Thursday, 13 December 2012

Phelix's first composition!

Yesterday we learnt how to compose our own music using Garageband on the iPad. Here is my first effort. We had a lot of fun!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Bathers

Georgia wrote this Moment in Time based on the painting.  She made a movie and composed the music in the background.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Monday, 3 December 2012

Monday, 26 November 2012

Meet Izzy Movie

Meet Georgia

Making music was a bit hard because we needed to work together to record each track.  First we made a beat, then an accent and the melody.  I hope you can hear our music behind my video.

Meet Phelix Movie


I have learnt on Garage Band that when you go on audio recorder you have to turn your other recorded tracks down.  You always must keep the sound below the red line.   
We made music using just things from around the class.

Isabella's Holiday

One day in the holidays I went to my dad's friends and we went to the Lime Hills pet show.  There dad was really silly and we had to sleep in the tent.

This is me and my brothers when we had to go to see the lizards.  They where relly cool and my brothers think it was cool as well.  There was a playground when you went out.  I loved my holiday.

10, 100 more or less

Pet Day - Chloe

Pet Day - Josh

Liam's home Learning

Hi i'm Liam,

This is my home-learning my police helicopter.

I made it with instructions.

One day my friend Nathan and I were being and it got broken so for home learning I fixed it.


Jeremy's Home Learning

This is my bridge in Rough Creek.  It is made
entirely of sticks and it can support my weight.

Home Learning Fun!

Lachie found something really fun for us to do at home - make models from card.  Check out this website.... to make one of these creatures!  READYMECH Website link

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

What's in a number?

Lachie explains how many 100's, 10's and 1's in a number.

Inside a trout - by Angus!

My Dad went fishing, this is what was inside the rainbow trout’s stomach. It is a green night beetle. It is gross.  I wasn’t  surprised that it ate that, but the others were. Angus

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Fluency - Keep it smooth and with expression

Angus is working on his fluency when reading.  Check out this example!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

My Calf named Snowy

Mmmm, what do you mean you don't have to do any home learning Liam?
You have to be self managing and feed Snowy even if it is cold and wet.
You need to weigh and measure out the calve's food, train it to lead, groom it and play with it.  I bet you have even found out things like the breed and how a farmer uses this type of cow!

This sounds like the best type of home learning to me!
I think Snowy is nearly as cute as Miss Molly Moo Moo.  We will have to get some photos on the blog of her too!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Secret Garden Club

Most of our class spent time in the Secret Garden on Friday morning.  We also went back over at lunchtime.  We are working very hard to get rid of the weeds and prepare our gardens for the competition inspection at the beginning of December.  This week we planted parsley and flying saucer courgettes.

Watch out to see what we are harvesting each week.  We are expecting some strawberries and spinach soon.

Pet Day

Brodie tells us about Springston Pet Day.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The water bucket again!

This is a really good way to think about what you are going to write.  I can't wait to see what Nathan and Isaac write tomorrow.

The water bucket at camp

Liam and Freya thought carefully about a very special moment on camp.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Check out camp!

We had a wonderful time.  Take a look at the evidence.  Make sure you all send your photos in so we can see what everyone else got up to - not just evidence from Allana's iPad!

Room 6 Camp on PhotoPeach

Moment in time - camp

Jeremy and Angus have used a Photo-Babble to help them think about a "moment in time' from camp.  Can you guess what moment they are thinking of?

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Senior Athletics

Senior athletics will begin at 11am today.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Collaborative Spring Poem 6

Spring Poem 6
Written by Liam, Georgia, Daniella , Alice, Abby and Bailey

I know spring is coming because....
Grape hyacinth gather like exploding grapes
Pink and white blossom sway in the trees, like a windmill
Daffodils dance in the wind for joy
Tulips explode like a volcano bubbling.
Lambs baa like birds singing and chirping.
The calves jump around.

