Friday, November 28, 2014

There, their and they're

We are learning which of these words to use in our writing - there, their or they're. Here is a video to help us.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Every year on the 19th of September it is international 'Talk Like a Pirate Day'.
You can generate your own pirate name here - Your Pirate Name
Read about the day and pirates here - Ayyyy, matey,  What's this all about?
Check out these pirate jokes and riddles - Enchanted Learning - Pirate Jokes and Riddles

Friday, September 12, 2014

Three Little Billy Goats Gruff

Michael and Oliver created this cartoon on Toontastic to retell the Three Billy Goats Gruff story.  Watch out for the TROLL!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Laurel Burch Art Works

We discovered the art works of Laurel Burch and were inspired by her Fantastical Felines to create our own cat art works.

You can download or print individual photos (including ones not in the above slideshow) from our class webpage on the Summerland Website by clicking here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Parth Plays Soccer

Parth plays soccer (whoops we mean football) at Oratia United.  He passed three skills tests and got a medal and a certificate. Way to go Parth!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Warren Pohatu Art

We created these art works after looking at and discussing the work of Warren Pohatu.  It was with great sadness we learned of Warren's death on April 25th before we had completed the work.  Warren had a connection to Summerland through his extended family and we were firtunate to have him visit us in 2010. He donated one of his prints which we hang proudly in reception.
Read an article about Warren Pohatu by clicking here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Describe 100

We celebrated 100 Days of learning on Monday the 21st of July.  One of the activities was to tell what we know about 100. We added our ideas to a padlet.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fact Fanatics

Mrs Brown is once again running the 'Facts Fanatics Competition'.  If you enter the competition you will be given one minute to correctly answer as many maths facts as you can.  There will be a winner for each year level.  If you want to get a head start on the learning you can click on this link –
Click on 5 – Mixed Basic facts 100
Competitors will be asked to give their names to Mrs. Brown next term.
You don't have to know them all but can choose to enter and quickly find the facts you know.

Farewell Mr. Nisbet!

Thanks you for teaching us music and being our teacher some days this year.  Konini kids are lucky to have you.

Gars That Go!

We made cars with working wheels and axles.
Here are the photos of the process we used to make our cars.

Here are photos of the finished cars.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Calendar

What makes aircraft fly?

We learnt about the forces of lift, thrust, weight and drag and how they are used to help airplanes fly. We created flying objects and used our breath as the thrust.

We watched these videos to help us understand the forces of thrust, lift, weight and drag.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

NZ Modern School of Music Competitions

Congratulations to Anaika for being Very Highly Commended - twice in this competition.  Great job Anaika - we are proud of you!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Havana's Walking Challenge

Havana went for a walk on the Waitangi track with her Grandma in April.  She completed her 5 kilometre walk in two hours!  WOW!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Things That Go - Simple Machines

Here is a link to our wiki learning links for this topic.  At the moment there is a website, a label it activity, a Bill Nye movie and a song.  Happy learning!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Madison - Things That Go!

We are learning about how things go, especially what they are made of and how they work.
Madison tells us about her toy.

Sajid - Things That Go!

We are learning about how things go, especially what they are made of and how they work. 
Sajid bought his beyblade and tells us how it goes.

Braydon - Things That Go!

We are learning about how things go, especially what they are made of and how they work. 
Braydon shares his hot wheels cars.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Josh - Things that Go.

We are learning about how things go, especially what they are made of and how they work. 
Josh's car works using a 'pull back' mechanism.

Alana - Things that Go.

We are learning about how things go, especially what they are made of and how they work. 
Alana has an amazing toy that has many different parts that go.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Havana - Things That Go.

We are learning about how things go, especially what they are made of and how they work. 
Havana brought a special pet to our ignition day. It is very cute! 

Anaika - Things That Go.

We are learning about things that go.  Anaika brought an onion cutter to our ignition day. Be careful Anaika!

