Weekly Update




TERM 3

Week 9
VERY WELL DONE to the six Year Six students in O3 who put themselves forward for the speech contest. I was absolutely blown away by all of you. You worked very hard on the content of your speeches and the delivery. It was extremely hard to select the students who will go through to the competition between the VLCs this coming Wednesday, where our two school finalists will be chosen. GOOD LUCK!

A big THANK YOU to Simon Franks who is actively promoting this contest and kindly came to speak to O3 and O4 on techniques for public speaking

Writing
We will be focusing on Narrative. Last week we used some story starters on video to continue a narrative. This week we will use an opening paragraph for a narrative and also have the opportunity for free choice.
Reading
A group will be continuing their novel study. Others will be reading about New Zealand and other countries around the world in connection with personal inquiries.
Maths
Geometry and group work in numeracy will continue.
This Friday is a mufti day. To wear mufti you need to bring a can of food to school. This is to support the Salvation Army who are helping families in need within our local community.

Week 8
Writing 
We will be writing a book review and also revisiting Narrative writing
Reading
This week we are having a school-wide Reading/Book Day. Students will be buddy reading with the classes in our VLC. Teachers will be swapping classes to read books to the children. Management will be visiting to read to classes. We have our usual Library visit on Monday. 
Maths 
We will be continuing to work on addition and subtraction strategies and applying these skills in problem solving. 
Art
We will be finishing our mixed media pictures.
Inquiry
Following our readings and investigations into refugees we will be looking at other reasons for people moving around the globe. We will be furthering our personal inquiries into how and when our families first came to live in New Zealand and looking at cultural differences. 

Week 7
Writing
We will be looking at a range of persuasive phrases to use in our speech writing. We might also get time to do some descriptive poetic writing. 
Reading
Integrated with Inquiry: One group will continue studying the novel which charts the flight of Vietnamese refugees by boat. Others will be reading a journal article about a New Zealand clown who went overseas to lift the spirits of children in a refugee camp. 
Maths
We will be doing more work in our geometry strand as well as work on addition and subtraction including decimal numbers.
Art
We have roller painted out sky backgrounds and painted on branches. We have also sketched birds, done our good copy on a piece of sheet music paper and shaded them with coloured pencils. We will work on making the branches look three dimensional using pencil shading/hatching and cut leaves from magazines to complete our mixed media pictures. 

Week 6
Writing
We will be recounting our cross country experience and also working on letters to a special person in the family for their special day this weekend.
Reading
This is integrated with our Inquiry topic; Movement (people). A group will be starting a novel study on The Journey of 1000 miles, which deals with a perilous journey to freedom by a group of Vietnamese, fleeing from their home country to Hong Kong. Others will be examining a Journal article about Polish refugee children who came to New Zealand following the Second World War. 
Maths
We will continue with our group numeracy work and also explore angles and direction in Geometry.
Art
We started our mixed media pictures last week. We will work on these this week.

Week 5
Writing
Our focus will be persuasive writing this week.
Reading
Integrated with Inquiry; groups will be reading about the Otago gold rush during the 1800s, when thousands of Chinese moved from their home country in a bid to improve the lives of their families. 
Maths
We will have some activities from Maths Week to complete as well as our regular programme. 


Week 4
Writing
We will be writing a description from a photograph depicting a moment in time from another culture. We will need to use our sense of empathy to 'walk in the shoes' of someone else. We will also be writing a reflection on our Inquiry activity on Wednesday.
Reading
Inquiry integrated - some students will read about people from other countries living in New Zealand and reflect on 'what it is to be Kiwi . Others will be looking at the difference in housing around the world, specifically the construction of a traditional Samoan Fale. 
Maths
This week is MATHS WEEK. We will be doing a variety of estimation activities and tasks from the Maths week website in pairs or teams. 
Week 3
Writing
We will be focusing on narrative this week
Reading
This will be integrated with our Inquiry topic. Groups will be reading a variety of articles concerned with people living in New Zealand who are finding ways to connect with the culture and heritage of their Asian ancestry.  
Maths
Continue group work at appropriate levels on addition and subtraction strategies and problem solving. 

Week 2

Writing

We will be re-crafting bland sentences for best possible use of of language. Following this we will do some poetic writing. 

Reading

One group will be reading about the experiences of a New Zealand student who studied in China. Another will be reading about the first people who arrived in New Zealand. Another will compare and contrast school life in New Zealand and Korea.  

Maths

We will be revisiting addition and subtraction. Group work will be at appropriate levels; algorithm/rounding and compensation/place value. 

PE

Don't forget a change of clothes for Cross Country


Week 1

O3 was in the very capable hands of Liz Hood. For Reading and Writing, I planned for them to explore the story of Cyclops, from the epic 'travel' poem The Odyssey. They also wrote a holiday recount. In Maths they began to explore Probability.

