Next weekend it will be our school's Agricultural Day so we have been talking a lot about farm animals. Here are the some sheep we made with paper plates and cotton wool balls.
Welcome back to Term 4! This week we were thrilled to welcome 7 new students into our class.
Next weekend it will be our school's Agricultural Day so we have been talking a lot about farm animals. Here are the some sheep we made with paper plates and cotton wool balls.
We all helped to paint a background for a wall display for our sheep to go on.
This term we will have a weekly art session with our specialist art teacher Mrs Gunnell. Mrs Gunnell is going to link our artwork in with our topic 'In The Garden'. This week we started on our backgrounds and learned about warm colours and cool colours.
For maths we were learning about multiplication. In our class this means we learn about 'Equal Sharing'. Mrs Thompson read us a book called 'The Doorbell Rang' in which a family had to share cookies with lots of people who kept coming to the door, and then we had to problem solve to share 'cookies' equally in our groups.
This week we have had lots of time to explore our classroom and play with all our new friends.
This week we continued with our experiments. We were looking at irreversible changes. Firstly we made pikelets. We all had turns to mix the ingredients, and then we flipped our pikelets in the frypan.
We then put jam and on the pikelets and ate them. They were delicious. As we were eating them, we called out some 'WOW' words to Mrs Thompson. WOW words are describing words. We then used these WOW words in our stories. Come in to the classroom to see our pikelet stories displayed.
The next day we made hokey pokey. We talked about how our magic ingredient, baking soda, reacted with the other ingredients to make a gas. The gas made the hokey pokey bubble up. We ate the hokey pokey and it was crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Again we used WOW words to describe the hokey pokey.
On Tuesday morning we all walked down the hall to watch the Manuka syndicate's show "Coatesville Country Calendar". It was very funny!
This week we have been looking at 2D shapes. Here we are using the shapes to make pictures.
Kia ora koutou katoa. Greetings, hello to you all.
This week was Maori Language Week. We read lots of stories, played lots of games and did lots of activities so we could practice our Te Reo, and learn about Maori Tikanga (culture).
Here are some words we have been learning that you might like to use at home:
Ata Marie - good morning
Morena - good morning
Ka kite ano - see you soon
Whakarongo Mai - listen to me
Titiro Mai - look at me
E tu - stand up
E noho - sit down
Ka Pai - well done and thank you
Here we are learning to understand and say some common colours in maori. We made a colour bingo game and we sang the song 'Ma is White'.
We read a story called 'Kahu And The Taniwha'. We then drew a taniwha and wrote a story about the book.
Here are the finished results. Aren't they cool?
Miss Winson and Room 5 taught us how to use poi. We learned the poi action song E Rere Taku Poi. It was quite tricky but Mrs Thompson thought we did really well.
Over the past few weeks we have been working hard on our Maui and The Sun artworks. Here they are all finished and displayed for our whanau to see.
And lastly, a big goodbye to our Room 8 friends who will be moving into Room 2 on Monday.
Wow! It's been another week with lots of experimenting going on!
We have been investigating changes of state (liquid to solid to gas) and talking about how some changes are reversible and some are irreversible. This week we mixed ingredients together to explore irreversible changes.
Firstly we made bread. We mixed all the ingredients together and when the bread was cooked we talked about whether or not we could get the ingredients back out of the bread. Oh, and it tasted pretty delicious too!
Then we made icecream. Here is the recipe we read and followed...
We have been talking about describing words, so while we were eating icecream we called out words to describe the icecream. Come into the classroom to see our writing.
We also made slime using lux flakes and warm water. We all needed to mix the ingredients together with our hands. At first the slime was watery but as the day went on, it got more and more slimy.
On Thursday Room 12 invited us to their classroom to share their number stories with us. We loved hearing the big kids talking to us about their learning. Thanks Room 12.
Lastly, here is a couple of photos of some wonderful creations our Room 8 learners have made during discovery time.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW LEARNER EESHIA!
This week we have continued with our experiments to explore the topic 'Liquids, Solids and Gases'. We turned a liquid into a solid when we made iceblocks. They were very yummy to eat (and turned back into a liquid if we didn't eat them fast enough!)
We also made slime by mixing a solid (metamucil) with a liquid (water), then heating it up in the microwave.
In maths we have been continuing to work in our small groups to learn all about numbers. Every maths session we talk about our maths target (what we need to learn). For this session, this group's target was to 'read the numbers 1 to 10'. They are playing a game to help them reach their target.
This maths group had the target to 'say the number that comes after for numbers 1 to 10'. To help them reach their target they played a game using the camels. At the end of the session they discussed how close they were to reaching their target.
On Friday we made cards for Fathers Day. We hope our Dad's liked them (along with their sleep in and breakfast in bed??)
WELCOME TO OUR TWO NEW LEARNERS IN ROOM 8, BEAU AND BOWIE!
This week we have been continuing with our topic 'Liquids, Solids and Gases'.
