Room 16 is comprised of eighteen year one students who are 5 years old. They wish to share their learning with you.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Six Lovely Teachers

The term 3 Inquiry theme is Guardians of the Galaxy.  We had an amazing immersion assembly on Monday with the assembly hall turned into a planetarium with stars on the ceiling and a drone flying through the darken hall like an alien space ship with flashing lights.  Team one is studying the moon and sun so here is our immersion film.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Celebrating Matariki

We celebrated Matariki at Pt England by doing Matariki related activities.  Each student choose to do an activity such as arts and crafts, music, movies or food and then they were put into groups with each teacher taking a different activity with a group of children from teams one to five.
The group that worked in Room 16 made kites.  The older children helped the younger children research a kite design of their choice and then use the available resources to make it.  Unfortunately the weather did not let the children test most of the kites but they had a wonderful day working co operatively with children not usually in their class.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Using Your Imagination

On a wet lunch hour the children saw different possibilities when playing with the bristle bricks.  Alarmanda, Abbey and Talanoa made fidget spinners while James made a plane.
Abbey showing her fancy fidget spinner

Talanoa's spinner


Alamanda with her fidget spinner
James with his plane

Monday, 17 July 2017

Team 5 's Technology Display

Team 5 have had a very busy term thinking of ways they could improve their area - then planning, designing and implementing these ideas.   Team one visited their displays and looked at a wide range of things from a garden, cushions designed and made by the students, and lots of games.


Thank you Team 5 for sharing all your creations with us and for being wonderful guides to help us understand what you have been doing this term.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Hawaiian Hula Group

On 4 July a Hula group from a school in Hawaii visited Pt England and we were able to watch them perform several hulas.  The children appreciated their dancing and thought it was a bit like many of their pacific style of dance with soft hand movements.

"I liked the dancers.  They have beautiful hands," said Abbey.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Matariki Star

Ahasi made a beautiful Matariki Star out of the magnetic triangles.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Back in da Day

The Year 5 and 6 extension group put on a performance of "Back in da Day".  They wrote the script, drew the digital backdrops, performed music which they had written, as well as choreographing and performing dances.  What an amazingly talented group - we all enjoyed the performance and look forward to seeing some of their talents in our school production next term.

Friday, 30 June 2017

This is What Happened during Assembly!

Today during assembly the fire alarm rang.  Room 16 knew what to do.  They quietly and quickly went outside and lined up waiting for the roll to be called.  Then we got the message that we could go back into assembly.  On our way back inside we saw the fire engine and the firemen.  It was all very exciting and proved to be good motivation for our writing.
By Jeremiah

By Alarmanda

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Planning and Making Kites and Paper Planes.

At Maker Space Room 16 constructed a kite.  We found out about the design features of a good kite and how you need to test, modify and maybe even rethink your design.  So when we made paper planes as well as our own kites we realised how real inventors try and try again to get things right.  We had fun constructing and flying our own kites and paper planes.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Greedy Possum.

This is Marzuli's story about the greedy possum from the story "The Apple Tree".  Marzuli is practising his typing skills and how to take a photo on his iPad.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Koala Bear gift

Jerome with his koala bear.
Mrs Ireland who helps us in Room 16 on a Tuesday recently went to Australia.  On her return she gave all the children a little koala bear.  The children wrote cards to thank Mrs Ireland and Talanoa did a great job decorating and writing in his card.
Talanoa with his card for Mrs Ireland.

Talanoa's letter to Mrs Ireland.

Playing Rippa Rugby

A story by Jeremiah.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Mufti Day

Friday was Mufti Day which meant for a gold coin donation the children didn't have to wear school uniform.  Room 16 took full advantage of this and came to school in their colourful clothes.  There was also a sausage sizzle at lunch time.


Jeremiah and Talanoa enjoying a sausage for lunch.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Always Here, Never Late Certificates for Term 2 Week 6

A happy bunch of children who are making the most of all their learning days by coming to school every day on time are Flynn, Abbey, Bentley, Jadakiss, Marzuli, Jeremiah and Jerome.



Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Getting ready for Matariki

Kristina checking which paper strips are correct
On Friday afternoon instead of Jump Jam we did some craft activities with a Matariki theme.  Bentley and Kristina were very patient in weaving coloured paper through slits in their colourful stars.  What a great way to combine two Matariki themes of learning to weave with a Matariki star.

Bentley concentrating on getting it coloured paper woven through the correct slits.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Abbey's Duffy Certificate

Abbey was the winner of the Duffy Certificate this week as she has been using her big patience muscles and waiting without fuss to talk to the teacher.  She chose a book about puppies and shared it with us.  We learned about different breeds of puppies.


A very happy Abbey with her Duffy Certificate and book.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Our Visit To The Dental Clinic

Team one went on a visit to the Dental Clinic to become familiar with what the Dental Nurses do, the equipment they use and they also learnt how to look after their teeth.  Seini did a good job in showing Room 16 what she knew about cleaning her teeth.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Skip Counting

Ahasi is learning to skip count to 20 and put the counting sticks in the right order.  After recounting, checking, and reordering one stick he gets it right.  Well done Ahasi and Abbey.

