Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sevao's sports poem

               This is my poem that I wrote and then recorded on garage band. I hope you enjoy.

At School

Here is my poem about school. I made it on garage band and imovie.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Claudia and Francesca have created a Nature Poem - listen and enjoy.

Ethan's War Poem

This is my war poem. It represents the meaning of war. 


This is my garage band poem I wrote and recorded myself.

John's War Poem

This is my war poem that I wrote. I made the music and the recording on garage band then made a movie on imovie.

Caelan's War Poem 2012

This is my awesome war poem. Do you like it?

Ben Nature

This is my poem about nature. I wrote the poem then recorded it and then put a picture with it.

Libby's Nature Poem

This is my poem about nature. I wrote my poem and I created my music on garageband.


Here is my poem about friends and I created the music on Garage Band.

Ineka School Poem

This is my poem about school. I wrote the poem and created the music on garage band.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mya's poem

Machinery Poem

                                                  This is my poem about machinery.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Camp 2012

James has made a movie to share our experiences on camp.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A+ Celebrity Spotlight

Here are the certificates for last assembly

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hanmer Springs Camp 2012

Camp Poem

Hanmer Camp

We went to Hanmer Springs for school camp. We had so much fun!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hanmer Springs Poem

Libby's book review

This is one of the picture books I read this term. It is a book called Baa Baa Smart Sheep by Mark and Rowan Sommerset.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hanmer Springs Camp

For camp this year we went to Hanmer Springs. Here is my comic life page about it.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Artist Investigation

For homework over the next week we are investigating famous artists. Check out some of the links below to find some artists that you might like to find more about.

Studyladder (don't forget your password)

Making Art Fun

Famous Paintings

Famous Artists

Activities for Famous Artists

Facts on Famous Artists

Powerpoints on Artists


The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Take the Train to Harlem by James Rizzi

New Zealand Artists

Portrait or T Aho-Rangi Wharepu, Ngati Mahuta by Charles DeGoldi

Don Binney

Celebrity A+ Spotlight

Friday, October 26, 2012

Independent Workers

Here is Room 5 working on there individual tasks on Friday afternoon before camp!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Senior Athletics

We will begin athletics at 11am today.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Global Children's Challenge

How are the steps going Room 5?  I hope you are keeping a tally of each day. We are dropping down the list but hopefully we can catch up when we back with your all your steps.
Ellie has been send me her totals by email and over the last 4 days she has done 50, 082. Perhaps we should have prize for the most steps over the holidays!

My total is nowhere near as impressive as Ellie's, I think I have been sitting doing too much school work!! Plus I keep forgetting to put mine on in the morning when I take my dog for a walk. Bess doesn't mind because it means she gets another walk later in the day! Can you see she is smiling!

Send me a photo of you getting active over the holidays so I can post it on the blog.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Making Connections

At the end of this term we tried to write interesting stories about people who are connected to our lives. Many of the class chose to write about their Grandparents.  
Here are two stories from Zarah and Claudia

Monday, October 1, 2012

Greek Fashion

Dressing up on Greek Day was great fun. Here Fran and Heather found out a lot more about the traditional dress for Greek women.

The Hare and the Frog

Here is Zarah and Ineka's fable about the Hare and the Frogs.

Greek Houses

Libby and Zoe found out about Greek Houses for their inquiry.

Friday, September 28, 2012


Sam and Ashley have been investigating about Archimedes for their inquiry. Try Sam's Quiz below to test your knowledge about Archimedes.

Meeting Sophie

Last Monday Sophie Pascoe come to our house. Sophie bought two of her medals and we got to wear them and hold them. They were really heavy. We thought it was really cool!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Crow and the Jug

Here James, Lucy and Te Hawiki have used garageband to record a readers theatre about the Crow and the Pitcher (we decided to call it a jug) and then we put it into audioboo. I think they have used great expression telling the story and  a big thanks to Carol for the sound effects that really add to the story. 
The lovely water colour art work has been done by Ben

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ancient Greek Government Discussion

Bryn and John have been investigating Ancient Greek Government and Discusion for Inquiry.

Greek Army

Ben and James investigated the Greek Army for their inquiry.

Ancient Greek Olympics

For our inquiry we investigated the Ancient Greek Olympics

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ancient Greek Toys and Games

Here is the model horse I made for our inquiry.

The Fox and the Grapes

Here is another Aesop Fable.

Zarah and Claudia's Agora

For our inquiry we investigated the Greek market called the Agora.

Greek Dance

This is our Greek Dance inquiry we hope you enjoy.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Global Children's Challenge

We are starting an exciting new challenge - Getting fit and seeing the world.

Here we are with our pedometers that will measure how many steps we take in a day. On Wednesday we will start our 50 day adventure.

I wonder how many steps we will take in that time?

Click on the image below to check out the Global Children's Challenge website. Remember to put keep your pedometer somewhere safe and don't forget to write down your totals each night.

