Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

This week we have been reading the traditional tale, Goldilocks and the three bears.

We made bear masks and listened to a few versions of the story. We worked on retelling the story in our own words.
Here is Levi G's:

Goldilocks went into the woods and took a peek in the bear's house. Goldilocks slept in Baby Bear's bed and the bears came home. Goldilocks woke up and ran away. Goldilocks never came back to the bear's house.

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

We had an AWESOME week this week when we focused on the Traditional Tale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
It was great to see the children problem solve making bridges, re-enact the stories using different props and use this in their writing. We had speech bubbles with text, letters to the troll and really indepth retells using fantastic story language.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Germs, germs, germs!

This week we learned about germs. They are EVERYWHERE even though we can't see them.
Mrs Law used a water spray so that we could feel how far a sneeze goes (amazingly far - yuck!) and we talked about other times we get germs on our hands. We then did an experiment with glitter germs to find out how well we need to wash our hands to get rid of them.

The day the firetruck came to Linwood Avenue School

As part of our Heathy Heroes unit this term, the fire service were invited to come and talk to us about keeping ourselves safe. They talked to us about their job, the clothes and equipment they wear, what we need to do if we experience a fire and we even got to have a go of their hose! It was AWESOME! 

Spring is here!

We are so thankful for some blue skies and sunshine after the wet winter we have had. It was great to get out and explore the first signs of spring. We looked, listened, smelled and touched these, then drew them and brainstormed adjectives to describe them. Then we wrote our own 'Spring is here' poems.
Have a look here:

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Handa's Surprise

We have LOVED our art topic this term - learning about primary colours and mixing them to form new secondary colours. We have added white to make a tint or black to make a shade of our original colour.

Over the term we have produced some amazing artworks (shown on our previous blog posts) as well as stunning flowers used in a collaborative class artwork. This week has been no exception to the high standard of work created!

We read the story of Handa's Surprise - see the story here. We then looked at, smelled and tasted the fruit that featured and used this experience in our writing. Finally we chose one of the fruits to paint for our end of term Art Exhibition. We learned about the technique called 'pointillism' used by many French painters in the last century and used this when creating our fruit masterpieces.

Many thanks to all of you who were able to come and see our artwork in the hall. For those who didn't manage to see it, here are our individual artworks that we showed:

And here is our finished collaborative artwork:

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Mix it up...

Following on from our work on primary colours, we looked at which colours are created when we mix two primary colours together. We made colour wheels and found that when we mixed blue and yellow we got green, yellow and red created orange and blue and red made purple. As we have had lots of rain recently we cut the wheels into umbrella shapes and made rain pictures, using blue dye splatters to create the rain.

We then read the book, 'Mix it up!' by Hervē Tullet about secondary colours.

We loved this book and decided to make our own class versions which we now have in our reading corner. We feel very proud to be authors of real books!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

There are three primary colours.....

This week we have been learning about colour. We found out that red, yellow and blue and the three 'starter' colours, or 'primary colours'. We looked at some art produced by the American artist Jackson Pollock; he created 'action paintings' using splatters and drips of paint. We were inspired by him and created our own Jackson Pollock style splatter artworks using primary colours. It was a bit messy but great fun!

Here are the finished artworks:

We then looked at another painter who used primary colours - the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. We looked at the shapes he used in his paintings and then made our own versions:

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


This week we have been thinking about respect - what it looks like in the classroom, in the playground and how we show we respect ourselves. Here are some of the things we wrote:

In the classroom:
I will share my toys with my best friend. Sharing is caring.      Levi C

I will not push in the line.     Korell

I am doing a puzzle with Connor and we will take turns.      Levi G

In the playground:
I wait until my turn on the monkey bars and to go down the slide.     Chloe

Take turns at the pool to show respect coming in one at a time. We take turns at the drinking fountain to drink water.    Haze

Respect is when you take turns to kick the ball. You have to take turns to go in the pool.    Ansu

