Friday, 4 September 2015

Food science- what do the different ingredients do?

We have been doing lots of baking in Room 8. We made one great batch of muffins, then the next time we forgot to add the baking powder. The muffins didn't rise and were very doughy! That got us wondering why the other ingredients are important.  So we decided to take out the sugar, egg, or milk. We noticed that the different ingredients changed the colour, size, texture and taste of the muffins. Then the Room 8 kids asked if we could put in other ingredients instead of these ones. Watch this space to see what we used and what happened!

Food Science in Room 8

Room 8 kids have been doing lots of food science recently and exploring what effect different ingredients have in food. We baked muffins but we forgot to put in the baking powder. Here is Will talking about it.

Counting on from the Higher Number- Using Explain Everything

Check out how Bryleigh is improving at her counting on! Bryleigh is 5 years old. 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Junior STEAM - Deconstruction

As part of junior STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, and Maths) at Auroa School, I take a group for 'Deconstruction'. The children use screwdrivers and other tools to open broken appliances, and see what's inside. Look how involved they all are! So far they have pulled apart fax machines, cd players, and a toasted sandwich maker. They have been asking lots of great questions about how things work and coming up with some great theories. We've even done some online research when sometimes I didn't know.  We'd love some more broken appliances (with the cords cut off) if you have any at home. Things with moving parts inside are interesting.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Counting on from the Highest Number

Some children in Room 8 have been learning to solve addition problems by counting on from the highest number. Watch these children solve their problems using a number line. 






Thursday, 6 August 2015

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Making butter- Science

Room 8 has been finding out about different things that can change into something else. We put cream in a jar and shook it really hard. We discovered that the cream separated (just like when we made curds and whey) and formed a solid and a liquid. The solid was butter and the liquid was butter milk. We enjoyed trying the butter on bread, and Mrs Derbyshire used the left over butter milk to make pancakes. This got us wondering if we could change milk/ cream into anything else.  Have you ever made butter before?

Friday, 31 July 2015

How to Access Work From Our Class Site

Room 8 now uses a Google Site to access a lot of the learning activities for the week. Molly made this video to show our new kids how to access their work from our class site. Parents, you can do this too from home to see what we are going to be up to for the following week. Just click the "Room 8 Class Site" button on your child's Ipad, or follow this link .

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Science-making casein

Room 8 kids have been learning lots of nursery rhymes. When we learned Little Miss Muffet, the children wanted to know what curds and whey were. So we added some vinegar to some fresh vat milk and boiled it up until the milk curdled. Here is the children feeling the remaining curds!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Nikarhn's Reading

In class we practising reading our stories and recording them. We then listen to it to see how we can improve our reading. Nikarhn has been doing lots of this in his own time! 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Ella Makes Half

We have been working on identifying simple fractions in Room 8, as well as making fractions of sets.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Rhys' Writing

Check out all the awesome sounds Rhys is including in his writing. He even got the 'ch' sound by himself.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Place Value With Explain Everything

Listen to Tuiana making decade numbers with tens frames. The children were only given one tens frame each and they had to take a photo and duplicate, then copy between slides.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Mrs Derbyshire

As many of you know, I was married over the holidays and am now Mrs Derbyshire! Here are a few wedding photos for those who have been asking. Room 8 kids are doing a wonderful job of using the new name too!


Monday, 25 May 2015

Our Journey to BYOD- A short documentary featuring Room 8

This video was made by Jason Bloor to showcase our journey to BYOD and some of the ways we use our iPads in our classrooms.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Internet Safety- Don't Give Away You Details

Over the last few weeks, Room 8 has been busy learning about how to stay safe of the internet. We learned about keeping your personal details private, and asking your parents before you sign up to anything. Often cool online games will want you to enter your details before you play. It is important that you don't give away personal information like your full name, address, phone number, bank account details. Even some strange information like your favourite food etc could be used for baddies to work our password questions! Check out some of the Puppet Pals animations Room 8 kids made to teach other kids about internet safety. These children are 5 year olds (new entrants).

By Bryleigh and Tuiana

By Kearah and Amelia

By Ava, Sophie and Amelia

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Happy Mother's Day- How to Make Mother's Day Cards

Happy Mother's Day to all the fabulous Room 8 Mums. We had a wonderful time on Friday making cards and writing letters to our Mums. The kids had such lovely things to say about you all. And how cool do they look!?
For anyone else wanting to have a go at making something similar, here's how we made them. 

