Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Remembering the ANZACs by Dominic

Remembering the ANZAC's

Thursday 23rd April 2015 

On a dark clear night I went on a plane to Wellington at 10 o'clock at night!  My brother and I stayed awake the whole way.  When we got to Wellington it was 11 o'clock at night, when we got to my aunty's house it was 11:30pm, we were already for bed because we flew down wearing our Pj's.  Me, my brother Ashton and my mum were the only ones who went to Wellington. Daddy had to stay home and look after Jessie (Jessie is pregant) and Buzz our dogs. 

Friday 24th April 2015

In the morning we went to a ANZAC Parade in the City, the first thing we saw was horses with a band around there head with a white screen coming down. There were soldiers riding them, there were a lot of horses.  There were soldier cars, big Army trucks, there weren't any Army tanks. After the whole show, I got interviewed by a One News reporter. They asked me which part I liked. I said "the whole thing!". I felt really excited to be on the news. 

Saturday 25th April 2015

It was cold and dark, my family, my aunty Jenna and cousin Annabel (Annabel is 3 or 4 years old)  went to the Dawn Parade and service, there was a really tall tower and it was white.  We had to stand behind cars because they reckon there were about 4,000 people.  There was a LOUD ANZAC gun fire. I didn't get a fright, but my little brother Ashton and my cousin Annabel did. There was a lot of talking, lots of different Chiefs talking about war.  It was 8:30 in the morning when it finished and we went to a Restaurant for breakfast, the Restaurant was called Spruce Goose, we didn't end up going there but it would take too long for our breakfast to come. We went to Burger King and we all got a crown.   

By Dominic.

P.S - You can see Dominic on the news by clicking on this link. He turns up after 18.10 minutes.
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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Bits and Bobs from Week 1, Term 2

Welcome back, everyone! We've had a great first week back at school. Stay tuned next week for a blog post about all the ANZAC learning that has been happening in Room 15.

In the mean time, here's a few bits and bobs from this week:

A New Face in Room 15:
Welcome to Reremoana School, Reilly! Reilly started in Room 15 on Monday. He is a Year 3 student and an expert artist. We have seen a few of his drawings already - they are amazing! We hope you like it at your new school, Reilly :)

Spelling Homefun:
You may have noticed that there weren't any spelling words in this week's Homefun. I apologise for this. We have been finding it very hard to fit testing in each Friday, now that the lists include so many more words. We solved this problem on Friday by putting "expert spellers" in charge in taking spelling testing. It worked a treat! Spelling Homefun will resume next week.

Mathletics Champions!
Congratulations to these fabulous mathematicians who all scored over 1000 points this week :)

Did somebody say 'Friday'??!! Our favourite day of the week!

Families and friends: Please leave us a comment! We love to hear what you think about our learning. What did you think about our singing?

Term 1, Week 9 - Play-dough Play-time!

Here's a video that's been sitting on Miss Chalmers' computer waiting patiently to be uploaded to our blog. Last term we began our inquiry study into local ecosystems. We had been focusing on the rocky shore, in particular. After a few weeks of learning about different creatures and organisms amongst the rock pools, we decided to present our learning in a fun and creative way....playdough rock pools!

Now, we understand that to you these might look like piles of big, blobby, bluey, goop, but really, a lot of learning was happening during this lesson:

  • Listening carefully and following instructions
  • Reading a recipe
  • Measuring ingredients using standard forms of measurement (Cups, Tablespoons, teaspoons and grams)
  • Talking about eco-systems, creature names and features of a rock pool
  • Learning how to work together as a team (turn taking, delegating jobs and responsibilities, settling disagreements by coming to a compromise)
But most of all...we had fun!

Families and friends: Why not leave a comment below? Did you explore rock pools as a child? What sorts of creatures did you find? We would love for you to share a story with us.