Thursday, 26 February 2015

Adding Money

Marshall and Tyler working together to work out how to
make amounts

Dom and Coopa thinking together

We are learning to add money in different ways to make the same total.

We had different items we could choose to purchase and needed to come up with 3 different ways we could pay for them.

We really had to think about if we were adding on ones, tens or hundreds.

We chose something we would like to buy and estimated what it might cost. We added worked out what dollars we could use to pay for it. 
Jack B
Check out the children's individual blogs for more fantastic maths learning. 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Writing Hooks

We made ice volcanoes they were lots of fun. We were thinking of all the amazing vocabulary we could use in our writing while creating and erupting the ice volcanoes.
Bailee adding water to make the volcano
Dom stirring the water and baking soda

Katie covering the bowl with plastic
Tyler tipping in the baking soda to make the ice volcano

The volcano breaking after the eruption
Sienna ready ready...????

Coopa and Sam watching to see what happens
Exploring the volcano

We are learning to use a hook to begin our writing. A hook makes the reader feel excited to keep reading our writing. When we write we are always thinking about the reader. 

Spit spit the volcano started to erupt. The lava steamed to the bottom of the crevices down the looked like red boiling water sliding to the bottom fast. 
Angus M

Spit! Spit! The volcano was going to erupt bursting lava out of the crater.

Spitter spatter as the volcano started to work. Drip drip lava is leaking down the side. "Oh no its going to explode run" 

Boom! Boom went the volcano exploding everywhere.

Rumble Rumble the volcano wasn't dormant anymore it erupted with fire hot lava.

Boom! The massive volcano exploded. Out of the crater came the lava it was boiling hot.
Sam G

Fizz! Bubble! Boom! The icy volcano exploded slowly deep out of the crater.

Sizzle! Sizzle went the volcano just before it erupted. Lava blasted out burning hot fire.

Bubble bubble the volcano started to erupt. Lava ran down the icy sides of the volcano.

Silence...until rumble rumble bubbles started to bubble in the crater.

Suddenly... a mysterious bubble popped out of nowhere. Fizz fizz fizz as the red water made more bubbles.

Here are the instructions if you want to make one at home.

How to make an ice volcano
1 plastic bowl
1 spoon
1 sheet of plastic
1 small ball
2/3 bowl Water
1/3 bowl Baking soda
Food Colouring
1)   Place a small ball inside a bowl.
2) Line the bowl with plastic wrap so that the golf ball is underneath and the plastic comes up over the sides.
3) Fill the bowl with a mixture of baking soda and water. It needs to be about 1/3 baking soda and 2/3 water. Make sure the mixture is covering the ball.
4) Drip in about 4 drops of food colouring (you choose the colour).
5) Leave in the freezer overnight.
6) Take out of freezer and pull the plastic and the ball out.
7) Squirt vinegar into the crater (hole) to find out what happens. 

Friday, 20 February 2015


We have been learning about sound words called onomatopoeia. Great authors can use onomatopoeia in their writing so the reader can imagine what sounds are happening in a story. 

We began by having a competition between boys and girls who could come up with the most onomatopoeia words. We used these words to create a visual representation of the word. 


Sam R




Jack C


Jack W


We wrote onomatopoeia poems. Each line had to begin with a sound word. We had the choice of writing about summer or superheroes. 

Swish! Swish! The waves are crashing on the shore.
Crack as I  bite into a freezing cold ice block.
Buzz! Buzz! Buzz as the bees admire the pretty flowers.
Glug! Glug! Glug as the wind blows the leaves and makes them fly in the air. 
Chirp! Chirp! The baby bird sang all day. 

Authors Charlotte and Sienna 

Clip-pity clop I am riding on my pony.
Swish! Swosh! The water went as I floated down the lazy river.
Drip drip honey dripped down from the bees hive.
Snap snap the crab is snapping on my leg in the water.

Authors Chahat and Maddie

Splash! Splash went the waves.
Slurp slurp the ice cream dribbled down my chin. 
Drip drip my sweat went down my back.
Squelch! Squelch the suncream went over my body. 

Authors Katie and Angus M

Kaboom! The Joker exploded a building.
Crash Dragon Claw punched the Joker. 
Swish the bad guy exploded into flames. 
Gulp Dragon Claw devoured the Joker.
Woosh the Superhero rushed into his lair on Te Mata Peak. 
ZZZZ Dragon Claw was fast asleep from a busy day of saving. 

Authors Mac and Jospeh

Swish as I turned into a superhero.
Broom !Broom! I raced on my motorbike.
Zoom I sped off to save innocent people.
Kaboom! I punched the baddy into space.
Swish as I turn back into a little boy.

Authors Ashwin and Aria

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Water Fun

Mrs H and Mrs Ramsay want to congratulate all the wonderful children from Room 1617. You were wonderful role models for all the children in Kowhai Hub. We love how you showed kindness, patience and encouraged the younger children to try new things. You made us very proud to be your teachers.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Competition Time

The planning has begun in Room 1617...

Watch this space for the finalists.  

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Artists in Residence

We are learning to make choices in how we explore, create and share our learning.

Children chose how they wanted to explore, create and share a self portrait. Children had the option of creating a 'Minecraft' or 'Picasso' portrait. It took lots of perseverance and determination to complete each portrait.

Picasso style faces are tricky because they have two views, one half of the face is a side view and the other half is a front on view. Just like Picasso, children used bright colours and unusual shapes.

Minecraft style portraits take lots of perseverance and determination because they are created one square at a time. Each square has to be carefully laid to help create different shapes on the portrait.

It is fantastic that every portrait is different - just like the special Superhero artists who created them.



Jack C
Sam G