Zero Waste with Kathy

This week we had Kathy from Zero Waste in our class. We learnt about recycling, natural resources and the life cycles of different man-made products. We also learnt that just by recycling we are saving our planet from pollution, our waterways from microplastics and our animals from eating things they shouldn’t.

Here’s a quick snapshot of our learning…

Home Learning Projects

This year Team Tui are doing project-based home learning around our Inquiry – The Rocky Shore. Our projects run for two weeks and on a Friday we get to share them. Here are our fabulous first projects…

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Writing+cupcakes = deliciously creative

For our Writing last week we looked at how to be descriptive. We learnt that when we use our senses and higher level vocabulary our writing becomes much more interesting for the reader.

Miss Malone gave us a golden ticket inviting us to a ‘chocolate factory’. We watched the chocolate room scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and imagined what it would be like to be there. In groups, we brainstormed our ideas. Miss M tempted us with double chocolate fudgey cupcakes to help our senses come to life. In return, we had to write the best descriptive piece of writing we could!

Here are some photos of our learning. Keep an eye out for our writing which will be up on the blog later this week.

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All about me!

Last week our home learning was to help the class to get to know us! WE all started with the same boring brown bag which we soon filled with treatures and items that shared a story or something that we liked. As you can see the brown bags turned into something more creative as we decorated them however we liked!

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One of our class members brought in their entire gemstone collection! They taught us about what some of them were called, how their grandfather helped start their collection and some neat places that we could go visit to start our very own collection.


Week 1

Week 1 of 2019 is done and dusted. Room 4 has had a great first week back getting to know each other.

Week 2 is another short week with Teacher Only Day on Monday and Waitangi Day on Wednesday.

Just a reminder:

Classroom swimming is underway with Team Tui swimming every day. So please remind your children to make sure they have named togs, towel, a school issue hat and a water bottle at school.

Ngā mihi nui

Welcome back to a new school year.


Room 4 has been busy today getting to not only know the members of their class but also the other members of Team Tui!

We played some team building games to help us be aware of how we act and speak when we want others to do something or when we’re annoyed. We talked lots about being a team and supporting others.  Here’s a little snippet of how it went…

Please note that Monday the 4th of February school will be closed. This is so staff can attend professional development as part of the Te Aroha Community of Learning.

Image of the day!

Once a week the first thing we do in the morning is- Image of the Day. This is when we get given an interesting picture to look at and have to discuss what we see with a group. Sometimes we are given questions and sometimes we are free to just have a discussion. We always go over how to politely agree or disagree with others and we brainstorm some sentence stems to help us out.

The last image of the day was this picture…

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We had to answer the following questions in our groups,

  1. What is going on in this picture
  2. What is in the picture makes you say that
  3. What else can you tell me about this picture

Here are some photos of us doing just that…