Sunday, 30 March 2014

Hockey skills

Finlay doing some dribbling.
Last week on Tuesday Jamie came to teach us hockey skills. It was very hard to keep the ball in control, but he made it look easy! We played king of the court 4 times, and then we played a fun game called numbers. We also did dribbling and other skills. Here are some photos.

By Josh
It is harder than it looks! We are doing dribbling skills.


For homework in week 8 we had to design a flag for Kotuku class so that when we play a competitive game we can use the flag to represent our class. A lot of great flags were entered, but Tysen's flag won by a landslide. Here is what his flag looks like. Well done Tysen!

By Josh

Tysen's prizes: $5 Kotuku funny money, colouring
pencils, hobby craft modelling clay, and a
window chalk pen. 

Tysen's flag.

Transformation Games

Hi Kotuku class!
This week we will begin a new maths unit about Transformations.  Transformations are rotating, sliding and turning shapes.  I have added some new Transformation games to our blog.  Have a try of Robopacker, ShapeMod and the Transformation game.  Have fun learning!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Playing T-ball

On Tuesday Kotuku class played T-ball. First the teacher picked teams. Bridget's team batted first and Finlay's team fielded. Finlay's team scored a lot of runs but Bridget's team scored more points. Finlay's team still has to do their final innings.  We are looking forward to the second innings.

By Tysen and Sam.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


For our topic this term we have been going around Nelson landmarks. For our homework we took pictures of a landmark that people visit when they come from different places around the world. We had a teddy in our pictures by a landmark. We went on a bus tour to some famous landmarks like Ernest Rutherford Memorial and Wakefield Quay. We went on a double decker bus. These kids got 11 out of 12 in the competition and they won some lollies.  By Finlay and Tysen

Friday, 14 March 2014

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Here is our class on the front page of the newspaper!  We made the decorations for the FOSP St Patrick's dinner fundraiser on Friday night.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Pen Pals

This morning we received some letters from our new pen pals at Upper Moutere School.  Mrs Trolle knows the Room 5 teacher at that school and thought it would be a good idea for us to make contact with them.  All that we know about Room 5 is that they are year 6 students.  In their first letters to us they didn't reveal their names, so we don't know if they are boys or girls!  We only know their interests and a little about their families.  We had some guesses from their clues.  Next week it is our turn to write back to them.  Later in the year we will Skype them and travel to their school to meet them in person.

Student Council Representative

Congratulations to Lawson, the student council representative for Kotuku class!  We know you will keep us informed of council news and take our ideas to the meetings :)

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Caritas 2014

Today we had a lady called Kathryn come to speak to our school about Caritas.  Caritas is an organisation that raises money for people in need in different countries in the world.  They provide emergency resources for people who have been in natural disasters.  They provide education, resources and training for people so that they can help themselves.

This year, Caritas are supporting the people of the Solomon Islands.  We have a Lent appeal envelope in our class for anyone who would like to donate some spare change.

Watch the slideshow at the bottom of our blog to find out more information about the work Caritas does and how we can help.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Make You Mine

Our other favourite song at the moment is Benny Tipene's "Make You Mine".  Enjoy!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

School Swimming Sports

Today was our School Swimming Sports held at Nayland Pool.  It was a lovely, sunny day and everyone tried their very best.  Here are some photos of the day.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014


Get your singing voices ready!  "Happy" is our favourite song in Kotuku class at the moment :)  The link below will take you to the song if you want to listen to it.  Kotuku class we will sing this for music on Friday.

Happy Song

Shrove Tuesday Activities

Monday, 3 March 2014

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes

Our class made pancakes for Shrove Tuesday this morning.  Shrove Tuesday is held on the day before Lent begins.  Shrove means being forgiven for wrong-doings.  Another name for Shrove Tuesday is Pancake Day.  Long ago this was a day for feasting and having a good time.  People went to church to confess the bad things they had done and would be 'shriven' or forgiven before the start of Lent.  As rich foods such as eggs were forbidden during Lent, one way of using them up would be to make pancakes. In France and the United States, Pancake Day is called Mardi Gras which means 'Fat' or 'Grease Tuesday'.

Here is the recipe in case anyone wants to make them at home . . .

1 1/2 cups Flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 Tablespoons butter, melted

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter.  Mix well until smooth.

Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium high heat.  Pour or scoop the batter onto the frying pan. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Life Education

This morning we had our second lesson in the Life Education caravan.  Our class and Kereru were learning about the brain and how stress affects us.

Here is a link to Kids Zone on the Life Education website.  It has games and information about the human body.

Life Education Website