Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Room 4 Literacy: I Am

At the start of the term Room 4 literacy crafted their own I am poems. We started by writing our poems down, trying to think beyond our selves in the literal classroom and instead thinking of our dreams, culture and wonderings... 

Next we illustrated our poetry using a colour of our choice. 

Check out our writing on the slides below.


Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Our Class Treaty

We understand that we all learn differently, come from different cultures and have different experiences. This is what makes us, us! We show respect to one another by communicating clearly, actively listening, showing support, being kind and celebrating mistakes.  

We set goals for ourselves and strive to achieve them. We take leadership opportunities and carry ourselves with dignity. We have ambition, integrity and enjoy being our age.
 We also have self respect and know when to manage ourselves - we must think before we speak!

We contribute to the vibe in room 4! We are honest, kind and trustworthy. We big people up and don't put them down. 


We participate in all activities. We contribute to class discussions, try our best, never give up and include everyone.


Measurement Challenges

 Today Room 4 participated in measurement challenges to support both our maths focus on measurement and the development of our class treaty. 

This series of challenges had a different focus each - height, mass and even some geometry. We discussed concepts such as certain shapes being more suited to baring weight than others. We also recognised that a strong base is needed when trying to increase the height of a tower.

The students worked fantastically together. Mrs stone mixed everyone up which let everyone get to know each other a bit better. We communicated clearly, negotiated and problem solved collaboratively.

We were then able to come up with more ideas for our class treaty!

Saturday, 13 August 2022

Compliments Project Rylan

 This week we once again participated in the compliments project, this time for Rylan. Rylan has been off sick so we thought it would be nice to send him some kind thoughts. We are also finding it easier to give genuine, specific compliments to people outside of the room, although this will change very soon!

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Fun With Harold!

For the past three weeks we have been visiting Harold and Sylvia at the Life Caravan. This years focus has been the brain!

In our first session we learnt the difference between fixed and growth mindsets. We also learnt about the areas if the brain and their different roles.

Next we learnt about friendship. We discussed having a positive self esteem and positive relationships.

In our final session we talked about our identity and different personality types. We had a great time with Harold this term - thank you Sylvia!

Farewell Rongomatane!

 We have had our fair share of goodbyes this year in Room 4. Our latest went to Rongo, who as a year eight was with our class for two years and will be missed.

However, his goodbye presented us with a great opportunity- to start the compliments project! This is a project where class members take turns to give positive, thoughtful compliments to a student by writing them on the whiteboard behind them. 

This is a great example of what it should look like. The compliments are specific and describe Rongos strengths. 

We hope you have an amazing time at your new school Rongo!

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Mass and Capacity

 Today Room 4 learnt about Mass and Capacity. To support us to build our understanding, we completed rotations to experience measuring the mass and capacity of a range of objects.

"For my group’s first rotation we were tasked to measure and weigh different items in grams and ml. For our items we could choose from a book, a whiteboard marker, a “no fishing” sign from our fish tank, a hand sanitizer bottle, a pack of paper clips and a pencil. We weighed them in grams.

...For our third and last rotation we got to measure with more measuring cups along with an actual cup/mug a bowl and syringes and more containers. I honestly think that this rotation was my favourite out of them all because I didn’t know that there were so many ways to measure out liquids and other stuff. "

Check out Lili-May's slides to learn more about this activity!