Friday, December 21, 2012

End of this year's Blogging

The 2012 school year is now over and we are looking forward to our Christmas summer holidays. I would like to thank those who have taken the time to send messages to the children via this blog and to all of you who have visited here to share in our learning experiences this year.
 I hope this Christmas ends your year on a cheerful note and you look forward to a fresh and bright new year. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas, a safe and relaxing holiday and a Happy New Year.

We will be back blogging here when the 2013 school year begins in early February.

To end our year we had a lot of fun with an app we found on the iPad.....
 have a look at this….What do you think of David, Cam, and Jonty’s dance moves?

IMG 1235 from Room 3 on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas is coming!!

Christmas is now within our sight. We can't wait.... This is our last day at school and we are all looking forward to a fabulous Nelson summer!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pool Party!!

As an end of year treat today... we joined with Room 4 and had a pool party! Wow it was soooo much fun. We brought along some of our favourite pool toys from home and enjoyed an extra long time in the nice cool water. Then once we got out and had got dressed we had a shared lunch together. The end of the school year is now only just around the corner....

Our Whole School Triathlon

On Tuesday this week our whole school took part in a triathlon. In Room 3 we were in a team of 3 people except Edward who did the whole thing on his own!
It was heaps of Fun. Bella even dyed her hair for the day. We had to run, bike or swim. Some of us hadn't even been in our school pool very much before that day but now we want to be in the pool all the time!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Whanau Group Activity

We had a challenge in our Whanau groups this week.
Each group had to make a traditionally shaped Christmas tree... The challenge part however was we could only use 10 sheets of newspaper, 2-3m of cellotape some cellophane and some foil. It had to be free standing and have decorations. Take a look at some of the creations.

Monday, December 10, 2012

So now what!!

We were told Christmas is coming but we can't see it!!!.....

Friday, December 7, 2012


Today Room 4 discovered a whole lot of ants outside our classes. So of course we had to go and take a look. There were heaps of them! I wonder what they were doing?

They are a bit hard to see in the concrete. Can you see them???

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Athletics with Appleby School

Yesterday we enjoyed a fun filled morning of running, jumping and throwing. Appleby school joined us with their junior classes for a great morning. Some of our parents came to watch and cheer us on. Take a look at our slide show. Mrs Ross has again learnt something new this to use Picasa for making a slide show!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

We Enter the A and P Show

Did you go to the A and P show? If you did you might have seen some of our entries in the children's section in Redwood Hall. We all entered some decorated biscuits, sand saucers and some novelty vegetables. Here are some of our sand saucers....

And here are some Fotobabbles

Saturday, November 24, 2012

We have made our plank...

Last term when we paid a visit to  Pinegrove Kindergarten. We liked playing on the the pirate plank they had created in their playground.  Room 3 visits Pinegrove Kindy   When we returned to school we all wrote letters to Mr P our Principal asking him if we could have a pirate plank like that in our school playground. Have a read of our letters   Unfortunately it has taken us a long time for everything to come together in order to make our plank and we had a school production that took up most of the beginning of this term but Mrs Ross kept saying "Yes it was going to happen" and we just waited very patiently!!  So on Friday this week we were finally able to build it.
This has been a big project for us in Room 3 Thank-you to  David's family who donated and delivered the big tractor tyre and thanks to 'Jacks Tyres' in Richmond who gave us and also delivered the smaller tyres we needed and Mr P came up with the plank and cut it to the right length. Yee Ha!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Visit from Kori

Today Hope School had a visit from Kori the penguin from the ASB Aquatic Centre. Kori was making sure we knew how to be safe around the water. Our school pool is getting re-surfaced and painted at the moment but very soon we will be able to go swimming in it. Hopefully it will be warm enough.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Green Eggs and Ham

Our School Production of "Green Eggs and Ham" was a huge success. This is all of us in our different costumes after one of our afternoon performances.

Friday, November 9, 2012


We have been learning some tennis skills at school lately. Some of us find it easy to hit the tennis ball and others find it a bit tricky!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Olivia and Reuben

Look at what Olivia and Reuben created today. Can you tell what animal it is?
I think they are so clever.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Our school production

Life has just been super busy lately. We have all been involved in the creation of our school production. This year our production is based on the Dr Seuss story of Green Eggs and Ham. We are putting it on during week 5. Every child in the school has a part to play in it and it's coming together well. Tickets will be on sale at our school office from this Monday. See you there.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Repeating Patterns

In Maths this week we have been learning how to make repeating patterns...
We had some interesting patterns made today:
1. Myles said, "I have made two different patterns the first one is... One green bear then two red bears, one green bear then two red bears..." .... The next one I made is one yellow bear, two blue bears, one yellow bear, two blue bears....and Gavin has made one with one yellow bear, one blue bear, one green bear..."
2. David said, "We have two red, two purple, two red, two purple..."
3. Cam ran out of red frogs to complete his frog pattern.
4. Jonty said, "My pattern is one red dinosaur, one orange dinosaur, two blue dinosaurs, one green dinosaur then it repeats...."
5. Theo said, "I have one spider, one fly, one spider, one fly...."
6. Bella said, I have two pink sticks, one purple stick, two pink sticks and then it will be one purple stick again".
7. Tyler said, "This time I have one red peg, one purple peg, one red peg, one purple peg..."

