Monday, 20 October 2014

Term 4 Writing

Today we wrote about what we did in the school holidays.  Then we looked back at the first story we wrote at Elm Park School.  Look at the difference!

Taylor says:  I write longer stories now and I use interesting words.  I write 3 sentences and I can spell lots more words.


Sharing the bananas with the monkey's was quite tricky. Each monkey had to have 1/4 of the bunch.

Taylor said," It was tricky trying to know what number it was. I had to keep counting everything."

Making words

Making word families is a clever way to learn how to spell lots of words.

Taylor said, " This helps me get better at words. Some words in the book are tricky as."

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Our Poupou

For one of our art projects we learnt to draw a poupou.  Poupou are traditionally a wooden carved Maori statue.  Poupou tell the stories of the meeting house, the local iwi and the iwi's ancestry.  We sketched our Poupou and then painted them using cotton buds and dye.  We learnt about symmetry and proportion.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Skip counting

You are learning to skip count. It is easy for you to skip count in 2's 5's and 10's. It is a bit trickier when you have to count in 3's and start in different places. 

Reading my Story

I am learning to read my writing to make sure it makes sense.  I can also read it to someone else to check.  Listen to my story!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Maths term 3

You have used the Kidpix programme to write and solve your own number problem. You had lots to remember- counting the pictures and writing the matching numerals correctly, adding up the numbers and having a go at using the correct maths symbols we have been learning. It was also a huge fine motor challenge to get the arrow to move where you wanted it to. Well done!

100 days smarter in Room 5!

Look at those snazzy glasses. 

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Celebrating Matariki

We have been learning about Matariki in our class.  We learnt that it is a group of stars that marked the beginning of a new year.  You know it is the beginning of the new year when the first new moon rises after the stars appear in the sky (you can only see Matariki for a part of the year).  To celebrate Matariki we made fried bread, we learnt how to sing "Twinkle twinkle little star" in Maori and we reflected on the year past and the year to come.  Here is a slideshow of some of our learning.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Reading my poem

Here you are reading a poem of your choice. You are learning to pay attention to the author’s punctuation to help your reading sound interesting and change your voice when you see bold print. Reading out loud to people is a fun way to show your family what skilled readers you are becoming.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Fun at PMP!

Here you wriggling up through the box. Our Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP) is where we learn to move and control our bodies, improve our listening skills, strengthen our hand and eye coordination, follow directions and lots more. 

Taylor says:  I like being a dinosaur at PMP.  I stomp around the room.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Writing sounds in words.

"I am writing the words and all of the sounds. "

Taylor says:  I have learnt how to read more words but when I am reading sometimes I can't answer the questions afterwards.

Subtraction to 10

"I am rolling the dice and writing numbers. It's take aways I'm doing. I can do it sometimes without counters, just in my head"

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Term 2 Writing

I have been writing lots of stories at school.  I have learnt how to spell some words and I can use my alphabet card to help me with other words.  Now I am learning where to put full stops.

Taylor says:  I think I am good at writing words.  I think I need to keep practising my sounding out.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Self Portrait

First we had to draw what we thought we looked like. Then we talked about the shape of our face and where all the parts on our head went. We had to think carefully about all the little bits, like the shapes of our eyes and what our eyebrows looked like. We had to really concentrate and think about how to draw the lines for our faces.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Term 1 writing sample

I am learning to:
-write and use a range of simple words using my phonic knowledge
-read as I write to make sure my writing makes sense.
-consistently use capital letters and fullstops correctly.
-spell some high frequency words correctly
-add some detail to my writing.

I know I am successful when:
-I try words on my own
-I have read my writing and it makes sense.
-my writing has fullstops and capital letters in the right place.
-I use words from list 1A and 1B in my writing
-I can identify the detail I have written e.g. who, what where, when.

Taylor said," I can do 2 sentences now. I know all my words in my book."

Monday, 3 March 2014

Term 1 Reading

I have been learning how to read unknown words.  I know that I need to look at the first and last letter of the word and I can also look at the pictures to help me if I get stuck.  Here is a video of me reading.

W.A.L.T look at the first and last sounds in words..

Success Criteria:  I know the sounds that different letters make.
                                I can work out what a word says by sounding out the first and last letter.
                                I can use the picture in the story to help me read words I don't know.

***Please note:  This video was recorded using the application "photo booth".  It mirrors the image which is why the video shows everything from right to left instead of left to right.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Look at the Numbers I Know

In Maths we have been learning to write the symbols for numbers in the range 1 - 10.  Look at what I can do so far.  We are going to keep practising our numbers and see how many we can write by the end of Term 1.

W.A.L.T:  Write the symbols for numbers in the range 1- 10 correctly.

Success Criteria:  I can form my numbers correctly.
                            I can write them around the right way.
                            I can correctly tell you the number I have written.

Remember to check back at the end of the term to see how much progress I have made.

"I'm doing numbers. I think I got them all right. I like going on the mat and learning. The Circus game was tricky because the counting was hard."