Friday, July 7, 2017

Children's Choice Discovery Time

Today is the last Discovery day of term 2 and as per usual the children chose the activities for Discovery Time.
Lots of problem solving and creativity going on today. I decided it had been a while since I had videoed the children working things out for themselves, hope you enjoy the video.
Happy Holidays see you in two weeks.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Today we were treated to a visit from Mrs Sherlock. She bought in some fossils for us to have a look at...She even had a Moa Bone.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Learning to Plait

We had a visit today from some room 1 children who were put to very good use.... helping us learn to plait.

Barrier Games

In case you don't know what barrier games are.......
They are a great language tool—they provide opportunities to develop receptive (understanding) and expressive (speaking) communication skills.
 In a barrier game, two players sit across from each other with a barrier, such as a book or a big shield between them. Players take turns at telling the opposite player where to place the objects on their board as they themselves put the same objects, in the same place, on their own board. At the end they both look at the 2 boards and check if they have been able to understand and listen to the correct placement of the objects. Lots of fun.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Life in the past... at home.... and school

Today we joined with Room 4 and took a trip to Bishops School in Nelson and then to Broadgreen House in Stoke.
This trip makes for a great finish to our topic of "Hope School in the Past".
We dressed up in olden-days clothes and stepped back in school time as we entered Bishops School. Our teacher was John..we had to call him Sir (Yes Sir) he carried a cane and made sure we were all behaving ourselves!! We did some reading and writing and had a look around at some of the memorabilia. Bishops School has been around for many years.
Then we left Bishops School and had lunch in the conservatory at Broadgreen House. After lunch we had a great time learning about home life in the early days. We enjoyed making butter, peeling apples, and pumping water from a well. We also learnt how to wash clothes without an automatic washing machine. We discovered that there was no bathroom in the house and that people back then had to use a "chamber pot". It was very interesting looking at all the amazing things in the house.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

More about Hope School in the Past

Hugh's mum (Greta) came to Hope School when she was younger. She came in to talk to us about what it was like when she was here...we learnt that Room 3 wasn't here when she attended Hope School either (just like what Mrs Hall said). The swimming pool was here and she did swimming lessons just like we do. Greta said they used to have a pot belly fire in her class and the children would use it to toast their sandwiches on for lunch. The children would also light the incinerator all by themsleves to burn the paper rubbish. Her favourite thing to do when she came here was to play in the trees. Some of us like to play in the trees too.
Thanks Greta, it was lovely to hear about your experience at Hope School as a student.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Discovery Time with Room 4

We joined in with Room 4 today for our weekly Discovery Time and were treated to a visit from a real 'potter.' Dave works with clay every day and he brought his pottery wheel in to demonstrate how clay, like the stuff we used last week, can be turned into beautiful bowls and other creations. Anyone that wanted also got to have a go at working with a piece of clay on the wheel.
Thanks Dave it was very inspiring having you here today.
The other activities we had today were...making huts, puppets, clay and tooth pick sculptures, marble track, and playing musical instruments.
We were working on giving compliments and it was lovely to see many people giving and receiving compliments throughout our morning.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Learning about Hope School in the Past

Did you know that Room 3 hasn't always been here at Hope School?
When Mrs Hall started teaching at Hope School the place where our classroom is was just grass. The only class here was Room 1....and did you know that blackboards and chalk were used instead of whiteboards, iPads weren't even invented, our playground wasn't there, and where the library is now was a small toilet block.
We were lucky to have Mrs Hall come in and talk to us this week about what it was like when she first came to our school as a teacher. Thanks Mrs Hall it was very interesting.
(By the way it was also whacky Wednesday... hence the crazy hair)


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Net Ball Skills

We have been learning some netball skills. eg...How to throw and catch a ball as well as how to shoot hoops. Lots of fun.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Working with clay

Our art topic this term has been 'sculpture' and last week we learnt how to make a pinch pot with clay. Some of us also learnt how to make a coil pot.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Discovery Time week 7

This week our focus during Discovery Time was on showing respect to ourselves, others and school equipment. Room 3 did an awesome job of showing respect in  all these contexts.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


This week we had our Celebration Assembly, where the children were able to showcase their learning to an audience. It was wonderful to see that every child from Room 3 had someone who had taken the time out of their busy lives to attend this assembly. I know the children love to see  you all there and look forward to sharing these times with you.
So thank you all very much for coming.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Term 2 Week 6 Discovery Time

This week we were looking again at 'working together' and 'negotiating' if we have a problem.
 Our activities were. squirting water on the concrete, wood work, making an alien, threading, and drawing with stencils.

learning to throw a ball

We have been learning how to make a chest pass with the balls. It is quite tricky to catch these balls sometimes. We need to remember our "W" hand shape.

A visit to the Whakatu Marae

On Tuesday the 12th of June we had to come to school earlier than usual so we had plenty of time to travel into Nelson to spend the day at the Marae. It was an amazing day. I hope your children were able to tell you lots of things they learnt. There is a full slide show of the day on our school website...

Marae Visit June 12th

Here are a few photos.


Thursday, June 8, 2017


Today we read a book called........

We talked about what kind of alien we would be and what we might fly around space in. Plus we thought of some food we would bring to the alien picnic

I am a bang-a-dong. I have a boot as a spaceship. My boot thinks crazy. My head is a balloon…. “See I’m over the moon”. What will you be?

I am an alien. I am sloppy. When somebody puts their finger through me their finger goes straight through my sloppy body. My spaceship looks like sparkly blue and coming out of the back comes fiery watermelons. The fire is colourful.

I am an alien. I am all colourful and sparkles come out of my eyes. My rocket is pink. When my rocket swoops through space, sparkles come out. I brang biscuits and they taste like watermelons.

I have a pink rocket. It has blue fire. It has a sloppy jelly.

I am an alien that lives on a planet for the alien. It was fun on the planet.

My alien is green.

My alien is blue.

My alien is red.

My alien is yellow.