Friday, December 2, 2011

Super Sewers!

What you need:
a needle,
some wool, and
a piece of hessian.

It also helps if you have patience and quite a bit of determination!

We chose an animal that we saw at Mt Bruce and drew it onto card and cut it out. These animals were traced onto hessian. Then we had to sew around the trace mark. Sewing was very tricky. Even threading the wool into the needle was tricky but some of us could do it by ourselves.

It took a few weeks to finish these. We think they look pretty fabulous. Come into our room and see them with your own eyes.

Friday, November 25, 2011


We had so much fun this morning! It was Raffle for a Ride day. Some of us were lucky to come to school in a cool vehicle. Have a look at our photos to see us!

Here are our stories that we wrote about our fun day...

Hannah G came to school on a wheelbarrow and I liked it! Peara

I liked the stock cars. 1 did a donut. Lachlan

Somaya came in a fire engine. I think that it was so much fun. Telaina

I went to school in a triumph with a man. The man was nice! I needed a carseat because my mum didn't want to come! Hannah C

Hayley, Lachlan, Jack, Shaun and Jorja went in the helicopter. We saw it. Anah-Rose

Hannah came to school in a wheelbarrow. Santa pushed Hannah in it. She got a chocolate frog. It was fun. Santa was amazing. Annaliese

A helicopter landed on the field. Kayla

I went in a car. Shaun

It was fun when the helicopter came on the field. Jade

I can see the stock cars and the helicopter. James

I hope I go on a motorbike because it is going to be fun. Hayley

I came to school in a wheelbarrow. It was fun and Santa was pushing me in the wheelbarrow. I had so much fun today in the wheelbarrow. Hannah G

I saw a helicopter land by the bike cage. It was cool. We had a picture. It landed on the field. The other kids sat in the helicopter. It had lots of seats. Tane

I saw the helicopter. It is cool and it is red. There were some stock cars. Max

I went into the fire engine. It was fun. Hannah came in the wheelbarrow. Somaya

Shaun came to school in an up and down car. I hope it was fun. Ethan

I saw the stock cars coming to school. I like the blue stock car. Jack

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ana - Our Very own Kiwi Expert

Ana - our very own kiwi expert here at Russell Street, came to visit us to help us to answer our questions. She is in Sonita's class and is 7. WOW!! She knows SO much about kiwi. Thank you Ana for coming to visit us and for all of the preparation that you did.

We asked Ana how she became a kiwi expert. She said that she has read lots of books, done research and asked her Dad who is a Scientist.

Manukura answers our Questions!

WOW!! We are so lucky. Elly put our Kiwi Question Movie on Manukura's FaceBook page. He has answered our questions...

Hello to all my friends at Russell Street School. You have created some AWESOME artwork of kiwi and asked some super duper smart questions. My rangers were REALLY impressed and had to scratch their heads about one or two of them. Here are the answers: (and by the way, I am in the kiwi house now so you can see me when you come will come back......right?

To clear my nostrils if dirt gets in I will shake my beak or snort to get rid of it.

When I find a fat, juicy worm I will put it in the tip of my beak and throw my beak back and jiggle to manoeuvre the worm into my mouth

I have a short triangular tongue. Funny eh?

We don't very good eyesight and so we use our whiskers and sense of smell a lot to help us in the dark

Our eyes do not glow in the dark (but it would be cool if we did

Our ears are in proportion with the size of head so they are not so little..... and our sense of smell and hearing are heightened due to our poor eyesight

I went to Wellington Zoo because two of the stones I swallowed got stuck so a really neat doctor (who normally looks after humans) blasted the big stone with a special blaster thing and so it broke in two and then they removed it. If you go to you can view the procedure.

Birds often swallow small stones to help us digest our food. We have no teeth so can't chew so the small stones help with that.

Thank you for being so interested and really smart with your questions. I think you have really cool teachers who get you think and find out wonderful things.....I love that.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Our Kiwi Wonderings

After our trip to Mt Bruce, we had lots of questions about kiwis. Listen to our wonderings on this short movie clip - can you help us with any of our questions? Do you know any experts who could help us?