On Monday we made jelly. We started with a solid (jelly crystals) and added hot water to make the jelly crystals dissolve. Mrs Thompson put the jelly into the fridge and we made predictions on what would happen to the liquid in the fridge. Mrs Thompson also left one to set in the classroom.
After lunch we got the jelly's from the fridge and they had set into a solid! The one in the warm classroom had started to set a little bit, but not as much as the ones that were in the fridge.
We ate the jelly and they were really yummy.
We had one jelly left over and we wondered what would happen to it if we left it in the sun - it melted back into a liquid!
On Tuesday we remembered what the word 'dissolve' meant. Mrs Thompson then showed us 4 different solids (coffee, salt, sugar and flour) and we talked about which ones we thought would dissolve in warm water. Some of us thought these solids were liquids because we could pour them and they took the shape of their container, but when we looked at them really closely we realised they were thousands and thousands of very small solids.
We helped Mrs Thompson to stir the solids into hot water. We watched as some of them dissolved and one that didn't (the flour). We then sorted them into two groups - dissolved and not dissolved.
We really wanted to taste them so Mrs Thompson said we could... some of us thought the clear ones would taste just like water so we were very surprised that they didn't!
On Wednesday we talked about making a gas. Last week we watched Miss Parker catch the gas from a lemonade bottle in a balloon.
Today we made a volcano by mixing a solid (baking soda) with a liquid (vinegar) to make a gas (carbon dioxide). To make it look really good Mrs Thompson added some red food colouring and Bowie made a volcano shape from sand.
In maths, we have been learning about making patterns. We love to make patterns from things around the classroom. We then record these patterns in our books and share the patterns with our friends.
Last week we won the E-Award. This means we were the best class in the school at keeping outside our classroom tidy and recycling our paper.
This week we were lucky enough to have some students (and their geography teacher) from Albany Senior High bring in their sandtray. They talked to us about how they had made it with a computer to show the typography of moutains and lakes.
We also began our Maui and The Sun artworks. Stay tuned for the finished results in the next couple of weeks.
On Monday we had a visit from the fireman from the Albany Firestation. They talked to us about fire safety, showed us their fireman suit and then we were allowed to look through their fire engine.
This week we began our topic about liquids, solids and gases. For our first experiment we passed around an ice cube and talked about how it felt. We realised that as we passed it around, the ice cube got smaller and our hands were wet. It was melting. We talked about what was making the ice cube melt and after guesses of the sun and the lights we figured out our warm hands were making the ice cube melt. Mrs Thompson then put the ice cubes into a ziploc bag and sellotaped the bag to the window. We kept checking the ice cubes as the day went on and found they slowly melted and changed into water. Mrs Thompson said she would put the bag of water back into the freezer overnight so we made predictions about what would happen to the water. Most of us thought it would turn back into ice but we weren't sure what shape it would be - would it be a triangle shape? a cylinder shape? or would it turn back into ice cubes?
On Tuesday Mrs Thompson brought in a kettle to school. She filled it with water and turned on the electricity. The electricity made the kettle's hot plate warm up. We watched what happened to the water. First there were little bubbles, then there were big bubbles, then steam came out of the lip. We learnt that steam is a gas, and that when water (liquid) is heated it changes to steam (gas). Mrs Thompson put the kettle close to the window and we watched the window steam up. We were allowed to touch the window and found that the steam had changed back into water. We all talked about what made it turn back into water and we figured out that it was the cold window.
On Wednesday we talked about what the words liquid, solid and gas meant. We played with water and poured it from one container to another. Mrs Thompson then poured it over the floor and we watched it spread out. We realised that solids have their own shapes, while liquids take the shape of their container.
Mrs Thompson talked to us about molecules. We found out that in a solid the molecules are very close together and don't move around much. In a liquid the molecules are more spread out and move a bit more quickly. In a gas the molecules are really spread out and they move very fast. We played a really fun game where Mrs Thompson called out 'liquid' or 'solid' or 'gas' and we had to pretend to be molecules. If she called 'solid' we would stand still and very close together, if she called 'liquid' we would spread out and walk around the room, and if she called 'gas' we spread out far and ran around the room!
We then came back to the mat to sort out pictures into solids, liquids and gases.
We joined Miss Parker and Room 2 to do an experiment changing a liquid into a solid. We poured cream into a jar and took turns to shake the jar as hard as we could. And guess what it turned into? Butter! (and whey). Miss Parker put the butter on crackers so we could taste it. It was yummy!
You may have noticed we have a large tv screen in our room. We use our tv screen for a few different things to support our learning. At news time, our parents can email a photograph for us to talk about. We love to look at our blog on a Friday and remember all the things we learned the week before. Here are some photos showing how we can use our tv screen for maths. We sing the subitizing song and we have to quickly recognise number patterns and then call them out.
We also use our screen for Go Noddle which is a fun website where we dance along to a number of songs. This involves lots of co-ordination and body awareness - and it also gets our brains ready for the morning's learning.
This term our maths strand focus is on algebra. We are learning all about patterns. This week we made a pattern using maths equipment. We spoke about our patterns and then we changed chairs and tried to continue a friend's pattern.
