Sunday, 31 August 2014
In Room 4 we are focusing on persuasive writing. On Friday our topic was "Should children be made to play sport". As a way of sharing our writing, we set our room up for a "friendly argument". The representative team that agreed with the statement, Morgan, Luka and Tobias gave twelve reasons in total. The opposing team, Emiliy, Paru and Trinity spoke of eleven reasons.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
We are halfway through the term already! I was told the other day there were only seventeen Friday’s until Christmas! A crazy thought!
A fantastic start to the week for Room 4! The class received two class gotchas on Monday for their positive behaviour and teamwork. J Their improvement in basic facts sealed the deal with all students showing great progress in number knowledge.
This week we congratulated Tamlea for receiving a kind award on Monday morning for her thoughtfulness towards others. Tamlea has a very quiet approach towards looking out for her peers as she doesn’t seek to be rewarded. Ka rawe Tamlea, your kindness is to be celebrated!
Our Student of the Week on Friday was awarded to Savanah for her progress and effort towards her learning. Savanah has made fantastic improvement in reading this year and strives really hard with her spelling each week. Well done Savanah, keep up the great work!
This week marks a change of topic in Room 4. With completing our explanation reports on Space, we now focus on our Healthy Eating Unit for the second half of the term. The students will be learning about what foods are best for them and ideally be able to create a food pyramid organising basic foods into sections. In conjunction with this we are also taking part in the Jump Rope for Heart program during Daily Exercise. The kids have really enjoyed our skipping sessions so far. We are seeing lots of great skills being mastered and challenges being met!
Until next week,
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Another week to keep Room 4 busy!
This week I would like to congratulate Taylah for being kind to others by always lending a helping hand. Taylah is always willing to support her peers with their learning which is a lovely attribute to have. At our Syndicate assembly we congratulated Faith, Paru, Michael and Manaia for their excellent work habits in class. Our prestigious “Student of the Week” and shield winner went to Tobias for being and extremely responsible and reliable student. Tobias has set very clear goals for himself for the rest of the year and is striving extremely hard to achieve these. Ka pai to all our fantastic certificate winners!
At Monday’s assembly Room 4 joined with our buddy class to perform a song and dance about emotions. It was fantastic to see our Room 4 students showing leadership qualities in guiding our younger students. Room 4 quickly learnt how much the Room 13 students look up to them! Well done to everyone for participating in our performance. During that assembly four of our students were awarded their “Player of the Day” certificates. Big congratulations to Savanah, Dylan, Kyle and Cazaly for their sporting success!
Last week we also welcomed a new Wednesday teacher into Room 4, Maiko Lewis. Maiko has lots of experience at Awapuni School and I know some students were thrilled to see a previous teacher of theirs back in the classroom. I look forward to see the exciting activities she will incorporate into Room 4.
Any current questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.
Have a lovely week everyone,
Above: Luka and the girls show us how fun it is to paper mache. Savanah, Calais and Samara (Room 13) demonstrate what they learnt when planting trees on Monday.
Monday, 18 August 2014
Kia ora everyone,
A huge thanks to those who have added to our collection of newspaper. There was a tremendous response and we are now underway with our paper mache project! A big thanks also from Mrs Lowry who received over 150 milk bottle caps from our class yesterday. She is using these for a spelling activity in Room 6 and hugely grateful to those who contributed their lids.
A big congratulations to Te Wai this week who was awarded our “Being Kind to Ourselves” certificate for showing excellent initiative in ensuring our school milk is delivered each day. Ka pai Te Wai! Our heartiest congratulations to Michael this week for receiving our “Student of the Week” award on Friday. Michael has shown great improvements in both Maths and English as well as leadership skills during our Cross Country. I can also see Michael has set goals for himself in focusing during instructions. Fantastic Michael, I am so proud of you!
In sporting success, Cazaly, Kevin and Matias all received their “Player of the Day” certificates on Monday morning. Our winter sports are coming to a close shortly so it is great to see our Room 4 students showing great sportsmanship right to the very end!
Our space topic is proving to fly past very quickly and soon our focus will change to “Healthy Eating”. Each student will be completing a “Explanation Writing” by the end of next week addressing the “why” or “how” of a space related question. Make sure you ask your child about their progress.