Liz is a very talented artist and she spent time teaching the students about colour - see student page for more details. 


Welcome back. I hope you all had a wonderful break. Whilst New Zealand shivered we enjoyed temperatures of up to 31 degrees in Colombia. 
This term we are looking at Movement - in relation to people. There are many reasons why people move from one place/country to another. Reasons may relate to war/persecution, natural disasters or the desire to change lifestyle or improve living conditions. Oftentimes the reason is love. Our trip to Colombia was to be at the wedding of our son Chris and his Colombian partner Laura. Laura moved here to work as a civil engineer, but mainly to be with Chris. Although Laura speaks excellent English, as a family we are going to learn Spanish. We now have a whole new family in Colombia, many of whom do not speak English. As we only speak a few words and phrases in Spanish, we had insight into how people who move to a new country often encounter a language barrier. Life in Colombia is vastly different from life in New Zealand; our holiday was a wonderful cultural experience. 

One of my own snaps, the official photos have Laura with her eyes open!



WELCOME BACK! TERM 2


Week 10
We will be looking at speech marks again. Then we will be viewing the BBC TV series of Stig of the Dump. We will compare and contrast the two media. The TV series is different in many ways to the novel, with a completely different ending. 
Reading
We will be reading and taking notes of aspects of life during the Stone Age (which relates to the above novel). 
Maths
We will be continuing work on Time. Those competent time-tellers are working on the 24 hour clock.
Art
We have stated our calendar art - the theme is 'Kiwiana'.

Week 9
Writing
Two spelling assessments took up some of our writing time last week, so we will be exploring emotions in our writing this week. We will also write a book review on the class novel Stig of the Dump.
Reading
Each group will be reading and performing plays over the week. Reading will be integrated with personal inquiries. 
Maths
We will be working on Time. 
Inquiry
We will continue to pursue our own lines of inquiry 

Week 8
Writing
We will be using personification in poetic writing to describe rainy weather (weather that is on the way this week). We will also be exploring various emotions in our descriptive writing. 
Reading
One group will be reading about ancient civilisations and considering the changes in society over the centuries. Another group will be looking at transport past, present and future. Another group will be discovering the world of carnivorous plants.
Maths
Group work focus on fractions. We will also start work on Time. 
Inquiry
Second attempt at growing crystals.

Week 7
Writing
We will be focusing on descriptive writing and how to make best possible use of language to paint a word picture in the reader's mind. We will also be revisiting the use of speech marks. 
Reading
We will be reading 'Elephant Toothpaste' which relates to our Inquiry topic. We will also be reading about Matariki
Maths
We will continue with work on fractions
Inquiry
We will be growing crystals
Art
We aim to finish our Tapa cloths this week. 


Week 6
I hope you enjoyed the long weekend.
Writing 
We will be looking at speech marks as this was not done last week due to my absence.
Reading
Please read for last week, as due to my absence the programme changed with relievers in the room. Reading groups continued at their appropriate levels using the Red and Blue Box Reading Kits.
Maths
We will be reviewing knowledge of fractions and starting some work on this concept. 
Art
The Tapa designs are progressing well and this week we hope to get to the dyeing stage followed by the scrunching and ironing stage! We will also be continuing with our geometric drawing of stars for Matariki. 
Inquiry 
An experiment related to this week's class reading on Rust

Week 5
Writing
We are continuing with report writing and will write a report on tapa cloth - its history, making and traditional uses. We will also look at the correct use of speech marks
Reading
Our usual library visit is on Monday, which we all look forward to. As a class we will be reading about the changes involved when metals rust. The rest of the week groups will be reading about the kakapo, frozen food sent to the Antarctic base and a short novel about a Falcon. 
Maths
We will continue strand work on measurement and numeracy work involving multiplication and division. 
Art
Last week we started designing tapa cloths using traditional motifs. We will continue with this. Look at out Gallery to see the steps involved. 


Westpac Helicopter Fundraising mufti day - all in a very good cause

It was wonderful to see so many parents sharing their children's achievements during our Learning Celebration on Wednesday. Lots of great conversations, laughter and positivity. Very well done O3 students for leading this. You were all amazing! Thank you parents and caregivers for taking the time to come along and celebrate.

Week 4
Writing/Reading
This week Writing and Reading will be fully integrated. We will be choosing our favourite animal to research and write a report on. We will use books from our library and at least two sites on our devices. We will take notes under specific headings and then compile a report. We will choose our method of presenting the final report.
Maths
We will be working in mixed ability groups to complete an activity which involves calculating area and using our design skills. This also involves knowledge and strategies in multiplication. 

