Thursday, February 28, 2019

Beginning of the year activities.

It has been a busy start to the year in Room 8.
But before we talk about some of our activities, we need to introduce ourselves...

We are a busy class of 27 Year 3 and 4 children. We are lucky enough to have 2 teachers. Mrs. Buschl works for 4 days and Mrs. Lord works on Thursdays.
We love sharing our learning and will show you some of what we learn on this Blog.

Over the last few weeks, we have been looking after Monarch butterflies. we have been fascinated watching them grow from eggs through to the beautiful butterflies. We learnt that the transformation is called metamorphosis.

                                   Almost ready to emerge from the chrysalis.


                                            Another one drying its wings.


                                We were excited to see if it was male or female.


                                It was both sad and exciting when we set them free.

                Meet Room 8 for 2019

Saturday, October 27, 2018


Term has started with a bang.

At the end of last week, we went to Waiora Scout Camp for 2 days. The year 3 children from Mrs P's class came to join in on the activities on Friday.

As a class we made some goals before we headed off to camp. I was very impressed at how seriously the children took this and I think these goals were spot on and definitely achieved! 

Room 8 Camp Goals

Be grateful
Try new things
Try different foods
Get on with each other and work together
Manage myself and my belongings
Have a good sleep
Listen to other people
Have a positive attitude

                        Here are just a few photos to give you a taste of what we got up to.

                                                                         Day 1.

Organising our groups at the start of camp.

Heading off on our walk. Energy levels and excitement level were high.

The stream was a great place to have lunch, explore... 

and catch some yabbies!

Building our shelters where we had our dinner. 
Lots of discussion, listening to each other and working together needed.

Beginning of Day 2.

 Archery was just one of the activities in our rotation. This was enjoyed by all.

End of a very enjoyable and successful camp. 

Special End of Term Surprise

We were lucky enough to have Mabel and Greers's ponies to visit us.
For some of us, it was our first time on a pony. It was certainly a real treat.

                      Thank you Donya for bringing them to school.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Here are a few more shots of us over the term working together to solve some maths tasks.
We have to make sure we are all doing our part in our group.

In this one, we were working out how many students were year 3 and how many were year 4, from 4 teams.

Some serious thinkers here.

Everyone working together.

And here too.
 During this activity, we had to read the question very carefully.  It was pretty tricky so we haven't finished it yet.
   It helps if we follow the C.U.B.E.S . process of problem solving.

                                                 C - circle the numbers
                                                 U - underline the question
                                                 B - box the important words
                                                 E - evaluate (work out) which strategy is best
                                                 S - solve the problem

Making sure everyone is listening.

Kelly Sports

Each Monday of this term we have a session of PE with Sophie from Kelly Sports.
This day our focus was dodging.
At the end of this session, we played two different versions of dodgeball. We certainly got our hearts pumping!

As part of our science unit 'Kitchen Chemistry' we have been learning about the 3 states of matter.
Today we changed a liquid to a solid, by freezing and....
                                                       WE MADE ICE CREAM

We started to wonder what would happen if we used other liquids. Could we use flavoured milk and make flavoured ice cream? What would happen if we used orange juice? Some of us don't like milk, so could we use soy milk?
 We decided to try it out..... and guess what??


                                                                 They were good!