Thursday, November 8, 2018

Room 12 goes green!

This week as part of our Inquiry unit we have been looking at recycling, to minimise the amount of rubbish we send to the tip as landfill. Its amazing how much rubbish we make just by eating our lunch!

We set up our class recycling crates and got organised to classify and sort our lunchtime rubbish.

Its been tricky working out the difference between soft and hard plastics, and to work out what is ok to put in the school worm farm, but we are excited about doing our bit to reduce our impact on the environment.

Thursday, November 1, 2018


This week in maths we have enjoyed playing different games to improve our ability to subitize. Subitizing is a fancy name for seeing smaller groups of dots within a larger group to work out how many dots there are, without actually counting them. It's a great way to develop basic facts knowledge and reinforces the idea that numbers can be shown in a lot of different ways: eg: 8 can be 5 and 3, 7 and 1, 4 and 4 or 6 and 2. 

Games we played include Deal and Copy, Memory Match and What's the difference. Whatever game was played, lots of fun and lots of learning was had by all!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Reach for the stars

This week we have been looking further at having a Growth Mindset, tying it in with our value of the term: Creativity. We have talked about never giving up, trying new things and looking at 'mistakes' or 'dead ends' as opportunities. As a reminder we made "Reach for the Stars' bookmarks.

Decorating our creations with stars also helped remind us of our blend for the week- 'st'.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Science and Inquiry with Room 12

Today we started our Inquiry Unit for Term 4. We are looking at how what we do today impacts the future. Our focus is on Sustainability and in particular rubbish: What it is? How much do we make? and What happens to it after it leaves our hands?
We collected all the rubbish we created while eating our morning tea and then our lunch. We sorted the rubbish into groups (Yuk!) and then buried it.(Huh?) 
Our morning tea rubbish sorted into groups.

After our lunch rubbish was added in!
 Burying our rubbish.



We will dig it back up in 7 or 8 weeks to see what has happened to it... watch this space!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

New students for Room 12.

Today we had two new 'students' come to our class. They were very well behaved and almost got through their visit without any 'accidents'. Luckily it was a sunny day and we were able to enjoy our time together outside.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Room 12 gets a head start on term 4!

In term 4 our value of the term is Creativity. Today we got our creative juices flowing in advance, creating all sorts of things out of boxes and cardboard. 

There were ships and robots, planes and kites, dinosaurs and even multi storied storage boxes to keep our treasures in! There was heaps of fun had by all and a huge mess to clean up afterwards but it was all worth it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Term 3 Inquiry.

For Inquiry this term we have been looking at how we can represent our own culture, represent our own life story. As part of this we each designed a 'mini totem', decorating it using patterns and shapes that represented, for us, our family and background. Some children used stripes or shapes to represent each family member-
'The 2 little rectangles are me and my brother, the big rectangles represent my mum and dad.' by C
Others used different colours-
'The orange stripes are my dad and the blue stripes are my mum, cause that's the colours they like.' by B
Some drew a pattern of love hearts-
'I did love hearts cause that's what families are about.' by N
One student did a pattern of squares and kiwis-
' cause we are kiwi hub.'
Another's creation was very colourful-
This shows the things I like in this world. These are the suns rays and these are my ABC's.'

It was amazing to see what each child came up with and how they represented the things that are important to them. Well done everyone!