Sunday, July 31, 2011

A new bird feeder

We have a brand new bird feeder at our place. The wax eyes, tuis and bell birds love the sugar and water on these frosty mornings. Some of the wax eyes get very bossy! They better be careful because Haku the cat watches hungrily.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Who can guess this flag?

Here is a new flag for you to investigate. What is the country and where would you find it?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Brrrr and it's freezing at school too!

It was very dangerous walking across the playground this morning and Room 9 was freezing. But don't worry, by next Monday it will be warm and cosy. But the Room 9 Bird Cafe looks very sad. If you live near school you might be allowed to bring some food scraps for the bird table. There are some very hungry and cold birds nearby.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Snow, snow, snow!

What was the snow like at your place? When I opened my front door this is what I saw. The wax eyes and bellbirds were very pleased to feed from our bird table. Not much fun being a bird today!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Holiday Reading!

As a special holiday treat we were allowed to take three books home from the library. Lots of chapter books have been taken home and some interesting non-fiction books. Byron chose a book about the Titanic. Happy reading Room 9.

Phonics is fun!

Every day we have phonics. I like it because I am learning heaps of long E patterns. I will tell you some words I know with a long E pattern - sheep, she, he, happy, sea, tea. There are lots more. It makes me feel clever.

Reporter: Jackie

Wow have you seen a tui's tongue?

After play time we we went to the library for library time. Dylan brought a dead wax eye. Then Mrs Steadman went over to the staff room and got the a dead tui out of the freezer. We looked at the tui's tongue and saw the brush on the end of it. The brush helps it to get heaps of nectar to drink. Here is some thing to try at home. If you find a dead bird at home take it inside and try and hold it up against the window and spread its wings out. You will see that the colour disappears. You can also wrap the bird in newspaper and bury the bird in the ground. Wait for three months and then when you dig it up you will be able to see the skeleton.

Reporter: Liam

A new letter

Yesterday I received my letter from my lovely uncle. Did you know that my uncle and aunty are getting married? I think it is November 16th. They live in Auckland. I loved getting my letter.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

And then we had afternoon tea!

After the concert we had a delicious shared afternoon tea. It was hard to know where to start. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Yum!

Family Fiesta

We finished our inquiry topic, "Connections in my family," by having a Family Fiesta. We sent out invitations to our families and today was the day. A huge crowd enjoyed Syndicate singing, guitar and recorder playing, Jump Jam teams and the Junior Choir. What a great celebration!

Bill Peat

Look what I spied in the library corner! Five Bill Peet fans and a huge pile of Ben Peat stories. Which are your favourite stories boys?

Delicious breakfast at the Room 9 Bird Cafe

We have had flocks of birds as the weather gets colder. Our lovely caretaker finds food for the birds when he checks around the playground. Today he found hot dog and chips! It is very hard to take photos of the birds. If we get too close to the window they disappear!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Taieri College band comes visiting

What a lovely surprise we had today. The Taieri College band came and entertained us with their music. We were very impressed that they had written quite a few of the songs themselves. I wonder if anyone in Room 9 could make up a song on their own?

Wet lunch times

It was snowing outside but that didn't worry us at lunchtime. There is always heaps of things to do in Room 9. Abigail and Camryn were busy constructing. What are you going to build next girls?

Practicing for the Family Fiesta

Today at lunch time our photographer caught the Junior Choir having a last minute practice before the concert on Thursday. They are sounding brilliant. Don't forget to come at 1.30pm to listen to them.

Yum yum yum

I got a cooking book from the library and I made love heart cookies .The icing was raspberry and it was delicious.

Reporter: Georgia
Photographer: Liam

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Come on flag detectives!

Mmmm here's another weekend flag for you to investigate. Can you find out which country has this flag? I wonder if this country is coming to the Rugby World Cup? How many countries are coming?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Room 9 we shine all the time!

Today was the day of our assembly item. We were brilliant. Our guitar players accompanied us while we sang. Abigail and Charlie led the recorder players and finally we shared our native bird art and our chain sentences. If you missed our presentation you can see the art work hanging in Room 9. If you want to hear our music, come to the Family Fiesta on Thursday at 1.30pm in the hall.

You are invited to the Family Fiesta

Today we made our invitations for the Family Fiesta next Thursday afternoon at 1.30pm. We will present items and then we will have a shared afternoon tea. This will mark the end of our Family Connections theme. What fun we have had. Are you coming?

More mail for Room 9

Every morning we wait to see if there are any more letters for Room 9. Today there were four - one for Charlotte, one for Byron, one for Kylie and one for Henry. We enjoyed sharing these letters in class. Tell us where your letters came from children.

Chain sentences for assembly

Together we created word banks describing native birds. Then we wrote chain sentences using these wonderful words. It was fun sharing our favourite sentence with the rest of the class. Finally we practiced saying them to a buddy.

Stars in Jump Jam

Jump Jam keeps us very fit in Term 2. Every day we choose two or three experts to be on the stage the next day. Everyone is trying very hard to be an expert.

Here's a question for you

Today I took a photo of Jayden doing something. Can you guess what he is doing?

Photographer: Camryn
Reporter: Camryn

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Fun, fun, fun everywhere!

We are at the Woodchip play ground and I am climbing a tree. We are also at the sandpit playing with all our friends.

Photographer: Charlotte
Reporters: Jackie and Charlotte

Dylan is an expert at throwing and catching

ppI am good at ball skills because me and my Dad practice throwing ,catching and bouncing. I am really good at dribbling the ball. When I grow up I want to be in the All Blacks.

Co-operation and Teamwork!

Our focus this term is co-operation and teamwork. Our senior students showed us a wonderful example of co-operation and teamwork at our Monday assembly. Look what happens when everyone works well together!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

More ball skills

The fields and the courts were full because of Senior Syndicate sport but we found the hall was empty and it was a great place to practice our ball skills.

Monday, July 4, 2011

The letters came marching in by twos hoorah! Hoorah!

Well today the letter box was full of letters for Room 9. Beautiful letters have been sent to us from family members living all over New Zealand. There was so much love and kindness in the letters that we smiled right through the rest of the day. There are still heaps more letters to arrive. Nearly every relation said how much they enjoyed receiving a letter in the mail.