Respect is like taking turns on the slide and taking turns on the monkey bars. We take turns going down the steps into the pool.                   Mehek

Self Respect:
I do exercise because I do push ups  and then I can run fast. I drink water so I can write well.    Ember

I can run fast so I can get fit and get healthy. I drink water so my body gets better.     Shivali

I drink lots of water to keep me hydrated but if I don't drink water I will get dehydrated.     Zoe

I can brush my teeth after I have eaten lunch but I was my hands before I eat. I drink water every 3 minutes so I am hydrated.                 Alaynah

Friday, 28 July 2017

Term 3 ....where have the past 6 months gone?!

Apologies for the lack of blogs towards the end of last term....put it down to busy lives in class and not enough time to blog. I will try to do better this term!

The term has started well, with everyone returning refreshed and ready to go.
We started with a story about 'How to hide a lion'. We made lion masks then wrote about where we would hide it and why and what we would do to keep it quiet. The children came up with some great ideas!

On Friday we had buddy class and investigated how magnets work. We found out that magnets stick to metal objects. 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Term 2 Week 6 - Hats!

This week we read a couple of stories about hats. One was 'The Magic Hat' by Mem Fox. (See here for a reading of the story).

We made our own magic hats that made us turn into different animals... zebras, cats, dogs, crocodiles, giraffes and made up stories about what we would get up to.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Term 2 Week 4 - Bird feeders, cross country races and 'Down in the forest'

We started the week by making  bird cakes to help our feathered friends now that the weather is colder.

We then wrote instructions on what we did:

We put the seed in the pot. Then we put fat in. The birds will like it.    Leeroy

We scooped bird seed into the pot. We poured fat on.      Neko

Having hung the cakes up in our gardens at home, we learned that next time we need to press the seeds more firmly around the string loop so that the cake does not fall off - oops!

Our practising hard for the cross country races paid off. I was SO impressed with how well the children managed and pushed themselves to do as well as they could. Special mentions go to Alaynah, Zoe, Levi G and Chloe who all got medals - congratulations!

This experience fuelled some awesome writing:

I went to run around the goal post. I won a gold medal.   Chloe

I was third and I nearly won. I ran to the tree then I ran to the goal post.     Haze

I ran around the tree and I ran round the goal post. I was being chased.     Ansu

I won the cross country race and someone nearly beat me but I was fast.   Levi G

Finally we used the story ‘Down in the forest’ (based on the rhyme ‘Down in the meadow’) to write our own versions. WOW! What amazing poets we have in Room 3!

“Wake”, said the mother.
“We wake”, said the two
And they got out of bed
To see the sky so blue.       Ember

“Hide”, said the mother.
“We hide”’ said the ten
Then we saw a nest hide in the tree
Belonging to a hen.      Shivali

“Sleep”, said the mother.
“We sleep”’ said the nine.
So they got in the nest
In a very straight line.     Alaynah

And possibly a teacher’s favourite….

“Run”, said the mother.
“We run”, said the nine.
So they ran to the shop
To get some wine.    Amelia  

(I promise I haven’t asked any of the children to do this for me!!!)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Term 2 Week 3 Making butter!

This week we read the delightful book, Marmaduke Duck and the Marmalade Jam written by Juliette McIver and wonderfully illustrated by Sarah Davis.

We talked about what marmalade was made from and what you eat it on (bread). We then thought further about what else we would need if we were to have some marmalade jam on bread (butter). 

Mrs Law had brought in some bread and jam, but no butter! She only had some cream, some salt and a screw lid jar......what to do? We made OUR OWN butter!!

We learned how simple it is to make - pour the cream in the jar. Put the lid on then shake it....and shake it....and shake it. We listened to what it sounded like as it sloshed in the jar, then suddenly it changed sound to a thud. We had butter :). Next we added a sprinkle of salt and got rid of the buttermilk, and we were then ready to go. 

