Sunday, 28 February 2016

Homefun - Week 5

Hi Parents and Caregivers,

A few things about Homefun this week -

1. Spelling groups started today. Your child will have been put into a group and spelling lists should be glued into Homefun books.

2. Basic Fact sheets will be sent home on Tuesday. Mathletics tasks have been set for children to complete before playing Mathletics.

3. Rooms 11 and 12 began their joint Reading programme this week. A letter explaining this a little further should be in your child's bookbag.

Sketching - Self Portraits

Remember this 'sneak peek' post?

We're finally done! Our self portraits are now looking fabulous on display in Room 11.

What we were learning:
  1. How to use a sketching pencil (we even got to use the fancy artist pencils!)
  2. How to draw a realistic looking face
  3. How to draw features in the right place
  4. How to tell the difference between warm and cool colours
Question for parents, families and other blog visitors...Can you spot your child's artwork? What part do you think they did really well? This week our PB4L focus is 'using kind words and good manners'. What kind words can you give our students about their work?

Hint: click on the pictures below to make them bigger.

House Spirit Day 2016

Each student and teacher at Reremoana School belongs to a house - Rimu, Totara, Kauri or the best one of all, Kowhai :)

We do lots of things at Reremoana School in these houses - sports events, PB4L competitions, fundraising and community projects and more. 

On Friday we kick started the year with a House Spirit Day. Each student dressed up in their house colours, had a picnic together at lunch time, took part in a team game then paraded around the rugby field to show off their outfits. Everyone's looking good, don't you think? A big thank you to our resident photographer, Ms Fothergill, for the shots below. 

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Counties Manukau Hockey

DOH! See if you can spot the mistake in the video. Miss Chalmers must have been pretty tired!

We have lots of sporting opportunities at Reremoana School. On Thursday we had our first "have a go" hockey session run by Counties Manukau. Each class will get four sessions in total over the next few weeks.

Why do we want to create this opportunity for our kids?

  1. Hockey is fantastic exercise. It is one of the best cardiovascular games you can play. 
  2. Hockey builds character. Since hockey is a team sport, children who play learn the value of working with others. They figure out how to rely on teammates and understand the cooperation is key to success. 
  3. Hockey improves mental agility. Hockey is a fast sport. Plays develop in seconds, and momentum can shift in the blink of an eye. Children who can learn how to operate in that sort of environment will improve their ability to make quick decisions and think of their feet. 
A notice about signing up to join a Counties Manukau Hockey team was sent home last week. You can also find a copy here. 

Check out this video of Room 11 having some hockey fun!

Mathletics - Week 3

This week we had a in-class Mathletics competition. The points are based on participation and the amount of time spent on Mathletics for the week. Using Mathletics regularly vastly helps with basic facts and place value knowledge. Tasks are also set regularly that link to learning in class.

Well done to Sonia and Ryan Sa., for achieving the top scores. They each got to choose their own font for display on the blog:

Congratulations also to Jayden and Tayla Y. who came in 3rd and 4th place.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Sneak Peek

We've been having some arty fun in Room 11 today! Here's a sneak peek of what we've been doing. Stay tuned to see the final masterpieces!

Friday, 12 February 2016

Buddy Classes for 2016

Big announcement! Rooms 11 and 7 are buddy classes for 2016. They're a great looking bunch, don't you think?

On Friday afternoon Room 7 were kind enough to come and teach our younger students how to log in and use Mathletics. Now Room 11 students can go home and practise their basic facts each night! Next week Miss Chalmers will also start setting tasks for students to complete as part of their homework programme. 

Next week Room 11 will be having a Mathletics competition, too. The students who get the top three scores (earned through participation) will have their names published on our blog. Who will take out the competition?

Question for parents, caregivers other blog visitors: how did you feel about Maths when you were at school? Miss Chalmers didn't think she was very good at it. She wasn't very fast at remembering her times tables and division was very scary! It wasn't until a lovely teacher called Mrs Mason taught her in Standard 1 (kind of like 'Year 4') that she started to really believe that she could do it!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The week that was...

Wow, can you believe Week 2 is nearly over? We have had a wonderful couple of weeks, spent getting to know one another as friends and learners.

At Reremoana School we talk about the Language of Learning. Over the next few weeks we will be discussing what is means to collaborate (we have our very own Rere image for this)

We know that collaboration means learning from and with others. 

When we collaborate we • work together • share ideas • teach each other • we are on task • we are listeners • we are a team.

A special 'well done' to Jayden and Kaja who were caught collaborating today in class. They have the type of attitude we like around here!

We have spent quite a bit of time playing games and completing ice breaker activities over the past two weeks. This time encourages us to work and play with people we may not know very well yet. Check out the funny video below!

Parents, families and other blog visitors - in Room 11 we love hearing what you have to say about our learning. Please, please do not be shy about leaving a comment. Whenever we get a comment we sit on the mat and read it together. You can comment about anything you like (it won't show up until Miss Chalmers moderates it first though). To give you some guidance, we will also leave questions from time to time that you could answer.

Question for parents, families and other blog visitors to answer: What was your favourite part about school when you were growing up? Miss Chalmers loved ART! ....Big surprise there :)

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Singing Fun

Today we learnt a new song. It's a bit silly! You can practise it at home with your family using this video. Have fun!

We also sang along to this "Stan Walker" favourite:

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Accessing Homefun via Google Drive

Hi all,

Welcome back to school! We've had a very busy and exciting couple of days in Room 11. Make sure to keep an eye on the blog - photos are coming soon! We jumped straight back into learning today and spent some time working out how to use our Google Accounts.

Homefun this year will be set primarily through individual Google Accounts (don't worry, if you and your family prefer to have a hard copy each week, just return this form here.)

Even though only Year 4s are able to bring their own devices to school at this stage, ALL students in Room 11 have been allocated email addresses. Cyber Safety agreements will be coming home soon with more information about this.

Some of the students are feeling understandably apprehensive about accessing their homework. Please allocate a bit of time at some point this week ensuring your child knows how to access their Google Drive at home.

Here are some instructions for your reference. A hard copy should also have come home today. Please note that the password "room112016" will only be valid for tonight. Children will be making up their own passwords from tomorrow.

Kind regards,
Miss Helen Chalmers

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