Thursday, September 24, 2015

What a wonderful challenge!

Mr Marshall organised a wonderful end of term house challenge for us today.  First, he showed us the course and then we lined up in our houses. It was important to work as a team. The competition was fierce and the cheering was loud. Tomorrow at assembly we will find out which house won.

Hartley's painting of Marley

At art class Jill drew Marley and I drew the eyes,nose and mouth. I painted him red. I painted his eyes  and his nose black. Jill helped me paint the black around the outside.

This is Marley.

Reporter Hartley

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Laura continues to amaze us

I have done another Tantalising Toy. At the last assembly of this term I will get a certificate and a badge. This was the last project for Tantalising Toys challenge.

Reporter: Laura

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Who should have the egg?

Working in teams, there were strong debates today as we considered whether Horton should have the egg or Maisie. Some felt that Horton had sat on the egg for 51 weeks so he deserved to have the egg. The Maisie supporters said that the baby bird would need a mother bird to feed it and teach it how to fly. We debated the topic and talked and talked. When we finally voted Horton won by one vote!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Describing a time when we built a hut

We are writing about a time when we built a hut. Today we closely studied a piece of writing by Gavin Bishop where he describes building huts as a child. We then shared our own hut building stories and nearly everyone had a story to share.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Garden Club has started again - it must be Spring!

A large group of children came to Garden Club today. First the gardens were dug and then compost was unloaded and added to the beds. After a final raking lettuces and potatoes were planted. What would we do without Trevor and Barbara!

Frozen Images

Today we continued learning drama conventions using the story of "Horton hatches the egg." We learnt how to make a frozen image where it looks like a photograph. At first we worked in pairs firstly telling a joke and then pretending to tell a friend that a pet had died. Finally we used this drama technique to make a frozen image of the animals laughing at Horton sitting on the nest.

Special visitors this morning

We were all delighted when Mrs Carter came into Room 9 this morning with baby Bryn. We sat close quietly watching him and asking questions. Mmm I wonder if he will come to Outram School.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Elgregoe the Magician from Christchurch

This afternoon we had a wonderful performance by Elgregoe the Magician. We laughed and we clapped and we were amazed at his brilliance. We also talked seriously about how to keep our school a happy and safe place.

More fun with Horton

Yesterday we learnt how to 'hot seat' and how to use telephone conversations in drama. Today we worked in pairs to practice going into role on the phone. Some of the conversations were brilliant. We then had phone calls with Horton in the bird's nest. Mackenzie became the leader when we were making rain. Finally the children had turns talking on the phone as either Maizie or Horton.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Horton hatches the egg

We are using the Dr Seuss story "Horton hatches the egg," to learn different drama conventions. Today we used telephone calls and "hot seating." Anita was terrific as she took on the role of Horton.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Science Expert

Liam has been working hard with Mrs Stedman in the Allen Centre to learn about how the elements work on the Periodic Table. He learnt that water is called H2O because it has 2 hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Learning the Highland Fling

Yesterday we were learning the Dinha dance from Zimbabwe. It is a dance celebrating the harvest.
Today we looked at a completely different dance, the Scottish Highland fling!
We have a few potential highland flingers in Room 9!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Writing and Eating in class?!?!?!

We are learning about writing instructions. Today we each made a jam sandwich and then we got to eat it. Some of us were not so keen on the sandwich, but the little birds at our bird feeding stand had a real party.
I wonder if any Room 9 child can leave a comment to tell us what a procedure has?

Monday, September 7, 2015

Sensational Music Star!

Well done Mitchell who placed 3rd in his music competitions for his drum playing. What a flash medal!

Jump Rope for fitness

Skipping is our fitness focus. Look at how well Hannah has mastered the heel tap skip!

The Impossible Bridge

The Lions reading group read the text, The Impossible Bridge. Their task today was to teach the Polar Bear group about bridges, then build the folded bridge in the book. Look how much weight the bridges could hold!!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Happy Father's Day art

We created fish for our Dads using paper mosaics. Lots of patience was needed!
Well done everyone!


We have started our unit on dance from different cultures. Today we explored movement to different music. We were learning about using our bodies at different heights and sizes.

Principals Award

Well done to Anita for beautiful printing. Mr Marshall agreed!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Scavenger hunt for writing

Today Mrs Paterson and Rebecca took us to the Skerries Street playground to do a scavenger hunt. On the way back to school we managed to get most cars and trucks to toot at us too!
On our return we completed a writing sample.