Collaborative Spring Poem 5

Spring Poem 5
written by Graeson, Chloe, Phelix, Isaac, Callum, Zeus and Jared
Springston School and Ranzau School

We know it is spring because...
Daffodils sway in the beat of the wind.
Lambs jump in the air like fireworks dancing.
Flowers explode like hovering paint missiles.
Deer jump out of hibernation like a person getting out of jail.
The sun shines, the flower grow in the beautiful spring.
Flowers burst like bits of pop corn.
The wind blows like the sea.

Collaborative Spring Poem 4

Spring Poem 4
Written by Eli, Isabella, Lachie, Matthew, Carolyne, Rohan and Jacob

I know it is spring because ….
Sun shines like a tide of warmth coming in.
Daffodils sway like they’re dancing.
Lambs jump in the air like bulls going psycho.
The leaves fly across the world like rockets blasting through space.
The trees turn golden in the sunlight.
Flowers sway in the wind like elegant ballerinas.
The golden leaves brush against the trees branches.

Collaborative Springs Poem 3

Spring Poem 3
Written by Reeve, Jess, Josh & Reuben, Daniel and Jordy
Springston School and Ranzau School

I know spring is coming because...

Calves sail through the air as they leap with joy.
The daffodils bloom in the air and go with the flow of the wind.
Lambs jump like rockets into the sky.
Lambs snuggle fluffy like socks your  grandma knitted.
Leaves sprout with joy from the trees.
The flowers pop up like popcorn ready to eat.
Trees sway from side to side like someone dancing.

Collaborative Spring Poem 2

Spring Poem 2 written by Sophie, Angus, Jojo, Ella, Shontelle, Megan and Jason of Springston and Ranzau Schools.

We know spring is coming because...
Daffodils sway in the wind and look like trumpets with an eye.
Ranunculus explode like mixed up paint colours.
Grape Hyacinths cluster like handfuls of blueberries ready to be eaten.
Flowers bloom like popcorn.
Lambs jump as high as the sky.
Butterflies flutter in the sky like a fairy.

Collaborative Spring Poem 1

Spring Poem
Shared writing by Isabella K, George, Jeremy, Ripora, Bella of Springston School, Regan, Max, and Karla of Ranzau School.

I know spring is coming because...
Lambs spring about like jumping beans in the air when the wind sways.
Calves run in the the long grass with joy.
Ranuculus flowers sway left to right like the wind flowing through the air.
Flowers blossom, piglets born, brown ones too.
Sparrows build nests and lay huge eggs which soon hatch.
Petals fly through the air like butterflies.
The lambs run around like it is a running race.
Lambs jump up like they have springs on their feet.
Bird eggs crack like delicious fruit being snapped off trees.

Friday, 21 September 2012

The Human Life Cycle

Task 1:

The Human Life Cycle - find out about each stage by clicking on the images to complete the life cycle sheet you have been given.  


Task 2:
Are you up for the challene of using what you know about the Human Life Cycle to return a teacher to the correct stage of development?

Chloe - evaluation

Ripora - poetry recital

Check out this poem but be warned - the teacher might not believe this as an excuse for being late to school.

Isaac - evaluation

Graeson - evaluation

Reeve - evaluation

Isabella - evaluation

Jess - evaluation

Phelix - evaluation

Isabella K - evaluation

Angus - evaluation

Josh - evaluation

Lachie - inquiry evaluation

Friday, 14 September 2012

Home Learning Cooking

Last night I did some homework and I did some cooking with mum.  We made some huge prawns 
and little ones too.
Once we put the prawns in the pot, Mum steamed some spaghetti and cooked some bacon. When everything was cooked mum cut the bacon up and I put the bacon in the bowls, with the sauce and spaghetti and placed the prawns on the top.
By Daniella

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Jess - Daily 5 Writing

Jess got this idea from her Writing Seeds Book.  She wrote about it during Daily 5 Work on Writing and even edited her work so it was ready to publish.  It only took her a couple of days because she worked so hard and was very motivated to finish it.  Well done Jess - great writing.