Jorja had a great idea - she said "we can google it!!" We might do that if no-one can help us with our questions. We also thought we could look in our books that we have about kiwis. What great inquirers we have in the Leap Frogs.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Willard Home

We went to Willard Home on Tuesday to share some happiness. Here we are reading.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

We are learning to DESCRIBE.

In writing, we are learning to describe. Today was our first try at this type of writing. We did a great job. Have a read of some of our stories.

I have a red teddy. He is cute. He wears a t-shirt and pants. His name is Tane. By Tane

I have a baby. She is cuddly. She is cute. She is hard to cuddle. By Telaina

I have a rabbit. It is a nice rabbit. It is grey. By Kayla

My dog is called Baba. She is white. She is cute. She has a hear hair tie. My dog is fluffy. By Annaliese

I have a pet. I sleep with him. He is snuggly. By Jade

My teddy bear is soft. He likes icecream and mild. He likes chocolate chips. He is green and he is blue. By Ethan

I have a cute teddy. I love my teddy. By Hayley

I have a white truck. His name is Max! He is lucky to be with me. I'm lucky to have him. By Jack

My barbie is nice. She is nice and furry. By Peara

My Tiga is stripy. Hi is cute. He has a curly tail. By James.

My bear is furry. Me bear has a red tongue. He's soft. By Hannah

This is Leah's teddy. Her teddy glows. By Anah-Rose

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Warming up our Brains

Every Tuesday, Suzanne comes to help us warm up our brains. She asks us a funny question and we have to think about what we might do. Here are some examples from this term... Click on each one to make it easier to read!


There are only 5 sleeps until production! Today was the first time that the whole school got together to see all of our items. How exciting!

This afternoon, Rooms 4/5 had a dress rehearsal. Elly and Rosie were very impressed how everyone was able to self-manage with their costumes. Ka pai!


What a fabulous punch of learners that we have in Room 4! We have been learning about fractions. We know about halves, quarters and thirds. The bottom number of the fraction tells us how many parts to break the object/group into. *We know that you have to be fair when you are talking about fractions. All parts have to be the same.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Making a life-sized clock

We are learning to tell the 'o'clocks' so yesterday we went outside to make a life-sized clock! This is what some of us had to say:

Hannah said, "I learnt how to tell the time, 12 oclock."
Telaina said, 'I learnt to tell the time o'clock."
Jade said, 'I can the learn the number and what time it will be."
Hayley said, 'I learnt we put the skipping ropes on the 12 and the little one on any number."
Ethan said, 'I learnt to leave the big hand up at the 12."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Buy your tickets now!

Our Sonic Pics for Beth

Today we drew pictures on the iPads and used Sonic Pics to leave a message for Beth - our student teacher...What a shame - we didn't know how to change the direction of the photo!! That's ok - you can still see and hear our messages!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


We are well under way with our production practices. This afternoon we have had a reflection time, talking about the great things we are doing and the things that we need to work on before the big night.

Laken - We are getting to know our item quick.

Sam - We are listening for right timings.

Erin - We are all working together.

Kayleigh - We are making sure we are ready to go before its our turn.

Shaun - We are staying in our Poutini line.

Jack and Olly - We are moving up a level every day.

Helen/Kaitlin - The water movements are going well and we are timed. We are organised with the river bit.

Josh - The icon people know when to go on - we don't need reminding.

Samantha - Waitaiki are flicking over at the right time.

Aimen - Whaitipu are learning to not go too fast. We take our time.

Max - We get in line so we don't waste time when we chase poutini.

Baily - It is really good because people aren't talking too much.

Rosie - The children are managing themselves really well.

Logan - We are getting ready so we can be really good.

Ethan - Poutini is good at hiding.

Hali - People are on stage at the right time.

What do we need to work on between now and the production?

Tawhara - to get off the stage at the right times.

Somaya - need to listen really well.

Emma - listen to your buddies.

Jordan - we need to get better at not talking.

Laken - making sure we go at the right time - we need to listen to the music.

Brooklyn - we need to get better at not talking when we do the freeze frames.

