Monday, 30 March 2015

All together!

I just thought I'd share this wonderful photo moment with you.  Because we were all at school on Friday 13th,  it was a lucky day for Room 13.  I thought I'd make the most of it and take a photo of the whole class all together.

I 'moustache' you a question

As part of our statistics learning in Maths for week eight and nine, we have been learning how to count, record and display information or data.  We have discovered that the first part of this, is learning how to ask a question so that we can gather our data.

We have been using Countdown animal cards to make pictographs and column graphs.   So that we could find out what our classmate’s favourite animal cards are, we had to ask some important questions.

"I moustache you a question, what is your favourite animal card?" 

Here is what we looked like as we made our 'serious' (fun) study.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

PB4L Week 7 - Consider your Choices

We talked about what using the traffic light thinking was.  This is great language that can easily be transferrable at home also.  We then had a word sorting task to check our knowledge and remind us what good choices look like.  Here is a copy of what we came up with:

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Spelling Lists

The Pukeko team teachers have recently reviewed our spelling procedures for Homefun. We have made a few changes, to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all of our students. We will continue to work from the Essential Spelling List and children will still be placed into groups based on assessment data. Instead of having only 5-8 words sent home each week, we will be sending home the whole list for each group. The number of words your child will bring home depends on what group they are in.  We find that the difficulty of the words in each list varies a lot. This means that your child can focus solely on practising the words they don’t know how to spell. Because there are a large number of words in each list, groups will now be tested on alternate weeks. i.e. Groups 1-3 will be tested this week, Groups 4-6 will be tested next week. If your child passes with more than 90% they will move up the to the next list.  Families can choose how many words they think is suitable to practise each night. As always, please let me know if you have any questions. (P.S - I have labelled this post "Spelling" so that you can always find it on the right-hand side of our blog)

Here is the Essential Spelling List that the Pukeko Team work from:

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Brain food reminder

Hi Room 13

I have been asking children to put their brainfood in their tote trays in the morning when they arrive. This way we are not spending valuable time getting lunch boxes in and out of bags more than necessary.

Here is the school advice on brain food, it would be great if you could all take a quick look below and discuss with your children.   The information comes from our school website, I've copied and pasted this directly from there to here for you.

Brain Food
All schools, as part of the health curriculum, teach students about the importance of healthy eating and nutrition.  At Reremoana School this is a year round focus, and is particularly emphasised in the first term. 
We encourage children to eat healthy snacks (see below) and drink water (not juice) during class time to ensure optimum brain functioning and learning. 
We encourage children to come to school with ‘Healthy Snacks’ and a bottle that can be filled with water.
Ultimately, the decision about whether children bring ‘brain food’ to school to eat during class time and what is included in school lunches is up to each family.

Healthy Snack (Brain Food) Breaks
Many of our classes have opportunities for children to eat healthy snacks at set times during the day. We acknowledge the constant snacking may be linked to tooth decay and for this reason encourage children to have a 'healthy snack' about half way through a block of learning time. Some classes have set times for healthy snacks, others give children the responsibility of identifying appropriate times for this. 
Healthy snacks could include fresh fruit, unsalted nuts, chopped fresh vegetables or unsalted popcorn. Each Pod has a popcorn maker, and teachers provide popcorn from time to time in classes. We are discouraging dried fruit, muesli bars or ‘roll ups’ in class time as these foods tend to stick to teeth for extended periods of time which can lead to tooth decay. 
The following is an extract from “Learning To Learn – Strategies for Accelerating Learning and Boosting Performance”  by Christine Ward and Jan Daley:

Memory and learning involve electrochemical processes; thus there are definite links between effective learning and good nutrition. The tips below use some old truths and some new research about ways to ensure our brains are well-fed for successful study...

Keep energy levels high. Brains need constant energy… It is vital to keep blood sugar levels up during study times to maintain concentration. Helpful blood sugar comes from the digestion of complex carbohydrates and proteins which release energy over several hours. Eating sugary food provides instant but temporary energy.

Top up energy by brain food grazing. Nibbling pieces of fruit, vegetables, whole-grain snacks, nuts and seeds every hour or two, keeps blood sugar levels high to energise brains for thinking and learning. It is also essential to
drink plenty of water…

Eat raw food often. Snacking on raw fruit and vegetables is an easy way to keep the body/brain going well… Raw foods of any sort increase the rate at which the brain cells use oxygen, so that thinking and learning is easier and better. Seeds and nuts eaten raw or sprouted have valuable nutrients in the seed embryo which are good for brain function.

PB4L - Week 6 - Moving Safely around School and Reporting Hazards

This week we have been talking about moving around the school safely and reporting hazards.  Room 13 normally shows me how much they know about our PB4L focus and this week has been no exception.  Here is what we came up with.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Home fun Week 6

Welcome to week 6 home fun.  Apologies there was a slight typo on the one I handed out.  It still had week 5 typed on it.  So I've asked the class to correct this to week 6.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Maths - Basic Facts


Each week you will be given a basic facts sheet to practice for Homefun. If you get more than 90% on Friday's test, you will move up to the next level. You have 4 minutes to complete the sheet during testing.

The more you practise with basic facts, the faster you will get. So get going!

If you want to print out extra copies of your basic facts sheet, you can find them on the school website or you can CLICK HERE! (Basic facts testing sheets)

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Good manners and kind words

I just saw this on Pinterest and had to share it with you because it is exactly what we have been talking about this week in class about being responsible, by showing our good manners and using kind words.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Mathletics has arrived!

Hi Room Thirteen

I have now set some tasks for  you to complete as part of your home fun.  Be sure to finish these all so that you are able to play live mathletics against the rest of the world!

Have fun, as you earn points and become fabulous mathematicians.

Miss Kearins

Monday, 2 March 2015

PB4L Week 5 Focus - Using kind words and good manners

This week our PB4L focus still sits under the banner of Being Respectful, with a focus on using kind words and good manners.  Here is a copy of our learning intention along with the evidence of our understanding of these ideas.  As you can see  in Room 13 we are an empathetic, kind and a caring group of children.  I loved the suggestion that using kind word and good manners makes us feel good so that we can help our friends & family have a happy heart :-D

Cyber Safety Permission Slips

Dear Parents,

With the introduction of BYOD this year, the cyber safety documentation has been updated.  All families need to read, re-sign and return the consent for publication of student's work and images and agreement of Cybersafety practices at the school.  If you have not received a copy of this documentation, please let me know, so we can have one sent home with your child.  
This is very important as we are beginning to get the Mathletics programme up and running in the classroom.  

Many thanks
Miss Kearins

Home Fun - Week 5