The last few weeks we had our Parent Teach meetings (PaCT) - if you didn't get chance to come in, feel free anytime to pop in, or make a time to see me - our classroom door is always open :)
Here are our very proud Jayson and Senator after they took their awesome quote work through to Mr Byers:
Rooms 1 and 10 had an impromptu second Tuakana Teina afternoon - here's some photos from that:
Tuakana Teina #2 with Room 1 on PhotoPeach
We've had Rippa Rugby skills training with the awesome Bill. Here we are practising our skills and getting ready for a game:
Room 10's Rippa Rugby skills with Bill on PhotoPeach
We've been hard at work learning and having fun - here's some photos of Room 10 creating our class treaty with the very clever, amazing Kathy:
Home learning is given to students every Monday - due back the following Monday. Home learning consists of reading (minimum 20 minutes a day) and writing with small activities based on our current learning intentions; maths with a practise activity for the week; inquiry with a topic based activity; and spelling with students practising 5 words from their spelling list (a copy of which I will try to put on the blog).
Room 10 has carried on being a hive of production this week!! On Tuesday we had our first Tuakana Teina for 2017. The fantastic Room 1 are our buddy class this year. Here we are getting to know our buddies - sharing our work and reading to each other:
Tuakana Teina #1 2017 - with Room 1 on PhotoPeach
This week we have been working on starting our learning programmes and completing our class treaty - we'll have our treaty finished and on display on Friday - call in and have a look, it's going to look awesome!! :)
We have our spelling lists now, and we have started some of our homework this week. Spelling testing will be held on Fridays - once a student can spell all the words in the list, they move to the next list :)
Homework will be set every Monday and is due in by Friday. Every night students will have their school reader, the school journals and chapter books we may read over the week as they have a range of stories which we cover each day. Re-reading stories we have already read is good for our reading comprehension, vocabulary building and fluency. Students may also like to read their own home books or school library books some nights also. PLEASE ensure students bring their homework book and readers to school every day so we can use the books in class and add to/discuss our homework learning as needed. Homework will include a weekly list of tasks, the daily reading book, and some other activities as we go. The basic homework expectation will include: spelling words, reading (minimum 20 minutes a night) and a reading activity, maths (practicing basic number knowledge and skills we have been learning), and a writing activity. For digital practice, students will upload a weekly post on their blog - once our logins and blogs are up and running smoothly.
As part of our reading and writing programme we have been selecting our own quotes to display in the classroom. We will be displaying these with our description and persuasive writing - telling you what the quote means to us and why we are displaying it in the classroom - we will persuade you how awesome our quote is :)
Remember Monday is our Swimming Sports Day - we look forward to seeing you all there :)
As soon as all of us are present, I'll post a full class photo for the year :)
Our joke of the week is from Troy:
Why did the policeman put a bra on the road?
- Because it was a booby trap.
Hello everyone!!! Welcome to Term 1, 2017 in Room 10!!
Its been a flying, fantastic and fabulicious start to the year in Room 10!!
I'll have a class photo up here next week, once we're all back on deck, but until then, here's a few photos of us working hard on our "Selfies" self portraits, class treaty and "all about me" activities. We're getting our display areas up and running nicely :)
I hope to meet you all at the Meet the Teacher evening on Thursday night, but if you can't make it please feel free to pop in and see us in Room 10 anytime - our door is always open for visitors :)
Looking forward to an awesome year of learning and fun ;)
Today we were invited by Room 13 to go and make felt with them. This was an extremely exciting activity for us, as it was a time to experience more opportunities with fibres and create exciting pieces of art.
Room 13 students had already done a bit of research about felt making and had an attempt at making it yesterday. They were great teachers, and we all enjoyed learning how to make felt.
The main points in the process to make felt are - heat, cold, pressure and rubbing. To achieve this we followed these steps....
-Wool (a number of different colours and types makes it more exciting)
1 - Get a small amount of wool and gently tease it apart. Lay it flat on the table. Take another piece of wool and gently tease it apart and then layer onto of the other piece of wool. (Continue this step with as many pieces of wool as you wish). Tip - tease them apart as much as possible to make them nice and flat.
2 - Using the palm of your hand, gently pound down on the wool, causing it to be compressed nice and flat on the table.
3 - Pick up the layered piece of wool in the palm of your hand, add two small drops of dishwashing liquid to the wool. Roll the wool into a ball.
4 - Drop the woollen ball into cold water, roll it around so it is completely wet. Pick it up, squeeze out the excess water, and then begin rolling tightly in between the palms of your hands. Roll for about 10 times.
5 - Drop the woollen ball into boiling hot water, scoop out the ball from the hot water. Be careful to wait for the ball to cool down enough to touch, then squeeze out the excess water, before rolling in between your hands.
6 - Repeat the steps of dropping into cold water, and then hot water (steps 4 and 5) until the ball becomes hard and firm, and is no longer squishy to touch.
Hints - the hotter the hot water the better. Replace both cold water and hot water when they get soapy, clean water is best. Apply firm pressure when rolling. The more flat and well teased out the wool is at the beginning, the better, as this will help the different woollen fibres to blend together, and not split.
Have a go at felting at home. We would love to hear about your experience and see your photos. Come and have a look at ours in the classroom.
We started our week off this week with a fun filled cricket session.
It was fantastic to see all members of the class out giving it their best effort, trying to improve their ball skills, batting skills and team work.
There were some particularly impressive trick throws, with some students able to successfully throw the ball in the air clap ten times and then catch the ball again. Whilst others were trying to throw the ball, then complete a cartwheel before proceeding to catch the ball once more.
Check out some of our photos to see the fun we had.