Aimen - Whaitipu and Poutini need to get off the stage at the right timing.

Samantha - The river need to make sure they are moving the whole time...just like water.

Erin - I think we need to try not to pull each other people's arms.

Hali - People need to stop being droopy.

Logan - We have to be patient.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Our Production

We have been working hard and doing a lot of learning regarding our production. Here is a summary of what we have learnt so far...

Telaina - We made up dance moves.

Kayla - When we did our dance moves, I liked the way we worked together (I worked with Molly) and the other people ran past.

Jade - It was fun to make up the dance moves.

Ethan - The scary taniwha is trying to get us!

Anah - We had to measure our arms for the costumes.

Hannah - We practiced our dance moves with our buddies.

Lachlan - We drew pictures so we knew what the characters would look like.

Jorja - We needed icons to show where we are going. Icons show which place is which. The carrot is near the mountain.

Max - There are all sorts of icons from all over New Zealand.

Tane - We wrote letters to the parents.

Annaliese - We made water costumes.

Hayley - For the water moves, we go in and out.

James - My group has a haka.

I am sure this has made you very interested about our item! We can't wait to show you at the Regent on Monday 3rd October!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Our Production Story

There are many different tribal traditions about the origins of pounamu. The following is adapted from a version given by Tipene O’Regan of the Ngāi Tahu tribe.

Poutini was a taniwha or guardian of pounamu. He feared another taniwha named Whaitipū, the guardian of Hinehōaka, who was the goddess of sandstone. Traditionally, sandstone knives were used to cut pounamu.

Once, Poutini was being pursued in the sea by Whaitipū and took refuge in a bay at Tūhua (Mayor Island, in the Bay of Plenty). There, Poutini observed a beautiful woman named Waitaiki coming down to the water to bathe. Enthralled by her beauty, he captured her and swam towards the mainland.

When Tamaāhua, Waitaiki’s husband, discovered that his wife was missing, he used karakia (incantations) and divination with a small, dart-like spear to find her. He threw the spear, which pointed towards the location of Poutini.

Tamaāhua chased Poutini through the North Island and down to the South Island, eventually finding him at the Arahura River. Fearing capture, but refusing to give Waitaiki up, Poutini turned her into his own essence – pounamu – and laid her in the river bed at the junction of the Arahura and a nearby stream. That stream became known as Waitaiki, and ever since it has been a significant source of pounamu, as is the Arahura River. Tamaāhua did not see Poutini, who slipped past him, and on finding his wife turned to īnanga (a type of pounamu) he grieved for her and then returned home.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Our New Buddies


Rosie and I are delighted with the way the children are working together already. Today some of the children were researching, some were designing characters, and some were writing letters asking for things we will need. Awesome!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Show Me on the iPads

During reading yesterday, we used the iPads to help us with our learning. When we are finished, we can email our learning to Elly to put on the blog.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


What an exciting day! We spent time meeting our new buddies, coming up with some ground rules about how we are going to work together, hearing the story that we are sharing at production and storyboarding our ideas. Here are some photos of our time together. Watch out for lots more posts about our learning in the coming weeks...

Little Miss Muffet

Watch this fantastic animation that Hannah, James, Kayla and Annaliese made.

Jack and Jill

Yay! Here is Anah-Rose, Ethan, Hannah, Hayley and Telaina's nursery rhyme animation. Check it out...

Humpty Dumpty

Watch Peara, Lachlan, Max, Jack and Shaun's nursery rhyme animation. What a lot of fabulous learning that was involved in this!

Hickory Dicory Dock

Check out Jade, Tane, Somaya and Jorja's awesome animation!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Our Secret Mission

Today we had a secret mission. For our secret mission, we needed to go for a walk out of Russell Street School. All of the Leap Frogs went. We all needed to put something in the mailbox. I wonder what it is? I wonder where it is going? Elly was very proud of us. We listened carefully so we were safe.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Melting Pot

We are excited to be sharing some of our learning at assembly this afternoon. This week we have been learning a song called "Melting Pot" with our buddies. The song is about how there are lots of different people in the world. We are all good at different things. We need to work together to make the world a great place to live. This morning we sang this song SO well, that Elly thought we should put it on our blog. Have a listen to this!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

RSS Gleek

We were treated to an amazing performance from the RSS Gleeks yesterday. Check this out!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

BOT Report

This month for the BOT report, I asked the children what they know how to do now they are 5 and are at school. Here are their very cute responses!!