Home made butter on bread with marmalade jam is delicious! 

We wrote our own instructions so that we could remember another time how to make butter. 

On the theme of ducks, we read the story, Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell. 

Some of us have been working on retelling stories in the correct order, focusing on the beginning, middle and end. Here are some of our retells...

The duck worked hard at the farm and the animals made a plan to get the farmer up. The farmer ran away. The animals helped the duck work on the farm.     Zoe

Farmer Duck was sad because he had to do all the work at the farm. The animals had a plan to get the farmer away. The farmer went over the mountain. The animals helped the duck do all the work. Amelia

The farmer was sleepy and the duck was busy cleaning. The duck was sad and the animals made the farmer run away never to be seen again.      Ember

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Term 2 Week 1 Colours...

Welcome back to Term 2!

This term we will be thinking about Māori cultural values, with our main focus on Manaakitanga. This looks at respect, kindness, care and putting others before self in our daily lives. We will be learning what this looks like in practice by doing lots of different activities. 

This term we are also involved in a research project led by the University of Canterbury around how we can improve the reading and spelling outcomes of our children. The aim is to do this through focussed teaching of phonics, as well as exposure to a variety of English and Māori vocabulary.

We started by reading the story, 'Colour the Stars' by Dawn McMillan. This is about a blind boy whose friend helps him to learn about colours by describing everyday objects. 

We used the story to prompt our writing - thinking about colours and brainstorming all the things we could think of for each colour. We then described the,. Here are some of what we came up with....

Orange is like strips of oranges and it is juicy when I eat it in my mouth. I have it at school and I eat it at lunchtime - Alaynah

Yellow is the star. It is shining - Jeremiah

Brown is a box and I put cars in it. I put down the flaps - Connor

Red is hot sauce on my burger. It burns my lips and the hot sauce tingles my lips - Ember

Blue is my sun hat and I wear it in the car when it is sunny. I go to the park with my dad - Zoe

The sun is yellow when it is shining. When it is on my body it feels hot - Shivali

Brown is the leaves that are on the ground. They smell like the mud - Haze

The star is shiny at night time. The star is yellow - Neko

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Term 1 Week 9 - Caterpillars and butterflies

This week we have been learning all about caterpillars and butterflies.
We started with the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and made our own books. We used these to retell the story.

'The caterpillar ate five oranges.' - Jeremiah
'The caterpillar ate two pears. He had a tummy ache.' - Mehek

We found out about how butterflies are born, making lifecycle charts and writing about them - come and have a look at our display in Room 3! 

The butterfly got made from the caterpillar. The egg got turned into the caterpillar. - Haze

The butterfly flies to the sky and it lays eggs. - Ember

The caterpillar changes. She turned into a butterfly. - Levi C

The caterpillar lays an egg on the leaf and a caterpillar comes out. The caterpillar is hungry and she eats lots of food. - Zoe

The caterpillar makes a chrysalis and it nibbles a hole in it. A beautiful butterfly comes out. - Alaynah

The caterpillar lays an egg on the leaf and a caterpillar comes out. The caterpillar eats a lot of food and it makes a chrysalis. Then the caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Amelia

We finished the week making beautiful 'stained glass' butterflies. We think they look amazing on the windows. Come and have a look - be prepared to be 'blown away'! :)

On another note...Have you had a look at some of the links to the side of this blog. More have been added this week from Harry Kindergarten...songs on a range of things to help your child's learning. Why not have a peek and fill your house with song?!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Term 1 Week 8 - Minibeasts that fly.....the ladybird

