Friday, 28 April 2017

I hope that everyone has had a restful term break and enjoyed the beautiful weather that we were lucky enough to get.
What a busy time we had in term one. During the last few weeks of the term the learners had fun participating in science activities with Whaea Nicole and Miss Hill. This involved looking at different leaves and objects in the school playground, talking about the environment that these objects were found in and how they differed from each other. They then sketched the leaves a wrote a short piece of descriptive writing about them.

 The learners really enjoyed being scientists for the day.

The learners also worked on activities learning about colours, tones and colour mixing. They really enjoyed creating their own colour wheels using a combination of different materials.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

We have been continuing to enjoy our swimming sessions each day. This week we will be focusing on water safety skills. We have been writing recounts about swimming and here are some for your enjoyment.
Splish, splash, splosh I was kicking in the pool. I love swimming under the water in the pool. The water was very cool and relaxing when I was floating on my back. After that I glided to the ladder. We go swimming every day. I couldn’t go underwater but now I can. I like doing freestyle in the pool.

By Solomon.

I love going in the pool because we learn to swim. It is really fun because we glide across the pool and also we do freestyle and we use flutter boards and we do diving.  We use noodles and we do ducking under the water. We need to bring our togs every day. Me and my friends can touch the bottom. Sometimes we get to do free play and it is really fun. What I like doing in the pool is freestyle because it is cool and fun. I can go under water and I can glide I the pool.
By Silia

At school we have a pool and we have swimming. I like gliding and freestyle it is cool. I can go under and blow bubbles. I can do a starfish in the water. I can go on a noodle and kick my legs. I can glide across the pool.
By Bella L

I love to jump in the pool and splash. I can blow bubbles in the pool. I like to do swimming underwater. I like to dive.
By Wesley

Diving. Yip you heard me, the sweet sound of a pool. The sound of splashing and yelling is music to my ears. Every day when I bring my togs I’m always excited to get in the pool with my googles. I like diving and ducking and gliding with a board. I love swimming it’s my favourite thing to do. Oh that is a cool pool.
By Lucy.

For mathematics we have been focusing on ordering numbers and using our doubles to help solve addition problems. It would be great if the children could practice their counting and doubles at home.
We have also been loving our dancing sessions with the "Footsteps" dance instructors. The children have been going to a 45 minute session each Thursday morning. What great fun they are. Here are a few photos that show some of our moves.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

We have been continuing to practice our swimming skills and are looking forward to showcasing these next Wednesday. We have also been writing about our swimming and will share some of our writing in our next blog.
Silverdale Normal School students have been very fortunate to be able to participate in some more hockey skills sessions with Stuart this term. Everyone is enjoying practicing the skills they learnt last year and building on these skills.

For our topic work this term we have been focusing on what makes Silverdale Normal School special and building positive relationships.
As part of our work on this the children worked in groups to create a poster depicting what a great classmate says and does. Some great discussion resulted and here are some examples of the finished product.

Monday, 13 February 2017


For Term 1, we are doing swimming! We have been having fun practicing water safety, and becoming more confident in the water. Whaea Nicole has been taking photos of our underwater gliding and "C" has been helping us have confidence to put our heads under the water.


We've been learning about graphs. First we learnt how to use tally marks, and then created a pictograph of how Room 3 gets to school. We found out that most children come to school in a car, and no children take the bus to school.

Then we worked in groups to create a bar graph. First we came up with a question to ask the class, then we took the data we collected and created our graphs.

 This is what we made! 

Sunday, 27 November 2016

The end of the year is fast approaching so I would like to share with you all this powerpoint presentation that Whaea Jane put together at the end of term 2. It is a snapshot of some of the activities that room 3 were involved in while Whaea Jane and Miss Muller were here on practicum as part of their Masters of Teaching programme.