Saturday, 30 March 2013

Camp- wow how amazing!

Camp was so brilliant that I can't wait to get back to school to share all our learning and exciting stories.  Why don't you let us know in a comment what your favourite moment was!

I wonder which tired campers are watching the blog over Easter and wins the 'comment king' crown?

Check out our amazing camp!


Te Reo greetings and feelings

Check out our try at greeting each other and asking how we feel.

Friday, 29 March 2013

How are you? Kei te pēhea koe?

We are learning to say hello and ask how someone is in Māori.

Take a look at the movies to learn the feeling words and what to say.

Kei te pēhea koe?
(How are you to one person)

Kei te __(pai)____ ahau.
(I am feeling good at the present moment.)

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Angry birds home learning - Jack B

At home I drew some pictures of pigs and angry birds.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Before Sunrise

A dark clock face is standing tall, silently as a ghost. The shadow wished there was more to life than hiding away. Slowly and cautiously he crept into the outside world. 

Sad lonely eyes are lit up by the clear shining moon. He has a slim skinny neck like a pencil and body like a stick.On top of his head there is a black tuft that points to the sky.   Alone, walking through the town, his eyes are stunned at what he sees. They are pale white and beaming.  Where is he going?  What is he searching for?

Gingerbread houses gloom out of the distant shadows.  The balconies are small and the doors are oval shape.  The statue warrior sits on the fountain in the centre of the courtyard, with trumpet statues making water come out magically.

A sudden glow of light  streams out of a window. It looks like treasure. He wants to explore further.  He starts creeping to the shop to take a look at what it is.  Once he’s in the shop he is surrounded by stacks and stacks of books. The stacks look like wobbly staircases. He is astonished.  

The bright glowing candle catches his attention. He is overwhelmed.  She turned her head shyly looking away. Her eye lashes fluttered out tiny fairy dust like golden stars.  The candle burns his hand and he walks away.

Suddenly he feels the candle being whooshed out, and he is completely horrified and is in despair. He collapses to the round base of the candles heart. The shadow is filled with fear.  The candle smoke is swirling, tumbling, and dancing and emerging into a shadow. She falls gracefully into a little sleep. The candle sits up and looks confusingly at herself.  The shadow is delighted. 

By Lucy

Home Learning - epic dragon drawing

I copied this drawing from Ninjago book. Notice the patterns on the dragon faces.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Out of the shadows - Liam

The clock face is shining out of the enveloping shadow.
The white shining angel stands guard over the village as they rest. The houses have got beautiful curly, whirly doors, but in the secret darkness hides a shadow. 

He has bright droopy eyes glowing with the sparkling moon. His big head is long and oval like the shape of an egg. A tuft is curling and pointing up. Don't you dare touch it or you'll get cut. The shadow wondered why he was stuck with the mischevious ones and thought there must be more to life. Bravely he stepped into the night. 

The moon is glittering like the stars glimmering at night.  The tower has chipped bricks and is very dangerous.

A sudden a glow popped out of a cupcake window.  Slowly and carefully the shadow crept to the library. He was astonished when he made it to the light. Tall towers of books stood crooked all around. 

His eyes were caught by the glittering light.  Fluttering sparkles dropped from her sparkling eyes.  He had found what he had been looking for.

Suddenly the warmth in his heart died as the candle flame got whooshed out.  Everything was black.  In despair the shadow collapsed, cuddling the base of the lonely candle.  

Whisps of smoke are moving closer and they emerge as a shadow.   He looks in wonder.  She is alive! 

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Team Work - Room 8 Pt England School

Check out what the Year 3 students in this cool class think about team work.  We might like to leave them a comment.  Make sure you add our blog address.

Their blog address is  Let's go and visit!


Saturday, 23 March 2013

Chloe's ice-cream sundae

On Wednesday night I made fruit salad ice cream sundaes for pudding. They were really yummy. I’ve got my icecream t-shirt  on too.


Maggie's tables

Maggie has been working on her tables for home-learning.  Check out the picture from her iPad!

Friday, 22 March 2013

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Voracious Reading

What does voracious reading look like? Just imagine you were STARVING and I put your favourite food in front of you. What would happen? It might look a bit like this!

Voracious reading is reading like there will be no books tomorrow Like you are starving for a book.   Make sure you are a voracious reader to build your comprehension and build your vocabulary.

Weetbix Triathlon

Last Saturday heaps of kids from our class participated in the Weetbix Triathlon.  They loved the bouncy castle and running 1.5 kilometres. They all got medals and have cool uniforms to remember the great day.  Write them a comment to say well done.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Blog visitors celebration cake!

Today we reached 40,275 blog visits. That is amazing. To celebrate the teacher made us a yummy cake.