Monday, 5 June 2017

A Visit from Kauri Flats School

Kauri Flats School came to visit Point England and two students, Kushal and Ashveer came to spent some time in Room 16. We made paper planes together.  The children watched how Kushal and Ashveer made their planes to see if they made their planes differently and could give them any tips.  Both Kushal and Ashveer were very quick at folding their planes.  Then we went outside to fly them.  The boys enjoyed having so many friends to offer advise and help them and Room 16 enjoyed their visit and look forward to Kushal and Ashveer coming again.


Friday, 2 June 2017

Keeping up his Reading Mileage.

Bentley practised his reading today by reading aloud to his classmates.  The children enjoyed the story about the Toytown Fire Engine rescuing the cat.  They said it was a bit like the "Grandpa's Cat" story.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Always Here, Never Late

Week four winners of our class Always Here, Never Late certificates were Odyn, Jeremiah, Talanoa and Flynn.  Jeremiah now has 3 certificates.  Well done Jeremiah.

Bentley's Paper Plane stories

The children have been learning how to fold paper planes, test them out to see how well they fly and modify them if they need it.  This has been the motivation for some thoughtful writing.

Bentley wrote two stories about his planes.

"I fly my paper plane made of rectangles and triangles.  I tried it again because I needed to fix it to make it better."

"I like my paper plane.  My paper plane went up and over the rugby post.  How high did it go?  It went high to the rainbow."

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Jeremiah's Duffy Certificate

Jeremiah always come to school with a smile and an "I can" attitude so he was the Room 16 Duffy Certificate winner for week 4.  He shared his book "Grandpa's Cardigan" with us and we enjoyed revisiting this favourite.  Thank you for sharing Jeremiah.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Always Here, Never late winners for Term 2 Week 3

There were five winners of the "Always Here, Never Late" certificates in Term 2 Week 3.  They were Bentley, Odyn, Jadakiss, Kristina and Jeremiah.  Well done for getting to school on time each day.


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Odyn's Duffy Certificate

Odyn collected his Duffy certificate and selected a Scooby - Doo book which he kindly shared with the class.  Everyone enjoyed listening to Scooby - Doo adventures and on Monday Odyn wrote "My Mum read me a book.  It was my Scooby book."


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Making Kite Tails Fly

At Makerspace the children are making kites.  They tested materials to see what would make good kite tails and found crepe paper was light enough to fly and so would make good kite tails.

Xavier, Alarmanda, Jeremiah, Jerome and Talanoa testing kite tails.


"I flew my kite.  It is good at flying.  It is a blue kite.  It flew up high."  By Flynn

We went to fly the kite tails.  They went up. "  By Odyn

Friday, 26 May 2017

Muddy Puddles


With all the rain Auckland has experienced lately, our playing fields have become a little muddy in places.  While mud is great to slush around in and attracts children like a magnet, Mr Burt asked the children to stay out of the mud and the puddles so that the grass did not get damaged.  The children were very good and remembered to keep out of the puddles at playtime and lunchtime.


"Keep out of the puddles.  I like green grass."  By Bentley

"I have to stay out of the puddles. because we are not allowed in the mud."  By Alarmanda

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Making Dragon's Fire

The first frost of winter provided a good discussion topic for writing.  Jerome went out and discovered the grass was all icy, white and crunchy.  He ran inside and announced he could make "dragon's fire".  Of course all the children wanted to find out how he could do this so he shared his "secret".
"I can make dragon's fire outside in the cold."  By Jerome

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Get, Set Go Kiwi Sport


Through the Get, Set, Go programme the children have been learning a variety of skills from balancing, throwing and catching, doing an obstacle course and listening to instructions to be able to participate in games.  They have all enjoyed learning these new skills thanks to the Sport Auckland coaches.


Saturday, 20 May 2017

Always Here, Never Late

These group of children were the term 2 week 2 winners of the Always here, never late certificates.  Well done to Marzuli, Ahasi, Seini, Jerome, Abbey and Bentley for making the most of their learning time.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Friday Helpers

On Friday afternoon seven pupils from the Mt Hobson Middle School come to Pt England to do Community Service.  They came to help us with some paper weaving activities as it will soon be Matariki (the Maori New Year).  Weaving new baskets is one of the traditional crafts undertaken during Matariki.  It was a bit tricky trying to make the paper go over and under but with an extra pair of hands to help the children were soon able to complete the task.
Bentley is making the ends neat.

Jerome making the paper go over and under with a bit of help.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Making Mothers Day Cards

As it was Mothers Day on Sunday 14 May the children were very busy thinking of the right words to put in their cards.  They did a draft copy then wrote on the card and made designs to finish it.  They were very proud of the finished cards.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Talanoa's Duffy Certificate

Talanoa has put in a good effort with his writing this week so he was our week two Duffy certificate winner.  Talanoa was very proud to receive his certificate and book.



Monday, 15 May 2017

A Visit From The New Zealand Dance Company


Pt England School was very fortunate to have a visit by the NZ Dance Company on Wednesday.  The dancers were very entertaining using mime and dance.

"I liked the part where the dancers made their legs into a piano and Chan played the piano."  By Heilala



NZ Dance Company performance 2017 from SchoolTV on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Te Reo with Whaea Saf

Room 16 has enjoyed their weekly te Reo lessons with Whaea Saf.  The children especially like learning new wiata and sing proudly.


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Practising Letter Formation

Jerome and Talanoa have been practising their letter formation using their iPads and stylus as well as some letter formation charts with white board markers.  They have both done a good job with their letter formation and are proud of their work.


Good work Talanoa.

Jerome is busy working on his letter formation.