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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Crazy Day

Today was Crazy Day!   Everyone dressed up in their house colours in very creative ways.  And at lunchtime, lots of us gobbled up our burgers. Thanks Miss Simpson and Room 6 for organising this event.



Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Rainy Lunchtimes

Rainy days at school can be boring when we can't get to play outside with our mates. But Room 3 kids don't complain. We get our creative juices flowing.

These resourceful Room 3ers found a great use of Jenga blocks and place value blocks, and made a castle and a farm. 

Good on you, Room 3 kids. You cooperated with each other and worked as a team to create these. That's how we roll in Room 3.



Friday, 6 April 2018

Athletics Day

Today was the school athletics. We had lots of fun doing fun rotations first up, then after interval it was time for the sprint races.  There was a lot a yelling and cheering as we rapidly tore down the track.

(By the way, did you spot an interesting verbs and an  adverb in that last sentence?) We've been working on these in class!

Here are some photos of us...


Thursday, 29 March 2018

The Results ....

Wow! When we checked our plants today something pretty cool had happened!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Science Experiment

Today we started a science experiment. Miss Jeynes had 5 white flowers. We put each into a glass of water and in 4 of the glasses, we added a small amount of food colouring. (Blue, red, green and yellow). We left one cup with NO colouring. This was our 'control' cup.

We placed each stem of each flower into a different cup - except with ONE flower, Miss Jeynes split it in half. One half of the stem went into the yellow dye, the other went into the green dye.

We wrote our hypothesis (predictions) of what we thought might happen.
eg: All the flowers in the food colouring will die except the one in just water.
      All the flowers will turn the same colour as the dye it was sitting in.
      The split-stemmed flower will have green and yellow petals.

Alannah asked a very good question. "If we mix green with yellow, what colour will it make?" We weren't too sure, so Miss Jeynes got some dark green paint and yellow paint. Alannah mixed the two colours together. Guess what? It turned LIGHT green. So a lot of people changed their predictions and wrote that the split-stemmed flower will end up with light green petals.


We can already see some interesting things happening to some of the flowers! Stay tuned to find out our results ...

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Swimming Sports and More

This week has been very busy! On Tuesday we had Senior Swimming Sports at Makino Pool. For most of Room 3, this was the first time doing swimming sports in the BIG pool.
Well done everyone for doing your best and braving the cold wind!


Yesterday we started practising for Athletics. We are learning to hold and throw a discus.

We've also had 3 way conferences before and after school. It's been great to meet all parents and for the children to be able to talk about their learning and next steps.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Girls Only Soccer

Today Rooms 2, 3 and 4 girls got together for a GIRLS ONLY soccer session on the field.
We learned how to 'juggle' the ball with our feet, hit the ball with our head and knees. We practised dribbling the ball to a buddy and then we got to play a game.

Some of us were a bit nervous about what we would have to do, but once we got into it - it was AWESOME!




Tuesday, 20 February 2018

New House Captains

This year we have TWO house captains for each house..
Here they are ...



(PS: GO TOTARA!)

Spider Day next Wednesday


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Kai Iwi Beach Trip

Last Friday we went to Kai Iwi  Beach. We had lots of fun exploring the beach, going on a scavenger hunt and learning about erosion and tides.

But the best part was getting to splash in the water!

Here are some photos of our day ...



Thursday, 8 February 2018

Buddy Class

Today we read stories with our buddy class (Room 8).
We had turns reading to our little buddies and they also read to us.
Some of us got to read to our younger brothers and sisters!

We are looking forward to doing fun things with our buddies this year - especially tomorrow, at Kai Iwi Beach!


Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Learning New Maths Games

Today Room 3 children learnt how to play various Maths games.
We will play these some days during Maths time to reinforce basic facts.


Monday, 29 January 2018

First day of 2018

Today the new class of Room 3 began.
And what a scorcher it was today!
We really enjoyed our first swim of the year, then coming back after lunch to our beautiful air-conditioned classroom.

Here is our class of 2018 ...


Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Welcome back to Room 3!

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Hi everyone!  It's almost time for school. I hope you all had a great holiday.
See you Monday. Don't forget your togs, it's going to be a scorcher!
- Miss Jeynes

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Monday, 11 December 2017

Junior Disco

On Friday, it was the school disco. Room 3 kids had lots of fun dancing grooving with our friends.
Here are some photos ...


Friday, 8 December 2017

Parachute Testing

Today was our egg parachute challenge. We finished our parachutes and drew our a diagram of our design. We labelled the parts and explained why and how we used the materials.

Here are the results ...



Thursday, 7 December 2017

Designing Parachutes

Today we were given the challenge: design a parachute using...
* 5 plastic bags
*  10 straws
* 4 serviettes
* 5 pieces of paper
(and as much string, cellotape as needed)

that will be dropped high above concrete - which must have an egg in it.
The egg is NOT allowed to crack or break!

We've learnt about how we need lots of AIR RESISTANCE, so we got busy creating ...

