Monday, December 3, 2012

Buddy Art

We creating a piece of art to look like a Stained Glass Window. It is Christmas Themed and made with Colour flow paint, a sheet of OHT, and a special recipe of coloured paint.

First we created our design and colour concepts on a piece of A4 paper.
Next we had to trace the black outlines with Colour Flow on the OHT over top.
Then we will add colour.

Doggy Driver!!!!!

Today we watched a cool clip from Campbell Live. This is persistance!

Click on the link and check it out.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Poem of the week

Last week was Charlotte with her cool animals for the poem 'Old Farmer Figgins ' by Jill Eggleton.

This week, Sophie had the best poem illustration for the poem, 'Grumpy Grouch' by Jill Eggleton.
There's a Grumpy little grouch
and he gets inside of me
I don't like him being there!
I don't like his company!
He makes me groan and grizzle
and go thumping with my feet.
He makes me grouch and grumble
at everyone I meet!
He makes my face all growly
and my lips go poking out!
And he will not let me whisper,
he will only let me SHOUT!

this grumpy little grouch
doesn't hang around for long.
He'll vanish like a raindrop
when I sing a happy song!


This term in the pool we are learning about water safety in time for the holidays and the summer weather. Here we are learning how to keep ourselves a float. We tried: sculling (in sitting position and floating on our backs) using buckets to hold ourselves up using aids to get pulled to safety. Next we will be learning about how to move with a current to save energy.


Mo-vember 2012 Today was the great Mo-vember celebration where winners of the Mo parade got to have a turn shaving of Nic's (Rm 9 Teacher) and Stephen's (Georges Dad) Mustaches. Nic even shaved of his hair. It was all for a great cause, fundraising for Mens health. We made our own fancy Mo's for the parade. What fun!

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Last Friday we made Iceblocks as part of our focus in writing. We are learning about procedural writing and following instructions.

First we had to decide what things we would need to bring from home to make our iceblocks.

Ebony's rule was that if it was not on the list we couldn't use it. Luckily we all put things like fruit squeezers, bowls, knives and spoons on our list!

The next day we made our mixture and poured into the trays ready for the freezers. Some people had milky berry iceblocks and some were fruity. Along the way we took a photo so it showed each step we took to make them.

We couldn't wait for the next day when they were frozen and ready for eating....what would they taste like?

The big day was here, we shared each step with the class using the comic life we created.

Next we had to follow instructions from the internet on how to make a paper cup to hold our iceblocks.

It was awesome because we got to try each others as well, deeeeeelicious!!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Solar Eclipse

Today was a Solar Eclipse. George's Dad brought in a special screen that protects your eyes and makes it easier to see the sun. When we looked through it we could see how the moon traveled in front of the sun making it look like a different shape.

Do you know what happens during an eclipse?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Poem of the Week

Our Poem this week was "Fire, Fire" By Wendy Clarke.

Jayde's illustration was chosen to showcase it on the blog. Well done Jayde. We like how you had no mosquito holes and lots of detail.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Poem of the Week

Sophie W. was a fantastic learner this week who correctly completed all the poem activities, she was also organised with her poem book and she created an amazing illustration.

Sophie was the Poem Illustrator of the week last week as well!  Welldone Sophie!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Poem of the Week

Charlotte has illustrated our poem of the week "Night Creatures" by Jill Eggleton

Monday, October 22, 2012

Poem of the Week

Our Poem this week is 'Just an Alley Cat'.

Sophie W and Jeffery illustrated the poem for the blog this week.

by Sophie W.

by Jeffery

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WALT: measure area and add money values

Today we measured how my our hand was worth.

First we found out which type of had would fit the most coins, open or closed handprint.

Which print had the bigger area for you? Why do you think that was?

Then we measured our open hand again trying to use the largest value of money. Once we did that we dded the money up to see what our hands were worth.

How much was your hand worth? How could you make it worth more?

WALT: measure area

Foolowing Zaras question of how many people would fit on the lino we decided to try it out. We measure how many people would fit standing, sitting and lying down.

What was your prediction (or guess)? Were you right? What surprised you?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

WALT: measure area

Today we helped Ebony solve a problem. Last term her and Ivan were trying to decide if the kids tables would fit on the lino area so that the carpets could be cleaned over the holidays. Ebony thought that they would not fit. We didn't either.

So we decided to try it out.

It turns out that Ivan was right. The lino area is 25 tables. We only have 24 in our class. One more would fill the little space at the end.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Junior Joker Competition

We are so lucky to have had More FM, Ronald McDonald and some of the Turbos come to visit to award our school with $4000 to go towards IT equipment as the winners of the Junior Joker competition.

Thomas from our class was one of the 16 jokers from RSS to say a funny joke that won our school the most votes out of all the Manawatu schools that entered.

Ebony especially liked when Ronald McDonald rapped the 'Make it Click' song.

Welldone Russell Street!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Poem of the Week

Here is our Poem of the week, illustrated by Sophie B.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Poem of the Week

This Weeks Poem is illustrated by Tane.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Important Notice!!!!

Tomorrow we will be taking photos the start our Photo Essays about determination. Unfortunately we can not access the pod cameras as they are need for a trip so I have asked the class could they bring along a digital camera that they have permission to use. If they can not access a camera or have permission or you are not comfortable with this they do not have to.  We will have some at school to use.

Any cameras brought along will be locked in Ebony's office for break times and when not in use. The owner will be the only one using the camera to ensure safety of the device.

Please include any download cord for transferring photos.

Ipods, ipads can be brought along for this purpose also.

Any queries please email Ebony.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

When have you shown Determination?

Today we shared example of times when we have shown determination...