Jack - When I was 4, I couldn't do writing. Now I am 5 and I can do it! I practised and practised. Elly and Marj helped me by teaching me.

Jorja - I have learnt that to be nice to people you have to be kind to them. I don't hit people, I just play with them. I have made new friends.

Max - Now I am 5, I am a good reader. I have been trying to get my mouth ready for the first sound. The teachers have helped me.

Somaya - I know how to count to 20!! I couldn't do that when I was 4.

Lachlan - I didn't know how to write my name, but now I do. Marj helped me, but now I can do it myself.

Ethan - When I was 4 I didn't know how to clean up.

Tane - Finn and Grace taught me how to get onto the server. I know how to save my work there.

Our First Animation

We are learning how to work together in small groups. This week we made some simple animations. We animated our names. We were working in groups of 4 or 5 people. We needed to take turns and share.

Can you see anyone's name you know? You have to watch very closely, because they go very fast.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Our Reading Responses

This week, we have been learning how to log onto the server. This is very tricky, but very important too. When we know how to log onto the server, we can save our work. When we can save our work, we can work with excellence because we can go back and keep working on something until it is finished.

We were working on Kidpix to draw a response to one of our books. Here are the pictures that are finished...

I read "Here comes Little Chimp." I drew Mamma Chimp because she was up in the tree. Mother Chimp wanted Little Chimp to come up the tree.

I read "The duck with a broken wing," This is the daddy duck. I chose to draw him because he had a broken wing.

It is a racing car. It pumped down it's wheels. It can't move because its wheels are pumped down. It is from Lightening McQueen.

I read "The Photo Book." I drew the teddy, Nick, James and Kate.

I read "Bingo's Icecream." I drew me. I am going to the icecream shop with my doggie Spencer. When I had my icecream, my icecream fell off. That is up a made-up story.

I read "Bingo's Icecream." I drew Mum, Bingo and Sam and the icecream shop. I put my name up the top so it wouldn't be on my picture.

I read the icecream book with Sam and her mum. I chose to draw a dog and the mum and Sam and the icecream shop.

I read the story "The duck with a broken wing." I drew the mummy duck because she is a very big duck. I did the tree because it is summer time.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Talking and Listening

When we have news circle, it is important to remember these things...

* We need to look at everyone when we are talking (not just Elly!) because we are sharing our news with all of our friends (not just Elly!)

* We need to give more information so people know what happened to us. Our friends were not there, so they don't know anything about it.

* We need to look at the person who is talking to show that we are listening.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

5 and the iPods

Max - we had to take a photo of 5 things.

Lachlan - We used the iPods to take the photos.

Telaina - We used the iPods to take photos of 5 things.

We had a few problems...

Ethan - Some people took videos on the iPods.

Jorja - Some people didn't get a turn. Some people took too many photos.

Annaliese - When you don't use the iPods properly, you can't see all of the dinosaurs in the photo.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


We are learning how to read. There are lots of things that we need to remember to do. Here is what we are trying to get better at...

Telaina - I am trying to make my reading sound like talking. I am practising.

Lachlan - I am pointing at the words. I am doing it every day.

Emily - I am getting my mouth ready for the first wound.

Jorja - Looking at picture helps us know the words.

Jade - I am learning to read.

Max - It really, really really helps when you can read.

Ethan - It is important to learn to read so you can read big books.

Camden - You point to the words.

Charlotte - I am getting better at reading my words to Charlotte. I read them each week.

Sam - Reading helps us to get better at writing words.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Have a Look at These!

Beth took us out for PE this afternoon. We are learning large ball skills. Today we played some games to get used to the large balls. Elly took her camera out...have a look at these gorgeous photos!


