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Room 12

Earlier this term Taonga went on a gym trip to practice our gymnastics skills we learnt in PE last term. We enjoyed learning how to hold and swing on ropes, how to balance carefully on the beam and to do tricks such as flips. We were very lucky to have so many parent helpers to make the trip possible!

We are learning about drama in arts this term. Miss Ioane has taught us about different scenes in movies and we have practiced acting out specific scenes by adding dramatic roleplays. Our warm up has been wink murder and our detective got tricked when Miss Ioane killed the whole class especially when the detective didn’t realise Miss Ioane was playing!

In one of our earlier sessions Miss Ioane gave us a blank piece of A4 paper each, she didn’t give us any instructions other than “Off you go, you have 10 minutes” the whole class was confused.

We did our own thing by drawing pictures, once the 10 minutes was up we came back to the mat and Miss Ioane asked what were the instructions?

We didn’t know- the aim of the lesson was to listen to instructions (our focus for the term) WHEN they are given and if you’re not sure help one another out and ask.

For writing this term we are doing instructional writing as stated above, on Friday we made instructions for our “pet sitter” for someone who was staying at our house over the Christmas holidays to look after our pet (whilst we are on holiday). We didn’t realise how much we need to care for our pets and the difference with how each household looks after their pets differently.

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Room 12 have been learning about fractions during whole class maths on Monday’s, our first lesson we got to experiment cutting pizza into fractions.

We have been making fractions flowers to show our understanding of fractions e.g. ¼, ½ and ⅛.

Last week we went to Corban's Art Estate to look at patterns within art. 

We drew our own pictures of animals and sea creatures using pastels. We learnt how to blend colours together to make our pattern more effective.

On Wednesday we celebrated a bright and beautiful day by dressing up in bright and

beautiful clothes. 

Our day started with a parade, then a performance by the APO band, sausage sizzle for lunch and concluded with a Junior disco.

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This term our inquiry topic is simple machines. We have been learning about what simple machines are and how they make our life easier. 

Our focus on one machine started with levers; Room 12

went to look at the seesaw’s in the playground in front of  

Room 20 and in the T

amariki playground. We compared the seesaw to a lever being used to move a heavy or 

firmly fixed load with one end when pressure is applied to the other.  

We have been building friendships within our classroom and learning to feed off each other’s positive attitude. 

First we learnt to become ‘bucket fillers’ which enables us to make someone else happy by making a positive impact to their day. Building on the bucket fillers we successfully completed a human knot. As a class we worked together to use different strategies to untangle ourselves to form a full circle.

This term we have been sharing our writing at the end of each lesson. We have been

writing about narratives, our current focus is to change simple words for interesting words 

e.g. “ in the forest- the forest was dark and cold”. 

Miss Ioane has a jar full of popsicle sticks with all our names on, three names get pulled out each lesson and those students (unless absent) read their stories to the class. The class then gives each student feedback and feedforward, this process is to encourage us to be able to present orally in front of our pairs and boost our confidence. We have heard great stories!

We have designed our very own ‘GUESS WHO!’ during one of our whole class writing sessions we wrote two truths about ourselves and a lie. As displayed in the class the caption is on the front. Parents have been ‘GUESSING WHO’ each caption belongs too. Each student has their picture inside the card. Room 12 found it very hard to lie (to trick their parents) which is a good sign!

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During the first week of June Room 12 went on our first trip for the year to the Alberton House in Mt Albert.

This was part of our inquiry for the term- Civilistation. We learnt about the resources available to the family who lived in the Alberton house, and we all had a turn at churning cream to make butter. We had a great time!

During our visit to the Alberton house we saw some chickens and were watching them eat and run around.

We were amazed to see how fast they can run and how loud they can be. We tried to make chicken noises and do the chicken dance!

For our inquiry this term we are studying Ancient Egypt. We have learnt the Egyptian alphabet, made our own name tags, learnt a myth and done some art around the myth.

We have looked the how the towns in Egypt are different to Auckland and designing our own Egyptian town. We are being creative as we have only being given limited resources!

In class we do a lot of buddy work and assess each other before going to see Miss Ioane. This helps us gain feedback and feed forward from our peers if

Miss Ioane is working with a group and so we can make changes or improvements before conferencing with Miss Ioane.

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Monday’s are flexi day, this term during PE we have learnt how to kick, trap and pass a soccer ball.

Last week we started rugby- how to position themselves and how to pass in rugby.

Here is a picture of Room 12 in their pairs practising passing a rugby ball.

During our reading time we have been practising our retell. Students wrote down keywords on three sticky notes each, and put them into their group modelling book.

Once all their sticky notes were in the book they had a look at what each other wrote and ticked a word if they agreed it was a keyword or added a cross if they thought it was incorrect.

During writing and handwriting students work together and pair up to edit each other’s work.

They look for two things their buddy had done well (two stars) and one thing they can work on ( a wish).

I then mark students work and they choose their story to publish on their day.

One morning during literacy one of the groups in Room 12 had a play for their book. They practised their play then performed it during brainfood in front of their peers.

They used their expressions well and were able to understand their characters and who the author intended the text for.


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Rm 12 Rabbits

Room 12 have welcomed two rabbits to Matipo Primary Rosie and Peppa. The pair live outside in the courtyard of Room 12.

Rm 12 KOS

The last few weeks we've had Keeping Ourselves Safe, learning how to act safely in certain situations. Constable Paul has done three sessions with us and some of our other sessions have included students performing skits of “what to do” in these situations.

We have had lots of class discussions and buddy sharing to share our ideas and experiences.

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Welcome to Room 12. Here are our desks in our learning environment where we do all our work during the day and interact with one another.

This is another learning area. The green table is where Miss Ioane works with groups and individual students during reading, maths and handwriting. The mat area is based around the smart board so she can project lessons up for us to see.

In Week 4 we went to a show in the hall. A couple of superheroes saved the world whilst tackling some obstacles on the way. We loved it!

Dakota is year 3 and has been working hard on her sounds during reading time. One big achievement is she used her sounds to help her pronounce the word submarine. She then did some research on the meaning of submarine. Dakota then visited Mr Bainbridge and told him all about her achievement and she received a Principal's golden sticker, pencil and star bracelet.

Last Friday we had a lesson about what to do if we need to get out in case of fire.  We learnt to; get down, get low and get out and what causes fires. We then learnt about the dangerous things in our house that we need to give to a parent if we come in contact with. We were then taken to have a look at a fire truck and see what is used to put out a fire.