Monday, February 28, 2011

What happens when you eat baked beans

Today we watched a video clip from Suzy's World. Before the video we drew what we thought happened when we eat food. Then we watched the video. After that we had a second try at drawing. We were amazed at how clever the body is and how everything is all so connected.

A medal for Charlotte

Charlotte took part in the Weet-Bix triathlon in the weekend and came home with a medal. You are a champion Charlotte.

Linnea has arrived from Christchurch

We are so pleased to welcome Linnea into Room 9. She has come south to stay with her cousin Emma and to have a welcome rest in the country after all the earthquake problems in Christchurch. Welcome, welcome, welcome!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Coins for Christchurch

On Friday our School Council organised a coin trail for Christchurch. We all brought along our coins and placed them on to a heart shape. It was good to be able to help. Can you find out how much money we raised?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Our Darkest Hour

This morning we stood in silence for a minute to remember all those affected by the Christchurch earthquake. It is very, very sad. Today we wrote stories about the earthquake. So many of us know people in Christchurch.

Long and short vowels bingo games

We are working hard to learn the difference between the long and short vowels. This will help with our reading and writing. How many /long a/ vowels patterns can we think of?

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Taieri Plains Triathlon

This amazing group of athletes took part in the Taieri Plains Triathlon on Friday. You are champions. Let us know how you got on.

Making connections!

This year our big theme is "Making connections." In buzz groups we thought of all the ways that things can connect. It was surprising how many we thought of. We connect with each other in the class. Some of us did a puzzle to show how the pieces connect. We thought about how letters connect to make words and numbers connect to make equations. We even thought about the connections in a game of touch. The world is full of connections!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Side by side at assembly

On Friday we shared our art and sang two songs at assembly. We thought you might like to hear the last verse of "Side by side." Room 9 you sure do shine!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Josh, you are so clever

Josh worked with Bailey to make a "spinner." Then when it was finished they brought it along to Room 9 to share with us. It was amazing watching it spin as the pattern stared to form.

We really love the Allen Centre

Every lunchtime wonderful activities are available in the Allen Centre. Abigail became a conchologist today and sorted and graded shells. Charlotte and Charlie happily did shell art together while Dylan worked hard with Jade, a big buddy, and learnt how to make a fishing fly.
Josh and big buddy Bailey followed a plan and made a remarkable machine that could make wonderful designs. We are so lucky to have the Allen Centre!

Outram School Gardening club

There was great activity at the Gardening Club today. Everyone went home with huge bags of tomatoes. There was also delicious smells coming from the Workshop where new seasons potatoes were being cooked and eaten!

Flag Spotting 2011

On the way to school I pass a house that displays a different flag every day. Can you guess which country has this flag? Write a comment and share your guess.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A helicopter came visiting

It was "H" day in Mrs Bayne's class today and a helicopter came to visit. We were very pleased to be invited to share in the exciting visit. We felt as if we might get blown off the field. Thank you to the team at the Rescue helicopters.

Concentrating with our printing

We are trying to correctly form our letters. Soon some of us will be using flicks. We like your pencil grip Amity.

Fitness every morning

Every morning we move around a fitness rotation. Today Room 9 were working on the hurdles. Go Georgia go!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Art for assembly

What great art we are doing. Come on Friday to assembly and you will be able to see our moving art.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Introducing myself

For our first homework task this year, we wrote a letter to Room 9 introducing ourselves. We shared these in class on Friday. They were so interesting. We have a few more to listen to on Monday.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Champion Swimmers

Today we had another session in our school swimming pool. Group One is working hard at their leg and arm action while Group Two is learning to use breathing with freestyle. We are so lucky to have a school swimming pool.

We love the Allen Centre

Today was our first session in the Allan Centre. There is a huge display of shells, a focus for this term. Have you got any interesting shells at home to share? Why not bring them along. Isaac and Lachlan quickly started investigating. Of course we all chose new library books and Ben and Henry couldn't wait to read them.

Experts in our classroom

We had a treasure hunt to discover all the talents in Room 9. We had to choose our favourite interest from a list of six - sports, books, pets, collecting, music, or something else altogether. We had to find someone for each category. Now we have groups of experts in Room 9. This will be very helpful for us.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dad's collection

Today Kylie brought her Dad's collection of patches to share with us. What an amazing collection. What is your favourite patch Kylie? Why?

What have you been making girls

Amity and Charlie are very busy in the Workshop after school. What are you making girls?

On the way to swimming

Today Josh went into the pool for the first time. He was so brave and worked so hard. He was able to put his head under the water while we counted. Well done Josh!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Flower Show art

Today we had our first session in the Workshop to prepare our art for the Flower Show. First we studied flowers and made sketches of them. Then we did our final sketch and used pastels and dye to add colour. We will finish them next week. They will look great!

Another visitor to Room 9

This morning Zayne brought a huhu beetle to Room 9. It flew in through a door at Zayne's house. What a lot we found out when we asked Zayne some "I wonder" questions. Can you find out where huhu beetles live and what they like to eat?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Doughnut sharing and independent writing

We have had many conversations about our holidays. There is so much to share. Yesterday we used our buzz groups and today we did doughnut sharing. We then did our first independent piece of writing for the year. Mmm I wonder how much we have remembered.