Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Survey about Healthy Lunches

The children are looking at how to promote a 
'Healthy Foods for Lunches' message, 
with Miss Marquet. 
They have designed a survey for you to answer. 
They want the children in B5 and B3 to answer the survey, but also welcome answers 
from other places too.
Our survey is in two parts.
Please answer both!

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Thank you for your answers.
Do you have any questions to ask US?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Family Challenge 2011

The theme for the school's annual Family Challenge 
this week was
'Enterprising New Zealanders'.
Teams of families and friends had fun solving puzzles, answering questions 
and facing challenges such as 
'Making Connections', 'Balloon Race', 'Match the Inventors and their Inventions', 'Marketing', 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?', 'Who am I?' and 'Make a Decorative Item'.

Family Challenge 2011 on PhotoPeach

Thank you to the organising team, the night was a lot of fun.
Do you have a suggestion for our theme for next year?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Our Storybird Collaboration with Canada

This term we have been working on collaborative writing with our buddies
We used the Storybird site and have worked in
pairs or threes to create our stories.
There were lots of things we had to think about to collaborate successfully.
We learned to re-read the story each time it came back, so that our next page
would fit in.
We had to choose pictures that went with the story, and our story had to make sense.
Our stories have been embedded on our wiki pages.
Please click on the links to read our stories.
We hope you enjoy them.
 by Spike, Alex and Justin

 by Tyla and Jordan

 by Jack and Dante

 by Ganda and Silkence

 by Jonathon and Oceana

 by Paige and Sahara

 by Lily and Lily

 by Lukah and Karin

 by Dylan, Kayden and Fay

 by Stevie, Teagan and Ana

 by Neil and Sophie

 by Holly and Quang

Thank you Mrs Watson's class. 
We really enjoyed writing with our fabulous buddies and we love our stories!

What did YOU enjoy most about writing the Storybirds together?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Conversations between aliens

In Writing we have been learning how to show conversations, 
and we are also learning to use words other than 'said'.
We know that each time another character speaks, we start on a new line.
How do you think Ganda, Paige, Spike, Jack and Dylan did in their first drafts?

What do YOU think the aliens are saying to each other?
Do you know some more words to use instead of 'said'?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Mrs Yollis

♫ ♪ ♩ ♩ ♫ ♬
June 11 is a milestone birthday for our friend and quad-blogging buddy, Mrs Yollis.
We love sharing birthdays with our friends, 
so we got together 
to put together some birthday wishes.

Mrs Yollis, 
we wish you a very Happy Birthday.
♫ ♫ ♪ ♬ ♬
We hope you have a special day.
Happy Birthday Mrs. Yollis! from Mr. Avery on Vimeo.

We hope Mrs Yollis' friends (both adults and children)
from around the world 
will add their birthday wishes to this Voicethread:

What would you like to say to Mrs Yollis?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Postcards from the Planets

An update about the 'alien'.

If you remember, at the start of term we found some 
We then started receiving messages from an alien 
who had crash-landed on the moon.
We found out that he was very smart, could move fast, see well and could make things.
He asked about our planet and the planets in

Since then we have been receiving postcards from the planets!
It turns out, the alien has been planet-hopping through our solar system 
to get back to his own galaxy.
Check out our postcards:

Postcards from the Planets on PhotoPeach

The alien's final message arrived from Pluto.
He told us that he could see the stars beyond Pluto and now he knew the way home.
He thanked us for our help in getting him through the solar system, and said goodbye.
Goodbye alien. We hope you get home safely!

Because the alien crash-landed on our moon, there are three planets that he did not visit.
Which planets were missed out?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Amazed by Arrays

We are learning about arrays and how they can help us to count groups of objects quickly 
by skip-counting.
Arrays are set out in rows and columns.
Inspired by the photos we saw on Mrs Lynch's class in Australia, we went looking for arrays around our school.
Arrays are found everywhere!

Amazed with Arrays on PhotoPeach

When we write the number story for an array, the first number tell how many rows there are, the second number tells how many objects are in each row.

Have a look around your home.
Can you find some arrays?
Can you write the number story for the array you found?

It's Time for Magnie to go Home

It's time for Magnie to go home to Burravoe.
He has had quite a long stay in New Zealand, first visiting the Super Scoopers in Dunedin, and then the Pirates of Rm 4 in Invercargill.

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We made this book for Magnie's class:
Magnie Travels from Burravoe, Shetlands to Reefton,  New Zealand
We wonder how long it will take Magnie to get home?
Do you know how far he has to go?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Eating Puffin Poo!

A parcel arrived for us.
Magnie the visiting whale was really excited when he 
saw that it was from his friends 
at Burravoe School!
When we opened the parcel we got some lovely surprises.
We found a book called 'Bobby an da Burland Pearls', 
a keyring with a puffin on it, 
no-smoking sticker that says 'No puffin' '
and some very cool home-made postcards about 
Burravoe School.
But the funniest thing we found was two bags of 

Luckily we read the back of the bags and 
found it was actually made of white chocolate, toasted ricies, marshmallows and coconut!
Mmmmmm, thank you Burravoe School, we really enjoyed the treats.

We had to use a lot of reading strategies when Mrs McKenzie read some of the book aloud to the class, as it is 
written in dialect!

Do you know what type of horse is shown in the picture?
What do you know about puffins?
Which strategies did you need to use to read this page?