This week in Room 3 we have been learning about the ladybird, also known as the ladybug beetle.
We found out what they look like, what they eat and how they move, as well as some other interesting facts!
Did you know?....
* that not all ladybirds have spots? Some have stripes and some don't have any markings at all!
* that the most common ladybird has seven spots. Three on each side and one in the middle.
* that ladybirds are the colour they are to stop them from being eaten by predators. Their red or sometimes orange bodies tells predators to stay away, "I taste terrible". They can also 'play dead' to stop themselves being eaten.
* that ladybirds live in forests, cities, grasslands and alongside rivers.
* that they hibernate from autumn to spring. As the weather gets colder they hide away to sleep until the warmer weather comes again in spring.
* that ladybirds are farmers' best friends because they love to eat green fly (aphids) which otherwise would eat all the farmers' crops. One ladybird can eat up to 5000 aphids in its lifetime - yum!
* that ladybirds cannot chew up and down like us, but they have to chew from side to side.
* that ladybirds can smell with their feet and antennae!
* that as they get older, the ladybird's spots fade.....just like our hair goes grey as we get older.
* that ladybirds fly....extremely fast. They can flap their wings more than 85 times EACH second - speedy!

We used what we had learned to make ladybird fact books.

These are some examples of what we wrote:
A ladybug was in my garden and it has three legs on each side - Mehek

A ladybug has seven spots. It is red - Levi C

I am holding a ladybug. It is red and black - Ansu

Ladybirds eat greenfly. They chew from side to side - Levi G

Ladybirds eat greenfly. Farmers love them because greenfly eat plants - Connor

I like the way that it moves its legs and its wings and it moves its wings again and again. It looks like it has six spots and is it red - Alaynah

I found a ladybird in my garden. It has antennae. The ladybird looks like a beetle. It has six legs - Ember

We also finished off our minibeast masks from last week and flew into the garden to take a look. Have a peek below...

Friday, 17 March 2017

Term 1 week 7 - Minibeasts

At the end of last week we went onto the school field to set some minibeast traps

Unfortunately they got taken down during the weekend....but never fear! We found more minibeasts in the compost bin by the school garden :).

Mrs Law collected some of them up for us to have a closer look at. WOW! There were black, shiny beetles, earwigs that ran away to hide under the bits of soil, wiggly worms and LOTS of ants! 
We used this experience in our writing this week - trying to think of great describing words (adjectives) to make our stories more interesting. 

We then made some minibeast masks - bees, ladybirds and butterflies. Have a look at our blog next week to see the finished products!

At the start of the week it looked like autumn had really kicked in, but we were so lucky on Friday with blue skies and sunshine! To celebrate we joined Rooms 4 and 5 in a massive water fight! It was great fun and certainly helped us cool off :). 

Term 1 week 6 - Visit to Eastgate Library

We love getting out and about in Room 3. This week we headed across the road to the library where we had lots of stories read to us by the librarian and were shown where different kinds of books are kept.
Did you know you can get a FREE Library Card for any public library in Christchurch? With this, you can borrow up to 30 books, CDs or DVDs. They even have toys you can play with when you are there too. All you need to do is fill in the form at the library and they will give you a card....simple!

Term 1 Week 5 - Linwood Ave is a Duffy School!

Linwood Avenue is a Duffy School. This means that we are very fortunate to be given free, various books throughout the year. We get to keep these and enjoy them at home with our whanau.  We also get to meet various actors when they come and perform plays as part of the Duffy Theatre, and meet great role models when they come to talk to us at Duffy Role Model Assemblies.

On Friday, the Theatre group came to perform a play about the importance of reading and what happens if we mix things up.

Here are a few photos...

Have a look at what else Duffy in Schools does here.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Term 1 Week 4 - Duathlon, an Author comes to school AND puppies visit Room 3!

What amazing weather we had on Tuesday! Perfect for our duathlon races. A HUGE well done to everyone for their great effort. There were lots of smiles and chatter about the events.
Thank you too to all those parents/whanau who were able to come and encourage our young athletes. It was fantastic to see such an awesome turn out.
Here are a few photos of the day - thanks to Mrs Woodford's photographic skills!