Wednesday 24 is our Learning Celebration afternoon/evening. Don't forget that school finishes at lunch time on this day 

Week 3
Writing
We will continue to look at procedural writing. We are also setting our goals for improvement this term.
Maths
We carried out practical measurement activities in the classroom and around the school last week. We will look at perimeter and area this week. Group work focus is multiplication and division. 
Reading 
Some groups will read and perform plays. One play 'Ancient History' links well to our Inquiry focus on Change; it deals with lifestyle/technology, present and future. One group will be reading about earthworms including information on how they change soil for the better. Another group will be reading Mahinga Kai Crusaders, which is about the Maori tradition of gathering food. We will be considering the change in eating habits that have occurred over time. 


Week 2
Writing
We will be writing letters of appreciation to very special people for their very special upcoming day. We will also look at procedural writing. 
Maths
We will be looking at Measurement, starting with length, perimeter and area. Numeracy work will continue in groups according to needs.
Well done to those children who now know all their multiplication tables! 
Reading
Group work according to needs. Some of us will read about changes in society regarding how we spend our leisure time. Another group will read about the similarity between early Maori artwork with the rest of the world and how it has since changed/developed. 
Inquiry
We will continue delving into the fascinating subject of chemical change.



Week 1
I hope you all had a lovely Easter and a great holiday break. I know I did!

Writing
We will be revisiting the success criteria for Recount Writing and looking at ways in which we can improve our work. We will also start some Report Writing.
Buddy spelling tests this week.
Maths
This week's focus is multiplication and ensuring that those who need to are on task with learning their times tables. We will be using the BBC Skillswise site to help learn and consolidate this important knowledge. Our Strand this term is Measurement. 
Reading
Some of you may have attended an ANZAC commemoration service on Tuesday. We will be using School Journal articles and an online book to read about aspects of the First World War. One group will look at the role of Te Hokowhitu-a-Tu, The Maori Pioneer Battalion, in the First World War. Another group will read about the origin of ANZAC biscuits and another will read a story about Simpson and his donkey at Gallipoli. 
Inquiry Our focus this term is Change in relation to chemical change. 


HAPPY HOLIDAY!

Week 11
We will be finishing our Hundertwasser art pieces. We will share these, along with all our other displayed work, with our VLC Team. This will take place  on Tuesday when we are having a 'walk and talk' through the six classes. 
Writing 
We will look at some book reviews and write our own on Holes by Louis Sachar, the class novel we have just finished. 
Maths
Continue with group work according to needs. Learn about Stem and Leaf graphs. 
Reading
Comprehension and vocabulary work. We will read and perform plays in our groups. 
Inquiry/Arts
Finish our Hundertwasser Art and reflect on the Inquiry Process in relation to this activity. In doing this we will have our first experience of using Workspace on our devices. 

Bold shapes, bright colours,  few straight lines

 Hundertwasser Art


Hard at work

Works in progress


Week 10

Writing
We will be completing a Writing Sample for assessment. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and we will have Waterwise, after which we will recount our experiences. We will also look at alliteration.
Maths
Differentiated group work for numeracy. As a class we will explore line graphs. Keep learning those multiplication tables, especially those of you who don't yet know your 2, 5 and 10 times tables. 
Reading
Group work according to needs. Some of us will be comparing and contrasting different communities. Others are looking at the relationship/connectedness between dogs and man. Another group are coming to the end of their novel study on C.S Lewis' novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Inquiry/Arts
We will be creating local scenes in the style of Hundertwasser as part of our enquiry into connecting with our environment and art heritage. 

Waterwise this week weather permitting Unfortunately cancelled due to the weather. Hoping this might take place in Term 4

Week 9
Writing 
With Waterwise being cancelled, instead of our recounts, we wrote thank you letters to the swim instructors who taught us at the Leisure Centre recently. We read an interesting New Zealand Herald article on our devices entitled 'All Kiwi Kids should get Free and Equal Access to swimming Lessons' and used some of the information in our letters. This week we will be writing about our favourite place. 
Maths
Work on basic facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Differentiated group work in addition and subtraction. 
Reading
Group work according to needs. As a class we looked at a School Journal article on Hundertwasser and did some research on his life as a lead up to art work using his style. 
Inquiry
We have considered discrimination and will continue with our Sneetches unit to further understand how our beliefs and values influence who we are and what we do.

PLEASE NOTE: Waterwise for O3 is now scheduled for week 10 
Wednesday 5 April 9:20 - 10:30 Please let me know if you are able to assist. Thank you.

Week 8
Writing
Focusing on things we know and connect with, we will publish our poems entitled 'My House'. We will write a recount/review of our Waterwise experience and also look at metaphor.
Our spelling programme continues and we should all be learning our individual list of words ready for buddy testing next week. 
Maths
We are looking at strategies for addition. One group is working on understanding place value and addition for decimals. Keep working at the multiplication tables you don't know. Focus on only one at a time. You will find you already know parts through your knowledge of other tables. 
Reading
Group work according to needs. 
Inquiry
We will be considering difference and how we relate to others who are different from us. 

