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Friday 26 May
Congratulations to Brianna who earned a GOLD certificate for Mathletics today. This is fantastic! Zoe also earned her silver award.
Today we planted our lettuce seeds that we received at our Tread Lightly session. Students have taken these home to see if they can grow - How do we care for these? How long until we see shoots appear? How do those teeny seed turn into lettuce?
This morning Room 6 got a surprise when Mr Williams popped in to say that Gary had said we were the best class in the school for sorting our rubbish correctly. Since we got our new bins we have been learning about which things go in which bins. We had a good idea and then Ms Sims gave us some more information on Wednesday when we had a lesson with her. One of the tasks she got us to do was sort the pile of rubbish below into the correct bins. Super work Room 6 - we are doing well with our rubbish!

Tuesday 23 May
This afternoon was our Tread Lightly Caravan session. It was really interesting. Groups got to rotate around five different stations linked to rubbish, recycling, energy and our environment. Thanks to Mrs Arkinstall and Mrs Schollum who came along to help us. Check out the photos to see some of what we did.
So much of the rubbish that gets put into our landfills doesn't break
down and is still there in many years time. How can we reduce,
reuse and recycle to have less actual rubbish?
Inside the caravan we got to use the fancy microscope to look at
things found in our gardens and our environment - bees, snails,
worms, gorse...
What things go down our drains and then what happens to it once
it goes down there? We found out lots and lots of rubbish goes
down drains.
All sorts of liquids end up in our drains - rain water, detergent,
paint, oil...
How do we get energy? Where does it come from? What can
we do to save energy? We talked about turning off appliances
when they aren't being used. We also talked about some items
being better at saving energy than others.
All students got to have a turn winding the wheel to power each of
the light bulbs. Powering the sander definitely required lots of our
One of the stations was a game of Geckos and Vines which is
played like Snakes and Ladders. Students got to move up the
vine if they got a question correct but had to go down the gecko
if they got one wrong.
Could you answer some of the quiz questions:
-Do worms have eyes?
-Why do bumblebees have fluffy hair?
-Where are a weta's ears?
-Where does paper go once you have finished with it?
Towards the end of the session students looked at different
'pledges' they could take to help look after our environment.
They chose one thing they felt they could try to do.
There were lots of simple things like checking around the house
for leaky taps, turning off lights when you leave the room, taking
shorter showers, walking short distances instead of driving,
putting on more clothes when it's cold, turning the tap off when
brushing your teeth, planting a tree, and setting up a vegetable
or herb garden.
Tomorrow students will bring home a photo of them with their
choice. It would be great to talk about this as a family and see
what action you could take.
To finish our Tread Lightly visit all students got a little newspaper
pot filled with some soil. Tomorrow we will be planting our
lettuce seeds in them. Then we need to add some water and some
sun. Hopefully they grow!

Friday 10 May
Yesterday as part of the Spark programme some lucky students got to meet Louie the dog! Louie is a Border Collie who Mrs Norton is looking after. Seth, Jaxson, Emma, Willow and the other students watched a video about being safe around dogs before making their own poster with advice on dog safety. The class enjoyed hearing about this information. They also came back to class very excited to share that Louie was able to play soccer with them. He's a very clever dog.
On Wednesday the students had a huge amount of fun making and testing out paper planes. They read a book called the Perfect Paper Plane before having a go themselves. The aim was to get the plane to 'move' as far as you could. Some were fantastic. Today we followed up by watching a couple of clips/tutorials on paper plane making. The dart one looks like it would fly really well. The links for these clips are on the topic page (click on the orange button on the left) if you have some time to fill in this weekend and want to have a go :)
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Silver Mathletics awards for Emma, Seth and Luke - super work!
Seth, Willow, Emma and Jaxson sharing their dog safety posters.

