Thursday, June 2, 2022

Samoan Language Week

This week is international Samoan Language Week.

We are lucky to have a couple of Samoan students in our class and they can help us with some of the words or phrases in Samoan.

Talofa lava = hello

Fa'afetai = thank you

Mālo = well done

Afio mai = welcome

In class we looked at some Samoan art and then designed our own using traditional patterns.  Here are a few of the finished art works.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Netball Skills

We are having some sessions with Natalie from Mid Canterbury Netball for 3 Wednesdays.  Natalie gave us lots of challenges to complete.  The warm up challenge was all about jumping and she managed to trick most of our class quite easily.

In the video clips you will see us attempting more ball skill challenges - some far too hard and some of our class found some way too easy! Ask your child if they can show you some of the challenges.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Boat Challenge

To complete our measurement topic with a focus on mass, volume and capacity we created boats out of tinfoil.  

There was a buzz of excitement as pairs planned, shaped and eventually had a boat they thought would survive in the water trial.  

Well 10 of the 11 pairs had a boat to enter the trials.  Poppy and Amika had quite the disaster in the creation section.  

However there were 3 teams that scored 0 in the trials.  

Our champions were Dylan and Deizjahn with a mighty boat that held 18 blocks!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Kea's Bee Zone

At the end of our literacy unit "Emily's Bees" we have created a "Bee Zone" near the orchard.  From our unit we have learned many facts about bees - like did you know they have 5 eyes?

We wrote letters to Mr Wheeler asking if we could plant in the orchard area as this is out of bounds and no one would go standing on our plants.  We wanted the plants to be away from the playground so no one got stung by the female bees.  Then we wrote to shops that sell plants.  This Bee Zone has plants that were donated to us from Lushingtons and The Warehouse.  

During our planting session we learned many skills like how to prepare a hole for the plant and how to get the plant out of the container.  We loaned the watering cans from Room 7 to give our new plants a welcome to your new home drink.

Thursday, April 7, 2022


We have been learning how to write a variety of poetry styles - haiku, cinquain, diamante and lanternes.  

Here are a few examples from our published work. Each student displays their work in class. Our poems are on the wall for everyone to read and enjoy.

Haiku, by Anika

Cinquain, by Arikinui 

Diamante, by Fineasi

Lanterne, by Poppy

Wednesday, April 6, 2022


Maths madness occurred on Wednesday when Mrs Watson handed out packs of jelly.  There were 3 different flavours and the students were almost too excited to understand this was in fact our maths lesson for the day!

Jelly crystals weigh 65gm, but we would be adding 500mL of boiling water to make this into a very tasty treat. We forgot to weigh the set jellies as we were far too keen to eat them.  Maybe we will have to repeat the lesson.....

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Water Safety

Included in our swimming week was a session on water safety for when we are in a boat, at the lake or in a river.  

It is important we always wear a lifejacket when we are out on open water.  We need to know how to look after ourselves, our friends and our family if an accident occurs.

Check out our videos and photos as we practiced how to get off the lifeboat safely.  We also had to practice hauling people up into a boat.  This was really hard as we had to keep the boat steady and use all our muscles to help each person up.