Thursday, September 28, 2017

Up-Cycle Challenge Mania

On Wednesday we had our school Up-Cycle Challenge. Over the past few weeks the Learning Leopards had been creating something new out of items that normally would have been rubbish or put into the recycling bin.

We also took on the challenge of creating items in class out of Mrs Waterworth's Junk Box. It was really cool to work together to create something new but also really challenging at times.

We had some awesome final products which we also entered into the competition in the hall.

Congratulations to the school winners from our class:
Dylan B

(more photos to come)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ancient Egypt

Wow! This week we are off to an amazing start with lots of exciting things happening in the classroom.

Our newest display for our inquiry. We have been learning lots about Ancient Egypt.
We created some amazing Egyptian Art with a focus on blending our sunrise/sunset colours for our backgrounds. We also wrote our names in hieroglyphics on the art and are going to see if anyone can work out which piece of art belongs to which person. 

Today for maths the Learning Leopards looked at estimations. We tried to estimate how many squares of toilet paper it would take to mummify a person.
First we got into groups of 4 and we discussed what it means to estimate. Then we made our initial estimations. 
Half way through our 'mummification' process Mrs Waterworth checked to see if we wanted to adjust our estimates.

Finally, once we had finished our roll of toilet paper or covered our person then we counted the squares to see how close our estimates were to the actual. 

It was lots of fun and helped us to work at being even better Team Players.
Pranav mummified Lucky

Exceptional Teamwork on display

Stay tuned for more awesome learning! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Blogging Buddies

The Learning Leopards and Room 5 were Blogging Buddies this morning.

This morning room 16 had an epic time writing comments on class blogs with room 5- Rangi

Room 5 went into room 16 to learn about blogging and commenting on classroom blogs- Sienna 

I wrote some awesome comments on blogs with my buddies Lily and Jordin- Manu

Room 16 is learning how to comment on other classes blogs- Amina. 

Stay tuned for more blogging updates!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Week that was... Term 3, Week 8

Our Classroom Economy

GOALS: To develop our financial literacy and use money sensibly.
CHALLENGE: To see how much Learning Leopard money we can save by the end of the year. 

This week we discussed having a classroom economy. We thought about why it is important to be able to use money and being aware of using money sensibly. 
  1. Once we agreed on the purpose of our classroom economy we wrote it up and put it on display. 
  2. Next we discussed a weekly allowance and went over how much money each child would need for weekly expenses. 
  3. We also discussed classroom jobs and placed the options on display. The students then completed job applications for their first 3 choices and had to provide reasons why they should be chosen for the position. (The students also decided the pay for each position each week and needed to provide reasons to support their opinion before we voted)
  4. After that we discussed ways to earn extra money and ways that you might be fined or lose money. We had to agree as a class on the amount of money that could be earned/lost and the reasons why. These were added to our list.
  5. We discussed the need to create our own currency and design our own money. Each child designed their own notes using the criteria: it needed to be easy to read and differentiate between the notes. We then voted on which notes we preferred. CONGRATULATIONS TO ZOE COUPER for her amazing design of our Learning Leopard $$$.  
  6. Lastly we all signed to say we agree to using the classroom economy and following the terms we decided on as a class.
We are very excited to begin using our classroom economy in week 9 and seeing who will be the super saver of the week.

our initial ideas for why we should have a classroom economy

Paige's Application for her top 3 jobs- Great reasoning for why you should be chosen Paige. 

Another colourful application completed by Jordin.

An example of some of the money designs we created

Our Classroom Economy Display: We made sure to put it somewhere that we can easily refer to throughout the day. 

The jobs were put on display for the class to see what was involved in each job. They then completed application forms. 

Check in each week to see how we progress with our classroom economy. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Malo e Lelei and we hope that you enjoyed Tongan Language Week

Malo e lelei 
This week was Tongan Language Week.
Our very own Learning Leopards were expert helpers.
We really enjoyed learning more about the Tongan culture.

We learnt a new phrase each day of the week and then put the phrases together in a creative way.

Check out the video below:

The phrases we were learning this week are shown in the following videos:






We hope that you have enjoyed our videos and learning more about the Tongan language. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Father's Day Poems

This week we discussed our favourite male role models, whether they be dads, uncles, cousins or brothers. We wrote some poems to celebrate what these men mean to us in our lives and we hope you enjoy them.