Sunday, 17 September 2017

Maori Language Week Waiata Challenge

A big congratulations to the Room 10 children for winning their way through the heats and semi final to represent the Lower Middle School in the Belfast School, Maori Language Week, Waiata challange.

We performed our own version of Mahunga Pukahiwi to the whole school at assembly this afternoon and did an amazing job.  They are all stars!!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Our Trip to the Antarctic Centre

On Tuesday, the Lower Middle School Children visited the Antarctic Centre to reinforce the learning we have been doing during Inquiry time - Poles Apart - North and South.

We had a wonderful time and below are a few photos of some of the highlights.

 This is the food chain that we learnt about.  If the plankton at the bottom of the food chain die, then the other animals will have nothing to eat and they will die.   (by Yasman and Joshua)

 Everyone had to wear plastic covers over their shoes so that the ice in the snow room would not get dirty.  They looked like elf shoes.  (by Ali)

 They look like elves standing in a row and getting ready for Santa.  (by Tyler)

 People were all lining up in a row to get ready to go into the snow room.  We were feeling excited and nervous.  (by Oli)

 These photos were taken inside the snow and ice room.  We were having a blizzard and it was very chilly.  The temperature was -8 degrees.  (by JJ)

 We got to see some Little Blue Penguins and White Flippered Penguins.  They had coloured bands on their flippers and that told us if they were boys or girls.  All the penguins had been injured and they were being looked after.  (by Ruby, Isabelle and Erika)

 Look at these animals.  They all look a bit cute.  (by Jyrah)

 Gabrielle was dressing up Sam in really big and long and hot clothes like they have to wear in Antarctica.

 They dont have any toilets so they use buckets.  The girls have a special thing to go to the toilet.  When they go to the toilet, it goes into a plastic bag and is then taken back to NZ.  We are not allowed to leave anything behind in Antarctica.  (by Paige and Aidan)

 Does Isabelle have her drivers license?

 These are three different types of penguins.  I am bigger than an Emperor Penguin.  (said Mac)

 This is a tent that people live in. " I would not like to live in it." said Ryleigh
Charlie is trying to teach Ali how to drive properly.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Poles Apart - The Arctic and Antarctic

For our current Inquiry topic, we are learning about the North and South Poles.  So far, we have talked about where they are, their temperatures, famous explorers and the animals that live there.

We have been busy making models of both poles.  These models were very much a team effort with some children painting, others gluing and colouring.  We would love you to come in to Room 10 to see our models.

 The Antarctic - above and below sea level.

The Arctic - above sea level

We are really looking forward to our class trip to the Antarctic Centre on Tuesday and are excited about what we are going to learn.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Book Week - Grandparents afternoon

As part of Book Week, we were lucky to have a number of Grandparents come in to Room 10 and read to us.  They bought books that either they, their children or grandchildren enjoyed reading and listening to.  Everyone really enjoyed the opportunity and a few of us even got a little sleepy - we were so relaxed.

Thank you so much to our lovely Grandparents.  We really enjoyed listening to you reading and we hope you will come back and visit us in Room 10 again soon.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Dr Seuss

For the last two weeks, we are studying Dr Seuss and the many stories he wrote.  We have completed a range of activities about his books.  Thanks for sharing your Dr Seuss books with Room 10.

From reading his stories, the children have discovered many hidden messages and meanings in his books.  These include:

Face our Fears
Don't let anything stop us
Try new things
Don't give up!

Green Eggs and Ham

We shared the story - Green Eggs and Ham and made our own version of green eggs.
We do like Green Eggs!  Yum.

Cat in the Hat

We had fun watching the video of The Cat in the Hat and made yummy hats to eat.  We used biscuits, icing, licorice and marshmallows.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

From this story, we had the idea of making blue jelly and putting a fish in the jelly.  Mac said we therefore have - Jelly Fish!!

We had a fun two weeks exploring Dr Seuss stories and also discovered that his stories are quite hard to read as he loves to make up his own words and he loves using rhyming words.

We Love Dr Seuss!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

PJ and Onesies Day

Today, we celebrated PJ and Onesies Day to support our two Belfast School Jump Jam teams who have qualified to attend Nationals in Auckland later in the year.

Our very own Jor'ja is a member of one of these teams.  Go Jor'ja!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Welcome to Term 3

Welcome to Term 3 in Room 10 at Belfast School.

It was wonderful to see all the children back in class today, happy and ready to learn and have fun.

Instead of sharing our holiday news by talking in news groups or a news circle, we shared our holiday news and happenings by drawing on a 'Graffiti Wall'.   The children worked in their house colour groups and draw as many pictures as they wanted all over their groups roll of paper.  Each group then presented their roll to the class and explained their pictures.

Here is our finished Graffiti News Wall.

The children will use their pictures as a basis for their holiday writing tomorrow.

Below are pictures of each group working together.  The sharing, conversations and cooperation within each group were wonderful to see and hear!

Well done Room 10.  You are such kind and caring children.