Thursday, 27 March 2014

Our Marvellous Maths- Number bonds of 10


 We have been learning about all the ways we can make 10. Today we wrote all the ways we could think of on the floor using chalk. We then represented them using blue and red blocks. The video below contains some of the observations we made.

Our Swimming Sports

Look what the talented Mr Bloor has made now! We love your work Mr Bloor!

Library Day is Thursday- Augmented reality books in our library.

Don't forget parents- library day is every Thursday. Please make sure your child brings their books back each Thursday.

We are lucky to have a series of augmented reality books in our library that can be used in conjunction with our ipads. This is a short clip of Josh reading a book about dinosaurs using his Ipad! The Ipad makes the book really come to life. You can see he really loves these books. 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

My Friend- Writing Using Educreations for Ipad.

Today we did our writing using Educreations and we worked in pairs. First we took a photo of our friend- then we recorded a verbal brainstorm before we started our writing. 
The video above shows some of the writing process. The Educreations below are some of what we made. Room 8 kids are getting pretty good at using Educreations and adding photos by themselves! Sometimes though we forgot to record our voices on a slide, or we recorded the whole time we were writing! We will keep practising! 

Mya and Bianca

Sophie and Cahill 


Puppet Pals - The Mouse's Tail

Today the Green Reading Group had their first go at using the Puppet Pals app for reading.
The free version of this app lets the kids take photos and use them as characters, and use their own background. The children said they liked it because it was a fun way to practise their reading. The part that they didn't like was that they couldn't delete parts if they made a mistake.

The app is available by clicking the link below- it would be a great way for your child to practise their reading and fluency at home too!

This is Quinn, Mya and Siobhan's work today- We hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Swimming Sports @ Auroa

Yesterday we had our school swimming sports at Stratford pools. We had all 3 pools operating. Room 8 students were involved in a skills demonstration then lots of fun races like walking backwards, flutterboard kick and dolphin dives. Even Miss Nicholas swam in the teacher/ parent/ student relay. We had such a fun day!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Our School Triathlon

This video was made by the talented Mr Bloor about our school triathlon.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The Beginnings of an Auroa School Staff Band

Last Thursday morning, you may have heard some strange sounds coming from the Auroa School Hall. Some of the teachers decided to get together and play some music! Mr Bloor was on drums, Mr Spice on bass guitar, Mr Tai on guitar and vocals and Miss Nicholas on trumpet! We played Mr Spice's favourite song, and decided we would play it at assembly the next day. I think the kids really enjoyed it! Mr Bloor put together this awesome video. Have you got any ideas of more songs we could play?

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Listening and Responding to Music in Room 8

In Room 8 this week, we  have started to learn about music. We have been thinking about tempo (fast and slow) and we have been learning how to read musical rhythms. We discovered that by listening to music we can hear a story. We listened to Grieg's Hall of the Mountain King, and closed our eyes to imagine what was happening in the music. Miss Nicholas didn't tell the class what the piece was called, so that they could form their own ideas. After, we watched an orchestra performance of the same piece on youtube, and discussed and researched the instruments we could see. Room 8 has been asking to listen to the piece every day since! We hope you enjoy some of our stories about what we heard!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Counting in Te reo

Today Mr Tai came to Room 8 to teach us some Te reo. He taught us this cool counting song. Maybe you could practice singing it at home!!

Counting Backwards from 20

Room 8 Rainbows really love this video to help them with their backwards counting. They asked me to post it on our blog so they can use it at home! )

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Bailey and Siobhan- Counting On

The Pentagons maths group is learning to add by counting on from the biggest number. Here is a video Bailey and Siobhan made to explain how to use this strategy. We used the App "Farmyard Make a Scene" to create a problem, then the children took a snapshot of this and imported it into Educreations to solve it. 

Friday, 7 March 2014

The Letter B

This week we have been learning all about the letter B! We have been writing it in phonics, and learning about bees too. On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have Quinn's mum Rebecca, and Lauren's Mum Claire in to help us. We made our own toast using brown bread, and wrote the letter 'b' on it using honey. We all thought it was delicious.  (Mums and Dads, you should be expecting breakfast in bed now!) We learned that bees make honey by collecting nectar and taking to their hives. We also made our own bees using coloured paper. We are getting really good at using scissors! 

Baby Animal Discovery Time in Room 8

Thanks to students form Room 1 for making this fantastic slideshow for us!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Our Mountain

Yesterday when we were out practising for athletics, we noticed our mountain looking really special. Their was a big cloud over it, and a fresh dumping of snow! We went and got our writing books and Ipads, and took photos of what we could see. Some of us thought the cloud looked like a mushroom. These are photos of us doing our writing, and some pictures of what we wrote. 

Miss Nicholas With Room 8.


Sophie's Writing                                                      Isabella's Writing      

Students of the Week- Week 4

Last week's student of the week awards went to Mikayla and Harlem. 
Mikayla always works hard and offers to help. Harlem is making fantastic progress in his writing. Well done to both of you!

Some Highlights of Baabaa's Visit

Baabaa is off home to Room 8 Matarau School in Whangarei. We have thoroughly enjoyed his visit, and he has provided us with lots of learning opportunities. Here are some highlights from his visit.