Welcome to Ruma Toru 2017
Nelson Historical Walk
Wow what a gorgeous day for a walk around Nelson discovering some of the treasures from the past. The children were all intrigued by Nelson's history on the Trevor Horne Heritage Trail. Here are some pics below:
Today we discussed the importance of good questioning. Without a good question, you won't get the information you need. Some questions require 1 or 2 words to answer - these are called closed questions.
Did you go out of Nelson? Mia D
Did you play card games? Asher
Did you go to school? Zak
Did you go anywhere in the holidays? Verity
Did you see a cow in the holidays? Ali
Did you go swimming in the holidays? Sam
Who did you see in the holidays? Lila
Where did you go in the holidays? Maia
What was your favourite part of the holidays? Melvina
Answers which have more than a few words are called open questions
Who were you with and what did you do in the holidays? Ariah
What was your favourite part and why? Ollie
Did you go outside of Nelson? If so how did you travel and what did you do? How did it make you feel? Sophie
What was your saddest or happiest moment in the holidays? Sandith
What did you enjoy and why? Emma
What was your highlight and lowlight of your holiday? Liam
How did you push the limits or risk take in the holidays? Abe
What were your top five highlights and how did they make you feel? Mia CT
Where did you spend Easter? What did you do there and why? Freya
Who or what did you see and how did it make you feel? Anna
Was there a time in the holidays that you felt particularly happy about - when and why? Lucy
Did you try something new - what was it? Did you enjoy it? Why? Harry
Did you have a favourite dinner and why? Luca
What did you do in the holidays that was your favourite thing? Imagin
When did you feel happy in the holidays? Tom
Congratulations to Ali, Luca, Freya and Verity who received an excellence award at the end of Term 1. They have all had a fantastic start to the year and deserve to be recognised for their strengths!
Pushing ourselves to reach new heights!
Recently there have been a number of room 3 students who have achieved things for the first time:
- Brook went down the big slide for the first time
- Lila learnt how to dive
- Ollie went for house captain
- Sophie raced against Sam in swimming
Writing with sound
We had a discussion about how we add sound to our writing. We realised that often verbs and adverbs helped to make sound in our work. It was interesting to be spotters looking for sounds in the books we are currently reading. Great writing and reading go hand in hand! So we are giving it a go. We looked for ways authors had included sound in their text and are now creating our own. Check out our sites in the next week to hear some of these wonderful words come to life! Here are a few examples of how we write using sound.
Rose and I had just stepped into the most weirdest place to get to the other side, we gasped, it's a city. Imagin
The car was making a weird clanking sound. Ollie
Me and dad were tramping and I could hear the water rippling and the birds tweeting, the mountain gaots baaing and the wind whistling. Zak
He stared out the window, only to see flashing lights and a dozen horses. Abe
I tried to run but the guards grabbed me. "C'mon". Will
Ariah is amazing!
Ariah received the principals award this week for showing improved understanding in the text she is reading! Keep up the wonderful work Ariah.
We are challenging ourselves to think about the books we are reading. We do this by completing a number of tasks that stretch our thinking. At the beginning of the year we brainstormed all the different ways we could show our thinking. Here is the task board we ended up with:
I have been really impressed with how Room 3 students are recording their thinking in maths! Each day we try to be reflective in what we have learnt in maths, what strategies we have used and how well we worked with others. Reflecting often helps the students to identify strengths and weaknesses. Keep it up Team 3!
Swimming with Swim Magic
We have been incredibly lucky to have the team from Swim magic taking us for 8 swimming sessions. They have been teaching the children some skills and swimming techniques, but more importantly, they have been teaching them about safety in waterways. Through practical experiences the children have all worked together to save one another, to put on life jackets whilst treading water and also they have learnt about a lot of safety tips for swimming in rivers, lakes, pools and the ocean. Definitely a wonderful experience for our tamariki.
Congratulations to Lila who was selected as our Class Rep for Room 3 and Room 7. She will be a fabulous leader who will take all of our wonderful ideas to Student Council Meetings and I'm sure she will create new initiatives in our school!
Abe was the recipient of the principal award for Team 3 in Week 4. He has had such a fabulous start to they year. He faces challenges with a great attitude and is a fantastic leader and role model. Abe also has a fun, cheeky side to him and I enjoy sharing a chuckle with him!
Well the beginning of week 4 and our space is starting to look great. Children have their own places in the class to display work they are proud of. Others are encouraged to offer feedback too. Our walls will be forever changing and growing as the students do. I'm looking forward to seeing what students believe is WOW (worthy of the wall).
Congratulations to Imagin who got our first Principal's Award today at assembly. She received this for leadership, risk taking and being an awesome happy camper! Ka Pai Imagin - keep up the good work!
Here we are on day two - ready to learn! Yay!
Here we go...it's time to get stuck into another year of learning at Hampden Street School. Team 3 is looking like a great bunch of students already and I'm looking forward to heading away on camp with them in Week 2. See you on Tuesday 7 February!