Thursday, 28 March 2013

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Willie and Kiri - Weta Story

We have spent the last couple of days looking at a piece of writing about a weta and weka.  The Yellow and Red reading group had to take a section of the story and turn it into a dialogue.  Then they had to record themselves and upload it onto their blogs.  Here is a sample of what they have done so far:

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Parkvale GarMoriRoil

Great work Parkvale Garland!!!  We have just finished another fantastic game.  The team is working so well together and really improving with each game.  Final score - Hastings Central 16 Parkvale 24.  Awesome teamwork and determination.  Keep it up!

Monday, 18 March 2013

Doctor, Doctor!

Our Sports Pals went to a course last Friday.  They learnt loads of new games.  Today they taught us how to play Dr, Dr!  What a great game.  Thanks Phoenix, Rhys and George.  You are fantastic teachers.  It was really cool the way you shared your secret strategies too Phoenix!  Terrific teamwork!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Homework Challenges

These challenges were given out today.  They are not to replace the normal homework which is reading, maths and spelling.  They are extra projects for those children that are interested.  

The Rabbit Puzzle

A rabbit falls into a dry well 30 metres deep.  Since being at the bottom of the well was not her original plan, she decides to climb out.  When she attempts to do so, she finds that after going up 3 metres (and this is the sad part), she slips back 2.  Frustrated, she stops where she is for that day and resumes her efforts the following morning - with the same result  How many days does it take her to get out of the well?

Thursday, 7 March 2013


Jaiden had a book for home reading about a car.  He followed all the instructions and this is the result.  By the time he showed us he had made all kinds of improvements.  Nice job Jaiden.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

What do successful maths kids do?

1)  Read the question.   Understand the problem.  What are you answering?  What unit are you answering in? $, Km.....

2)Make a plan.  Draw the problem.  Make a chart.  Try a smaller case.

3)  Carry out the plan.  Check each step.

4)  Look back.  Think about your answers.  Are they reasonable?  Have you answered the question?

Problem:  You have a 3 liter jug and a 5 liter jug and an unlimited supply of water.  Can you measure 4 liters?

Fill the 3-liter bottle and pour it into the empty 5-liter bottle.
Fill the 3-liter bottle again, and pour enough to fill 5-liter bottle.
This leaves exactly 1 liter in the 3-liter bottle.
Empty the 5-liter bottle; pour the remaining 1 liter from the 3-liter
bottle into the 5-liter bottle.
Fill the 3-liter bottle and pour it into the 5-liter bottle. The
5-liter bottle now has exactly 4 liters.

If you got the answer right - congratulations!