Tuesday 16 May
Next week is our Tread Lightly Caravan session. Ms Sims has done lots of organising for this visit and is very excited for them to come to Waiau Pa. Room 6 is still after two more parent helpers for our session on Tuesday afternoon. If you are able to help please get in touch asap. Check Tread Lightly for information about what they are all about.
We have also been doing a focus on sorting our school rubbish in a better way. We now have three bins in the classroom. One bin is for recycling, one bin is for soft plastics and the third bin is for other rubbish. We also have our worm bin outside for food scraps.
You may have seen a bin similar to the one below outside Room 12. This is 'Bin 10' which is where our soft plastics can go. Soft plastics include plastic supermarket bags, zip lock bags, lolly wrappers, toilet roll packaging, bread bags, muesli bar wrappers, chip packets, cereal packaging... We are lucky to have this bin at school for the term. Now we all have the challenge of thinking what bin our rubbish needs to go in.

Friday 12 May
Silver Mathletics awards today for Samantha, Jaydn, Jemma and Madalae!
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Wednesday 10 May
It was excitement galore this afternoon as our next installment of pen pal letters arrived!! Not only did we get our letters but we also got pictures of our pen pals and some of their school. There were lots of conversations happening and suggestions on how we could reply. So cool. We then took some of our own photos around school that we will send back to them.
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Tuesday 2 May
Welcome to Term Two! A class newsletter was sent home yesterday - I hope it made its way out of bags! We've had a fabulous two days getting back into things.
On this chilly Tuesday morning we had fun writing our weekly spelling words on the concrete in the sun. It was a fun way to work on learning them. Spelling is one of those tricky things where some people just get it and some people will always find it a challenge. For weekly spelling homework students are encouraged to find a way of learning their words that helps them. For some this is writing them down over and over. For others it is saying the letters of each word out aloud. For others it is chanting the letters repeatedly. For some it is making connections to other words they already know and also to spelling rules and patterns. Mixing up the order of the ten words is a good challenge too as it requires students to actually think about the word they are spelling. While we complete our spelling tests each Friday morning, aiming for long term retention of the words is always the goal.
Today we also spent some time looking at Sunshine Classics and Matific. For both of these programs students have their own login details (a copy of which is glued in the back of their homework book). For reading homework today students have been asked to go onto Sunshine Classics and choose a book to read. All students have been set books around their reading level. There is a range of interesting fiction and non-fiction texts for them to enjoy. There was lots of sharing and excited discussion today as students looked at various texts. We also had lots of excitement while trying out Matific and having a go at the set tasks. I was really impressed with students persevering to work out what the task required and also how they were teaching each other. They were very motivated to complete the activities. When you have some time ask them to show you how it works :)
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Thursday 13 April
This week was silver for Emma and Seth, and gold for Amy - great to see these students doing Mathletics this week even when they didn't have to!
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Congratulations to Amy and Aston who were Room 6's workers of the term. They have both made a great start to the year and have been setting a good example for others with their work habits and effort. Well done Amy and Aston. This term has been a busy one so I hope you have a super break, even if the weather doesn't co-operate.

Wednesday 12 April
Thanks to those parents who came along to Sharing My Learning last night. It was nice to see you pop in. I hope you had a good chance to look around the classroom and see the work your child has completed this term. I know the students really enjoyed showing you around and sharing their learning with you. Any forms from this evening or learning folders can be returned to school.

This morning we had our first session of turbo touch. This was something new for all of us.
"Ball down. Hands off. Tap the ball. Pick it up. Run or pass." ~ This is how a game of turbo touch starts. We also found out there is a rectangle area at the end where you can make a touch down and score for your team. And that you can do any kind of pass. We had lots of fun playing rats and rabbits and challenging each other to score. I was really impressed with all of Room 6's manners and effort during the session. We continue more lessons next term.
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Friday 7 April
Today was the day of the great Easter egg hunt and the sun was even out!! Students searched high and low for sticks to fill their house bucket. Congratulations to Millen (blue) house who found the most. Two lucky students found the special tickets and won themselves large Easter eggs. Aston was also lucky when his name was pulled out of the draw and he won a $30 movie voucher - how cool. Thanks so much to our school PTA and their sponsors for organising today's fun. Easter eggs were enjoyed by all :)
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It was Mathletics GOLD for Piper this week - awesome!
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Tuesday 4 April
This afternoon we got to experience the music performance group Strike. They shared their story and performed some items for us using different drums and the marimba. There was even an item using fire! Mrs T and Mr Dean got called up to have a turn. And Connor was lucky enough to be chosen to go on stage too.
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Friday 31 March
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Zoe and Connor earned their first silver Mathletics certicate today. A silver
certificate is earned after getting 1,000 points for five weeks.
These super readers have all completed 25 nights of reading or
more for homework!

