Friday, 28 March 2014

Descriptive writing

Some of the writers in Hub 2 have been exploring descriptions this week. They have written some very creative character descriptions based on a mysterious envelope...

We were shown this envelope, then had to plan and compose a description what what a Gobi Jerboa was.

Here are some quotes from our descriptions:

"Sometimes if you find it you will think it's a bit ugly but it's cute when you look at it properly" - Amelie

"He has two weird arms that are covered in hair and he grows as fat as a pumpkin." - Amber

"A Gobi Jerboa is a flying snake. It smells like chocolate to attract you because it wants to eat you!" - Jamie 

"It is as soft as a snowy pillow. Sometimes they are as hard as a rock." - Blair

Mrs Panapa came and visited us the next day for a big reveal of what a Gobi Jerboa really was. We couldn't wait! Turns out it looks like this!

I wonder if you can find out any facts about this really interesting animal?

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Solving our problems in the playground

We have been discussing and exploring social skills in our hub lately. Last week we compiled a list of playground issues we wanted help with and today we explored one of these:

What do I do if someone tries to make me do something that I know is wrong?
We talked about how we feel inflated and proud when we do the right thing but and deflated and sad when we do the wrong thing. So we inflated the balloon and brainstormed some really good ideas of what we could do to maintain the 'inflated' feeling by not getting pressured into doing the wrong thing.

We also practiced saying "no" in a clear, assertive and strong voice, then role-played this.

We are going to be such experts in the playground!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Collaborating to invent a brand new game

We had such a lot of fun today, collaborating together to invent a brand new sports game.

Festival of Education

Some of us are in the Festival of Education video clip. How exciting! 

Friday, 21 March 2014

Crossing the DANGEROUS RIVER...

We finally got to talk about the constructions we made!

Each group took a turn to describe their toy's construction and then attempt to cross the river.

Here are some photos of our sharing:


Thursday, 20 March 2014

This week for our concept "What makes a successful learner?" we had a challenge....

To collaborate to create a way of getting our toy animal across the DANGEROUS RIVER!!

We were given:
x10 sheets of paper / x1 piece of string / x1 yoghurt container / x2 straws / x8 rubber bands / x1 animal

We had only 20 minutes.  Here are some of the things we constructed...

Watch this space to see whose construction reached the other side of the river safely!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Today we got a chance to explore spelling city! 

This is going to be part of our rotation of weekly activities to help us improve our literacy learning.  It's going to be used when we learn spelling rules, practice handwriting and dance mat typing.

If you would like to use spelling city at home, click on the 'Literacy' tab on the LH2 site and you'll see the link.  EASY!

Here are some photos of the Year 3s teaching the Year 2s how to use the site

Monday, 17 March 2014

Celebrating St Patrick!


Today we learned what St Patrick's Day is and why it is celebrated.

We also made shamrocks (four leaf clovers) and leprechaun hats to honour the Irish culture.

If you would like to learn more about the history of St Patrick's Day or how to make one of the above items, click the links below!

The history of St Patrick's Day

How to make a shamrock

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Our Recipes for Good Friends

Last week, Hub 2 talked about what makes a good friend. We collaborated to make recipes to show what qualities we thought a good friend should have. 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Motor Magic

WALHT develop our fine motor skills. We practise cutting, constructing, drawing, threading and using tweezers during motor magic learning time. Here are some photos from our learning this week. 

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

What websites help us with our learning?

This week for eLearning, we collaborated to decide what websites are suitable for our learning at school. Here are some of the websites we decided on which may be helpful at home as well. 

Dance Mat Typing                                                                                    Mathletics

Spelling City                                                                                               YouTube

Can you think of any other websites that stretch you in your learning? 

Yoga in LH2

We are enjoying learning yoga in the hub. This week we are following Cosmic Kids Kickapoo the Kangaroo episode. 

What new yoga moves have you learnt? 

Monday, 10 March 2014

What makes a good friend?

We had a big think about this question today. Here are our ideas:

Friday, 7 March 2014

Our Mandarin Learning

Today we learned how to sing the Happy Birthday song in Mandarin. We even got to write it on a birthday card!

Thursday, 6 March 2014


We have been unpacking what the difference is between Knowledge and Strategy in Numeracy.

We decided that...

Knowledge is things we know off the top of our head, really quickly. Some examples are basic facts, knowing the symbols for fractions and number ordering.

Strategy is when we have problems we need to solve using our knowledge. We won't know the answer off the top of our heads and need to use a strategy to find the answer.

We have been focusing on understanding what we already know and what our gaps are in knowledge, then learning about and practicing the areas that are goals for us.

You can find games to practice these knowledge goals on the learner hub.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

What a fabulous party!!

We had such a fun party today to celebrate Miss Roberts' wedding on Saturday. She was totally surprised.

Miss Roberts and her fiance, Mr Ruffell, had morning tea with the teachers first, then she came down to Hub 2 and got the shock of her life! Everyone yelled "surprise!" and did a hula dance in a long isle, ending in some clever ukulele players.

Miss Roberts and Mr Ruffell got to sit on some special seats and we gave them our postcards all made into a lovely book.

Then we got the opportunity to ask some questions. We found out lots about her wedding cake!

After that we showed off our dance moves to some Cook Island drumming.

Then Miss Roberts and Mr Ruffell joined in as we played musical statues.

What a great party! We hope Miss Roberts has a beautiful wedding and we look forward to her returning as Mrs Ruffell.

Can you believe it?! Miss Roberts is getting married!

We are so excited that Miss Roberts is getting married! We have been getting ready for a big party.

Miss Roberts doesn't get to have her honeymoon until later so we threw her a pre-wedding honeymoon party at school. It was an island theme.

We did lots of preparation, but couldn't put it on the blog right away because we didn't want to spoil Miss Roberts' big surprise.

We wrote post cards to Miss Roberts and her fiance.

Then we made some decorations and leis for us to wear.

We also practiced our dancing so we could share a hula and a dance to some Cook Island drumming.

See the next post for how our party went!