1. Take photos of children. Use a plain backdrop.

2. Use the free app Crayola- Lights Camera Colour to turn your photos into colouring pages with one click.

3. Save the photos to the App Gallery, then press the share button, to share to your camera roll.

4. You could print straight from here, I however opened the photos in Pic Collage, as I wanted 2 per page and I also wanted a black border around the photos. (note: If you don't want to have a watermark when you print your photos, you need to upgrade the app for a small fee)

5. Print onto water colour paper, and cut out.

6. Children wet brushes and use water colour blocks to apply dots of colour around their heads.

7. Children use straws to blow the paint in different directions. It also looked pretty cool when the kids flicked their brushes to get a splatter effect.

8. Once dry children stick their pictures onto the front of their cards.

We had a blast making these and I hope you do too.  Idea taken from here.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Tuiana solves mixed addition and subtraction problems

It is tricky sometimes when we need to workout whether to use addition (counting forward) or subtraction (counting back) to solve problems. Watch how Tuiana beautifully explains how she solved these problems!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Kearah's ANZAC Day Story

Here is Kearah's story about ANZAC Day. Kearah (age 5) has been learning to start her stories with an introduction (Who, what, where when), use time words to put her story in order, and finish her story with a feeling. She wrote this story independently in about 30 minutes and published it in a Google Doc when she finished. 

On Tuesday I went to Kaponga to go to Anzac Day with my family. First my mum said “Get up we have to go. We have to do cards for the people that are at ANZAC Day.” Then we got in the car to drive there. There were lots and lots of people waiting at the door. After that we watched all the people talk. Finally it was finished and we drove home. I felt upset because the people died.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Amelia and Carlos Subtract by Counting Back

Check out these awesome videos Carlos and Amelia made to teach other children to subtract by counting back. Carlos and Amelia are 5 and have only been at school 1 term.

By Carlos

By Amelia

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Kearah and Aidan Count on

Some children in Room 8 are learning to solve addition problems by counting on from the highest number. This is Kearah and Aidan's independent work today. 

Monday, 27 April 2015

How to Write a Story

In Room 8, some of our children who have just started school are learning about the story writing process. This is a video I made for them (using Explain Everything) to demonstrate this process. Children need to:
1. Think of what they are going to write about.
2. Draw a picture plan
3.  Reread their story as they write
4. Include the first sound of each word
5. Use the words they know from the word card

Room 8 Kids get Interviewed

Last week some Room 8 children were interviewed by some Room 3 children. Mr Kemp, our friend and a fantastic educator from Singapore has been asking for help with a global collaboration project that he has started. Abby and Kyah interviewed them and asked the following questions, the students then edited and put together the video showing the responses.

Monday, 20 April 2015


This week we were lucky to have the ITM Cup at School and in Room 8. 

Friday, 3 April 2015

Our Self Portraits

Check out our amazing self portraits in Room 8!

We made these by taking photos and then printing them in black and white. The children then used pastel to carefully colour over the top. We talked a lot about shadows, outlines and filling all the gaps.This took 2-3 sessions to complete. The children had a colour copy of the same photo to help them. Didn't they do a wonderful job?

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Literacy Videos

Check out the Literacy tab at the top of the page to get to these easily. I'll keep adding more!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

We are learning about counting and finger patterns using Pic Collage

This week we have been getting familiar with the app PicCollage. The children have learn how to insert pictures, text backgrounds and stickers. They can now also resize and cut out their pictures and copy them. Yesterday we started work on making posters for our class to show finger patterns to 10. We had to check we were doing the right finger patterns.

Friday, 30 January 2015

First week back in Room 8

What a wonderful first two days we have had back in Room 8 with a lovely bunch of 5 year olds. We have been lucky enough to have swum both days during this beautiful hot weather. We practiced entering the water safely, keeping our legs straight when kicking and blowing bubbles. We've played with beach balls on the cricket pitch and blown bubbles and learnt about the letter b. Today we used our iPads to learn about Pic Collage. We each made a Pic Collage about our classroom. Room 8 kids- can you make a Pic Collage at home about your house?