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Real Author

Today we had a visit from Jane Buxton. Jane has written many pieces for School Journals and lots of  children's picture books too. She read us a couple of her stories one was "The Red Overalls" and the other was "Harry's Hair".
                                               One day we could be an author like Jane.

Just so Cute!!

In the holidays David's little brother Taylor was born. We were lucky to have a visit from him today. He was sound asleep and he was so little. Thank you Jackie for bringing Taylor in for a visit and Congratulations from us all.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Four New Children Start School

This week Tyler, Reuben, Kellen and Jasleigh began their learning journey with us in Room 3. Welcome guys! We hope you enjoy your school days with us.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Holidays for 2 weeks

We are now on holiday. We will continue posting on our Blog when we come back to school.
Happy Holidays From Room 3.

Friday, September 28, 2012

We Have a Plan.....

A couple of weeks ago our class visited Pinegrove Kindergarten. We had so much fun playing on the pirate plank with the other children. Have a look at our previous post.
We have sent our principal Mr Pritchard some letters asking him if we can have a plank like that in our school playground.
We are hoping we could get one when we come back after the holidays.
Here are our letters...

Dear Mr P
We went to Pinegrove Kindergarten. We need one big tractor tyre, nine smaller car tyres, one plank of wood.
From Isabel

Dear Mr P
Could we have a plank.
From Sari

Dear Mr P
Could we have a pirate plank at Hope School
From Eden

Dear Mr P
I want a pirate plank at school.
From Deven

Dear Mr P
I went to Pinegrove Kindergarten. I would like a plank. We need 1 big tractor tyre, nine smaller car tyres and 1 plank of wood
From Cam

Dear Mr P
A little bit of days ago we went to the Kindergarten and we played on the plank and Mr P can you get 1 big wheel and 9 little wheels and a long piece of wood.
From Jonty

Dear Mr P
We went to Pinegrove Kindy. I played with Jonty we need 1 big tractor tyre, 9 smaller car tyres, 1 plank of wood.
From David

Dear Mr P
I went to Pinegrove Kindy. I had fun on the plank. Everyone liked the plank in Room 3. We would like a plank at school. We need nine car tyres, 1 big tractor tyre, 1 plank of wood.
From Edward

Dear Mr P
We went to Pinegrove Kindy. We played on the wooden plank. It was fun. Please can we have a tractor tyre and a plank also lots of tyres and one big tyre. Can we have one at school. I played walk the plank with Isabel.
From Bella

Dear Mr P
Can we have a pirate plank at school.
From Olivia

Dear Mr P
Can we have a pirate plank at school.
From Myles

Cam decided to record his letter....

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Our Latest Visitor...

Jonty's family bought a baby rabbit at the Country Bazaar last weekend and he brought it into the class to show us.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Today We Welcomed Angus to Room 3

Angus started his school journey in Room 3 today.
Welcome Angus, we hope you enjoy your school days with us.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Some of The Tasman Makos Visit Hope School

We were lucky to have a few of the Makos players come to our school. They took us for a few skill related games...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Two Birthdays today!!

Gavin started his school journey today. 
Welcome Gavin, we hope you enjoy your school days with us in Room 3.

It was also Jonty's birthday. He turned 6 today and his mum brought in a yummy cake for us....
There was also a special guest helping with the cake. Do you recognise him?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Our Country Bazaar

Today Hope School held their annual Country Bazaar. This is the major fundraiser for the year. It was a fantastic day. I managed to find some of our Room 3 children amongst the crowds...see if you can spot them.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Isabel's Story

Isabel wrote a story based on a picture book we shared this week.

Hope School Country Bazaar....

Today we worked with marshmallows, melted chocolate, sprinkles and lollies to make some special candy treats to be sold at the Country Bazaar tomorrow....Yum yum! It was so tempting to eat them all.....we did get to taste some. They were pretty good too.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fancy Daffodils

In the afternoon Mrs Hall brought in some white daffodils. She put them into some dye instead of water.....Look what had happened to them by the next morning!

Yesterday a a kitten...what fun!

Today Olivia brought in her kitten to show us. He was very cute. Most of us want one of our own now.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Have you ever seen a lamb wearing a nappy??

Lilly from room 2 was kind enough to bring her little lamb in to see us today.
Her lamb was at school and inside for quite a bit of time, so it was wearing a nappy.....for obvious reasons.
We enjoyed having your lamb visit us Lilly. Thank-you.

