Today I won an awesome prize because I was the first to enter both Orca competitions. You can see my drawing and my poem. I won an Orcasome DVD called Killers I Have Known. I feel amazed and excited to watch my new DVD! I am so proud of myself. I am one of the few people in New Zealand that has the DVD.
Shelby and Mary who are our class speech finalists, competing in the middle school speech finals this Friday 10th September. Notices have gone home today to invite parents to come along to support and enjoy the presentations of all finalists.
Well done to everyone for participating in the Middle School Cross Country today! Congratulations to Kenta for coming second in Year 4 boys! Ashleigh was the first girl in our class to finish. I hope your muscles aren't too sore! You will be exercise your mouth muscles over the weekend as you practise your speeches for next week! It's all go in Room 30!
Room 30 have been busy planning, writing and practising speeches for next week's competition! We have also listened to some famous speeches and discussed what the speaker did really well that we could do in our own speeches.
Below are some guidelines for delivering our speech to the class:
Below are some extra do's and don't created by Mrs Guy's Year 8 class from last year to help us! Just click on the link to check them out!
We also had a visitor called Sarah, from ASB today. She came to teach us about how to be sensible with our money and how to save. She did some funny role playing to show us how electronic money works and how to be wise with our money even when we can't see it! Money doesn't appear magically in the bank. We have to earn it in the first place. We can earn money by: selling stuff, working, doing chores, saving pocket money, trading stuff (only if we are allowed to!), looking after pets, and more. We went on a money 'boot camp', where we had to pretend to do some tasks to earn money, like: walking two dogs, washing the dishes while standing on one leg, mowing the lawns. Check out our photos below, don't we look funny! We played a game where we were split into 3 teams and had to sit in a line and earn money by passing cups back to our boss at the back of the line, who would then pay us by passing money back to the front. The trick was we had to pass the cup and the money to each person in the line without missing anyone out. We had to teamwork to complete this task. The winning team was the Yellow group. Check out our photos below!
As you may know, we are doing a virtual tiki tour of New Zealand as we learn about people and places. At the moment we are still in Northland, but this morning we did a detour and had a Skype conversation with a class in Nelson, Moturoa class from Appleby School! We wrote some questions that would help us to learn about how people in Nelson live and what they do and they answered them straight away! It was great being able to see the other class as we spoke to them. We found out lots of interesting things, and we noticed that we had lots of things in common! Thanks to Motorua class for giving their morning up to help us out, it was great to meet you. We especially loved the maori song you sang to us before we said goodbye.
This morning we also had a visitor, Miss Scott, who is a student teacher from America. She stayed with us until this end of the day. Below is a photo of her reading us a New Zealand story, The Little Tuatara, by Robin Cunningham.
It has been busy week in Room 30! This week,we did drama with Mrs Naus. We acted out poems, it was great! Gaarunyaa performed in the year 4 dance group at assembly and she looked like she was born to dance! We were so proud of her.
This term we are so excited about going to the zoo for our school trip. For our topic, we are going for a Tiki Tour around NZ [not a real tour!] as we learn about people and places. We are excited to have our own wiki page to share our work on! We are doing speeches this term, it is going to be fun and exciting.
Today we learnt about the ancient Chinese style of eating... using chopsticks! It was hard at first, but with the help of some of our experts in Room 30, we picked it up pretty quickly! We got a good idea of how the Chinese eat their food. Many people in Room 30 use chopsticks at home to eat most of their meals.
Then, we moved into groups, each with an expert as the leader. They helped us to master our chopsticks skills! We were given one Twistie to practice on, then six more for our competition! The winners for our Eating Twisties with Chopsticks Competition were: Ashleigh (1st), Jenny (2nd). Congratulations to them! When we were finished, we placed our chopsticks across our plate and called out "wanla!", which means "finished" in Chinese.
Check out our photos below...
Written by Mrs Guy with the help of all of the students in Room 30.
Last Friday, Rooms 13, 29, 30 and 31 travelled to the Fo Guang Shan Temple to learn about some Ancient Chinese traditions. We are currently writing our recounts of the trip so pop back soon to read some! We hope you enjoy looking at our photos from the trip. What a great day it was! Thanks to all the parents who helped.
