Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Swimming

It is now the end of Term 3 so we have started swimming again, we will be swimming all of Term 4 as well. Our swimming day is Monday afternoons. Please remind us to bring our togs!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Information Report

In Room 11 we are learning to write a information report. Our first report is based on the life cycle of Turtles. We have been doing some great planning to help sequence our ideas. On Tuesday we were lucky enough to have a turtle visit in class, although it was smaller then the ones we are writing about we were all very excited to experience a new creature.



Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Cookie



In Room 11 we have a new member - Cookie. Cookie is Ms Blacks pet lamb, she was abandoned by her Mum when she was born. We have been learning how to care for Cookie, what defines a living thing and how Cookie's needs are different to our own. All of West End have been enjoying looking at the cute lamb. Hopefully we all will get a chance to feed her while she continues to visit us at school. What a great start to Term Three!

Moostery Challenge


Ms Black entered us in a New Zealand wide geography challenge last term. The challenge was called NZDairy Moostery, the aim of the game was to find a location and name of a school using the least amount of questions and time. This involved us learning alot about New Zealand, the different islands, regions and areas. The above image shows you what we knew after just one lesson.

Dairy NZ gave Ms Black a buddy school, she didn't tell us anything about the school except the skype address. On Wednesday in the last week we skyped this school and won the challenge!! We found out our school was in West Port, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand and called St Canices School in just 9 questions. We used google maps and our books to assist us. We were very excited that we were winners!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Student-led Conferences

Today your child has been sent a paper copy of the timetable for student led conferences.  This is an opportunity for your child to share their learning with you. They may choose to do this in a variety of ways including, but not limited to their blog, their work books and displays around the space. I have set aside 15 minutes for each student-led conference.

As previously mentioned, this is a time for your child to share their learning with you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's learning, please book an additional time to discuss this.

Please fill in three available times and I will arrange the finalised date and get back to you as soon as possible. Please place both your name and your childs. If you wish you can do this via email with the dates and times that work for you my email is gblack@westend.school.nz or via the link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O4htr3BMjp1zXWdZpTYwwc5o5a8UcPfqKAgpGFs1Uio/edit
Thanks, Georgia Black


Assembly

Room 11 and their buddy class Room 7 have been practicing their assembly performance for a couple of weeks. Room 11 taught their buddies the dance for Waka Waka. We hope you enjoyed our performance.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Using Story Starters

In Room 11 we used a story starter to help us ignite ideas for our writing. Ms Black modelled a story on the whiteboard, which we put a lot of input into. Our ideas were creative and definitely original. We were trying to use describing words, adjectives and similes in our writing to help engage our audience. This is our class story, our individual stories will be uploaded to our blogs in the next few weeks, once we edit them.

Class story: 

Starter is found on http://success-for-boys.tki.org.nz/Teaching-learning-resources/Story-Starters/Big-vs-Bigger

.........moved next door and started ruling the neighborhood. Steve told us stories about him conquering dragons. Dragons as big as houses. There was even a story about Steve fighting clowns with diamond axes. Steve described the clowns as stupid, with fat red noses. Steve was getting all the attention, so Sean went to Steve's house and yelled "this is my neighborhood!" Sean's happy emotions began to melt he was so furious at Steve. One day Sean was walking along the street and met Captain Underpants. Captain Underpants farted on Sean and gave him super powers. He didn't like the smell of the fart but he kept the super powers. With the super powers Sean flew to Steve's house and thunder screamed "get out of my neighborhood!" while screaming Sean farted. The fart's smell caused Steve to faint. Sean went on to destroy Steve's house. Sean first sneaked into Steve's room where he placed a bomb. He lit the bomb on fire, there was flickering flames coming off it. The house went KAMBOOM!