Thursday, August 30, 2012

Daffodil Day

Today is Daffodil Day
We are raising money for the Cancer Society
We wore yellow to school and brought a coin to donate
You can watch and listen to William Wordsworth's famous daffodil poem

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cross Country Race Day

What an amazing day!  
It stopped raining just for our Cross Country Race.

We lined up
Ms O'Neil said "On your marks, get set...."
she blew on her whistle...  beeeeep!
The Winners! Year 2 Girls
 What a close finish!
 The Winners! Year 2 Boys
The Winners! Year 3 Girls

The Winners! Year 3 Boys

Room 16 children were wonderful,
they all ran as fast as a shooting star!
Congratulations everybody!

Saving Our Money

We had a visit from Brodie who works for ASB bank.
He talked to us about money and banks.
We learnt about Eftpos cards and how you can only spend the money you have in the bank.
 Brodie talked to us about needs and wants.
Needs are
water, food and shelter.  Things you have to have.
Wants are -  
things we want but have to wait for.
We have to save our money for our wants!
                   Saving Money from Ham East on Vimeo.

Character Writing

Character Writing

Maori Language Week

String Games from Ham East on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Changes-What is Change?
We investigated what makes things change.  
We experimented with water and food. 
We used solids, liquids and gases.

Read what we discovered
What is Melting ? 
- "a solid turns into a liquid when you heat it up" said Guru

What is Evaporation? 
- "a liquid turns into a gas when you heat it up" said Scania and Mohamed

What is Freezing? 
- "a liquid turns into a solid when you make it very cold" said Nivriti and Lathaniel

What is Condensation? 
- "a gas turns into a liquid when you make it very cold" said Emma
We also had a Maths problem.  
We made 3 bowls of popcorn and we had 21 children.
How many children would have to share each bowl?
We used equal sharing to find a solution.


To celebrate Matariki we read the legend of the Seven Fish...
 and created some Kidpix artwork.

  We made observational drawings of our special New Zealand silverfern.

We learnt a song with the names of the Matariki stars,
 and created some artwork using koru patterns and the star names.

We read a journal story, Hauhake Harakeke, that told us how to harvest harakeke - flax.
Step 1:  We sang a karakia
Step 2:  We cut the outside harakeke blades, the "tipuna"(grandparent) blades.  If you leave the middle three blades the harakeke will live for a long time.  These are called "whaea" (mother), "matua" (father), and "rito" (baby).
Step 3:  We made our bracelets.
Step 4:  We collected all the pieces of flax we didn't use and returned them to the plant.
Step 5:  If we make something with harakeke, we should give away first one away to someone special.

Wow! What a busy week!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012