Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Contributing to our learning

Today Samuel brought in his iPad. He wanted to share a good maths learning app. He mirrored his ipad to the TV screen and demonstrated the app QuickMath. We noticed it had a multiplication and division option, so Mrs Morris suggested Samuel show it to the children in Berger Whanau. Samuel was confident to share. He did a demo for the children in Beger Whanau too.
Thanks for contributing to the learning of others, Samuel.

"Students who participate and contribute in communities have a sense of belonging and the confidence to participate within new contexts" NZ Curriculum.

Taking responsibility for our belongings

Rosa, Ruby, Tessa and Montana made checklists to help them to remember their belongings at the end of the day.  They wrote the lists, including checkboxes and pictures. Later, they laminated the lists and attached them to their bags. I am happy to announce the take home box is almost empty and there were no shoes left behind today. Success!  A fantastic and authentic writing task.


We are very excited to have Hannah - the Royal New Zealand Ballet Dance Educator teaching us creative dance each Monday this term.

Today we started by warming up our body. Hannah told us about the things in our dance toolbox.
This included lots of elements of dance e.g. High, low, twists, sitting, shapes, travelling, moving body parts, fast, slow etc. We tried out elements from our toolbox.
We worked with partners ... We created a high shape, low shape, medium shape. Next, we added music and performed our moves.
We finished with a 1 minute dance party.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


What is your favourite onomatopoeia? This week we have been reading "Number One" by Joy Cowley.  It has several onomatopoeia. We came up with the start of a list of onomatopoeia we like. Can you help us with some more?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Snap shots of maths learning this week...

Adding and subtracting ... then jump on the answer.

Samuel shows Curtis the skip counting app.

Rosa shows Anna how to play find sums.



Trace the number

Shot put and rackets

For fitness this week we continued to learn about the fundamental movement skill of "striking with an implement" ... sounds dangerous but it is really all about hitting balls with rackets, paddles and hockey sticks. You could extend this learning by playing bat down, table tennis or badminton at home.

When Tony visited we were focussed on listening carefully and Tony did say he was impressed!
Ka pai!

Tony got us charging around the field throwing, catching and chasing tennis balls. Then we all had turns using the shot puts.

Yummy, scrummy in my tummy!

There is a lot to be grateful for if you go to Ahuroa School ... trees to climb, bush to explore, warm sunny classrooms and lunch boxes full of yummy food.

Today we took some time to look in our lunch boxes and think about how our food got in there everyday. Some of us help our parents or siblings put food in our lunch boxes.  We agreed we were very grateful for the food we are given each day. Ruby described what being grateful is beautifully.

Then we got to work on producing individual cards for that special person who makes our lunch. We talked about the words we use in cards for example: Thank you, To, Dear, love from etc.
We discussed where to put the words and where to put the picture. Did you receive a card today? 

If you would like to send us mail here at school our address is:
Sanderson Whanau
Ahuroa School
1349 Ahuroa Road
Auckland 0981

Saturday, October 13, 2012

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Songs, jokes, plays and poems

Our literacy sessions in the last week of term 3 included lots of songs, poems, plays and jokes.
Practicing "She'll be coming round the mountain" song.

Performing "She'll be coming round the mountain" song.
Practicing the crocodile and monkeys play.

Performing the crocodile and monkeys play.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Goal setting

We set goals for our learning.  By having a set of maths knowledge flashcards to practice for instant recall we can achieve our maths knowledge goals. We take these home in our book bag. We also practice with our mentors.

Learning about shape

This week in maths we have been learning about shape. We have played Shape Bingo, made shapes with our bodies, used geoboards on the iPads and sorted and classified shapes by various attributes.
Samuel skip counted in 5's to get 25 counters quickly.

If someone needed help we encouraged them to stretch their brain by giving them  a clue ... but NOT the answer.

Can your group make a square? How many sides?

Rosa helps make a shape.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Number rack

This week the children have been continuing with subtraction problems. We have been using an app called number rack to help extend the range of numbers we can subtract. The app helps children to see numbers in groups of fives and tens.

On Thursday we had a Find Sums challenge to aim to get 100% accuracy with our number bonds to 10.  Instant recall of these number bonds allows children to become more efficient in solving addition and subtraction problems.


This week was Conservation Week, so our shared book this week included a story of a rescued duckling - Duckling Palace. Then, on Wednesday, Taryn and Cullen had to rescue a duckling their cat had brought into the house. They brought it into our class to see.