On Wednesday we had a visit from a real live author and illustrator, Stu Duval. See here for his website. He showed us how to use letters of the alphabet and numbers to make into different shapes and characters that could be used in story telling. He then told us a great story about a wee green book monster. He was very enthusiastic when telling us his stories and had our undivided attention!

As if that wasn't enough excitement for the week, Katy, Chloe's mum brought in her 3 puppies to show us. She told us all about caring for them.

Afterwards we shared our ideas and wrote this together:

Puppies eat biscuits and drink water. Puppies run and jump outside when they have had their injections. Puppies wear collars so people know where they live. They wear coats to be warm.
They bite and gnaw toys.
We need to brush puppies to keep them soft and bath them to keep them clean and smell nice.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Term 1 Week 2 - Busy, busy!

We have been super busy this week, creating family leaves (drawing and writing about them) which will be used to create a Room 3 family tree.

We also started our guided reading programme, reading with Mrs Law and our Learning Assistant, Lorraine. We will read every day Mon-Thur with one of these ladies. Please listen to us read at home each night to help us get even better at reading and return the book to school the following day so that other children can use them.

Youthtown, (http://www.youthtown.org.nz/locations/south-island/christchurch) also started for us this week with their PE programme, looking at moving with control. This week we learned techniques to run even faster - chop, chop arms and high knees. Watch out Usain Bolt!

Monday, 6 February 2017

Term 1 Week 1 - getting to know you....

We started the term thinking about our names - how many letters they have, what they start and end with and what objects we could think of that begin with the same letter. We used these in our 'Name chants' - come and have a read when you are next in Room 3!

We also had a go at drawing our portraits - focusing on the shape of our faces and the position of our features.

We used whiteboards and whiteboard pens so that we could rub out the 'marker lines'. We will be using the skills learnt over the next couple of weeks when we recreate our portraits using different mediums (pencil and paint).

On Friday we got to meet our Buddy Class for the term - Room 12. As the weather was so gorgeous we went outside and practised our catching and throwing skills with our new buddies. We hope to experience many more happy times with them this year and get to know them better.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

New Year....new class

Kia ora and welcome to Room 3's blog.

The aim of this is to share with you some of what we do in class each week, celebrate our learning and let you know about important dates and events that are coming up, 

Day to day school life:
Each Monday your child will bring home the week's newsletter/homework sheet (From week 2 it will be in their book of the same name).  Please read this as it may contain more information than on here. Newsletter/homework books will be collected in on a Friday so that the following week's sheet can be stuck in ready for Monday. 

I want you child to reach their maximum potential, which does mean that they will need to practise what they learn in class at home. This will not take long each night and is meant to be fun.

All children need to have school brimmed hats (bucket or stiffer brimmed ones) EVERY day in term 1. This is to make sure that they stay sun safe and protect their skin. Hats (Green) can be bought from Postie or the Warehouse. 

Water Bottles:
Please make sure that your child has a named water bottle every day which can be kept in the class buckets. Learning can be thirsty work!

School Stationery:
Thank you to all of you who have your child's stationery ready for the start of term. It certainly makes my life setting them up for the year a lot easier! If you have not got it yet, please see me, or get a list from the school office. They also carry supplies of stationery that can be purchased and delivered direct to Room 3. 

Reading Folders:
Please make sure your child has a reading folder. These have lots of use throughout the year - for bringing reading and library books home, school and class notices etc. Please check them each night and regularly clear out old notices!

Term Dates 2017:
Term 1:   Tue 31 Jan - Thur 13 April
Term 2:   Mon 1 May - Fri 7 July
Term 3:   Mon 24 July - Fri 29 Sept
Term 4:   Mon 16 Oct - Fri 15 Dec

I look forward to getting to know your child and your whanau this year and I value your input, thoughts and ideas. Please feel free to comment using the link at the bottom of each post. 

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou. 
Ali Law - Teacher Room 3