Monday, 21 August 2017

Writing to demonstrate Level 3 Features

In Year 6, students work hard to learn about and then demonstrate Level 3 writing features. Sometimes we use short clips to help inspire writing. The clip below has inspired some excellent writing.

Students were asked to

Your aim in this writing is to use the 5 ways to improve your writing quality.
  1. Use a very short sentence.
  2. Start your sentence with an AAWWUBBIS (Opener sentence)
  3. Ly start – Start a sentence with a ly adverb.
  4. Em – dash. A dash is used to set off information in a sentence with dramatic flair.
  5. The subject sentence. Start your sentence with the subject. (Interrupter)

Here are some great examples.

Written by Charlie Hooper
I continuously bump into the window, trying to get inside to the machine so I can help my fellow bespeckled cephalopod. I can’t find a way, how can I get up there, OH WAIT, THE CHIMNEY!  I fly up to the chimney, then shoot down as all the dust settles on to my fragile green glowing bespeckled cephalopod body, I whoosh  past the old man  and up into the machine-I’m in baby. It starts up with a whir, cling, clang, hop, bop and clop and we are now off. Into the woods we go!

I look behind me now and the old man is not far behind me walking at a steady pace and slows down to holt when he sees me helping my fellow luminous red glowing  bespeckled cephalopod that is struggling  under the weight of the enormous  log and comes over to help. He pulls with all his might, my fellow  bespeckled cephalopod shoots up into the night sky and follow him up there, but then the machine crumbles to the ground and the old man kneels beside it for a while and then walks away. Slowly. His dream came true but then it just floated away from him, his life’s work gone.

Written by Ronan Brier
WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE —the robot’s high pitched tone grew as he roared to life, his eyes flashed: soft baby blue - bright happy yellow to an alarming, threatening red. What had brung this robotic creature to life? No one knew. It rose. And ran. It had found itself in an old run-down cottage that reeked with the smells of cigarettes, what kind of inventor would live here? His cybernetic brain thought.

It found the door. It used its robotic strength to open the door- it stopped, My memory is still in there it thought and I wouldn’t mind a nice cup ‘o coffee. It ran inside. On the floor lay a box with the word classified written on it, It must be inside there! I have finally found the coffee recipe! He thought I wonder if my memory could be stalled there too! The robot and the box were in the cottage’s kitchen, it shook the box — WHAM!! A tin fell on his head. He caught it and threw it. SMASH!!

He woke to this sound. He picked up a cigarette and a lighter. For he was… The inventor! The robot struggled to find his things, he spotted something out of the corner of his eye, At last! The robot once again thought. On the ground lay… Half a tin of coffee (Unbelievable!! This robot is absolutely obsessed with coffee!!)


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Homework for Youcubers!

As we are in the middle of the excitement that is Maths Week, we in the senior team thought it would be an idea to post a fact sheet for parents on how you can help with your child's maths homework. The ideas are from Jo Boaler, who runs the excellent Youcubed project out of Stanford University. Their motto is "Inspire ALL students with open, creative mindset mathematics". She offers some really practical ideas for getting the excitement and wonder back into maths for children. 

Youcubed's advice for parents

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Amazing Dioramas


As part of our celebrations for Book Week, students in Room 26 & 27 were asked to create a diorama of a scene from a book that they have enjoyed. This could have either been fiction or non - fiction.

The results were amazing. Students included lots of detail. 

I wonder if you can guess what book they are from?

Diorama on PhotoPeach

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Book Week Song


This week we have the Enviroschools Facilitator Sonya Sedgwick coming in to school to work with classes to create stone art. We will be painting our own rocks to represent the different stars within the Matariki Constellation. We have been learning the Matariki Waiata to sing during the workshop.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Nathan and Max's experiments with air pressure

Nathan and Max have been experimenting with air pressure as part of our inquiry into simple machines. They have constructed potato cannons that are powered by high pressure air pumped in from a bicycle pump. Here are some photos of them testing the cannon. The furthest shot travelled 82 metres!

Maths Like A Pirate

This week we in Room 2 we are doing lots of Pirate based activities for Book Week and the Book Fair! Today we started with Maths Like a Pirate.

Students had to make a treasure chest with only paper and 1m of cellotape.  The treasure chest had to fit their pencils in. We discussed where is the Maths in this activity before we started and we brainstormed the following- Measurement, Geometry, Shape, 3D Shapes, Area, Volume.

We also looked at what skills we need to use when working with our buddy. We focused in on the value of relationships and the skills of communication and co-operation.

Here are some photos of our work.


There is much excitement building in the school this week, with book week starting.

This morning Room 2 had a visit from Geronimo Stilton!

Remember we have the following events:

Guest author on Thursday
Senior Team Literacy Quiz- Friday
Dress Up as your favourite book character- Friday
Book Mark competition due Thursday to Mrs Field
Pirate Characters and description due Friday morning 9am

Remember to visit the Book Fair in Room 20

Friday, 12 May 2017

Geodesic Dome Fun

We have been experimenting with structures to think about what makes things stable and strong. Here are our Geodesic Domes inspired by a reading about a Christchurch building.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Rube Goldberg Machine Fun

Image result for rube goldberg machine

Many students have been busy creating Rube Goldberg Machines at home and at school. Here are a few videos to show some of the action.

Working with Simple Machines and Forces.

Room 26 and 27 have been working with lots of simple experiments that require us to think about simple machines and forces. Here are a few pictures and videos of us in action.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The world's deadliest animals - by Room 1

Here are Room 1's explanation texts. We have written about deadly imaginary animals. See what text features you can spot...

Room 1's dangerous animal explanation texts

Friday, 7 April 2017

Making Huts- Hut Writing

In Room 2 we have been exploring personal experiences in writing and how we can use these in our writing.

So we looked at a piece of writing by Gavin Bishop about hut building he did as a child.

Then we made our our huts in class: See the pictures!!!

From here we wrote our experiences about hut building. I'll add examples of these as I finish marking them.

I will know I’ve been successful when I have:
Write to describe a time when we have built a hut
Include the words spoken/shouted
Included speech marks
Started each speaker on a new line

Making Huts
Most of all though, we liked making huts. We made huts in the shed at home; we made huts in the willows along the creek; we made huts under the pine trees at school. There, we heaped up the needles into low walls. Each day the huts got bigger. We worked in groups of three or four adding more and more rooms - vast roofless mansions spreading in every direction under the trees, until someone would shout,
“Our hut’s bigger than yours!”
“No it’s not!”
“Yes it is!”
“No it’s not!”
“Yes it is!”
This would go on and on until someone ran forward and booted a hole in the wall of one of the huts. That would shut us all up. Then, quietly, the builders of the damaged hut would set about rebuilding the broken wall until Mr McLeod called us inside for afternoon school.
from “Piano Rock” by Gavin Bishop