A+ Celebrity Spotlight

Sevao was our A+ Celebrity for assembly last week.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Black Lion and his Three Brothers

John and Bryn have adapted their own fable and this story is based on the fable The Stag at the Pool.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ellie's Cat Maestro

Today Maestro caught a baby bunny rabbit here are some pictures of him playing with it afterwards.

All Dressed Up

In class we have been learning about Aesop fables. Aesop was a slave in Ancient Greece.
We have made a video about the The Vain Jackdaw.

The Hare and the Tortoise

Here is Zoe and Lucy's Aesop fable.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Greek Shield

John emailed this to me - I think he has done a fantastic job and he is definitely getting ready for our Greek Day.

This is the Greek shield that I made with Dad and painted with Mum.
I made the shape myself. I drew the pattern onto a piece of paper and then cut it out and stuck it onto the wood and drew around it. Then I used Dad's jigsaw to cut it out. For the handle, I cut blocks of wood and used a bit and brace to make holes in the blocks for the poles to go through and then screwed the handle onto the shield.
Then Dad painted it black for me.
I found a design I liked in a Greek warrior book, I pencilled the design onto the shield, and Mum helped me paint it on.
I'm really proud of it.

Friday, August 24, 2012

A+ Celebrity Spotlight

Congratulations to this weeks celebrities

Mathletics Awards

Congratulations to Ineka, Ellie, Sevao and Te Hawiki for earning their Silver Certificates in Mathletics. Keep up the great work.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Maths Week

Last week we put together some maths images from around the school to practice different ways we could put movies together. We found this lots of fun and we will be trying to make other movies over the next few weeks.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Black Gold

Heather's Homework

I had to design a shield or make a helmet. I enjoyed making the helmet.

Mya's Bush Picture

Here is mya finishing her pastal work

Book Group

This term we have been reading the novel 2MUCH4U as a group. This is what we found out and liked about the book.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Joshua's Homework

Joshua was very busy this week practicing his paper folding. Have a look at what he made.

Pastel Art

Ellie's Homework

For homework for this week I made a Greek Shield

Book Review

For our novel study my group read Fat Four-Eyed and Useless by David Hill. 

Zarah's Calender Art

At the moment we are busy designing our calendars. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sam's Maths Problem

Zoe has $100 to spend on books.
She spends $73 on 5 books.
How much money does she have left?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Our Olympic Devonshire Tea

Today Letesha, Liz and Karen helped us make scones and tea for our Olympic celebration. Here is how we did it.

Olympic Devonshire Tea on PhotoPeach


Thursday's Problem
There is a total of 16 chickens and rabbits in a farm.
The total number of legs (chickens and rabbits) is equal to 50.
How many chickens and how many rabbits are there? (hint: use a table)

Try to work out the problem for today at home and let me know tomorrow if you can solve it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Postcard from Zoe

Today we received a post card from Zoe. She has been to visit the Grand Canyon she told us it 6,000 feet deep. We thought it would take a long time to reach the bottom.

We wanted to say thanks for sending us the postcard and we hope she is having a good time. We thought we would try a quick movie and hope she is looking at the blog.


On Monday we were writing about how the sheep must be feeling out in the rain! Especially the rain that hasn't stopped.
Zayden went home and did some more writing.

Photo by j_wijnands'

Its been raining for the past 2 days now. I am soaking wet from the raindrops and it is making me shiver.  I am going to huddle together with my friends to keep warm.  Look! Here comes the manager, we are getting shifted to shelter.  We are much warmer now which is good because it is nearly dark.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Well done Heather and Sam for getting your answers in for the first math problems.

Wednesday's Problems
John had $100 to buy drinks and sandwiches for his birthday party. He bought 5 small boxes of drinks at $4 each box and 8 packs of sandwiches at $6 each box. How much money was after the shopping?

Here is another problem to try on your parents.

Monday, August 13, 2012


Did you put your entry in for yesterday's problem?

Tuesday's Problem

Mr Boss runs 6 kilometres everyday from Monday to Friday. He also runs 12 kilometres a day on Saturday and Sunday. How many kilometres does Mr Bill run a week?

We tried these two problems (from Cool Math 4 Kids) in class today. Test your parents and see if they can do them.

Don't forget to try the daily challenges and earn lots of dollars on the Maths Week Website.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Maths Week

This week is Maths Week. Use our Maths Links to go to the Maths Week Website and try some fun maths activities.

I will also put up a problem each day. Write down answer and post it in the mail box before the end of the day. Prize for most correct answers at the end of the week.

Monday's Problem
The rectangle on the left and the square on the right have the same perimetre.
What is the length of one side of the square?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Olympic Opening

On Friday last week the Senior school took part in their own Olympic opening. Alice T official opened the ceremony and Alice M was our torch bearer.
Springston Olympic Opening on PhotoPeach

A+ Celebrity Spotlight

Sam's Dog Hero Story and Rocket Comic

Sam has been very busy crafting for homework.