Pizza halves - are they the same?

Jojo was looking at how to make pizza halves.  She found a couple of different ways.  They are called equivalent fractions.

How to make a whole!

Isabella explains that you can make a half by using two quarters and two halves make a whole.

Chloe's Daily 5 Writing

Chloe wrote this story during Daily 5 Work on Writing.  She used the editing cards to improve her work and published it. Well done on following the Writing Process Chloe!

At the Zoo
When Mum was away Dad said “ Do you want to go to the Zoo?” Lachlan and I both said “Yes.” So we did.  Dad packed us some lunch, a drink of sparkling lemon and off we went. 

At the Zoo there were lots of different shaped and sized animals like The Ringed-Tailed-Lemurs, Rhinos, Cheetahs, Tigers and Lions, Giraffes and lots of other animals. 
A week ago a Giraffe named Harold, the zoos only male giraffe had passed-away. It was a sad day for the keepers at the zoo that day and now they are looking for another male giraffe and it is tough.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Georgia's Myth

Check out this cool myth explaining how trees got leaves.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

10 minutes reading stamina without you (GOOD)

We managed 10 minutes without Mrs Taylor for our reading to self stamina with Mrs Scarlet. We enjoyed it but it wasn't as good as 11:21. It was amazing but we were still enjoying it really well.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

A+ Certificates

Please Add a Title

Reading EEKK in Daily 5

We have to sit with elbows and knees touching so we can whisper to each other.

Reading Stamina - check it out!

How to make a Greek Shield

Nathan explains how you can make your own Greek Shield.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Visit Room 10 Raumati Beach School

Check out this cool school blog -

They have been experimenting with Wordle and word patterns.

I think we could have a try too.  Make sure you visit them and leave a comment on their blog to say thanks for the idea.

I wonder who will be the first to find out where their school is?  Leave a comment with your guess.


Can you hear some good description of Tāwhiri-mātea? What does he look like? What is he doing? How is he doing it and are there any activated nouns?


Develop our characters

We looked at how to describe the Māori god of the weather Tāwhiri-mātea with more detail so we could add it to our myths.  See if you can hear some activated nouns.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Ancient Greek Shield

Learning in class

In our class we think about our learning by using our planners. Jojo is evaluating her week and Eli is practicing taking videos.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Myth - how hail was made

This is a myth written by Jess.  I love the words she has chosen and the way she has read with expression.  Stunning work Jess.

Hoplite Soldiers

We learned about the Hoplite Soldiers and made shields with designs on.  They represented the Greek Values we identified with.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Street Talk to share our learning

We have looked at Street Talk from Russel Street School earlier in the year.  Could this be a better approach than a documentary for sharing our knowledge?

What learning would we need to do before we could create a news report like this? 
How could each of our groups share their learning and it still tie together as a whole programme?

Write comments below to help us decide what workshops we would need to organize to prepare us for this challenge.

What did the Romans do for us?

Watch this television episode carefully.  How could we use this approach to share our learning about what the Ancient Greeks did for us? 

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Good Fit Books

How do you choose a book that is a 'Good-Fit' for you?  That is one you can read and are interested in?  Take a look at this video to see why it is important to get a good fit. 

Would you wear gum-boots to dance ballet? 

Check out how to find a 'Good-Fit' book on our very own Leap into Books Blog.

Week 6 Whakatauki (Maaori proverb)

This is our whakatauki for the week.  Click on the MP3 link to hear how it should sound.  Leave a comment to explain what you think it means to our learning.

Fill the basket of knowledge.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Hoplite War

On Friday, the Athenian Goddesses (Allana and Elaine!) declared war on the Hoplite Army.  The Athenians had the advantage of modern weapons (Nerf Guns) but the Hoplites knew how to work as a team.  They overlapped their shields and moved together to protect the whole group rather than just themselves.  The designs on their shields represented the Greek Values they most identified with.  Thanks to Stu for his help with these.

