Monday, 7 November 2016

MERC 2016

MERC 2016

We had such an AWESOME time at camp.  

Here are some photos of rooms 16, 21 & 22 in action, courtesy of photographer extraordinaire, Tasha, at the Year 5/6 MERC Camp. 

Select the animation you want to see and double-click to take it to full screen.  Check them out - they're VERY cool!!  (courtesy of Miss Gover)

Thanks to all of the wonderful parents who helped to make our camp possible.  We really appreciate all you do for us!

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of the kids in rooms 16, 21 & 22 for making this time at MERC enjoyable and memorable!

Friday, 21 October 2016

What's the Matter? Let's make a change...

Our new unit of Inquiry is 
'What's the Matter?  Let's Make a Change'.  

**We will be inquiring into changes that occur when materials are mixed, heated or cooled.  
**We will be exploring the scientific process and will learn about predicting, observing, reporting and evaluating.
**Through this inquiry we will also be reading, writing and experimenting to find out more about matter and the material world.

Miss Gover has put together a 'blendspace' learning link for rooms 16, 21 & 22 to use during our collaborative inquiry unit.
Check them out!!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Monday PE Fun!

Here are some of our STAR players from this morning's session.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Catchy Cricket

Catching the ball was awesome.  When we were in teams I caught a high shot 4 times for the girls.  I also liked how we split the teams into boys and girls, because it didn't make the girls feel all weak. The girls won 2 out of the 3 challenges.  Go girls!

It was really fun because you got to practice all your skills, and you still get to play fun games.  You get to show everyone your skills, that they might not have known about.  It was boys vs girls in every game.  You got to  practice your sportsmanship.

Cricket was fun because we started with working on our catching and then we started doing more fun games boys vs girls.  The girls won twice and the boys won once.  

Monday, 12 September 2016


Social Skills...  Hauora Well Being

Problem Solving with Amanda.

Today we worked on some of our Well Being tasks with Amanda.  In small groups we role played by setting a problem and then discussing using strategies we have discussed in class how we could solve these problems...

Stealing someones money...

Running away from friends...

Calling someone names...

Stealing someones Pokomon Cards...

Calling someone a names and not wanting to listen...

Hitting someone then hitting back...

Stole someones car...

Tell them it is not nice to steal.
If you saw it happen, ask them to return.
Ask a friend for help.
Tell your friends how it hurt you.
Ask someone else for help.
Tell your friend name calling is not nice.
Realise stealing is not a good thing to do, returned them.
Ask for them back if you know who took them.
Tell an adult.
Tell a teacher about the problem.
Use calm down strategies.
Apologise to each other.
Stealing large property items are tricky to deal with, best to phone police.

Classroom Resources:
In class the students have set up a book of 'problems' and solutions they can use to help solve them, taking ownership for their problem.  We have a list of strategies that we have all come up with to use and to help us work on a solution to our problem.   Three steps to solving our problems.  There is also an emotional thermometer that we can resort to in order to help us realise where we are with our emotions.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016


We have been using our skills to create masterpieces based on New Zealand scenes.  We are proud of our efforts!
Please enjoy viewing our ART GALLERY.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016


As part of our inquiry this term we have been learning about SPORTSMANSHIP.

These are our thoughts around sportsmanship:

We are consolidating all our learning and are taking action. 
This is our mission:
(keep posted ... later this week you will be able to see some of the ways we taught others about sportsmanship).

Mini Measurement Olympics

As part of our start to our MEASUREMENT learning in maths this week, Room 16, 21 and 22 are holding a mini measurement Olympic Games.

We are using our knowledge of measurement: distance, mass and capacity when competing.

On Monday we held an opening ceremony, complete with our Olympic torch bearer, Mr Du Plooy.  We stated our Olympic oath, and listened to our Olympic song, 'We are the Champions.'   

Let the Games Begin!

In teams of 3 or 4 we are competing.  We are showing what we have learnt about SPORTSMANSHIP throughout the games.
Each athlete has 3 attempts and with their team measures either the distance, mass or capacity of their try depending on the event.  Teams are also challenged to find the average of their groups measurements.

Here are the events:

Here are some of the teams competing in the Javelin Straw Throw

We can't wait for the Olympic Award Ceremony on Thursday!

Friday, 8 July 2016

Life Education

Life Education:

This term we were very lucky to have Chris and Harold the Giraffe come in and talk to us about our amazing body systems.

We were able to learn a lot about different body systems and how they function to help us all out.

You have brains in your head. 
You have feet in your shoes. 
You can steer yourself any direction you choose! 
--Dr. Seuss--

Friday, 24 June 2016


During Week 8 of this term we went on a trip to the Kumeu Library to participate in an interactive show about Matariki around New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

We had a great time and found out so many new things about Matariki and the Islands that make up the Pacific.

We were also able to present our knowledge about Matariki in an assembly for our Te Henga team.