Dog Hero and the Crazy Parrot

One day Dog Hero was walking in his garden and he saw a mean boy snatch some bread from a crazy parrot. So the parrot nipped him.
The boy began to grow into a dragon. It ate everything in sight. It ate and drank. The police came, and it ate them up.
Then Dog Hero came with an Avro Lancaster and bombed him. The dragon exploded and where the dragon was there stood the boy and he was a nice boy.
Hooray for Dog Hero.

My Rocket Comic

Ellie's Homework

Dear Lauren Boyle
I woke up one morning excited to know that you were in the finals for swimming.  It was important to eat my breakfast fast as Mum wouldn’t let me turn on the TV till I was ready for school.  This meant the chickens had to be done, my hair had to be done, all before 7.07 am.  
Finally I could turn on the TV and there you were coming out in your grey tracksuit with the New Zealand fern standing out for everyone to see.  I can’t imagine how nervous you were because I was feeling nervous for you.  Suddenly the starter went bang, off you dived.  Mum kept on asking me what lane is the New Zealand girl in.  I was getting fed up with Mum because I had to keep telling her lane 6, lane 6.  I was so proud that you got into the final and tried you best.  GO NEW ZEALAND, GO!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012


This week for homework we have been practicing our writing skills and getting feedback from people. Getting feedback helps us improve our skills. Mya and Fran have sent me two pieces of writing this week (thanks Mya and Fran). Can you give them some feedback about their writing. Remember we like to here what is good and what we can improve on.


Bella is a soft and gentle cat, but a hunter too.
Bella means beautiful in French.
This little girl is a black cat with white splodges.
Her green eyes are like jewels with black slits.
She is the best cat a human could have.

Book Review: The 39 Clues
The best books I have read are the 39 clues series. This is the story of an eleven year old boy (Dan), and his sister (Amy), on a hunt for the 39 clues. Unfortunately, others are also looking for the 39 clues, and some of them are trained agents. With the help of their dead grandmother, Dan and Amy find their way into first place.
This book has a big vocabulary and lets you imagine all you want. It is suitable for both boys and girls but will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Imagine a Butterfly with eight wings
Imagine a spider with four legs
Imagine an Elephant as weak as a Mouse
Imagine a Mouse as strong as an Elephant
Imagine a human that lives under water
Imagine an Octopus that lives on land
Imagine a soldier covered in fur
Imagine a Dog covered in skin
Imagine flying in green sky
Imagine walking on blue grass
Look at all these weird  Possibilities 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

London Olympics 2012

The Summer Olympics are due to start in Week 2 of this term. We are hoping to have our own official Olympic opening on Friday.

Have a look at the promotional video for this event. Do you recognise any of the people used in the video. Why do you think they used these people?
How does the music inspire you?

What makes these lyrics so inspirational? Check out the lyrics in the post below.

Year 5 pupils at Northwood Primary School have made some fantastic challenges that you might like to try. Click on the link below.
Northwood Primary Olympics Challenge

What do you think of the London Olympics Mascots? Click on the image to go to the website.

2012 Olympic

Here is a 2012 Olympic Music Video - Muse's London 2012 song - Survival

What do they do in this video that gets their message across? How is it different to the other video?

How do they convey some of the Olympic Ideals?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We are learning to Write like an Author

Can you help us? We are learning to write like an author. We want to know what makes an interesting story for you. Post a comment to our wall wisher.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Holiday Poem

How is the holiday going Room 5. I have another dose of flu so have spent the day on the couch playing on the computer.

Not that the weather is great for being outside either!

I thought I would start a holiday poem and you can add your verse in the comments and I will post it up or you can email me an exciting holiday picture to cheer me up :)


Holidays are great
When you can play
Outside in the sun
Lying on your tum

Holidays are great
When you go to interesting places
Riding the waves 
And hiding in caves

Holidays are great 
Because you get to see different people
Family and friends
Hope it never ends (thanks Sam and Elizabeth)

Holidays are great
Because you get to do lots of fun things
Hills to ski down 
Mini golf in town (thanks Lucy and Anne)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ellie's Kereru Report

Ellie has been finding out about our native New Zealand bird the Kereru.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Encouraging our birds!

Claudia, Heather and Fran have been busy with their inquiry this term. They have made this video to show what they have done to make a difference to the birds that live outside our classroom windows. 

The girls want to attract more birds to this area. They have visited an expert to get ideas of what sorts of things need to be planted to encourage the birds to move in. They have some plants and now they are going to finish clearing the area and plant the new plants under the tree canopy.

Ellie's Cooking Homework

For homework I made a chocolate cake and got Karen to cut the cake for the class for morning tea. Ineka thought it was delicious. I enjoyed making it because I got to make a mess.