Until next time,
Monday, 11 August 2014
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Room 4 had a fabulous afternoon learning about Mars! We worked in cooperative groups to decide which facts were true and which were false. Based on our new learning, we were then told we were planning a trip to Mars for 2020 but as a group could only take 6 objects from a list of 20..... Can you guess what we decided to take?!
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Oha atu ki te katoa,
Last week we celebrated lots of learners in Room 4 who have kicked off their Term 3 on a positive note.
Our Syndicate certificates went to Calais, Emily, Luke, Morgan and Aiden for their attitude and work ethic in the classroom. Our “Student of the Week” was awarded to Dylan for his effort in all areas of learning. Dylan has been striving really hard in his writing and home learning. He proves to be a leader in Mathematics and is showing great initiative as our newly appointed computer monitor. Ka mau te wehi!
A huge congratulations to three members of Room 4 ( Wayan, Morgan and Jazmine) who received their teams “Player of the Day” award in assembly on Monday. Tobias also made us proud when he was crowned once again as the “Super Mathlete of the Week”. A fantastic effort from everyone!
We have spent time this week reflecting on our Portfolios for Assessment and setting goals for the second half of the year. Each student has set a Writing, Reading and Maths goal as well as an area of their choice. I have noticed that many students are striving to receive the “Awapuni Senior Syndicate Shield”. This is fantastic to see the student’s response to this award as it is only awarded to a Room 4 student once every four weeks. It is our turn next week….. Who will it be?
Until next time,
Sunday, 3 August 2014
Kia ora to all,
Room 4 have been extremely busy with finishing their information reports as well as beginning their cross country training. We have also been keeping a close eye on the Commonwealth Games and the history behind the big event. A huge highlight of my week was seeing every Room 4 girl and 2 very brave boys (Kyle and Mykall) attending “Dance Club” during their Wednesday lunchtime. This is run by myself and provides an opportunity to share my passion to the students of Awapuni. Kai pai Room 4!
Last week we congratulated Shivani with a “Being Kind to Ourselves” certificate during Monday’s assembly. Shivani is extremely determined in improving her Maths skills and has spent lots of time at home achieving this. Well Done Shivani! Wayan received our “Student of the Week” certificate for his consistent effort and attitude towards his learning. Wayan has also shown great initiative in the first weeks of term as our class takes responsibility for some school-wide duties. He tino pai Wayan!
Next week we look forward to the start of Explanation Writing. This will begin our thinking around space and the many questions that are bound to arise! The students will be able to drive their own learning by explaining how something works and give reasons as to why this happens. We will be incorporating this into our reading time also to give plenty of opportunity to explore the books we have available.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns,
Until next week,
It definitely feels like winter this week! Brrr!
I hope you all had a wonderful time over the school holidays and enjoyed the time spent with your children. Room 4 students have all returned with huge smiles and ready for a busy Term 3 aheadJ
Congratulations to our certificate winners of Week 9 last term. Our Kinds of Best certificate went to Jazmine for being kind to those around her. Our most prestigious “Student of the Week” award went to Calais for her caring personality and “give it a go” attitude. He tino pai Calais!
I would like to share with you the final reason why Room 4 were honoured their Privilege day last term. The well-known website “Mathletics” produced summary data around the performance of our Awapuni students throughout Term 2. I was very pleased to read Room 4 was ranked the top class for Awapuni School mastering 544 concepts and all three top students hailed from Room 4 also. Michael was ranked the top overall student mastering 52 concepts. Both Kyle and Te Wai were ranked 2nd equal after mastering 47 concepts in total. As Mathletics is an activity the students are encouraged to do in their own time, I was extremely pleased to see our Room 4 students are in fact doing so. I am very proud of you all and congratulations to our very dedicated mathematicians!
Our Integrated Topic this term is titled “Planet Earth and Beyond”. The students are showing great interest in this already through reading activities completed this week. We will also be focusing some of our reading around the Commonwealth games over the next two weeks. Make sure to ask your child what they have been learning!
Keep warm and enjoy your week everyone,