Monday, 8 December 2014

Room 5 Trophy Recipients

Well Done 
Denver - Academic Award
Millie - Sports Award
Jazzinda - Principal's Award

KWS Year 6 Graduation Dinner

On Monday evening we held our first Yr 6 graduation dinner and what a great success.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Parent - Teacher Interviews for Room 5 Children

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Next Monday and Tuesday I will be available after school for parent - teacher interviews. Please ring the office to make a time so we avoid double bookings.

If you would like to meet at a different time (before school or lunchtimes) or day please contact me directly. You can phone or text.

I'm more than happy to discuss your child's progress over the phone if you are unable to come to school. If this is the case text me and I will ring back.

My phone number is 0275566759.

Kind regards

Nathan Vickerstaff

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Show Not Tell

Room 5 are working on making our writing more interesting. We are taking a boring sentence and making it come alive by showing not telling the highlighted words.

WALT show not tell in our writing

She was happy and excited when she went for a swim on the hot sunny day with her best friend.

How do we feel, look like, and what do we do when we are happy and excited? (SHOW)

How can we SHOW she went for a swim?

How can we SHOW the hot sunny day?

How can we SHOW a best friend?

I will begin by describing what the characters body felt like.
I will describe what has happened using my senses.
I will describe what they were thinking
I will leave the audience hanging

·                     Write in the third person

·                     Use capital letters and full stops.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Welcome to Term 4

Welcome to term 4 everyone. There is only nine weeks of school left for the year with lots of learning still to happen! This term we have our Athletics Day coming up along with Parent-Teacher interviews and reports.

Have a look at the Online Cloze Reading we are doing in class and children can practice at home as well. This is one way to support comprehension and understanding when reading a story. We use 5 strategies to support our learning and picking the right word

  1. Looking for capital letters because we know sentences start with a capital letter.
  2. Does the sentence make sense with the word we are using?
  3. Try all the words to see what word makes the most sense. 
  4. Read on past the blank space to help gain more meaning.
  5. Look for words in the text that have a relationship with a word in the list (garden -overgrown, window - broken, running - feet)
We are all looking forward to a great term.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Continue the story

Can you continue the story?

Stretched beyond all possible limits his gaze into the the distance was unbroken. A sea of sand lay before him. Behind was a cloud of smoke and the smell of burning rubber tweaked his nostril hairs as he gulped down fresh air. A puddle of water mixed with bubbling oil quickly disappeared and vapourised into oblivion. Moving slowly, head pounding, he started putting one foot in front of the other. He only had one chance...

Monday, 1 September 2014

What Animal is Me?

If you could be any animal what would you pick? Maybe a cuddly puppy or an enormous crocodile? Would you like to soar the sky's like an eagle or travel the dark depths of the ocean like a whale?

For me its all about cruising!!! I would like to be a Galapagos Tortoise. Not do much, other than swimming the warm oceans and sunbathing on golden sand. Maybe a bite to eat every now and then and lots of sleep.

So who would you like to be and why?

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Quoting Quotes and Saying Sayings

Often famous or well known people have said something important, funny, thought provoking, ridiculous, or a sentence that simply makes no sense at all. Then over time others will use what they said when they talk or write.

Do you have a quote or saying you know or like? Maybe your parents or grandparents use one? If not, see if you can find one and tell us why you picked it. Don't forget to think about cartoon characters as well. Sometimes they come up with some real crack-ups!

One of my favourites.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Cross Country 19 August

Next week we have our school Cross Country and children have been practicing hard so please come along and support our tamariki. 

When:        Tuesday 19 August
Where:       At KWS back field
Time:         10.50 start

Sausage sizzle and drinks available - See you all there

Monday, 4 August 2014

Room 5 Class Photo

We finally did it room 5... everyone at school for the whole day!

Every person in our room is special. They are unique individuals with outstanding qualities. They support and care about each other like a family, showing kindness and compassion... you guys rock!!!

Is there a person from room 5 you admire and respect? Tell us why you think they are special...

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Active Listening

This morning at our first assembly we heard about the term 'Active Listening'. To me 'Active Listening' is about - listening carefully, understanding what another person says, then using that new information.

What does 'Active Listening' mean to you?

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Who Would You Be?

