Thursday, 31 July 2014

Our new science experiment

Today in class we were learning about friction by using a toy car,paper clips,marbles and plastic cups.When you put the marbles in the cup it makes the car fall off the edge of the desk.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Our new classroom

Everyone is loving the new rule we get to sit where ever we want, Especially with new tables and bean bags . If it's to hot we can go outside , if it's to noisy we can go in the hall way . Learning has got fun.

Our Writing

The crunch echoed through my ears, but the salty taste of the crackers, just wasn't right. Soon I was climbing the pantry cupboards just hoping to get a glance of a pot of salsa, but my search was bare. I raced outside to the sandpit to publicly sulk, but then somehow I managed to change my mind, instead of pulling my usual drama I gulped down a delicious mouthful of sand!

It was a blazing hot day in Oamaru, birds chirping, waves crashing, kids playing and enjoying themselves. I was just sitting in the hot sun making a sand castle, it was as huge as a skyscraper. Then all of a sudden a huge wave came crashing by, destroying my gold castle, leaving nothing but thin sand.

One Wednesday afternoon, at the Oamaru harbour, our school group had a sandcastle building competition. Our team used slimy seaweed, wet oak wood and cold salty water. With our slimy hands and short legs we build a surprise looking sandcastle.

I remember it like yesterday, hot sand under my feet, cool breeze through the air. I felt like swimming, problem was I was way too scared, so instead I spent a lot of time under the cold shadow of a nearby cliff. I tried to make a sand castle but the sand kept deforming.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Certificates week 1

Well done to Cameron, Megan and Isaac that received certificates for their great first week. Well done to Yneke who received a certificate for her way she contributes and helps others. Jacob for his great blogging and Tegan for her help in production.

rippa rugby


 Today Kahikatea had Jason from North Otago rugby come in and do rippa rugby with us . We got split into four teams the colours were green,red,blue and black . In this photo we were running to the first cone then passing to the next team mate after that we run to the back of the line . 

Welcome to Term 3

Welcome to Term 3 everyone, we have another busy term with cross country and singing cup. We welcomed Megan and Roger to our class term. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to pop in anytime or you can contact me by email:
Important Dates and Reminders
- Parent Teacher Interviews are next week, please book in a time on: 
- We are on Mass in week 5 which will be the 21st of August if you would like to join us.
- P.E days this term are Monday and Thursday. Please wear your P.E gear to school on these days. We will also be starting cross country training this week which means the children will need their sports shoes and their P.E uniform/change of clothes every day. They don’t need to wear that to school they can just bring it in their bag.
- Cross Country is in week 4 and Singing Cup is in week 10.
- We are a health promoting school so please keep this in mind with the children’s lunches. We are still doing fruit and read too so please make sure there is at least one piece of fruit in your child’s lunchbox.

- Homework will start this week, we are using the same sheet as the first 2 terms and children are required to get at least 10 points over the term. The more points they get the more class money they get.
- They are expected to be reading every day and I expect some children will be getting close to finishing the 30 book challenge by the end of the term.
- There will be a book review going home for homework in the next couple of weeks too.
- The children should be practicing their basic facts as much as possible. They need to be fast at their multiplication facts by the end of the year. I will also occasionally send home strategy practice or flashcards for those who need extra practice.

What’s Going on at School
- We are really lucky this term to still have Mrs Patterson working in our class for a few hours a week. She will continue working with a group of students for reading and maths. This is a great extension opportunity for these children.
- In Reading we will be focusing on using all of our comprehension strategies we have been learning about in the first 2 terms. The children have a range of activities to complete in a week so they have choice of when to complete these and they have to manage their time to ensure they complete everything.
- In Writing we will be continuing to focus on how we can be level 3 writers by writing a range of types and topics. We will writing less to focus more on quality and improving their work.
- In Maths we will be continuing our problem solving focus and developing resilience in Maths. We are starting the term by reviewing our strategies for addition and subtraction and our measurement strand from last term. We will then move on to focusing on multiplication, division and measurement.
- In R.E we will be focusing finishing off the God strand this week and then moving to the Church strand.
- Our theme for the year is ‘Living the way, the truth and the light’. This term we are focusing on politics and how we can make changes in our country to make it a better place.

Blogs This is our class blog site, the children regularly post on the blog and their learning is shared on here. There is also links and information for you to help them with their learning at home, especially maths videos to help them to practice their strategies.
I am really impressed with some children’s fantastic blogging that they are doing on their own blog sites. It is great to see them owning their learning and sharing it with us. Keep up the blogging!

Modern Learning Environment
We have changed how our classroom is set it to allow the children to choose where they sit. They are learning to make good choices to suit their learning.

Saturday, 19 July 2014


Kahikatea was awarded a certificate from Miss Tangney for their wonderful effort in production!

Certificates week 9 term 2

Well done girls for being awarded the certificates. Mackenzie and Isabella for their blogging and Rhea for her homework.

Strand revision videos for this week

This week we are looking back at finding the area and perimeter of rectangles and irregular shapes here are some videos to help you.

Decimal place value strategy videos

These videos can be watched at any time to remind you how a strategy works

Addition and subtraction strategy videos

These videos can be watched at any time to remind you how a strategy works. If you would like a strategy explained with another problem let me know.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

House colour dress up

It was house colour dress up day so we did a lot of games and we had to have our house colours 

Our production

Yesterday the senior school went to ST Kevins auditorium to practice for the senior school
production. First we had a run through our production.Then the junior school came over to see the senior school perform there acts. Our class sung I'm on top of the world, then we danced to Happy. Seth, Kaleb,Jack and Elizabeth did solos.Then later on the senior school did it again for parents.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014