Tomorrow, we're going to finish these and put our 'egg person' into them.
(We'll have buckets of water and scrubbing brushes on standby!)

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Fun Sports Day

Today the whole school had lots of fun. We started the day with fun activities like: egg and spoon race, parachute games, water relays, etc.

Then we watched the teachers and staff versus some of the senior students in cricket on the new cricket pitch. The students won - just!

We had a delicious iceblock , then after lunch we all had turns at running and sliding on the slippery slide.

Here are some photos of our day:



Monday, 27 November 2017

Wellington Zoo Trip

On Friday, Room 3 went on a class trip to Wellington Zoo. We met with Brigette, a zoo educator, who talked to us about animal adaptations. We learnt interesting facts about the tuatara and how it survives in the wild.
No one is really sure how long tuatara live for, but the longest living one since records have been taken is 120 years old! We all got to touch a live tuatara and were surprised how smooth it felt.


We walked around the zoo in groups, exploring the different places and looking at the interesting animals. At the end of the day, we stopped off at Levin Adventure Park for a bit of a play.

What a great day out! Thanks so much to our wonderful parent helpers for providing transport.




Monday, 20 November 2017

Designing Boats

Today, as part of our topic on Parachutes, we had to design a boat that would hold as many weights as possible. We were all given 3 sheets of tinfoil and had to create 3 different designs.

Then we tested our designs ...

We worked out which were the BEST designs and compared these to our earlier parachute designs.
This is what we found out ...


Friday, 17 November 2017

Totally Vets Photo Competition

We are so proud of Max D for coming SECOND in the Totally Vets Photo Competition.
Max took a photo of his dog, Ruby, with their  foster kitten sitting of top of her. How cute!
Emma H, in Room 6 came THIRD in this competition.

Well done Max and Emma. Max won $150 and Emma won $100. They also were give $250 for the school.



Thursday, 9 November 2017

My Fantastic Class

I had only popped out of my class to grab a coffee, and I came back to find this lovely bunch of children happily playing 'schools' before school.
(I think there were 4 teachers here!)
These children are so good at relating to each other.  They chatted happily, while negotiating who was doing what for the day. I love how the boys and girls in Room 3 get on so well together.

You should see them on the soccer field, too! What awesome teamwork.

I'm so lucky to a teacher in Room 3.


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Learning about parachutes

We are just starting on our Science topic of Parachutes! Today, as an introductory lesson, we were given a challenge.
In small groups, we were given several pieces of large paper (all the same size) and had to work out the best design that would fall to the floor the SLOWEST.

We weren't allowed to use cellotape or glue, but we could rip, cut, fold and scrunch the paper. We tried out several designs and worked out our best 3 designs.

Tomorrow, once we've decided on our SLOWEST design, we will see which group made the best parachute.

We talked about FAIR TESTING - we had to make sure ...
* all groups were given the same SIZE piece of paper
* we dropped our paper from the same HEIGHT each time
* we used the same person to RECORD the time
* we all tested INSIDE, so the breeze would affect the results.

Stay tuned to see which group had the best parachute design!


Monday, 30 October 2017

Cross Country

What a great day we had on Friday for the annual Cross Country! We waited with anticipation for our turn to run. Finally the time arrived.
"On your marks ... get set ... GO!" yelled Mrs Simpson. And we were off!  Up hills, down hills. Over thistles and through the muddy creek. It was impossible not to get muddy, but I don't think any of us were that worried.

Well done Sarah  for coming third in the Y4/5 girl's race!
Well done Max, for winning the Y4/5 boy's race - with Jordan coming second and Fraser third.

Well done everyone for putting effort into your training and giving it heaps on the day.



Thursday, 19 October 2017

Back To School

It's term 4 and this term is a busy one! School cross country is only NEXT Friday.
Next Wednesday is Pet Day, and we have been busy creating some creative artworks which will be displayed in the hall.

As part of our Reading programme, we will be doing plays in front of our class. It's lots of fun and it's a great way to practice - projecting our voice and using expression.

Here is Mawhero reading group doing their play today ...


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Wheels And Burger DAy

Today was Wheels and Burger Day. We had loads of excitement, racing around the school on our scooters and other wheels.
We enjoyed delicious burgers, cooked up by Miss Simpson and the student council.

Room 2 raised some money for the SPCA, a very worthwhile organisation that looks after animals.

Here are some photos ...


Thanks Room 2 and the student council (and Miss Simpson) for organising yet another fantastic event.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

We love gymnastics!

We've been doing gymnastics for the past 3 weeks. We're learning to do forward & backwards rolls, balance our bodies on the beam, jump with two feet from the beat board onto the box, land safely with our knees bent and feet slightly apart, pull ourselves up onto the high bar and swing our bodies around. Phew! Some of us find these easy, for others, some activities are challenging.

Here are some photos from today's gym session...

We really appreciate our wonderful parent helpers who have helped keep us safe.