Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rules and Laws - What's the difference?

We have been looking closely at Rules and Laws. Today we needed to find the definition for what a rule is and what a law is.

We decided a rule is a statement explaining what someone can or cannot,helps people make the right choice. It is made by a group of people/organisation.

We decided a law is a system of rules within a country, region, or community. These rules are made by the government.

After that we made a list of all the laws we know. have a look at what we came up with.
No stealing, No drink/drug driving, No using a mobile while driving, No drugs - only prescription, No harming others, No speeding, No trespassing, Wear a helmet, Wear a seat belt, You must be 16 and over to drive, no assaulting, no fraud, no identity fraud, you must be 18 and over to buy smokes and alcohol, no vandalising, no abuse of any kind, no violating parole and you must not be left home alone if you are younger than 14.

After doing this activity we discussed why rules and laws are put in place. As a class we decided we have rules/laws to make the world a better place and to keep us safe.

All of a sudden people started to question our class rules. Can you believe it!

They were right, after 5 weeks they clicked we had problems.
1. I made the rules and told them what they were. We did not decide them together.
2. Our rule of only Year 6's on the couch is unfair. Rules need to be fair to everyone involved.
3. Our rule of putting up your left hand if you have a comment and right if you have a question. Is pointless it does not contribute to a better/safer class.

So What do we have to do now then??

Monday, February 27, 2012

Classroom Displays

Some of our displays are finally up. What do you think?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Homework Task

One part of this week's homework task for the boys, was to clean their bedroom. Check out some photos of a few rooms. Much better!





King of the Den

Clever Tyson!

Today in assembly Mr Peterson had 3 big bags of fruit to give away. Tyson was able to think quickly and answered one of Mr Peterson's questions, Who is the Prime Minister of New Zealand? Well done Tyson!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Community Picnic

We had the community picnic today. It was fun seeing everyone come together to catch up and play games. It was a great time.

Beach Safety

Today we went to Castlecliff Beach for the whole day to learn about beach safety. We learnt lots.

We learnt...
There must be an adult always watching when you are swimming
you put your hand straight up, not waving it, when you need help
You must use the right equipment - no floating gear
There is no whit wash on rips
Never swim alone
Slip, slop, slap, wrap, slurp and slide
IRB stand for inflatable rescue boat
Rips are discoloured and calm
Stay between the flags
You must know your limit
If in doubt stay out!

Beach Safety on PhotoPeach

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Tortoise and the Hare

Today Mrs Larsen read us a story 'The Tortoise and the Hare'. After we read the story we discussed how this relates to the habit we are focusing on, Persisting. We created a venn diagram the show the similarities and differences in their behaviours. We think we did really well.

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All About Rules

Today we worked in groups to answer 5 questions about rules. What do we know about rules? Where do we have rules? Who makes the rules? Why do we have rules? Who enforces the rules and how? Once we have done some more learning we will come back to these questions and see if we were right.

Do I have to?

Today we started our new inquiry "Do i have to?". To introduce this to us Mrs Larsen showed us this you tube clip.

After watching the you tube clip we discussed it. Whats not right? We decided as a class that the class obviously had no rules.

Next we filled in a wallwisher 'Are rules important?'. Check out our thoughts and feel free to add yours.

Monday, February 20, 2012


The habit of Mind we are focusing on at the moment is persisting. I saw this you tube clip on another class blog and thought, wow that pig just doesn't want to give up! Great attitude. What do you think?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Duffy Book Winner

Well done Harry. He was our very first winner of a Duffy book in Room 15. Keep up the hard work Harry.

King of the Den

Student Blogging Challenge

This year we are going to take part in the Class and Student Blogging Challenge.

The Class and Student Blogging Challenge starts in March.

Each week a task will be set for us to complete. All tasks are designed to improve blogging and commenting skills while connecting us with people all over the world.

You can work on your Student Blogging Challenge task at home if you haven't quite finished them at school.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Our Friends in Poland

Can you believe it we have made friends with a school in Poland. We are so excited to work with them. They have sent us a power point of their school. Check it out below. We will be emailing the regularly and building a wiki together. All the boys were very interested when they found out about our new friends. But one thing we did learn, we need to learn a bit about Poland. We know nothing! Watch this space to see what we learn about Poland.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Buddy Time

Today we went to Room 12 for buddy time. We taught them how to use a website we learnt about befunky. They did a great job.


Today Mrs Larsen showed us a new website called Befunky. Its a great website. You take plain photos and can add lots of effects to make them look even better. Everyone had a go at changing there photos. Check out some of them.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Spelling City

This week we are going to start using a website called spelling city to help us learn our spelling words.

Click on your link below and it will take you to the page you need on the website.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Carlton School Leaders

Today Mr Petersen announced our new Carlton School leaders. We are really lucky to have 2 leaders from our class Isaiah and Te Waoriki. Well done boys you deserve it. I am proud of you!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Making Marks with Pencil

This week Mrs Larsen taught us how to make lots of different marks using our pencil. We draw all sorts of lines, made shapes and shaded them in and talked about pointillism - making art using just dots. Mrs Larsen showed us some of Rei Hamon's art work. We were all amazed with the kind of art works you can create with just dots. After learning about lots of different ways to use our pencil we chose our 3 favourite to display.

Our next step is to use these different techniques to create a hand monster. Watch this space to see how they turn out.

Daily Fitness

Yesterday we started our daily fitness programme. Every morning we are going out for 15 minutes of fitness. Each teacher in the senior team is taking a different activity. Yesterday we played dragons tail with Mr Waite and today we went running with Mrs Larsen and Ms Whitwell. We are definitely going to get fit doing this every morning.

Making Frittata's

Today we couldn't use any of our computers baecuase we couldn't access the server or internet so... we did some baking with Room 3. We made Frittata's. Lots of us didn't know what a frittata was until today. We use spinach and herbs from our school gardens along with some potatoes, onions, cheese and eggs. We all had a turn chopping, cracking eggs and mixing it all up. We have lots of fun making them but the best bit was tasting them. they were delicious. We hope we can do some baking with room 3 again sometime. Thanks Mrs Priest!

Making Frittata's on PhotoPeach

Monday, February 6, 2012

Waitangi Weekend

Well we were only back at school for 4 days and we got an extra long weekend. This is what I did in mine?

What did you get up to?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Calebs Week 1 Reflection

Every Friday each students writes a weekly reflection. This is what Caleb wrote this week...

What: This year we have got our own computers and we got to do lots of comments on other peoples blogs. On Wednesday we all played german ball and it was so fun, my team won. On Thursday we made our own wordles and I did rasta coulors it looks cool.

So What: I learnt to print off Revalation Art.

Now What: I Want to start doing more games during school.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Our T-riffic Holiday

For our writing activity at the start of this term we wrote short stories about one exciting thing we did on our holiday. We then publish our stories onto a t-shirt crayon a picture to go with our story and then dyed our t.shirt. I think they look great. What do you think? When Mrs Larsen has some spare time she is going to make a great display to hang our shirts.





Name Monsters

Over the past couple of days we have been working on creating name monsters. Here are a few that are finished. Watch this space to see what our wall display ends up looking like.




Our Interesting Visitor

Today we had an interesting visitor in our class. He followed us in and didn't want to leave. The boys wanted him as our class mascot. You enter as kittens and leave as lions! What do you reckon?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What do we know about Statistics?

Today Mrs Larsen showed us a new website called bubble us. We used this website to create a brainstorm about everything we know about statistics. Check out we what know. Click on the picture to make it bigger.


Today we all learnt about a new website called wordle. We created a wordle about ourselves. Here are a few.