Friday, May 16, 2014

First Netball Game - 2014

On Thursday I played my first game of netball in the Year 3 Summerland Bullets team. We had a warm up game then our real game. I played goal attack and I got a goal. My team won the game 4–3. I was impressed because I didn’t know whether we would win. My team played fair and we all had fun. I was the player of the day and got a trophy and a certificate. I can get a McDonald’s grilled chicken snack wrap or a cheeseburger. I enjoyed the game.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Albert Einstein's Birthday

Today is Albert Einstein's birthday. We learnt that he was a famous scientist and mathematician.  We have been trying to be great learners this year like Einstein and ask questions, take risks with our learning and find learning opportunities in our mistakes.
Today we tried to answer some of our wonderings about our topic New Zealand - Aotearoa.
Sajid and Cameron asked, "Why are the New Zealand and Australian flags so similar?"
Both countries were colonised by people from Britain.  The New Zealand flag came first and may have inspired the Australian flag.
Alana and Azariah asked, "Why is Stewart Island named Stewart Island?"
William Stewart came to New Zealand on a sealing boat called Pelorus in 1809.  He made maps of the South Island and Stewart Island was named after him.
Parth and Kobe asked, "Why are Moa extinct?"
The early settlers to New Zealand hunted the Moa for food.
Sanglok and Francois asked, "Why are Moa fast runners?"
They have long, strong legs but they couldn't fly.
Sajid and Cameron asked, "Why is New Zealand called New Zealand?"
When the country was founded it was called Staten Landt but the name New Zealand was used by Dutch explorers who called the islands Nova Zeelandia after the area in Holland called Zealand.
Tyrese and Brock asked, "How many people live in New Zealand?"
4,519,395 as at Friday, 14 Mar 2014 at 11:27:53 a.m.
Havana and Madison asked, "Why are kiwifruit called kiwifruit?"
Kiwifruit are brown and furry like the kiwi bird.
Alana and Azariah asked, "How many kiwi are left in New Zealand?"
In 2008 it was believed that 72,600 kiwi were left.  By 2018 it is thought that only 63,500 will be left.
Sajid and Cameron asked, "Why is the kiwi so important to New Zealand?"
The kiwi is a unique bird with characteristics not shared with any other bird.  No other birds have their nostrils at the end of their beak and they can smell food underground.  The kiwi is endemic and endangered.
Nandhu and Vivesh asked, "What do Moa look like?"
They had a very long neck and long, thick legs. They had feathers that are similar to kiwis and look like shaggy, brown fur.  They had very small eyes and a short, thick beak. Their nostrils were in the middle of their beak.
Iafeta and Kevin asked, "Why can we only see kiwis in the dark?"
Kiwis only come out at night, they are nocturnal. They come out of their burrows to search for food. they like to eat crickets, worms and spiders.
Michael and Aria asked, "Why are kakapo almost extinct?"
They were hunted for food by Maori. When Europeans arrived they started to disappear.
Aiden and Braydon asked, "Why are Moa extinct?"
Maori hunted the Moa for food and used their bones to make fish hooks and spear tips.
Chaeyee and Tyreese asked, "Where do tuatara live?"
They live on little islands and places where people can look after them and there are no predators, especially rats.


We thought of questions that have no answer or would be very difficult to answer.

  • What is the biggest number?
  • Are there aliens in space?
  • How many computers are there in the world?
  • How many fish are in the oceans?
  • What will the future look like?
  • What will animals look like in the future?
  • What weapons will be used in World War Three?
  • What will schools look like in the year 3,000?  Will there even be schools?
  • What will my future be like?
  • When did life first start on Earth?
  • When did the first volcano erupt?
  • How could we count the drops of water in the ocean?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

January Calendar

Welcome back to Summerland in 2014. If you are a parent of a room 28 child this year and are intending visiting the class and meeting with me on Tuesday, you might like to bring your child's stationery with you - it will save them a heavy bag on Thursday. Looking forward to seeing you then.
Glenys Holt