We made some whales out of paper and we decorated glasses to wear. We played touch rugby and candlesticks on the top field. We had netball on the tennis court and we drew some cool cartoons with Mr Hamilton. It was an interesting day and we all felt tired at the end!
Hi everyone! We have had a lovely holiday and are now back at work.
We started the term off by reading Jack and the Beanstalk for shared reading and we planted some peas (because Mrs O'Donnell loves peas and not beans!) They are already starting to grow. We have put them in a warm sunny place on the window sill.
Here you can see some of the shoots and roots growing.
We also read about Maui and the Sun. The sun was going too fast across the sky and so Maui and his brothers had to find a way to slow it down. We used black vivid and dye to create a detailed picture of the sun. We tried to use some koru shapes in our picture. Then we dabbed blue and white paint onto our background to look like the sky. These pictures will make our classroom sunny and cheerful.
What a busy week we have had! On Thursday we had Kay talking to us about some new hens that will be coming to live in our new henhouse. She showed us what they eat and we got to hold on to one. There were also some tiny chicks. They were so so cute and fluffy!
Room 3 has also had lots of fun making shields and swords and knight costumes. We played on the fort yesterday pretending it was a castle. It is hard to tell who is who when we are all dressed up!
We made some shields with Mrs Horwell. The shields were decorated so everyone knew who the knight was or who he fought for. We decorated our shields with foil to make them look like metal. We glued over our initial and sprinkled glitter over it. The letters were in fancy writing. We traced around our hands and stuck them on as well. Here we are hard at work!
On Friday 4th September we had Discovery time based around the Middle Ages.We could dress up in costumes, build castles and role play with a model castle complete with knights and catapaults.We added some pictures of people and labels to our castle picture in the classroom.
On Friday we explored the kinds of clothes people wore over 500 years ago.
The rich women wore beautiful dresses made of colourful cloth decorated with jewels and gold thread. The men also wore lots of jewellery. They wore tunics made of colourful cloth with leggings and cloaks. Here is a photo of some of our rich people.
The poor people who did lots of hard work wore very plain clothes made out of wool or linen. It was a bit scratchy. The women wore long shapeless dresses called kirtles and the men wore tunics over leggings. Here is a photo of our poor people.
On Friday we had a dress up day to finish off our book week.
In Room 3 we had witches, Mr Bumps, motorcross riders, fairy princesses and lots of others.
Can you name some of these characters?
While Mrs Horwell was teaching us we found out what kind of musical instruments people used in the Middle Ages. We listened to music that had lutes, harps and drums playing. We made some lutes. Here we are playing them.
The council decided to have a pyjama day to raise money for a wee boy who needs medical help which costs a lot of money. Everyone who came to school in their pyjamas donated a gold coin. Even Mrs Horwell, Mrs O'Donnell and Leanne were in their pyjamas. It was a fun day. Mrs Horwell brought some pillow cases to school for us to have sack races in for fitness. It was hard work jumping.
In the afternoon we watched a show from the Keep Dunedin Beautiful Theatre group. It was so funny - we laughed and laughed.
Last term we learned a dance called the Shearer's Skip. We performed it in assembly last week to 'entertain' the school. Here are some short clips showing some of Room 2 practising the dance.
In the holidays 4 of our classmates went through to Room 4. We miss them but we see them lots at morning tea and lunchtime. Stefan turned 5 and started school and later this term some more children will start school.
We are looking forward to starting our clubs programme on a Tuesday afternoon. Some of us are in a sports club, some are making crafts, some are making jewellery, or baking and some are going to be scrapbooking. It will be great to mix up with lots of other children in the school and learn something new.
We had another great morning today with everyone thinking creatively. Some were at the box construction table where they were making furniture for the dollshouse. Some were at the wood work table making racing cars and sheds. Some were at the car track table where they were creating ramps and tunnels out of plastic guttering. We have put on this clip to show you how the track worked.
We have been practicing our version of the 'Three Little Pigs' to share at assembly. We had to think about lots of different roles - stage/ prop hands, musicians and actors. We had to think about how to make it look and sound exciting for our audience. Here are some pictures from our assembly.
Here are the three little pigs with Mother Pig.
Here are the little pigs hiding in the brick house.
The wolf will be coming - watch out little pigs!
Here you can see all three houses.
We had a lot of fun putting on our performance. We hope our audience enjoyed it too!
We had our second Discovery Time last Friday. We had more exciting creations from the wood work table. It was inside this week because of the weather and the banging was a bit loud but we didn't mind. Everyone had a go at flipping pikelets - most of them landed in the pan! They were warm and yummy- with or without jam. Callum even made more at home over the wet weekend. Way to go, Chef Callum. We are on the lookout for some easy (and cheap!) recipes. Let us know if you can think of any.
On Friday we started an exciting time called Discovery Time. There were lots of different activities to choose from. There was wood work, fruit salad making, a 'cafe', leaf art activities, box construction, music making and lots more. We had a chat at the start about self management. We had to think about what we wanted to do and complete our tasks. We had lots of fun. Here are some photos of our morning.
Here are some customers at the "Bradford Cafe".
What a lovely cup of tea!
The wood working table was very popular.
We have a hard working bunch of children in Room 3.
Yum, yum! The fresh fruit salad was a hit and we all
On Friday morning Callum noticed our butterfly was coming out of the chrysalis. What excitement! Our school work was forgotten as we watched the butterfly unfurl its wings and then climb up to the top of the swan plant.
After morning tea we joined the rest of the school for a bush walk to celebrate the end of Walk and Wheels week. We started at the top of Fraser's Gully and tramped down to the park at the bottom to play lots of fun games and had a bbq lunch. Mrs Tobin had a lovely surprise for us when we got back to school - iceblocks!!!
After school we took the swan plant outside so the butterfly could fly away when it was ready. We are planting the swan plant in the school garden so hopefully it might come back to lay eggs so we can watch the whole process again!