Thursday, March 31, 2011

Statistics – "Sort, Count, Notice"!

Today we started Statistics with Carolyn.
(Statistics is a very hard word to say!)
We are learning to "Sort-Count-Notice".
We had a pile of dinosaurs – what a mess!
We sorted the dinosaurs into groups that looked the same.
We lined the groups up and counted each line.
We looked carefully to see what we could notice.
We noticed:
The long-necks had the longest line.
Two lines had only one dinosaur in them.
There are six long necks.
There are four stegosauruses.
A fantastic start to Statistics, Leapfrogs!

Animals CAN Dance

On art day, we read a story called "Giraffe's Can't Dance." In this story Gerald the Giraffe is feeling sad because he is the only animal in the jungle who can't dance. By the end of the story, Gerald has learnt to dance and becomes the best dancer in the jungle. We decided to paint dancing farm animals.

Here are our finished products! What amazing painting technique our children have. Look at the steady hand they had when outlining their farm animals!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Hayley has settled so well into school. Here is the little movie that Carolyn and Hayley made on Hayley's first day.

Monday, March 28, 2011


At handwriting, we are learning to write our names correctly. If we want to get better we have to practise.

James told us that when you are nearly an adult you have to learn to drive a car. You have to practise and practise and practise so you can do it. It is the same with handwriting! We are "trying and trying."

Max said "you can try your best!."

Lachlan said "I tried myself. I copied it from Elly's writing."

Hayley said "you have to learn to write." "I am learning good a's."

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Word Power

Friday's challenge was to learn to write "are." "Are" can be used in sentences like "Are you going to the park?" or "What are you doing?"

Are on PhotoPeach

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hannah At School

We enjoyed welcoming Hannah to school yesterday. Here are some of Hannah's thoughts on her first 2 days at school.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Art Day

We had a GLORIOUS day of art today. No reading, no writing, no maths...just ART!! What a fabulous day.

Our day started with time in the hall with a lady called Rei. We all painted windows and in the windows, we painted a party...all of the lovely things that our window could see.

When we came back to class, Elly read us a story called "Giraffes Can't Dance." In this story Gerald the Giraffe is very sad because he is at the Jungle Dance, but he is the only one who doesn't know how to dance. By the end of the story, Gerald can dance AND he is the best dancer of the jungle. We decided to go to a different setting - the farm and we made some farm animals dance. What fun! We haven't finished these yet (hopefully we will on Friday), but you can get a glimpse of our work in these photos.

Jess (our Student Teacher) taught us about Andy Warhol. He creates Pop Art. We drew pictures of ourselves and our families. We then used crayons to colour in certain aspects of the faces. We finished these by dying each square a different colour.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Leap Frogs

We had a guided drawing lesson with Carolyn. We used vivid to draw a frog with bouncing legs and a big mouth. Then we used pastel to colour our frogs. We worked hard to blend the pastel so that it looked smooth and flat with no mosquito holes. We sponge painted water for our frogs to swim in. Each of our frogs has a personality all of its own!

Can you write it?

Every Friday, we get together with Tohora to write lots of words. This week we were getting better at writing "going." Look at the different ways we wrote this word. Can you think of any other ways we could write our words on a Friday?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Art for Art's Sake

Yesterday, we learnt about mixing colours to make new colours. We started with red, blue and yellow. Can you see the new colours that we made? Do you know how we made those colours?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lachlan Starting School

Lachlan has been with us for 3 days now. We love having you in our class.

Christchurch Cathedral

Yesterday the whole school was involved in creating a HUGE chalk drawing of the Christchurch Cathedral. This was part of our "7 days for Christchurch" - letting the people of Christchurch know that we are thinking of them all.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Today in maths, we used the abacus to show numbers as quickly as we could. When we work in maths, we are learning to talk about what we are thinking...I asked the children to tell me different ways we know how to show the numbers.

Max - You can just push them over when you know the number.

Kayla - You could count them and then push them over.

Somaya - You could push them over and then check.

Lachlan - You can count them and push them at the same time.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Max's First Day

Max - it is so lovely to have you with us in the Leap Frogs. Welcome to Russell Street School.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Music with Jen

We are so lucky here at Russell Street to have Jen as our music specialist. She works with the children and they LOVE it! Yesterday, the children were learning about pitch.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Our Swimming Day

What a big day for our newest 5 year olds at school! We went to the Lido today for our school swimming sports. We started by showing our newest learning in the pool. We watched some of the big kid races and the adult races too. After that we got to have a swim in the other pool. After we got changed, we did some relays and played with the parachute. We had lunch in the Esplanade and had a play before we came home.

Here are our favourite parts of the day...

Kayla - "I liked walking in the path where the stones are because it was a cool idea and I've never been there and it was fun."

James - "I liked going in the bus because it is really really kind of scary and because it was my first time on a bus."

Somaya - "I liked going in the swimming pool because I like swimming."

Anah-Rose - "I liked going on the roundy bit in the pool because it was really fun."

Look at Anah-Rose!

Wow! Anah-Rose knows SO much about reading!! Watch this video to see. She knows that books have titles, she knows that the pictures tell a story. Keep up the great work!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Kayla's First Day

Welcome to Russell Street School Kayla!


This afternoon we had a discussion about reading. Here is what Kayla and Anah-Rose said about our learning...

Kayla said we have to look at the picture when we dont know the words.

Anah-Rose said we have to point our finger on the words.

Somaya, James, Kayla and Anah-Rose all LOVE reading!! Yay!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Today we began our Word Power journey. How exciting! We had 10 different stations for the children to work at. Today the goal for Word Power was for the children to learn to write "the." The children were at each station for 3 minutes before they moved to the next station. Look at these photos of the children working hard!

Here are some comments from the children...
Jhaz - I liked the chalk outside. I liked writing the words.
Alyssa - I liked writing in the sand. I liked making it with my finger.
Shaiv - I liked writing "the" on the whiteboard. It is so much fun at school.
Atlanta - I liked the paint markers. They make cool colours.
Fletcher - I liked my beautiful "e" on the whiteboard. I practised on school days.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

We are Learning to Write

It is so exciting watching five-year-olds learn to write stories. Today was no exception!
James wrote about Lego. He drew a detailed picture and listened carefully to the sounds in the words he wanted to write. James used the display letters around the room to help him write the "g" in lego. Great work, James!
Anah-Rose drew a detailed picture and did "magic writing" across the page. She knows to start at the left and move across the page, then start at the left hand side again on the next line! She knows a lot about how writing works already. Awesome, Anah-Rose!
Somaya drew a picture in the blank space in her writing book and told me what she wanted her story to say. She understands that the picture and the story work together. Great work, Somaya!
I can't wait to see your writing get better and better!
Carolyn (Your Thursday Teacher)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Anah-Rose's First Day

Anah-Rose joined us today. Here is her SonicPic about her day. Welcome to Russell Street School Anah!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Somaya's First Day

Welcome to Russell Street School Somaya. We are glad to have you here.