This challenge reminded us of what the Ancient Greeks have taught us.  They showed us that team work is very important.  We can see this also in Māori Values or Kotahitanga and in the Springston A+ Characteristics.  We will tell you more about what we have learned next week.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Monday, 13 August 2012

Olympics Facts - Did you know?

These are the interesting facts that Chloe found about the Olympics.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Greek Helmets

Check out our home learning challenge - to make an Ancient Greek helmet!  They will go with the shields we are making.  We will have to work together in formation to protect ourselves from Allana and Elaine shooting the Nerf Guns at us on Friday!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

The Three Bears - Reader's Theatre

This was our first attempt at doing Reader's Theatre but you can hear us working hard on our expression.  We worked well as a team to produce the story and practiced until we got it right.  

This was also our first try at doing the video ourselves.  What do you think we could do to improve for our next video?  Write us a comment with some advice so we can get better.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Lachie teaches the class!

Elaine was really excited when she learned how to make a movie on the iPad.  See - learning can happen anywhere, any time or any place!  We hope you are doing some learning right now!

Monday, 6 August 2012

Tena Koutou

Check out our song.  We can use this video when there is no ukulele to sing by.  Remember this is an echo song.  Think about how to pronounce the words.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Measuring the Olympics accurately

Measuring the Olympics on PhotoPeach

Elaine had us measuring distance accurately as we took part in a mini class Olympics.  We all had lots of fun throwing and measuring our shots.

Monday, 30 July 2012

What on earth is this?

Check out the thing Eli found.  Leave a comment to tell us what you think it is.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Angus - designer to the Olympics!

To Mrs Taylor
I built this Bow and Arrow out of Lego because I watched the Archery on Sunday. The Italian team won. It was very exciting. The Italian team had to get 10 points (which is a Bullseye) to win the Gold Medal. I hope next time Korea win. China came 7th.  I also watched the swimming and China got a gold medal and a bronze medal in the breaststroke.
I hope New Zealand wins a gold medal.
From Angus

Friday, 27 July 2012

Kotahitanga - Maaori Values

We learned about Kotahitanga with Elaine.  Some of the values are like our A+ Characteristics.  It is our class target to use Kotahitanga every day.

Write us a comment to tell us what values you can see us using in this challenge.

Kotahitanga - Maaori Values on PhotoPeach

Book Sell - Liam

Kotahitanga - Maaori Values

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Fluent reading - Josh

Josh has been working on making his reading sound clear and smooth.  Have a listen to this!  Tell him what you think in a comment.

Telling the time tools

What's the time wolf:  match the time for the wolf to move (hour)

Stop the clock:  match the analogue with the digital 15 minutes

Stop the clock:  match the analogue with digital 5 minutes (harder)

Teaching clock:  use this to demonstrate

Hickory clock:  feed the mouse by choosing the correct time (15 minutes)

Reading fluently

Jojo has worked hard to make her reading nice and smooth like talking.  She is working on making it fluent.  Have a listen and give her a comment.  See - she has used one of our new reading phones!

Book Sell - Isabella K

Isabella really loves this book but I didn't quite hear the name of the book - can she write this in a comment below?
I love the excitement and the expression she has used in her voice to share this book.  Well sone Isabella.

Book Sell - Asterix

This is a book sell from Phelix.  I used to love that book too when I was little.

All about Elaine our teacher

These are the great things that Elaine has been doing for us - according to Isabella.  We have Elaine in our class for five whole weeks - until the end of Week 5.

Kotahitanga - Maaori Values

This is what Isabella learned about kotahitanga from Elaine.  We are thinking about using kotahitanga in our class.  Oops - sorry that Isabella is sideways.

Jess and Diabetes

Monday, 23 July 2012

What do we know about Ancient Greece?

Write your two questions as comments after this post.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Lost and found!

The forgetful teacher put down a laptop by the photocopier and left it under a pile of school books.  At 3pm we all panicked that it was missing and checked in every little place it might be.