Room 30 are signed on, have our pedometers on and are ready to escort the All Whites onto the pitch for the FIFA World Cup! Visit http://www.mygreatestfeat.org/ for more details about this exciting event. Photos coming soon!
Every Friday, we travel to the pools for swimming lessons. Here a few photos of us getting ready to make a splash! There are not many of use showing off our skills as the light is not very good indoors from a distance, plus there is so much splashing going on!
Well, it has been a while since we last blogged, the children of Room 30 have just been so busy discovering the past in Ancient China! They have found that there are so many things we use today that we invented in China many years ago. Room 30 will be looking at Ancient Chinese dynasties over the next few days and learning how to read and create time-lines to present information. We will also find out what major events and discoveries occurred during each dynasty's ruling. Over the next few weeks, students will be working in groups to investigate an area of particular interest to them to follow the inquiry process and develop their research skills, as well as learning about how activities of the past impact on our lives today.
We have also been making a splash with our free swimming lessons at Lloyd Elsmore every Friday! Thanks to all our parents who have helped out so far with supervision. Photos will be posted soon. I wonder if any of these children will be Olympic swimmers one day? You just never know...
Welcome to Week 1! This week has been a week of discovering the past which is the topic for this term. We have learnt about ANZAC day and what happened in Gallipoli. We learnt that ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. We read a poem called In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, who wrote the poem for his friend who died in the war. This Sunday, we will be remembering soldiers from Australia and New Zealand who have fought in wars for us. Are you going to a dawn service this Sunday? See our photos of us making ANZAC poppies with our Year 1 buddy class!
We have also been learning about Ancient China and how lots of inventions came from China, like: umbrellas, paper, silk, porcelain, gunpowder and much more. We brainstormed in groups how they make our lives better today. See our photos below...
This week's certificate was awarded for being on task at all times. The award winner is below!
The best part about this week was learning about discovering the past because now we realise how precious old things really are!
A note from Mrs Guy: This term has gone so fast. We have had a great time in Room 30, getting to know each other and discovering our own and others' gifts and talents. We all enjoyed our Terrifically Talented Tuesday, where contestants from each middle school class competed in a range of fun events, to showcase unusual talents. I hope you all enjoy a great Easter break. See you next term!
View our video below to see how the afternoon went...
Room 30's thoughts on Term One in Room 30 as Year 4 students:
Shelby: Terrifically Talented Tuesday, going to Lake Pupuke, creating a name Wordle and going on our e-learning wiki! Mohammed: Competing in Terrifically Talented Tuesday Jack: Technology was cool Amy: Our Lake Pupuke Trip and doing art Mackenzie: our self portraits and our colour wheels Lucca: being able to show my class my karate skills and being the Year 4 skipping champion Ashleigh: Stu Duval visiting and our I Am poems, and.... art! Aileen: Doing some of the activities on the middle school wiki James: Winning the medal in the Terrifically Talented Tuesday skipping contest Rebecca: Terrifically Talented Tuesday and winning a medal, and having a great teacher ( I did not make her write that!). Doing technology Oliver: Lake Pupuke, meeting other students, having a new teacher, our class blog, and getting a certificate at assembly Stella: The art that we did and going to Lake Pupuke Heather: Maths, art, Bible, having a new teacher Aleisha: Sketching our friends and writing, suing alliteration, painting the colour wheel Taran: Terrifically Talented Tuesday and the Birkenhead Leisure Centre trip Kenta: Describing and writing our What's in the Box? poem Chloe: Having a nice new teacher Nathan: Going to Lake Pupuke, sharing my gifts and talents John: Our trip to Lake Pupuke, doing maths with the teacher and playing Multi-dice (Some students were not present in class while this was being done)
Anosh: Looking at the blog and watching the slideshows
Wow, what a week in Room 30! We have done lots of things this week, including art! We learnt painting skills. Mrs Guy gave each group red, blue, and yellow paint. They are called primary colours. Then she gave us a our own palettes to put some of the primary colours on. Next, we were given blank colour wheels. We painted yellow slowly and carefully. After that, we painted red, and then blue. We also mixed the primary colours to make secondary colours, orange, purple and green! We thought this week was brilliant!