I show determination when I went rock climbing. By Charlotte.  

My group all agreed on what which fort we should use. by Zara

I showed determination when I did cross country. by Zara

I showed determination when I was learning to do a flip on the trampoline. By Logan

I showed determination when I first did the weetbix triathlon  because I fell over then I got back up and I keeped doing Rileigh-Kaye.

I felt disappointed when my sister broke my lego building and it took a few days so I tried to build it
again and not give up. by Tane

I showed determination when i was running/biking/swimming in triathlon. by Atlanta

I showed determination when I banged my head when I was playing in the snow at Mt Routura. By George      

Thomas bumped into my leg by accident and hurt my sprained ankle. I was in serious pain and instead of giving up and going home I just did my work on the floor to elevate my ankle and rest it. by Lachlan

When we were drawing our bears I had a really bad circle but I didnt ask Ebony to fix it I fixed it myself. By Zara

We were doing the gator I fell over and my bottom was hurting but I kept on going. by Abigail

I showed determination when we were doing the pinwheels by myself. It was really hard but I did’nt give up  I just kept on trying. By Sophie

I kept trying on my olympics poster on the computer when I was researching. By Charlotte

I showed determination when I was at the lido when I was learning to swim. By Jeffery

I showed determination when I was painting my bear because I thought I was going to go out of the lines but I just tried. by Liam

I showed determination at handwriting. By Logan

I was scared and  worried about my presentation and then I tried it and it wasn’t so bad. By ferg

When Ebony said we were going to do flick  in handwriting I thought it would be hard but then I gave it a go and it was easy. by Thomas

Here is Sarah Walker sharing about her determination to win a medal at the Olympics.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ferg Shares about Fencing

Today Ferg shared his presentation about fencing. It was really interesting and Ferg did a great job.

Things we liked about his presentation:
I liked the different colour on the title and how big it is. The olympic rings are cool
The layout is good because the pictures are spread out and easy to look at looked at the audience
the writing is interesting because it is straight and slanted
how you got information of the internet
he had good information and knows about his topic

What can he improve on next time:
speak a bit louder
look at the audience a bit more at the start
bigger, tidy writing might make it easier to read

WALT: Write to persuade

Purpose: To convince other people to change their mind.

Success Criteria:
Good Beginning
  • Title
  • tell us about the topic
Good Middle
  • Good points/ reasons
  • back up what you say/ prove your point
  • add detail/ use because/stretch out your idea
  • link to why it is important to you
  • use topic words 
Good Ending
  • summerise
  • question
  • pleading
Why we should have a pyjama day on Wednesday.

Dear Ebony
We should really really have a party because it will be really interesting and it will be fun playing with our teddies at school. It will be a fantastic day if we have it on Wednesday. It will be cool to wear our pyjamas and every one will be "wow look at those kids". We were a bit naughty at C.R.E. but we will start being good right now. Please, please, please, can we have are pyjamas day please.
From Jayde

Can we please have a pyjama party because I already know which teddy I'm bringing on Wednesday. We should have pyjama day on Wednesday because I think we have tried a lot last week and I promise we will be the best we can be and do the best we can do. Do you think we need it? I do. I think that way because we do lots of learning and I think it's worth it because on the mat I'm really quiet. And I'm going to try to listen to every little thing to do something special like pyjama day.
From Rilee

Saturday, August 25, 2012


On Friday we explored measurement of weight.
Write a comment about what you found you.

Reading this Week (Blue and Orange Group)

Read this news article from Kiwi Kids News. Write a comment on how the work that the two astronauts did that day were so important to 'mankind'.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Poem of the Week

Thomas illustrated our poem  'My Friend Bert' by Jill Eggleton.

Monday, August 20, 2012


We had a try last week on our own to make a pinwheel in five minutes. We all found it really hard and had to leave it unfinished. Today we worked together as a class and had the afternoon to make it.

We all showed determination to keep going when it was tricky, find some clues that could help you or ask someone for help. We all felt very proud when our pinwheels spun around in the wind.

Can you make one? Click on the link below and try one for yourself!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

WALT: measure the perimeter of a shape

What is the perimeter of this shape? How do you work it out?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Jeffery Shares about

Things we liked about his presentation:
the olympic rings are cool
the gold medal is interesting
loud voice
introduced your poster at the start and finished it of at the end
looked at the audience

Things he can improve next time:
clear voice
draw some pictures yourself
start my poster earlier so I can get it done in time
darker colour for the writing

Logan shares about Running at the Olympics

Things we liked about his presentation:

drew some of the pictures
used a flag for the background
pictures were from the internet, newspaper and you drew some
you made a number tag like the runners wear
clear voice, looked at the audience

Things he could work on next time:
filled up some of the space in the corner of your poster

Jayde shares about pole vault

Things we like about her presentation:
heaps of colour
drawn pictures of a person doing pole vault and the audience
good information on the back so you could read it while we looked at the pictures

Things that she can improve next time:
look at the audience more instead of your poster
read the words a bit slower
talk a bit clearer

Kai Shares about Boxing

Things we liked about his presentation:
easy to read font with a good background colour
animations were cool
lots of information
knew about the sport and could answer questions

Things he can improve next time:
look at the audience more
talk a bit louder

Sophie Shares about BMX Racing

Things we liked about her presentation:
good clear voice
good layout of your poster
cool photos
Things to improve:
larger text on the poster

Rilee shares about hockey

Things we liked about her presentation:
interesting colours
lots of information
hand drawn pictures

 Things she can work on next time:
louder voice

Atlanta shares about archery

Things we liked about her presentation:
Read out all her information
had a picture of herself doing archery
lots of cool pictures

Things she can improve next time:
face the audience
speak louder