Today We Welcomed Olivia to Room 3

Olivia started her school journey today. 
Welcome Olivia, we hope you enjoy your school days with us in Room 3

....and then there was 12!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Edwards Solar System

Today Edward and his mum brought in a solar system to show us all. Edward has this solar system hanging up in his bedroom. It even has a remote control. So Edward can lie in bed and turn it on, which makes all the planets move continually around the sun.
Wow it was amazing and Ed was able to tell us so much about the planets.
Well done Ed, this was very cool, we were all very impressed.
Thanks also to Jane (Ed's mum) for holding the solar system up for so long!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Cameron Showing Half and Quarter.

We have been looking at 1/2's and 1/4's.
Yesterday we divided some liquorice strips up so that 2 and then 4 people could get an equal portion. Today Cameron shows us how it could be done with a block of chocolate.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Jonty's Reading

It has been a real week of trying new things and today we have tried another new app on the iPad called educreations.
Have a listen to Jonty's great reading....

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

During News sharing this week some children told us what special things they did for their Dads on Father's Day. Then we learnt how to use 'Pic Collage' and 'Fotobabble' on the iPad so these special stories could be shared on our Blog.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Action Song

We have been practising a couple of songs to sing in front of assembly. Take a look at the children singing.

IMG 0775 from Room 3 on Vimeo.

Edwards Dragonfly Story

Today Edward recorded his story on Audioboo on the iPad . Have a listen.

Monday, September 3, 2012

We Have Been Learning To Identify Halves and Quarters

The children in Room 3 are getting very good at finding a half or a quarter of a group of objects......
Have a look at these photos to see what they have been doing.

Make your own photo slideshow at Animoto.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

David's Learning

David used an app on the iPad called "Show Me" to record what he has learnt in Maths. Then Mrs Ross learnt how to use another app to post David's Show Me on the Blog. So....lot's of learning happening in Room 3 this week.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Olympic Fever

Have a look at our Hope School Mini Olympics.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Over the winter room 3 and 4 have been learning soccer skills. We ended the season with a soccer match of mixed teams from room's 3 and 4. Watch out.....we saw some budding soccer players!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mrs Ross has just learnt how to use fotobabble on the iPad so we had a practise with it today. Have a listen to Edward.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Look at what these children made with the blocks

These children were building towers and car tracks and were keen to have their creations posted on our blog!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Latest Visitors To Our Classroom

Sari Brought her Turtles to our class for the day.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Olympic Pictures

We have been looking at the different sports in the 2012 London Olympic games. We have been keeping a tally of all the medals, and ļ¬nding out where the countries are in the world. For dance and movement we have been experimenting with the shapes our bodies can make. We extended this into our art. Each of us decided on a sport from the Olympic Games and drew pictures, thinking carefully of the shape our body makes.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Writing and Posting Letters

We have been writing letters to someone special at home...We wrote our address on the envelopes and then added a stamp. We posted our letters today in our school's letter box. We had to put the flag up so the 'Postie' will know there are some letters to be collected. Now we just have to wait very patiently for our special person to receive our letters....
We are very excited about the journey our letters will take and are wondering how long it will take for them to reach there destination.

As far as I know all of our letters arrived at the intended destinations. We had a few parents thanking us for sending them. The kids really enjoyed the process of writing and posting these letters. It also meant we had a real life context for our writing that week. Thanks to those parents who received their letters and let us know they had arrived safely. Maybe we might get a letter back.....??

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Working Together....

The Triangles maths group worked together today to create an animal park. 
Well done you guys! It was a very big animal park. There were no gaps in the fence so the animals won't escape and  I am glad you had the Lions caged up separately!

A Visit From Someone Who Knows...

Hope School had a visit from Phil Jones this week... Phil represented  New Zealand in the Basket Ball  team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics  and again at Athens in 2004. 
Room 3 and 4 spent some time asking him some questions about his time at the Olympic  Games... 

Did you know that you can eat all the MacDonalds you want if you are a competitor in the Games! 
But we are not so sure that would be the best food for an athlete...What do you think?

Phil showed us some of the gear he wore while playing basket ball at the Olympics and a few of us got to try on his shoes and kit. Wow they were size 13 shoes!!  Way too big for Room 3 children!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sequencing the Days of the Week

We have been learning to put the days of the week in the correct order.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

This Week We Welcomed Eden to Room 3

Eden started her school journey this week. Welcome Eden, we hope you enjoy your school days with us in Room 3

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

In Room 3 we said "See you later" to four of our friends who are moving up to Room 4 next term. We had a dress up day and ate lots of pizza and cake too.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Grandparents Afternoon Tea

Grandparents Afternoon Tea on PhotoPeach

Monday, June 18, 2012


We have been learning how to measure the length and width of things in our classroom by using ordinary objects as our measuring tools. Have a look at some of the things we measured.
David and Theo are working together to measure some large cards. 

Cam and Deven are using cubes to measure the iPad.

Edward is measuring one of the long building blocks.

Isabel  measured a pen.

The boys also decided to measure the length of the classroom. They ran out of cubes!

Bella used a shoelace to measure the width of the door.