Thursday, 29 October 2015


We had a special visitor, Mr Cottrell, who came and taught us tennis skills.  

We learnt how to hold the tennis racket correctly.
We hold the end of the racket so we can reach further with our racket.
We hold the racket on top (we put the racket on the ground and pick it up to get our grip right). 

We also learnt to play a forehand shot.
Our feet are sideways
We point with our left hand to where we want to hot the ball
We swing the racket through like an aeroplane and catch in our other hand after we have hit the ball. 

Mr Cottrell showing us a forehand shot

Maia controlling the ball with her racket
So much concentration

Walking or running with the ball
on our racket
Coopa's follow through
Sienna keeping her eyes on the ball
Charlie pointing with his right hand
Angus being very determined
Mac has his eyes on the ball

Marshall moving towards the ball

Maia catching the racket in her other hand

Maddie hitting a great forehand

Marshall catching the racket
Thank you so much Mr Cottrell we had so much fun and can't wait for you to come again so we can learn some more. 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015


We have been learning about different kinds of poems. We wrote acrostic and cinquain poems about our learning. 

Listening carefully                                
Arguing with manners                           
Respect each others ideas                      
Never give up                                        
Independent learning or collaboratively
Give it a go!                                            

Poet Zack                                    

Working hard
Tell stories     
Great authors  

Poet Sienna

Never give up 

Poet Joseph        

Learning collaboratively    
Enjoying learning               
Amazing work                    
Never give up                      
Inside, outside, everywhere
Never rush                           
Go back to make changes     

Poet Tyler

Miss Stacey                            
Hold a position-hands gripped
Include everybody                   
Need to count                            
Girls love to march                    

Poet Ashley

   Lots of thinking            
Arguing with manners
Never give up              
Independently learning
New Learning              
Growing knowledge     

Poet Jordan

Really focused            
Trying new techniques

Poet Jessica    

Making mistakes             
Always makes maths fun
Team work                       
Helping each other          

Poet Coopa             

Non-fiction, imaginative
Concentrating, sharing, creating
Hooking in the reader

Poet Caitlin

Challenging, exciting
Trying, learning, getting
Arguing with manners

Poet Blair     

Messy, colourful
Creating, painting, splashing
Display so people can enjoy

Poet Jack B

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Weight and Capacity

We have been learning about weight and capacity.

1kg = 1000g

1litre = 1000ml

Estimating and then measuring how
many potatoes are in 1 kg
Zack and Blair trying to make playdough

Aotea and Katie working out how far away from 1 kg their estimation was

Issy counting how many 1/3 of a cup
fit inside the jug
Janice and Zack measuring how many
mls they used to make colours 

Georgina made a a container to hold 1/4 of a cup.
Look how close her estimation skills were.

Ruben cutting a lemon
I wonder how many mls of lemon
juice he will put in his lemonade?
Charlie and Keiarliya working together to make
a 200g weight.

How many kernels fit in 1/4 of a cup?
Great strategy of making groups of ten by this group

Angus and Pinenga testing how many mls
their containers hold
Squeezing lemon juice ready to make the perfect
lemonade. How many mls of lemon juice and sugar syrup? 

Jack measuring his lemon juice

Blake and Jordan calculating together
how many mls of each colour they will
use to make purple.
Weighing to find out what they can send in a
parcel and how much it will cost.

Jessica carefully measuring 2 tablespoons
of cocoa powder

Working together to put the mixture
in a cup ready for cooking

Estimating and counting in 1/3 of a cup. 
Maia following the instructions to cook
the chocolate cake
Yum! Chocolate cake.

If you would like to make the chocolate cake at home here is the recipe

WALT measure a fraction of an amount

                                           Follow the recipe to make a 1 cup chocolate cake
3 Table spoons flour
1/4 of a teaspoon of cinnamon
2 Tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1/2 large egg (scramble the egg in a bowl and then just use half)
30 mLs of vegetable oil
30mLs of water

1)   Mix all the ingredients together in a jar or cup
2)   Put in microwave for 2 minutes
3)   Let it cool down
4)   Eat and enjoy!