Wednesday: Waterwise postponed

Week 7
This week we have our LA, Lizzy Dickie, joining us. Haere Mai. Welcome.

Writing
Continuing with our inquiry focus of connection, we will be writing about someone we admire. 
We will continue with our work on plural nouns and start to look at the correct use of the apostrophe. 
Maths
Group work to suit needs - addition and place value. We have explored tally charts, dot plot and block graphs as well as pie charts. This week we will look at strip graphs.
Reading
Group work according to needs. Focus on reorganising information which relates to 'sorting out' in our inquiry work. 
Inquiry
We are looking at our connection to the local environment and will be considering information about the facilities available to us here on the Hibiscus Coast.

Tuesday: final swimming lesson at the Leisure Centre
Friday: school pool, weather permitting
Saturday: SCHOOL GALA


Week 6
Writing
We will look at using similes and write to describe a pet. The focus will be on recrafting our writing for best possible use of language. PAT testing for punctuation and grammar is scheduled for Monday morning. 
Maths
Following PAT and number knowledge testing groups will be established to focus on students needs. 
Reading
Reading groups are up and running now. Students will be working to improve comprehension skills and develop fluency and accuracy in their reading.  
Inquiry
We will revisit our questions and continue to focus on 'finding out'. 
We started some art work which connected us to our local environment, specifically Many Beach. After our Waterwise session and a leisurely lunch under the shade of pohutukawa trees, we sketched the beach foreground and horizon. Back at school we have produced lovely seascapes using chalk, pastel and black dye. Here is one showing the process, (half has been dyed as the final step).
Monday: we will be using the bikes in school, make sure you have shoes.
Tuesday: swimming lessons at the Leisure Centre
Wednesday: listening skills will be assessed with PAT  
Thursday: Year 5/6 SWIMMING SPORTS all day at the Leisure Centre
Friday: mufti day
Saturday: SCHOOL GALA! postponed


Week 5
Writing: in connection with 'Connectedness' (Whanaungatanga) we will be writing about our friends. Our focus is to write in correctly punctuated sentences and use descriptive language to add detail and interest. We need to edit and recraft to ensure we meet these criteria.
Last week we set up a journal on our devices and we will add more entries this week.   
Maths: Work on basic facts and place value will continue, with some work on statistics. 
Reading: Comprehension work, with an emphasis on inference this week, will continue. We are reading about things 'New Zealand' to tie in with Whanaungatanga - connections to our country and culture. 
Inquiry: Following last week's 'tuning in' where we made a Wonder Wall with our questions, we will look at 'finding out'
What do I need to do?
Where do I need to go?                                  
Who could I talk to?
How could I investigate this?
How will I record/document this?
What skills do I need to use to find out?
What will help me learn more?
What do I need to organise?
Swimming is Tuesday  
Mufti day Friday  

This week, first block, is PAT assessment in Mathematics, Reading Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension (Monday, Wednesday Friday). This gives detailed information regarding achievement and progress.   


Week 4
This week we will be setting up our devices. Exciting!
Wednesday: swimming lessons at the Leisure Centre.
Thursday: Waterwise at Big Manly Beach.
Writing: We will write about 'Our Favourite Things' and publishing this work. Testing of the Essential Spelling lists will continue. Vivid vocabulary to extend our understanding and use of new words. 
Reading: Comprehension including predicting, questioning, suumarising and evaluating. 
Maths: Basic facts and place value. I am screening every student for their number knowledge and use of strategy. This will help in establishing groups.
Inquiry: Tuning in:
What do I already think, know and feel about this?
Do I have any questions at this stage?
What are they?
How can I show what I think about this already?
What am I expecting to find out/do with this?
Why is this important to do/learn about?
What else does this remind me of?
What puzzles me about this? 


Week 3
In mathematics this week will exploring statistics. Our writing focus will be on constructing a recount about an interesting event and creating a poem about ourselves. 
Monday is our library day and our first visit as a class will be this week. Also, this Monday Mrs Truebridge will be taking us for music. 

In week two we conducted a survey and collected data on the traffic along Ladies Mile.



Haere Mai Welcome to O3 2017


I hope you all enjoyed your summer break. Welcome back! Room 03 is ready and waiting for you, a blank canvas for us to fill on our learning journey for 2017 

I am looking forward to meeting with you on Wednesday and Thursday next week. 

Weeks 1-2 

Whangaungatanga/Relationships - our focus 

We will continue to get to know one another, build relationships and develop a sense of belonging in Room 03.

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