Friday, 18 November 2016

Our Assembly Item Wk 6

Today we presented at assembly, check out our fantastic learning. There are lots of links to click on to see our brilliant work.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Check out our Visual Mihi's

This term we have been lucky enough to be working with Whaea Katie who has been teaching us Te Reo over in Te Hiringa. One of our first learning tasks was to learn and share our own mihi, we also created a visual mihi to share with others. We think they are fantastic.
Here is a blank copy of the mihi that we followed copy of blank mihi.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Totara 1 and 2's Mannequin Challenge

We decided to have some fun and create our own mannequin challenge video... Do you think you could do better!!?

Friday, 11 November 2016

Kahurangi Dance Company

Kahurangi Dance Company

Wow, what an amazing performance. The singing was beautiful, the games were fun to learn and watch. One of the performers was very funny and shared some entertaining jokes. We learned about Matariki and were taught a simple waiata about Matariki. Those of us who attended had a great time. 
If you want to learn a little about Matariki check out the following link.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Kahurangi Dance Company

The Kahurangi Dance Company will be doing a cultural performance at school on Friday 11th November (this Friday). Cost is $2 per person. This performance has been subsidised by the school.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Our Wonderful Calendar Art!

This year for Calendar Art we decided to use Mexican Folk Art and Aboriginal Art as our inspiration. We loved how colourful the Mexican art is and celebrations about 'Day of the Dead' really interested us.

The traditions and celebrations in Mexican homes and cemeteries during the Day of the Dead seem strange, if not incomprehensible. There is mourning and rejoicing; sadness and silliness - woven together into one emotional fabric.

To Mexicans, it's like welcoming the return of a dear friend or relative, who moved far away and visits just once a year. Mexicans try very hard to be with their families for this fiesta, as the living and the dead gather for the most complete of family reunions.

After looking at many examples the children in the class decided which type of art they would try. Everyone was asked to draft their drawing and try colours that they wanted to use. Once that decision was made they were given their good copy of card to complete their masterpiece.

Check out their incredible work!

Friday, 28 October 2016

Health Curriculum

Next week on Tuesday we have the opportunity for our girls from Year 6 through to Year 8 to meet with our Health Nurse Ann Knipe. The focus of the session is to give the girls the opportunity to discuss and learn about periods and manage the day to day routines. A notice has been sent home and I will also share the link to the notice below.

Week 2 and 3

Wow, what a busy couple of weeks we have had here in Totara 2. At the end of last week we had Grandparents Day which was fantastic, we were lucky to have a few Grandparents visit our class during the day. 
We have also been very busy working on our Calendar Art. The class were given the option to either focus on art based on Mexican Folk Art or Aboriginal Art. Miss Power found quite a few really cool examples on Pintrest that she shared with us.
Also this week we had our Athletics Day on Wednesday, we walked down to Anzac Park at 1pm and started the first round at 2pm. There was some great sportsmanship shown and participation.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Totara 2 Country Study Shared Lunch

Country Study
*Totara 2 were really excited to be working on a country study. There were lots of different countries chosen and many different reasons why people chose that place. We loved learning about new cultures and places around the world. Today we shared our learning with others in the class. Also as a fun way to end our topic we had a shared lunch with food from the countries that we were studying... It was YUM! Here are a couple of photos of the delicious treats that we sampled today.

Above is a picture of some truffles made of toblerone Recipe for Truffles (Switzerland) and a sweet dish from South Africa called Pineapple Cremora Pie Recipe

Above are some tasty chips called Nik Naks from South Africa.

Above is a very tasty dish from the Philippines called Egg Pie Egg Pie Recipe

Above some yummy Icelandic Kleinurs Recipe for Kleinurs

A famous Greek dip Tzatziki Recipe

Tuesday, 6 September 2016


A few weeks ago we had Book Week.We had to get our Door Display ready for the competition that we have between the syndicates. Ours was based on the book "Wizard of Oz".We were lucky enough to win against the other classes in team B!. Here are some photos of our finished door display.

On the outside the witches legs stick out through the door with a Sign saying "Ding Dong the witch is dead". We made the house out of Popsicle sticks connected together by string. 

On the inside we had the yellow brick road with a sign saying all the different places. By the door there were the lollipops made out of plaited material, crape paper and cardboard. On the cabinet we stuck a hot air balloon made out of string and colored paper.

Hanging from the light we made flying monkeys out of black paper and string. 

On Friday was Book Character day. We all dressed up in our favourite characters to share at assembly. All the teachers came into the hall dressed up as characters from Harry Potter. They even preformed a little skit for us! Here is a photo of the class in their costumes. 

Here's a closer look at some of our costumes 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Totara 2 Art.

This is a small selection of some amazing art that we completed this year. We created these pictures to tell others about us.  We used images and words that are important to us. We first with 3 circles in the middle of  the page. We filled the circles with patterns and designs. The art was coloured in with oil pastels and we then cut out the silhouette of an animal.







Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Monday, 20 June 2016

Homework Wk 8

*Maths Buddy Tasks
*Work on your speech at home, remember that speeches start next week.
*If you need to catch up on any poetry or reflections this is your opportunity.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Homework Wk 7

Homework Week 7
*Maths Buddy activities
-see me if you need the paper copies for them (only if you don't have internet access at home or you don't take your device home)
*Week 6 Reflection
*Finish your screencastify of your family tree. This is not to be put on your blog.
*Work on your speech for the class. These will be presented in Weeks 9 and 10.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Homework Wk 6

Homework Wk 6
*Maths Buddy set tasks
*Closed Reading Activity
*Finish off Week 5 Reflection
*Complete your personification poem based on 'The Midnight Skater'

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Homework Week 5

*Maths buddy
-complete the set tasks
*Closed Reading Activity
*Complete last weeks reflections on your blog
-wk 4's reflection

Monday, 23 May 2016

Homework Wk 4

Homework Week 4

*Maths Buddy
-complete the tasks set on Maths Buddy
*Closed Reading
Haunted House
*Week 3 Reflection if you didn't complete it on Friday.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Homework Wk 3

Homework Term 2 Wk 3

*Maths Buddy
-2 activities
*Closed Reading Activity (see below)
*PrEP CV's
-This is due on Friday. Please make a copy of this document and save in your topic folder.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Welcome Back

Welcome to Term 2

What fantastic participation today in the Cross Country... Well Done to all the Room 18 children who took part today.
Remember to be at school early tomorrow for Technology.


Homework Term 2 Wk 2
Sorry I forgot to put the post up yesterday.
*There are Maths Buddy tasks set for you.
*Closed Reading activity to complete. Follow the link below.
*Create a google doc title page for a Poetry Anthology.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Top Team Challenge

Top Team Challenge
Tuesday 5th April
*Remember to arrive at school in your uniform and then change into a change of clothes. You will get wet during some of the activities so please make sure that you do bring a change of clothes and a towel.
*You will assemble in your teams at 9.15am on the basketball court.
Will be a great morning.

Homework Wk10

Nearly at the holidays!
* Maths buddy tasks to complete.
-please save the results of your tasks as a 'pdf' in your numeracy folder.
*Reading task
*Punctuation Activity, please make sure that you make a copy of the document.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Homework Wk 9

This week I am not going to give you much homework as there are only 3 days!!
*Maths buddy tasks to complete.
*Work on your main stars.
*Have a look at Syndicate 4 Endeavour badges and see how many points you have earned or maybe you have even gained a badge.

More Science!

Today we completed a couple of experiments

Here are just a couple of photos...

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Science Experiments

We are currently studying 'water' for our topic.  Look at the cool water experiments we completed today.  Tomorrow we are going to look at 'why' these things happen! The following links are to the instructions for the experiments.

Does an orange float or sink?

Water molecules on the move!

Traffic lights!

Monday, 21 March 2016

Homework Wk 8

Whoops... Sorry Rm 18 I forgot to tell you today.
*Activities on Maths Buddy which are titled Homework Wk 8
*A closed reading activity which is in Room 18 2016 shared folder.
closed reading activity
(you will need to make a copy of this then fill in)
*Also if you have not yet finished your DLO for Maths that was due last Friday you will need to complete that and post it on your blog.

Remember that if you have any trouble with anything please see me!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Curious Cove

Curious Cove Camp

What a great time away on camp in a beautiful setting.  Here are just a few snaps of our time away. Thank you to all our parent helpers, you were fantastic.

Homework Wk 7

*Maths Buddy tasks which have already been set for you.
*Please bring in old magazines to use for our 'collage' art.
*If by Wednesday you have not finished your descriptive piece of writing you will need to complete this in your own time.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Homework Week 6

*Maths Buddy tasks I have set for you.
*Also complete week 5 revision on Maths Buddy.
*Please share with me any photos that you took while on camp. If you could please either put the images onto a google doc  or email them to me or bring in a memory stick with the photos on them.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Curious Cove

How exciting, Curious Cove on Monday. I hope you are all packed and ready!
A couple of things to remember;
*Please be at school at 7.30am Monday morning.
*Wait until we get to Curious Cove to get your amazing baking out.
I will add a link to our final notice and gear list for anyone who has misplaced their one. 
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Mufti Day

Don't forget Mufti Day tomorrow, Thursday 25th February. Money raised will go to 'Parfitt Kids'

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Homework Week 4

*Maths buddy tasks that I have set for you.
*Make a google document and on it show where Curious Cove is in New Zealand.  You may like to use Google Earth and take a snapshot etc.
*Checkout the website for Curious Cove and find 3 interesting facts or activities that they have.

Curious Cove

Welcome to Room 18

Hi Everyone

What a great three weeks we have already had.  The class have been working hard and are beginning to finish off their amazing artwork. We can't wait for Curious Cove Camp next week, I hope you are all getting organised and beginning to pack your bags. 

Gear List