Next week is looking to be a busy one with some fun things happening. On Tuesday we have the Strike music performance which sounds like lots of fun (please return permission slips and $2 if you haven't already). On Thursday we have some instructors coming to take us for a session of turbo touch and on Friday the PTA has organised a giant school Easter egg hunt! Plus we have syndicate sport on Monday afternoon, library on Tuesday, our music session on Wednesday, Bible on Thursday, and syndicate assembly on Friday. Hopefully we will have a bit of time to do some reading, writing and maths in between!

Thursday 30 March
Today six Room 6 students got the chance to learn a little bit of Japanese. Lucas, Ethan, Luke, Brianna, Samantha and Zoe worked with Mrs Cameron to learn some greetings, make an origami book mark, and learn the words to a nursery rhyme. Watch the clip below - can you work out which one it is? I hope you all had fun learning something new :)

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Today was also wacky hair mufti day. This day was to help raise money for our senior Jump Jam team. There were lots of crazy hair styles - creative ones, spikey ones, colourful ones, teased ones...
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Friday 24 March
Some photos from the last few days -
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On Thursday Isabella, Sienna, Emma, Kate and Willow got to go to a
dance workshop with Mrs Booth. The group learned a dance routine
and had heaps fun!
Brianna and Samantha earned their silver Mathletics certificate.
Great work girls.
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Yellow house ready for Tug of War this afternoon.
Red house getting ready for action!
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Blue house is ready to go.
Go green house!!!!
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Friday 17 March
It's the end of another week! Congratulations to Madalae, Layne and Jaydn for earning their first silver Mathletics certificate this week.
Today we had fun creating some name art. The aim was to create easy to read lettering with patterns and then choose a background colour and shape that really made the lettering stand out. Some choices were very effective. When they'll all put up together they look fantastic.
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Thursday 16 March
Flax making -
"Today we went to Room 16 to make some flax flowers. First we had to go behind Room 16 to pick flax from the garden. We went inside and split our flax into six pieces at the top. We had to weave it going under and over, just like plaiting hair. Next we had to twist the middle knot. At the end we cut some of the stalk off. And we then had flowers. It was really really hard and took a long time but it was fun." By Luke A, Isabella, Sienna D. and Jaxson.
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Wednesday 15 March
We got to have our syndicate swimming sports today. It was fabulous to get everyone together and see students taking a risk with doing the length races. Some students had to do many lengths with heats, semis and finals! Other students then got involved in the team relays and showed us their skill and confidence with four different activities. I was really impressed to see and hear lots of sportsmanship and encouragement coming from students towards other students. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos. It was great to have so many parents turn up to show their support :)

Tuesday 14 March
We are planning to go ahead with our syndicate swimming sports tomorrow - as long as the weather co-operates! We will be starting just after 11am. Everyone welcome :)

Friday 10 March
Today it was silver, silver and more silver! For the Year 3 students below it was their first silver award. They have earned their 1,000 points every week since we started ~ Awesome work :)
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Wednesday 8 March
We have been rained out for swimming sports today!! We will see if we can organise a new day and time next week.