How can we get even MORE visitors?  Tell us in a comment.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Agents of change

Craft Day

Who are Team Endeavour?


to exert oneself to do or effect something; make an effort; 
strive: We must constantly endeavor if we are to succeed.
a strenuous effort; attempt.

This is what the dictionary says but who are we REALLY?
Write your idea of what makes OUR TEAM in a comment below.  
What do we think is important? What rules do we live by? 


40,000 blog visits - WOW!

Ladybug Note Generator

Teamwork today!

We have had a great day of teamwork. 
We did lots of helping.
We loved to listen to new ideas.
Listening was the best part of team-work
Our favorite subject was making pancakes.
We talked to each other to get the job done. Our team leaders read the instructions.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Team work!

The biggest thing I have learned about building a team is....

Check out our comments to see what we think!

Concentric Circles

This is what we have been doing in art. We have been doing friend ship circles as well. I have really enjoyed art this year.

Learn your 3x table!

Chloe has been learning her 3x table in maths.  Have a listen to how she is going!

Concentric Circles

Chloe tried out the drawing tool on the iPAd to make some Kandinsky Concentric Circles.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Jojo is reading to self for fluency

Josephine helped show the class how they could use a photo babble to improve their fluency.  That is to make sure their reading does NOT sound like a robot.  Listen to the page from her book.

Post your home learning

These people have all shared their home learning with us this week. Remember to post your own post using Blogger on the iPad.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

What are you doing for Earth Hour?

What will you be doing for Earth Hour on March 23rd 2013 at 8.30?
Is one hour enough?
What can you promise to do EVERY DAY to help look after our Earth?

Write a comment to share your promise. It might be something like turning off the lights when you leave the room. It might be turn the tap off or even pick up rubbish when you see it.

We are a team and imagine if we all made and kept a promise to look after the Earth?
What would happen then?

Friday, 8 March 2013

Sam's Home Learning

Sam does amazing things at home for the family - even to the point of dressing up in a chef's hat to cook dinner. In his home learning book Sam wrote all about his task and I thought we should put it on the blog.

Jojo's Home Learning

Mum, Emily, and I went to the Flower Show. This is called a Bonsai Garden, and it has a rising sun behind it. This is a symbol of Japan, and the rising sun is on the Japanese flag. We met a winner of one of the Gold awards. He was on T.V with his mum. He told us he finished his garden half an hour before the judging, and didn't clean his mess untill just before the judges arrived. My favourite garden was the spiral water garden. That had a gold award too.

By JoJo

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Endeavour sailboat

In my home learning I was learning about what 'Endeavour' means and it was a sailing boat. For us it is doing our very best.


For home learning I made fudge for the class.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Maths Strategies

Harriet has used number bonds to add a huge list of numbers together.

Maths Strategies

Josephine has also been looking at using number bonds to 10 to help her add lots of numbers.

Cultural Rules

Maths Strategies

Mahora has been using number bonds to 10 to add large lists of numbers.

Cultures rules

We have been looking at what rules people have around food.  Here are some that I found out.

If you are left-handed in Iran and the host gives you a right-handed fork by mistake you just eat with your right hand. Got ya.

English people think it is okay for the Americans to eat fried chicken with their hands if there are no utensils around.

In many parts of Scotland most children aren't home after dinner because lunch is called dinner.

Bella's holiday

We went to Moeraki and we stayed in a motel for 4 days with my family and friends. We went to Fleur's for my mum's birthday. We went to the beach everyday and we had fun. By Bella

Phelix's Home Learning - yummy!

Phelix has been cooking tea for his home learning challenge.

Check out the pictures and write him a comment.

Write us a comment Phelix to tell us what you cooked and how yummy it was.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

How did this group 'Break Down'?

Oops birds - bad move!
These birds made some poor choices, what were they?
How did they treat the new person to their group?
What were the consequences of their choices?
Who was harmed?
What would they need to do to put it right.
What have they learned to do next time?

Different cultures - different manners!

How are your manners?  Would you offend anyone if you went to eat in a different country?  Try this quick quiz to see how well you do.

Rude or What?

Shared morning tea - rude or what?

Monday, 4 March 2013

Comments on our writing

We are posting our writing on the writing blog.  We want you to give us comments on what we are doing well and what we can do to improve our work.  Please visit and help us improve our writing.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Check out our character descriptions

We have been weiring character descriptions of a shadow from a short movie.  I have posted Bella's but click on the link to see some more.

His eyes were drooping down  as he walked really smooth and slow.  He didn't  think he should be there.  His long skinny body moved silently through the dark village.  It is a mystery where he is supposed to be.