Sunday, 8 December 2013

Christmas Around the World

We have been researching how Christmas is celebrated around the world.  We chose countries that we were interested in and produced some posters and Google Presentations to share our learning.

We have some here to share with you:

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Enterprise Showcase

Recently at EPS we had an Enterprise Showcase to show what we have learnt and done during our Inquiry this year. Room 16 have worked hard to plan and create a butterfly house to protect monarch caterpillars from predators and encourage monarch butterflies to our school. Here are the results:



Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Our LEARNZ field trip

This term we are taking a virtual field trip to Rakiura otherwise known as Stewart Island.  We will be learning about The Great Walk on Stewart Island and how they are working to save the Kiwi.

Here is the link to the LEARNZ field trip

Before we start our learning we had a discussion about what we already know about Stewart Island and our National Parks, and what we want to find out.

Here are the results:

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Day 3 NZ Maths Week

Today we looked at attributes of shapes.  
We learnt about faces, vertices (corners) and edges of 3D shapes.  We know how to describe a 3D shape using geometry terms.
We also practised counting in te reo Māori.  
Here is a cool game we played and a fun 3D shapes video we watched.  

Monday, 26 August 2013

Day one - Maths Weeks

Day one of Maths week.  

We focused on Quadrilaterals today.  
Do you know what a quadrilateral is?
Here are some cool videos and a game we played to help us remember. 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

New Zealand Maths Week 2013

This week is NZ Maths Week.  
There are lots of exciting activities and events happening over the week!   
The Maths Olympiad (students and teachers!), maths videos, games and lots more. 

Friday, 2 August 2013

Madame Butterfly Visit

Today we were lucky to have Madame Butterfly visit us at school.  She spoke to the Year 3 and 4 students all about butterflies.  We learnt so much, it was really interesting!  Mrs Dane even dressed up as a butterfly and we learnt all the different parts of a butterfly.  Have a look at our padlet about what we learnt!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Te Wiki ō te Reo Māori - Māori Langauge Week

This week is Te Wiki ō te Reo Māori!  
The focus this year is Ngā Ingoa Māori - Māori names.  
It is important to say place names and people's names correctly.  
How would you feel if people pronounced your name wrong?

Here are some short videos we have been watching this week.  
They have been teaching us how some places in Aotearoa got their names.  

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Create a Te Reo story book on-line

Today we created a Te Reo Māori story book in class.  It was so much fun that we decided we wanted to try this at home too, so here is the link!  Have fun creating your books!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Plurals learning

This week our spelling focus has been spelling plurals of nouns that end in f.  We also reviewed our plural knowledge.  
We played a fun game on the laptops to practise.  
Here is the link:

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Our trip to Te Tuhi!

On Friday we went on a trip to Te Tuhi. 

We always love going there because we learn about different art styles and techniques, have fun practising them and create an amazing piece of art work. 

On Friday, Jeremy, the Te Tuhi Educator, got us to think about the place we live in Aotearoa NewZealand, and our own cultural heritage. We then created a self-portrait and combined this with a landscape to visually tell our personal story of the place we live in and our cultural identity. We used a combination of art materials, including pencil, vivids, dye and paint. 

 Check out our fantastic day:
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Monday, 17 June 2013

Matariki Workshops

On Friday 14th June we spent the afternoon doing some workshops to celebrate Matariki.  We learnt how to weave whetu (stars) with Mrs Graham, we learnt how to play and sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little star in Māori on the Boomwhackers and set some goals for the rest of the years on some glittery stars.  we had a great afternoon...take a look:

Matariki Workshops on PhotoPeach

Tree Planting Fun

On Wednesday 12th June the Year 4's planted trees in the Elm Park Reserve with the NZ Landcare Trust.  This was part of the Volcano to Sea project.  You can find out more about this project by clicking here.  We really enjoyed planting the trees and helping our environment!  We created a PMI organiser as part of our reflections.  Here it is:

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Monday, 10 June 2013

Quad Blogging - Room 7 Henderson North School

Last week we were the focus for Quad Blogging week, this week it is time to focus on Room 7 Henderson North Primary School's blog!

Click on the link and check out their blog.  Don't forget to leave them a comment:

Super Room 16!!

During assembly on Friday Room 16 were awarded thress special awards!  We were very excited!

First we won Zero Waste Wally for being such a great Enviro class and then we won the Mathletics Award (with Rm20) for getting the most certificates in the last two weeks!  

CB won the Mathletics Award for getting the most points in the whole school!  Go CB!  What a great assesmbly!