Friday 3 March
A silver Mathletics award for Piper today. And a principal's certificate for Sienna D. today at school assembly for being in charge of her learning - for organising herself, for listening to instructions, for starting work quickly, for completing all tasks and for thinking for herself. Awesome work Sienna. You are a Powerful Learner!
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Thursday 2 March
This morning we had a special visitor - Terry Ted and his mysterious box.
"Terry Ted came home from his building work one day to find a mysterious box sitting on his doorstep. He was so surprised and wondered so many things. Who was it from? What was inside it? Was it really for him? Should he open it?"

Straight away there was lots of discussion about what was in the box.
Some ideas included:
-a big bunch of balloons
-seals for him to eat
-polar bear cubs
-a food machine that would make him anything he wanted
-a ginormous cake
-a huge collection of dress up clothes
-a robot to help him do his work
-a money machine
-a tiny crystal (which was inside the box, inside a another box, inside another box...)
-lots of chocolate fish
-a huge bubble machine
-magic trick equipment
-tools for work

What do you think is in the box???

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Tuesday 28 February
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Friday 24 February
Silver Mathletics awards this week for Brianna and Kate ~ super job girls!
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This afternoon at our syndicate assembly Piper and Noah were our presenters. It was great to get the whole syndicate together. While we were there we watched a video on how hard it can be to 'FOCUS' when there are distractions! Our goal for next week is to see if we can focus in class.

Thursday 23 February
This afternoon eight Room 6 students were allowed to make paper planes in class time! Mr Dean took eight students and they experimented with lots of different plane types. Afterwards they came back and showed the class their planes and we tried them out. It was lots of fun!


In Room 6 we have been looking at different activities on Mathletics. Mathletics is completed as part of homework and also as part of maths sessions. Currently students are able to have a go at place value, basic facts, addition and subtraction, and measurement tasks. Each section has different activities that can be completed. All scores are recorded and can then be used to help with future teaching. Mathletics also has links to Live Mathletics, Times Table Toons, Problem-Solving and Rainforest Maths ~ in other words lots of maths activities!
Each week students earn their 1,000 points which gives them a bronze certificate. After four bronze certificates students earn a silver and so this continues until after 20 weeks students earn a gold. Today Noah earned his first gold certificate ~ awesome work Noah!!
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Friday 17 February
Well done to Isabella and Aston who shared their holiday writing at school assembly. You both did a great job reading with good volume and expression!
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Tuesday 14 February
This week has seen the start of homework. Surprisingly most students were happy about this yesterday! All homework information is glued into homework books. Students have enthusiastically been working on Mathletics tasks and earning lots of points. They are all aiming to reach the 1,000 points target. Some are there already!

Thursday 9 February
We got mail!!! Room 6 had a huge surprise when Mr Williams delivered an envelope addressed to us - all the way from London, England! Inside were letters for everyone from Year 4 children who go to school in England. These students are going to be our pen pals. There was lots of excitement as we read our letters and found out who our buddies were. Some buddies had the same interests and some buddies even had the same birthday! We are looking forward to writing back to them next week and finding out more about them.
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Tuesday 7 February
This morning we had our first lesson with the instructors from Fulton Swim School. Today they were seeing what we could do in the pool. We showed them our starfish, our floating, our freestyle and our sculling. The instructors also told us about how to be safe in water. Our next lesson is tomorrow. I wonder what we will do!
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Thursday 2 February
Thanks so much to the parents who have returned the student interest survey - I was very surprised with the large number that came back today!

A few people have asked about labels for books:
The 7 normal books - Handwriting & Poetry, Spelling, Reading, Writing, Topic, Homework, Maths worksheets
The unlined book - Maths & Art
The notebook - Writing journal
The maths book - Maths

This afternoon we hit the pool for the first time. We are really lucky to have access to a school pool and while the weather is great we are going to make the most of it. At this stage students need to bring their togs every day. Starting on Tuesday we will be having lessons taken by Fulton Swim School. This sounds like lots of fun.
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Wednesday 1 February
Welcome to the term!!

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Friday 27 January
Five days until school starts! See you on Wednesday 1st February!

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