Friday, 31 July 2015

LMS First Assembly for Term 3....

Today we had Room 13 present the first assembly of the term. It was great for the whole Lower Middle Syndicate to get together and celebrate what we have already achieved so far in Term 3.

We also welcomed Mrs Ryan, who is working in Room 8 alongside Mrs Kearns. It is great to have them as a part of our Belfast whanau.

Logan and Broghan were the certificate winners this week for their excellent focus in writing. They have been very hard workers and it has been great to see them producing some amazing results. Keep it up!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Managing our own learning...

Today we tried to manage our learning by being AWESOME self-managers! We worked really hard to be focused.

But what was really special was that we ran our own learning sessions!

For spelling, Charlie ran our spelling test. He called out the word and then had to put it in a sentence for us to hear. He did an excellent job being the teacher! Next week, we will have someone else step up to be the teacher.

For news time, we were responsible for running the WHOLE thing ourselves. We had to show respect to those speaking, we worked together to be great listeners and the news speaker was able to choose the next person.

Miss Truesdale was SO impressed with us, we were very mature and sensible students! We will be working to keep this up next week!

Check out our awesome listening during news!

Te Wiki o te reo Maori 2015....

Nau mai, haere mai!

This week we celebrated Maori Language Week. Students have been learning lots of new te reo words such as numbers, instructions, colours and how give our mihi's.

We also have read a te reo story every morning and have entered into a Maori quiz as well as an art/language competition. The winners of this competition, nationwide, will be published in a picture book!!

We have been learning our mihi's as well ( a short pepeha (speech) which tells people where we come from and who we are).

Here are some videos of us practicing our te reo and presenting our mihi's, even Miss T did hers!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Nevaeh's Weekend Writing...

Monday 27th July

In the weekend, I went to the hills for a drive to go to my Dad's friends' house. It was fun because we played a game of cards. The game we were playing was matching. It was fun. For tea, we had yams, potatoes, veggies and chicken with stuffing. It was delicious! After that, we went home. When we got home, I watched a little bit of TV then I went to bed. I went to sleep straight away because I was very tired.

By Nevaeh

Monday, 27 July 2015

Isaiah's Rugby Tournament

Today Isaiah went to the Northern Zones tournament where he represented Belfast School in Rugby. He came back covered in mud but had a big grin on his face!

They won one and drew one out of their matches played. Room 9 is really proud of Isaiah for representing us so well and for being a part of the year 5/6 team, an awesome effort!!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Corban's Amazing Lighthouse

Check out Corban's incredible lighthouse that he built with his Pop and his Dad. It can change speeds of how fast the light flashes, and even has rocks at the bottom to make it look real.

Great work, Corban!

New chairs for Room 9's Jelly Bean table...

Miss T has made some new stools for everyone to use when we are doing our reading at the Jelly Bean table. They are really comfy (unless we're sitting on them for too long!) and colourful.

Check them out...

Friday, 24 July 2015

Hanging with Harold...

We headed to the Life Education mobile classroom today. We got to spend some time with Harold, the helpful Giraffe. Today's session was all about empathy- putting ourselves in someone else's shoes.

We had a great time and certainly learnt heaps! Here are some words that you can discuss with us at home to help our learning:

body language

Check out some of our conversations from today:

"Body language is when someone doesn't want to talk but you can see what they're feeling by looking at the expression on their face"
- Corban

"Putting yourself in someone else's shoes means thinking about how they are feeling"
- Logan

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Caydn's Pupppy comes to play...

Today, Caydn and his mum, Amanda, bought their beautiful new puppy in to show Room 9. Lotti is only 8 weeks old and coped very well with all the new faces.

We can't wait to see her again!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Bricks, Bricks and more Bricks!!

This term, we are starting a new Basic Facts programme. It is called the Bricks programme. Students have already sat the test and received their first "brick". A brick has a specific group of questions that targets a certain learning outcome students need to practice.

For example,

Brick 8 is focusing on recalling "ten and" facts. 

The aim of this programme is to develop instant recall. This means we only have 3 seconds to answer the questions. Everyone starts on their own brick that is best suited to their learning needs.

When we feel like we have learnt the brick, we can ask to be tested. Testing times are 8.45am -9am each morning and the first 5 minutes of morning tea and lunch. We can ask to be tested up to twice a day. 

If we pass the brick, we move onto the next one. The aim is to try and move through as many bricks this term as possible. It would be great if you could help us to practice as much as possible at home. 

If you have any questions about the new programme, please let Miss T know.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Welcome back to Term 3!!

Welcome back to everyone for a bright and exciting new Term!!

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and are set for another busy 10 weeks.

Everyone in Room 9 would like to say a big, warm welcome to Nevaeh, who joins us from Avondale School today. We are excited to have you join our whānau and can't wait to show you how awesome Belfast is!

This Term we are learning all about communication through the ages and we will be creating some interesting collages. We are going to be continuing our amazing progress in reading and maths, and will be starting a new basic facts programme (more information to come).

We also have lots of exciting events coming up such as Maori Language Week, Book week, Maths week, Life Education lessons, hockey, Skipping September and a Poetry competition.

I look forward to all that lies ahead, and I'm sure we will have lots to post about on our blog.

Keep watching this space!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Pirate Week....

To celebrate the last week of term, we had a Pirate Week in Room 9. Everybody chose their own pirate name and we had to try and use these throughout the week. We also read about the "10 Stages of Becoming a Pirate". After reading the book, we created Pirate ships, costumes, designed our own flag, wrote descriptions of what you would find in our treasure chests and lots and lots of Pirate puzzles!!!

To finish the week, we all got dressed up in our Pirate outfits and set out on a treasure hunt throughout the school! It was a great adventure!

We have had an awesome term in Room 9, and we hope everyone has a lovely holiday break.

P.S. Don't forget to fill up those reading logs!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Building a Better Belfast...

Over the last 7 weeks, we have been designing, testing and creating a piece of outdoor learning equipment to better the outdoor learning environment at Belfast School. We all designed our own creations, then voted on our favourite design to build together.

Here are some photos of us all helping to build Charlie's design....

Special thanks to Shane for helping with the building process, we couldn't have done it without you!