STOP PANICKING it has been found and will be ready for heaps of learning challenges on Monday.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Bird Feeder and Sugar Water Recipes

Bird Feeders and Sugar Water
Yippee - Isabella's mum is coming in to help us make bird feeders every few weeks, all through the winter so we can look after our native birds.  Jess said we also wanted to make nectar feeders to put on the posts that Craig put up for us.

Maybe we can make bird feeders this week and sugar feeders next week?

Here is an information sheet from the Otago Museum.  It has a great recipe, information and all the plans we will need. Click on the image to make it bigger.

Term 3 E-Team Newsletter

Springston E-Team Term 3 Newsletter
I am testing out how our newsletter goes with the programme Youblisher.  Try clicking on the image to go to the link, where you can turn the page in the top corner and click to make it bigger.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Book Sell - Georgia

Sellin The Twits - a favourite from Roald Dahl.

Jeremy - Pen Pal Max

Oops - I have done it again.  We must have lots of children practicing walking around sideways.
I love piglets so I might have to go and visit Jeremy.  I hope he brings the piglet to Pet Day in Term 4.

Book Sell - Liam

A great start to a book sell Liam.  I wonder who you think might like to read this book?

Book Sell - Isabella M

I would love to hear more about why this was a great story from Isabella.  Her reading was clear and sounding fluent.  Reading out loud with a photo babble is an excellent way to practice fluency.

Graeson - Callum's Pen Pal

Graeson does not walk around sideways but his Photo Babble came out this way.  He liked the babble so much that he was happy to put it on the blog like this.  Callum, I hope you are good at listening while standing sideways!

Book Review - Graeson

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Caught being A+ Accepting

These children were caught working as a team today. They are all doing their part to help our class which is our target. We work as a team.

Seeds Book - Eli

Check out this amazing book from Eli.
I can't wait to see the writing ideas he gathers in this book.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Ancient Greece - what do we already know?

Ancient Greece - what do we already know?

Ancient Greece - what do we already know?

Ancient Greece - what do we already know?

Ancient Greece - what do we already know?

Ancient Greeks - what do we already know?

Ancient Greeks - what do we already know?

Book Sell - Jess

Graeson's Greek Writing

Graeson was excited to share his knowledge about the Ancient Greeks.  I love the way he used his writing about the lightning from yesterday in this writing.  Liz gave Graeson a principal's award for this excellent descriptive writing.

Eli's Snowboard - wow!

This is my snowboard that I made at home in the holidays. I got the wood that was left over from our new floor. 

Then I cut it out with the jigsaw. Then I had to sand it till it was smooth. Then we parked Dad's car on the ends to make them curve up like a brought one. 

Then I had to undercoat and spray paint the picture that I found on the internet.  Then Dad put floor polish on it to seal the little gaps. 

The last thing we did to the board was make bindings with old bike inner tubs  and mums staple gun. Finally I got to go test it. 

We went to Arthurs Pass, my ears popped about a hundred times on the way. 

Then we got to go snowboarding.

I fell off about a million times and loved it.
From Eli

Monday, 16 July 2012

Sophie's Seed Book

Hi Allana,
here is my seed book I have 5 seeds in it.  

Ella - Ranzau School Pen Pal

Has Sophie followed the safety rules?  Has she told the whole world where she lives, her phone number and her back account number?  NO! Those things are personal information that does not go on the blog.  We only put our first name and the school we go to.

Well done Sophie, I hope all the other children remember this too!

Daniel - Ranzau School Pen Pal

George is famous!

George's entry for the I Love Learning Competition has been published in a teacher's magazine.

He gave permission for it to be used by entering in the competition so no - they didn't steal it and they acknowledged the creator so they are doing well.

Burning Paddock - Georgia

Hi Mrs Taylor
I took this photo because I love watching the paddock burn and I thought that you might want to put it on the blog.   From Georgia