We have been learning about shadows. Here are some things that we know...

- Shadows are connected to your feet.
- When the sun goes away so does the shadow.
- When there is shade there is no shadow.
- Shadows follow you.
- The sun reflects onto you and then onto the concrete to make a shadow.
- The sun is on the concrete on a sunny day.
- Shadows are black.

Have a look at our photos. Our buddy drew around our shadow. Our shadows were longer than us! I wonder why that is?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

How Exciting!

In the middle of our learning yesterday morning, an exciting thing happened...a big truck came to take the container away outside our classroom. We all went to have a look to see what was happening. When we came inside, some of us chose to write stories about what we had seen...

Shaun - I can see a truck.

Hayley - A big truck picked up the big box.

jack - A truck lifted the box.

Emily - I see a big box.

Telaina - I like the crane.

Sam - I saw the big truck.

Hannah - I can see a big truck and me and Jorja.

Annaliese - The digger is pulling the box.

James - I can see a big truck. The man is on top of it.

Ella - The truck was big.

Tane - A big truck came and carried the box.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Word Cloud

I made a word cloud of the names of the children in our class. Can you find your name?

Phonics Song

Look what I found on Youtube! What a great song to help you learn your letters and the sounds they make.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Making a Winter Tree Collage

We are making a piece of art that shows a tree in all four seasons. Each week we create new tree! We are using different art techniques to create our trees. Last week we used crayon and dye to make our Autumn tree. This week we used collage to create our Winter tree. We used bumpy card to make a tree with a detailed trunk, branches and twigs. As usual we concentrated really hard! Two more seasons to go and we can show you our finished "Season Art"...

Winter Trees on PhotoPeach

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Kayla's Maths

Elly said we had to draw flowers. I had to do 5 because their was a five on the page. I knew there were 5 because I counted 1, 2, 3,4, 5 in my head.

Anah's Maths

I had to draw 5 flowers on Kidpix. I knew I had to do 5 flowers because there was a 5 on the page. I know what 5 looks like.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Today we had a brainstorm about shadows. Some of us don't know what a shadow is, but some of us have some really great ideas. Here are our thoughts...

Max - When it is a sunny day and you go walking, the sun makes a shadow if you are going past something.

Telaina - A shadow copies you.

Annaliese - A shadow is when the sun follows and can't get through. It leaves a shadow.

Jack - If it is dark you need a light to make a shadow.

Jade - some shadows are like a rainbow colour.

Hannah - The trees make a shadow.

Shaun - Shadows make a shadow when the sun comes out.

Anah - the sun is out by the clouds.

Ethan - a shadow follows you.

Hannah G - A shadow is where you walk.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be learning all about shadows. Watch this space for our learning!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Cross Country!

We were such superstars at cross country today! Everyone ran so hard and Carolyn didn't think we looked tired at all - she said maybe we should all have done the cross-country AGAIN! Carolyn saw us fall down and get back up, run and rest and then run again, and some of us hardly stopped at all. Here are some of OUR comments about Cross Country:

I ran really fast over the speed bumps - James
Me and Kayla didn't stop - Jade
Whne it was startimg time I heard "HONK" - Jack
I you run and go fast get some energy and bring your drink bottle - Anah
I ran and i ran but then I walked a little and ran again - Jorja
I saw my granny and my Mum - Max
I saw my Mum and my Dad - Hayley
My Mum was there and she watched us run - Hannah C
I jumped over the speed bumps - Kayla
When I was running so fast I falled over on the road and I got back up and ran again - Tane
I stayed up running - there was a teacher on the side - Lachlan
I ran with Beth - Peara
I was almost in front of the bunch - Telaina
I saw Peara, she was running with me - Hannah G
I stopped to have a little rest and I just kept going again - Somaya
I just keeped running and I didn't stop - Shaun
I jumped over the bumps and I ran with Tane - Ethan

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fast Words

At reading time, the children in the Leap Frogs choose activities to do around the room. One fantastic activity is fast words.

Fast words are when we write as many words as we can on the whiteboard.

Have a look at these clever children doing their fast words today.