Have you ever heard a Boomwhacker boom?...have a listen

Today we had a music session with Mrs Taljaard.  She taught us how to play the boomwhackers.  We learnt all sorts of things like how to hold one properly and how to make a clear noise.  We also played a short piece of music.  We had so much fun and can't wait to try them in our own class!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Hook, Line and Sing-a-Long

We had a fantastic afternoon of singing today... 

 Here is one of our favourite songs:

Learn about lions!!!

KM has been learning about lions during reading.  She has put together a Google Presentation about what she has learnt...have a look and see if you learn something new!

Friday, 31 May 2013

White Tailed Spiders

The Saturn reading group have been working on finding and summarising information in a non-fiction text.  They read a book about White-tailed Spiders and gathered information and produced a Google Presentation about what they learnt.  Check it out...

Amazing pizza fractions!

Today we made some pizzas using our fractions knowledge.
We used our maths fractions to know how many slices we had.
Our teacher put us into groups of four so that we all had a quarter each.
We had lots of delicious toppings on our fractions pizza.
Our favourite topping was cheese.
We took some amazing photos of us making our yummy pizzas.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Cybersafety Performance - MyFriends Dot Com

On Wednesday we watched a StoryLines Performance about Cybersafety.  
We learnt a lot of interesting things about being safe on the internet.  
Here are a few things we learnt:

Monday, 13 May 2013

Travelwise Week 2013

This week is Travelwise Week.


We’re celebrating active and sustainable ways to travel to school during Travelwise Week in May! That includes walking, cycling, public transport, carpooling and even scooting to school.

This week we are going to fill out an on-line calendar to track the different ways students in our class get to school.  By taking part in this survey we could win some cool prizes for our school.

Check out our calendar below:

R16 WOW Travelwise Calendar

New Zealand Post Children's Post Books Awards 2013

Check out the website below to have a good look at the Finalists in the NZ Post Children's Post Book Awards.  There are 5 great books in each of the Picture Book and Junior Fiction Sections.  Some of these are in our School Library and we will look at the during Library time on Thursday this week.

Which one is your favourite?  We will be voting this week!

New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Amazing Butterfly Hatching

Today an amazing thing happened in Room 16!!  

This morning after we had presented our keynote presentation to the Eco-Agents about building a butterfly house in our garden we actually got to watch a butterfly hatch in our room.  It was cool, beautiful, awesome, incredible, unbelievable!  Here are some pictures and a short video showing the butterfly hatch.  

Wednesday, 17 April 2013


A few weeks ago we had a buddy day with our buddy class, R4.  R4 is a Year 1 class and our goal is to be good role models and teachers for the students.

The theme for our day was Easter.

Room 16 made an Easter Egg hunt for the R4 children.  We had to find a spot to hide an Easter Egg and then write a clue that wasn't too easy or too hard for our buddies to follow.  We had fun trying to find good spots to hide the eggs.  Finally it was time for the Easter Egg hunt.  Our buddies were really excited!  We all went out into the junior playground, sensory garden and butterfly shade area to help our buddies find their egg.  It was so much fun.

When we got back to class we got to eat our Easter Eggs - lucky us!  We kept the foil in one piece though so we could reuse it later for decorating our Easter writing.  We helped our buddies write a short story about the Easter Egg Hunt.

Next we made some biscuits with Mrs Melville and made some Easter baskets and cards.

It was a very busy day!

Here are some photos from our day:

Our Butterfly House Plan

Today we presented our Butterfly House Keynote plan to mrs Plowright and Ms Johnston.  We all had a go at presenting a slide from the keynote.  We were all a bit nervous but it went really well!  Mrs Melville was really proud of us and Mrs Plowright gave us permission to build our Butterfly House.  Yay!!!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Homonyms Game

This week we are learning about homonyms.  
Here is a a game we played in class...
click on it and have a go.  
How well do you think you will do?

Monday, 4 March 2013

Warm and Cool colour art

Did you ever...?

We wrote some poems about what we did on our holidays.  We chose an exciting event that we did in the holidays and used it to create a poem.  

Did you ever...?

Thursday, 14 February 2013

The Room 16 Learning Bolts

Kia ora and welcome to the  Room 16 Learning Bolts class blog.

What a busy start to the year we have had.  We have had a busy first few weeks getting to know each other and establishing rules and routines in our class and discussing what a learning class looks like, sounds like and feels like.  We are all really excited about the year ahead and all the amazing learning and discovering we will be doing.  

We have created our class treaty together and formed a class korowai (cloak) with our class rules and school values on it.  Our rules and values were written on strips of card which were then interwoven to create our korowai.  We added some feathers with our names on it to the top of our korowai.  It looks amazing!  We also agreed on a name for our learning class - The Room 16 Learning Bolts!