Sunday, 30 August 2015

Year 5/6 Camp Fundraiser

Lego Show

On Sunday September 13 there is to be a LEGO show in the Brightwater School Hall. 

The show will include a range of interesting and rare official LEGO sets and some custom sets made by LEGO fans. There is also a competition - open to anyone of any age who wishes to enter their own creation. Visitors to the show will vote on the entries and a generous prize has been offered by Toyzone. There will also be a free play LEGO area, a colouring competition, on the spot LEGO raffles, and LEGO for sale. Join in for a day of LEGO fun for all ages!If you have a particularly awesome set you would like to show off please contact the Brickwater organisers We are huge LEGO fans and will be grateful of any extra sets for display.If you would like to enter the competition please and register your entry. It can be delivered to the School onSaturday September 12 between 1 and 5pm.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

French Knitting Measuring

This afternoon we measured all of our french knitting out on the court.  We decided to join up with a partner to create really long knitting!  Agnes and Jasmine were the clear winners . . . their combined french knitting went from one side of the court and then back and then back up a little way!  In total it measured 71 metres!

Getting Ready for the Book Fair!

Kotuku class has taken on the job of creating art works for the Book Fair coming up in week 8.  The theme this year is "Under the Sea" and so we have been busy making crabs, jelly fish and fish.  We can't wait to hang everything up this Friday!

Kotuku Cup

Well done to Reuben for winning the week 6 Kotuku Cup!  Reuben is new to our class and has already proved he is an independent worker and that he can use his initiative.  He is always keen to help his class mates and teacher.  Keep up the great work Reuben!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Kotuku Cup

Well done to Cordelia for winning the Kotuku Cup in week 5!  Cordelia is an independent worker, responsible and studious.  She is also very considerate of her classmates and teacher.  Well done Cordelia!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Winter Sports Tournament

The Primary Winter Sports Tournament is on this Tuesday 25 August.  It is being held at Henley School and all students in Kotuku and Kereru classes are involved.  It is usually only for year 5 and 6 students, but this year we have included our lucky year 4 students as well.  It will be on for most of the day and parents and family are welcome to come and support us.  We have teams for rugby, netball, football and Boccia.  Postponement day is Thursday if it rains.

Below is a list of what you will need on Tuesday:

*PE gear (uniform for netball team)
*Appropriate footwear depending on code (eg. rugby boots, football boots, running shoes)
*Morning tea, lunch and a big drink
*Shin pads, mouth guards (appropriate to code)

Remember, we are representing St Paul's School. We need to listen to the coaches, referees and umpires. We need to be supportive of our team members, obey the rules, be a good sport and HAVE FUN!!

No Homework This Week

Kereru and Kotuku classes are having a mid term break from homework during week 6.  So, no homework this week :)

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Queen for a Day

Congratulations to Jasmine who was our first "Queen for a Day"!  Jasmine earned her prize by getting 3 tokens this term (for her high standard of work).

She got a no homework pass, a sweet treat to eat, to sit where she wanted for the day, 2 assistants to help her, an iPad pass and a decorated chair and crown!

Who will be our next King or Queen this term . . . ?

Kotuku Cup

Congratulations to Hamish for winning the Kotuku Cup in week 4!  Hamish has lifted the standard of presentation of his work and is completing it on time and helping others. Great work Hamish :)

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Why do you need salt to make ice cream?

This week we tried to make ice cream in our classroom without a freezer.  We put 1/2 cup cream, some sugar and vanilla essence in a small zip lock bag.  We put the small bag into a bigger bag filled with ice cubes and some salt.  We massaged the bags to freeze the liquid cream into solid ice cream.

Our experiment didn't work and we couldn't work out why we needed salt in the ice (as we knew that salt is used to melt ice).  We ended up putting our ice cream in the freezer overnight to help it to set. We ate it the next day and most of our class liked the taste :)

At the bottom of this post is a video that Mrs Trolle found that explains why we needed the salt. Watch it and see if you can now explain why salt is important.

ps. Kotuku class . . . I don't think we added enough salt to the bag!

French Knitting

Our class has gone a little mad for French Knitting!  We are knitting up a storm to see who can make the longest knitting by the end of week 6.  Some people are knitting their favourite rugby team colours.  It was tricky to start with but now everyone in Kotuku class is an expert and are happy to help other students in the school to get started.  This is a wonderful winter activity and everyone seems to love to stay inside on rainy days and knit :)

"It makes us slow down and think about just one thing" Nick

"It's very relaxing" Autahi

"It's a mindful activity" Lucas

"It's a good thing to do on a rainy day" Katie

"It calms you down after you've had a busy day" Jasmine

Monday, 10 August 2015

Treasure Island

This term Kotuku class are working on learning our multiplication tables.  As an incentive to help us learn, we have a chart in our classroom called "Treasure Island".  The idea is to pass each times table and move on to the next island.  When we get to Treasure Island (the 12 times tables) we get some treasure (a golden Crunchie bar!).

So far, 5 people in our classroom have passed all of their times tables.  They are now testers who test other children and write their names on the chart.

You need to work on your 2, 5 and 10 times tables first, then 3, 4, 6   . . . 12.  There are lots of different ways to learn them (apps on your device, flash cards, singing the tables).  On the side of our blog are some links to multiplication games that can help test you.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Kotuku Cup

Well done Rosa!  Rosa received the Kotuku Cup in week 3 for being so organised and for using her initiative around our classroom.  Keep up the fantastic work :)