Thursday, 23 November 2017

We are Swimming!

Hi We are now swimming everyday. Thank you to all the parents who are ensuring their child has their togs. This week we have been teaching the children how to enter the pool safely, Where the shallow and deep ends are and not to jump or splash each other.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Our Trip to MOTAT,Kelly Tarlton's and the ZOO

What an amazing group of children and parents we had last Thursday and Friday for our long awaited trip to Auckland.
There was some very excited children Thursday morning at school. We got away on time and arrived at  our first stop
MOTAT  : Fabulous Flight        We learnt about the physics of flight

 We went by Tram to the main  part of MOTAT where we saw lots of interesting hands on activities .

 The next day we went to the zoo.

We saw the elephants and many other animals.
More pictures will be posted .

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

We are going to the zoo!

We are learning about animals we will see at the zoo.
We are learning how to write an animal report.
We need to have a title:   name it
Classification:  Tell what the thing is.
Description:  Tells what the thing has.
                      Tells what it looks like.
Location:Tells where the thing lives
The students watched a video about elephants . We talked about what an elephant looks like , where they come from and what they eat and do.


Image result for elephant
Elephants are fat. 
Elephants are big.
Elephants have big ears.
                        Elephants live in Africa.                         

Elephants have big ears.
Elephants have a trunk.
Elephants live in Africa.
     Elephants eat leaves.         

The elephant has toes.
Elephants squirt water out of their trunks.
They eat leaves.
Elephants live in Africa.

  The elephants have big ears.
The elephant has big feet.
The elephant eats grass.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Week 4

this week was our assembly. Here is a movie we made of assembly to show what happened on our Science Fair Day!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

How our seeds are growing

We have been watering our seeds every couple of days and sitting them on the window sill to get some  light. We look at the seeds each week and we have noticed in our cups that the seed was splitting and we could see the root starting to grow. Some seeds grew quicker than others. In some of the pictures you can see there is now a root going down and a shoot coming up.We will plant some seeds into  soil  and leave some without soil  and we will see how they grow.

 We also put some seeds into a drink bottle and poked holes all around it and changed the water each day . We watched and saw that the seeds start to sprout really quickly.We have learnt that seeds will sprout when they have light and water.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Dr Seuss Day

Here are the Room 4 students outside their classroom.The students and teacher dressed up as cats, Cat and the hat, Thing 2, Sneetch and others just worn their clothes in a wacky way. 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Counting to 5 and making sets to 5

Ollie and Jade are learning to count to 5 and make sets for numbers to 5

Dr Seuss's ABC book- Writing

Today we read Dr Seuss's ABC book as we are having a Dr Seuss day tomorrow at school.
In writing we were learning about  Alliteration .
The children listened to the book being read to them.
We then looked at what alliteration was. As a group we chose an animal that we would see at the zoo. Together we thought of some words that start with the  beginning sound and wrote these down and then as a class we made our sentence. The children paired up and they had a picture of an animal and they wrote down their words and then  with the support of the teacher made up their sentences.

Alliteration happens when words that start with the same sound are used close together in a sentence. The sound is usually a consonant and the words don't have to always be right next to one another.

Tahlia's  alliteration sentence

Calla's alliteration sentence.

Phoebe's alliteration sentence

Riah's alliteration sentence.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

How does a seed grow?

We are learning how to do some science experiments.
We are finding out about

 How does a seed grow?
The children have watched a video about how seeds grow. They know that seeds need light, water and soil to grow.We thought we would find out if seeds can grow without soil.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Making Sherbet!

Today we made sherbet to show how different things react to each other. We used; baking soda, jelly crystals, icing sugar and citric acid. We mixed it all together then got to taste it. Please ask your child how it tasted! They enjoyed the sherbet fizzing on their tongue.!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Science is Fun!

This week we have started on our topic "Science". We have been using mixing and colours to form our experiments. Our first experiment was "Making Water Walk". We used red, blue and yellow food colouring, paper towels and water in cups to demonstrate how the water is absorbed by the tissues and mixes to make new colours. Our second experiment looked at mixing colours by dropping some dish liquid in a bowl of milk that had food colouring in. We talked about friction and how the dish liquid reacted with food colouring. The kids loved seeing the colours whirl and swirl! After these experiments we wrote scientific report to show - what they need and what to do. Great learning Room 4! Here is a video of the milk and food colouring reacting with the dish liquid.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Hip Hop with Horace

Today we had Matua Horace from Sport Northland come into our school to teach Hip Hop to Te Maunga. The goals for today were to learn something new, to have fun and to exercise.Both children and teachers succeeded in their goals.

 6 Students performed for the rest of the classes first.Great dancing after just half hour of learning the new steps.

Then we split into 2 groups groups to share what everyone had learnt.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Library time

Reading for enjoyment is a very important part of school life. Students love listening to stories being read to them. The library time is a time for everyone to choose books that they like to read or to take them home for someone to read to them. The students are learning about the different types of books we read, who is an author, an illustrator and  what is the blurb. Ask your children what these all mean.

Here they all are in the library reading or finding books they like.

Welcome back to Term 3

Today was a busy day in Te Maunga Iti. We had 4 new students start today. They quickly settled into our class and enjoyed their day. We are learning poems about animals we will see at the zoo when we go to the zoo at the end of this term. Here are the new students learning and colouring in their poems.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017


As part of our solar system investigation Room 4 created space artwork. They blended warm and cool colours using crayon, then they covered it with black paint. When it was dry they scratched through the black and created their own solar system . They also added a rocket ship and put themselves up in space.

The Solar System

For the last three weeks Room 4 has been learning about the solar system. The children learnt how to write a simple information report. They had to have a title, 3 facts and a drawing. All the children loved learning about the solar system. For our assembly we  made a video  using   a green screening app called Do Ink.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Learning how to balance bean bags on our body

When Bodean from Project Energise comes into our school he has being teaching our class how to balance bean bags on our bodies and then move around the court.The children like to move like unicorns and other creatures.We are going to see how we can balance different size balls with the help from a partner.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Kids in Space

We are learning about the planets. Here is a song we love to sing that tells us about each planet. I am sorry about the quality of the music. Hope you enjoy!

Zoom Zoom Zoom we're going to the moon!

Here is one of the songs we sang at assembly today.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Week 4

This week we have been very busy learning about space and numbers to 20. Saxdyn, Frank and Aumaarire can write the numbers that come before and after to 10. Olivia and Parani are learning what makes 10. To learn the planets we made pikelets and talked about what colours the planets could be. It was fun making the different sizes too. We have learnt that Saturn rings made out of ice and dust, Jupiter is the biggest planet and Mercury is the smallest! Come in and see our wonderful wall display.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Boxes are so much fun!!!

Today we had a delivery at school and we got to keep the boxes! Look at the fun we have with them! Calla decided she wanted to be a builder and found some pretend nails (plastic needles) and a hammer.

19 May 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Cooperative Learning and Sharing

In room 4 we get lots of new children. We like to spend time with them and show them how to cooperate and share by doing puzzles and games. We like being shown how to do our work and learning from each other.