday night for those who don't return the forms (I understand that they sometimes get lost in the book bag mail system!!!)

Week 5 Mathletics Champions 

Here are the highest users for Mathletics this week. Way to go, children!

And Katy - you weren't far behind with 2016 points :)

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Mathletics Champions!

Hey children, guess what? I bet you didn't know I could log on to Mathletics to check how often you are all using it. I'm just like a spy! I was very impressed to see that most of you are using it regularly as part of your Homefun routine. Go you! Below are the three "Mathletics Champions" from last week. Why don't you try to beat them this week? Remember, you get points for doing Live Mathletics, but you get the most points by completing activities or tasks.

The top Mathletics users for the whole year so far are:
Ashton - 9675 points
Elijah - 8341 points
Sean - 6468 points