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