Thursday, 28 May 2015

Charlie's farewell

Today it's Charlie's last day she's moving to Kerikeri a 10 hour trip. A lot of us who are close to her are really going to miss her. Her personality, and her smiles and bubblyness. Everyone at opunake primary is going to miss you. Have a great time in Kerikeri.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

The Elsie Locke writing

Today Miss Churchman gave the class a challenge.  We are going to write an entry for the 2015 Elsie Locke Writing Prize.
Theme for 2015: A story set in New Zealand around the time of the First World War.
WALT: include detail, language features, specific vocabulary.
Story ideas:
  • A young boy’s perspective, their dad has gone to war
  • Sending a husband (soldier) off to war
  • Older brother has gone to war, but I’m stuck at school
  • I’m an older sister and my two younger brothers are going to war
  • A girl receiving letters from her father at war
  • One brother refuses to go to war, the other one goes.

Competition must haves
  1. About 500-600 words long (no longer).
  2. Must be your own work.
  3. Must be about a person who has stayed in NZ at the time of WW1.

Success Criteria (what the judges are looking for)
  • Original story idea that suits the theme
  • Engages the reader
  • Sense of time and place (character and setting are described in a believable and realistic way).
  • Clarity and coherence (makes sense, and ideas flow from one to the next).
A flair with language (uses language features and specific vocabulary effectively and chooses these carefully to suit the mood and what’s happening in the story).
How can we organise our ideas?Plan:
Set the scene / Start off in a way that hooks the reader in
A good few exciting events
One main idea in each paragraph
Problem / exciting moment
Conclusion / solve the problem
So we have been writing madly, hopefully some of our class will have there stories out on there blog.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The ITM cup came to opunake primary school

This is room 4 with the ITM cup.

The ITM cup came to Opunake school an Dylan and Laim took it around the classes. When they bang it round to our class we got a group photo with the cup in the middle.
This is Sinead and the cup.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Character and setting writing

We are learning to use language features and specific vocabulary at the appropriate time to make our writing more descriptive.
Our teacher gave us a collection of photos, and we could choose a character, and a setting/background. From there we wrote up a plan, which included the following:

  1. Set the scene / Start off in a way that hooks the reader in
  2. A good few exciting events
  3. One main idea in each paragraph
  4. Problem / exciting moment
  5. Conclusion / solve the problem
The next thing we had to self edit. We then had to publish on our blog or type it up.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Hey guys,
 Room 4 is back with the posts.

                        Expect all of our blogs to be revamped and looking better than ever.
We'll be posting all about our work and our big events.  There are a bunch of kids in Room 4 with great blogs. Here are a few that are looking fantastic:

Miss Macdonald

Miss Macdonald is our fabulous student teacher. She's from Prince Edward Island Canada. Its really good having a new face in the school. Canada is a lovely place full with heaps of nice people and Miss Macdonald is one of them. She truly taught us to be more respectful people.  We really love that she put all the time and effort towards us and our learning.
This is Prince Edward Island and Miss Macdonald is from Charlottetown.

It took her a really long time to get here # 17 hours on a plane. were very glad that she decided to come here because she has a very fun personality. 

Miss Macdonald is going to become a teacher and she came to little old New Zealand to practice teaching on Room 4 Opunake Primary school.Because she taught us really interesting work we learnt about Canada,not a lot of use knew lot about Canada and it was quite cool find out about it. She has a wonderful way of speaking a gentle but fluent voice. One of things she taught us was about nature and nurture we then had to make a project on it. Next we moved on to what made a person there self we also had to make a project on it.

The six weeks Miss Macdonald was here it was a great teacher. She taught our class so many knew things about ourself and about Canada, She taught us about being respectful and good role models. It was hard it say good bye to her.