Thursday, 5 February 2015


We are preparing for our first formal powhiri of the year, which will be held on February 9th.  Parents and whanau are welcome to attend. Check out our class google site to practise at home.

Link to Term 1 Te Reo unit with words for haka powhiri and waiata

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Beach Description Writing

WALT: to include descriptive detail in our writing.

We wrote a paragraph describing our favourite beach, using tips from our Success Criteria to transport the reader.

Success Criteria

  1. Use descriptive (specific) vocabulary that suit the style of writing.
  2. Use language features like personification, metaphors etc
  3. Exaggerate
  4. Use a variety of senses.

These were our favourite lines: 
    1. Tears come to my eyes as my brother splashes me in the face.
    2. The blistering hot sand boils under my feet.
    3. Sand scratches at your legs as it races across the open beach.
    4. Tumbling under the waves makes me feel like I’m in a different world.
    5. Freezing cold water, even though it’s a hot sunny day.
    6. The sand burns the bottoms of my feet, as if I’m stepping on hot coals.
    7. The salty intoxicating breeze isn’t the best.
    8. When you sprint and jump across the hot sand, you look like an idiot.
    9. The white shiny sand glimmers in the burning sun.
    10. My sister brought me my ice cream, most of it was gone when my sister tried to save it, well I think.
    11. the waves shiny and salty in the sunset makes the sea look like a blue backyard.
    12. The scorching hot sand squishes through your toes as you near the water’s edge.
    13. It’s really hot today at Opunake beach, I usp to the sea saying “hot, hot, hot.”  
    14. The sand is black as night, but hot as the sun.
    15. The summer-hot sand was so hot it was like standing on a hot stove.
    16. People are running over the sand, which feels like a pan.
    17. The sand turns into a pan, with you as a piece of meat, burning away.
    18. The golden sand spreads across the beach.
    19. The glowing orange sun makes the water nice and clear.
    20. The scorching fire sand warms your body up before going in the ice cold water.
    21. The salty water fizzes in your nose when the waves tumble over you.
    22. The glistening crystal clear salty sea is beautiful at sunset.
    23. I walked onto the blistering hot sticky sand.
    24. My toes touch the blistering hot sand as I run towards the cold salty water.
    25. The golden sand tans the bottom of my feet as I run to the salty water.
    26. When I dive across the glassy water, I feel like a mermaid.
    27. My toes feel the cool calm water.


KIA ORA and WELCOME to ROOM 4!Term 1 2015

Class Goal: To be independent, life long learners.


I’m really looking forward to exploring technology this year, and going further down our path of digital learning.  

I encourage parents and family to come and have a chat, visit the classroom and see some of the work we are doing in Room 4.   Our classroom blog and google site are also a great way to see what’s going on in our class.  

If you have questions at any time during the year, please feel free to pop in for a visit after school, or to ring and set up a time to meet. 

General Reminders


Our P.E. focus for term 1 is swimming.  It is very important that students bring their togs and towel everyday so they are able to participate in these daily swimming sessions and water activities.


Homework will be given out on a Monday.  It will also be available on the class blog and google site.  Completing homework tasks is a great way to take learning outside the classroom, and to create a link between home and school. Activities are designed to support and extend the reading and maths learning we are doing in the classroom.
This year we also have a school Homework Passion Project, which has some fantastic challenges.  Check out our class site for more details about it.  

Tools for learning

It was really neat to see students arriving with the books and stationary they needed to start the year.  Having the right equipment really makes a big difference to the smooth running of our classroom and lets us focus on the learning rather than getting held up finding the tools we need.  I’d really appreciate your help keeping pencil cases up to date during the year.