And lastly, here are some more photos of this week's learning in Room 8....
This week we finished our Firewise Programme. Here are some of the children learning about being firewise. Kaylee and Beau B are doing a puppet show using our firewise characters. And Hayden is sequencing some magnetic pictures in the correct order of our Firewise big book.
In our final lesson we spoke about when and how to dial 111 in an emergency. We all had a turn dialling 111 on our class telephone. We learned to ask for the service we required, then said our name and address. Here are some drawings showing us calling 111. We have been learning about speech bubbles and speech marks so we added a speech bubble to our drawing too.
As part of our literacy programme, our students learn correct letter formations through the Casey the Caterpillar handwriting programme. They first learn to draw a range of shapes found in the Casey the Caterpillar Story. These shapes include a tall stick, a short stick, a hanging stick, a possum tail, a snake shape, a feeler, a ladybug spot, a cup, a closed gate, an open mouth, a wide open mouth, sloping sticks, a twig, and a twirly vine.
Once they have learned to draw the shapes, they can put the shapes together to correctly form letters. For example, an 'a' is an open mouth and a short stick, a 'b' is a tall stick and a closed gate and an 'f' is a feeler and a twig.
At the start of each lesson we sing a little song to get our fingers ready to hold our pencils with the correct pencil grip....
From Monday to Thursday just before lunch the whole school heads out to the court to participate in Jump Jam. Jump Jam is a fitness programme set to music. It's so much fun!
Every year, the students at Coatesville School do calendar art as a fundraiser. Room 8 have been busy working on not just one, but two, pieces of calendar art. They will be ready for parents to view this coming week.
And finally, here are a few more snaps of our busy Room 8 children .........
The Room 8 children are really enjoying creating with mobilo. Hayden has made a mobilo rubics cube, James and Ash have made a super-sized truck, Beau has made an aeroplane and Aidan has made two aeroplanes.
Macson and Beau B (our two visitors on Friday) did car racing across the table, and Hayden, Ash, James, Beau S and Macson made up a game 'robbers' game using some stones and gems.
This week Room 8 have been participating in the Firewise Programme. They have learned so much about fire safety and what to do if they hear a smoke alarm or see a fire. We will be continuing with Firewise next week.
The weather has been glorious so we have taken every opportunity this week to bring our learning outdoors. The children enjoyed time in the sandpit and playing with buckets of warm water. Poppy and Kaylee loved making sand pies, Aidan and James made a car wash for the toy cars, while Ash drew pictures with the chalk.
Even our sheepish neighbours came for a nosy....
In Room 8 our main curriculum focus is on literacy and maths. Student's work with the teacher in groups so that learning is targeted toward their individual level and needs. Here are some photos of our group learning times in literacy and maths.
Ash, Poppy and Hayden are writing stories. They each have a target they are working on and will self-assess when they are finished their stories (by colouring in either 1,2 or 3 smiley faces). The targets may be 'remembering my full-stop', 'remembering my finger spaces', 'make my picture match my story', 'find and copy sight words' or 'sound out words'. Parents are welcome to take a look in their story writing books.
Poppy, Kaylee, Ash and Hayden are playing a maths game helping them to learn to recognise patterns to 5. Any game using a dice is a great way to instantly recognise number groupings. The fancy name for this skill is 'subitizing'. We sometimes use our fingers or tens frames to instantly recognise patterns. We are getting better and better at this.
While I'm working with a group, the other children are doing independent literacy and maths games and activities.
This week the children have continued to learn in a play-based environment. I have watched them take turns with board games (learning negotiation skills and patience), help each other to build cranes from mobilo (working on oral language skills to communicate ideas) and work together to form letters on the i-pad.
They have made train tracks (developing fine motor skills and problem-solving) and used their imagination to create buildings and vehicles from the lego, duplo and mobilo (once again, developing their creative thinking, their fine motor skills, and mathematical concepts of shape sorting, colour matching and counting.
Hayden wanted to count how many wheels on his mobilo truck so we firstly counted them in ones, then realised it was quicker to count them in twos.
Poppy and Kaylee set out a delicious picnic, then created a puppet show to entertain their "baby" guest. What wonderful imaginations!
Finally, I want to say a big thank you from myself and the children of Room 8 to Beau and his parents for very kindly donating a play car mat. It has been a huge hit this week.
Welcome back to term 3! What a wonderful start to school our Room 8 students have had. They have all settled into school routines with ease.
We started our week with some crayon and dye pictures of what we did over the holiday break.
We then worked hard to write a story about our picture with Mrs Thompson's help.
Check out the display of the finished products.
We spent some time exploring the classroom and playing the games on the literacy trolley.
In Room 8 we love learning through play. When we are playing we are learning social skills, physical skills, emotional skills and cognitive skills. Our oral language skills benefit with all our talking in play. We learn how to co-operate, innovate and be creative. We are developing our fine motor skills and our gross motor skills.
Look at our amazing self-portraits.