Imagine you wake up one morning and you have turned into a superhero. You had special, magical powers that could help people from all over the world.

What would you call yourself?
What powers would you have?
How would you help people ?

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Jazzinda at St Johns

Jazzinda having fun at St Johns being a cadet... Well done Jazzinda.
 I feel very safe having you in the classroom.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Amazing 3D Printer

While driving to work this week the radio station was a buzz with talk about 3D printing. Can you imagination printing anything you want? Its hard to imagine but some people can. One man is printing everything you need to build a house and everything inside as well. His plan is to then build the house, fill it up with everything, and live in it! If you had a 3D printer what would you make and Why?

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Dictionary's for YR 4 Children

Thanks Rotary for the wonderful dictionary's handed out to our year 4 children this morning.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Jack Frost Hits Town

Jack Frost arrived in Northland this week and what a show he put on. But what is frost? How does it happen? What is it made of? I have no idea. So could someone please help me.

PS Where did the saying of Jack Frost come from and how did it start?

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Holiday Action

Having fun in the holidays is so important to me... This photo is Chewy climbing the steep sand dunes at 90 Mile Beach. She tried so hard but those little fluffy legs just couldn't do it. Chewy had lots of fun and enjoyed chasing the seagulls across the beach and into the crashing waves. Unfortunately she manged to find a stinky old fish head and did what all dogs do - rolled in it. Yuck. The smell was horrible so she spent the rest of the trip in the back of the car. Chewy was not happy but we were.

This photo was taken while we were steaming home after a successful days fishing. I'm holding a nice Hapuka. I named it Harry. That evening Harry joined us for dinner and a big smoke up... My friends and I enjoyed the night talking about the ones that got away but I'm not sure if Harry was overly impressed. As the night went on our fish turned into whales and Harry ended up being the size of a house... go Harry the Hapuka.

Did you have an exciting time in the holidays?

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

World Pillow Fight Day - We have a Special Day for Everything!

Can you believe we have a world wide pillow fight day? Well believe it or not its true and it happened last week.

If you could pick anything what special world wide day would you have and why? 

Can you think of something different, unusual, even quirky that others would take part in?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

What Should We Say More Often?

Kid President has come up with a list of 20 things he thinks we should say more often. Some are really important and some are just for fun. Click above and have a listen.

Can you come up with a list of important things you should say more often with some fun ones added in? Don't forget to tell us why they are important to you.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Using Our WITs

Do you have a story to share about how fantastic you have been using your WITS? 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Learning with Room 8

Thanks so much to room 8 for being our buddy class. It was really interesting learning about music and especially Whitney Houston. Room 5 children learnt lots about ipads and how different they are to chromebooks. It was great helping out with the reading. We are really looking forward to learning with you again later this week

Learning together using books and ipads... We are just so lucky!!!

 What ways do you like to learn?

Monday, 31 March 2014

Kaikohe West School Ambassador

What an exciting opportunity we have in our school this year with the introduction of student ambassadors. I wonder if anyone from room 5 would like to have a crack at becoming an ambassador? What qualities would make a good ambassador and what would you do if given the role?

Fog as Thick as Pea Soup

Driving to work this morning squinting and stretching my eyes to their limit I wondered how fog happens? Its as white as snow yet somehow mystical and magical. I can imagine knights on horses galloping endlessly across the vast hillsides or fire breathing dragons swooping in and out of sight looking for unsuspecting prey.
I hope its not me!!!!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

I Wonder?

I often wonder about lots of stuff...

I wonder how rainbows are made? Isn't it amazing how they just appear from nowhere. Hang around for a few minutes then simply vanish.

What do you wonder about?

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Bob the Musician

What an exciting morning listening, watching, and some lucky room 5 children joining in with Bob the musician.

This is a picture of Bob

Here is Milly 
Here is Thomas with Janita from room 17

Here is Angel-Lee on the right

Lastly Daniel showing us his dancing skills - YOU ROCK DANIEL 

What did you think of the show room 5? What parts did you like and how did you feel going up on stage?

Well done room 5 and seniors. You were an awesome audience.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Room 5 Certificate Winners

Well done Denver, Jack, and Keisha. You guys have been outstanding this week and I'm very proud of the effort you have put into learning. What did it feel like getting up on the stage and having the whole school clapping for you?