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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Buddy Class Dance

Today our buddy class, Room 8, came and did a dance for us. It was about body parts. We joined in with them and moved and grooved to the music.    By Juan


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Jump Jam

It's been a wet day again today, and we didn't get to do our large ball activities outside. So for some fun exercise, Room 3 joined in with R4 and R5 to do JUMP JAM!

It was fun moving to music. Thanks so much to our wonderful Jump Jam team who lead us in the routines. We can't wait for Friday's assembly so we can see what you will be doing for your Jump Jam competition in Palmerston North next Tuesday. 
Good luck! Give it heaps!



Friday, 1 June 2018

Trip To Te Manawa

Today Room 3 went to Te Manawa as part of our learning about Pollution. We learnt about water quality and what pollutants can affect our waterways.

We tested samples of water from the Manawatu River and the lagoon and compared them. The temperature of the water from the river was about 2 degrees colder than the lagoon water.

The lagoon water was more acidic than the river water. Do you know why? Because lots of ducks wee in the water, which creates more acid. This is not good for fish and plants.

We learnt that only 3 percent of all the water in the world is drinkable. That's incredible! We need to save our fresh drinking water and not waste it.

After that, we went to the Esplanade for a play. Then we did a litter collection alongside the river walkway. We filled up 2 large blue bags of litter. A lot of it was in the bushes. We found bottles, plastic bags, wrappers and even a shoe! We're glad we prevented this from entering the river.

Here are some photos ...




Thanks to all our awesome parents who provided transport and helped out with our trip.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Wheels Day

Today is Wheels Day! In between the rain showers, we've had a chance to ride around the school on our wheels!
And at lunchtime, some of us bought lollies (which is a wheely special treat!)

Here are some photos ...




Making Invisibility Potion

Yesterday, Room 3ers made 'invisibility' potion. Miss Jeynes gave us the recipe which required some very hard-to-find ingredients (monkey snot, squashed wasp juice, etc).
We had to measure out the correct ingredients so that the TOTAL capacity was 500ml.

Hannah, Jade, Brooke and Shelby's group got it spot on!  It was fun mixing the colours - it ended up being a dark reddy/purple colour. 

We're getting better at estimating and measuring using mls and litres.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

How To Get Rid of Oil On Water

We've been learning about the terrible effects of oil spills on the ocean, and how it effects birds, sea creatures and the environment.

We did an experiment to test which product and process was the BEST at getting oil off water.
Oil doesn't mix with water. It tends to sit on the TOP.

Using 4 different cups, all with oil and water in them, we tried ...
1. skimming the water off with a spoon. It took ages, and it didn't get rid of all the oil.
2. absorbing oil with cotton balls. It was more effective than the spoon, but it soaked up a lot of clean water with it.
3. solidifying the oil with cornflour. What a disaster! This didn't work at all! The cornflour sunk to the bottom and made the water cloudy and murky. This would be TERRIBLE for fish!
4. Putting detergent in to disperse the oil. Wow! The oil moved right away from the dish washing liquid to the side of the cup. But it didn't get rid of the oil.

We tried stirring the detergent in. This just broke up the oil into smaller balls of oil, and made some sink into the water.  This wouldn't be useful in the ocean!

So in conclusion, the BEST process was ABSORBING with cotton balls.

We recorded what we observed, making notes of the problems we had.





Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Measuring Capacity

Today in Maths, Room 3 estimated and measured how many cups of water, various containers took up.  We compared our estimates to the actual measurments - some of us were very close with our estimates. Some of us we WAY OUT - but, the more we practiced, we started making more sensible estimates.

Tomorrow, we will be learning about millilitres and litres.


Saturday, 12 May 2018

Friday, 11 May 2018

A Squishy Suare

We are learning about PERIMETER and AREA of shapes in Maths.
Yesterday we investigated what one 'square' metre looks like. We wanted to know how many of us could fit inside one square metre - and this is what we found out ....


Monday, 7 May 2018

Measuring

In Maths, we are learning to measure objects and distances using mm, cm and m - AND we're learning to make sensible estimates.

Today we estimated the length/width of distances and objects around the room - then we measured to see how close our estimates were. We are learning to choose appropriate units of measurement and to know how many mm in a cm, cm in a m, and m in a km.



Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Learning About Pollution

We are back into Term 2 with lots of energy and enthusiasm!
Today we started our topic on Pollution. We all shared our thoughts on what are examples of pollution in a class brainstorm.

Then Miss Jeynes split us into groups for our TUNING IN activity. We looked closely at two pictures each and wrote on comment cards - What we SAW in each picture, What we THOUGHT was happening and a question or WONDERING that we had.

Here are a couple of examples ...


We were quite 'grossed out' at some of these pictures. We will be gaining new knowledge and skills with our Science topic. Stay tuned for more updates on our learning ...

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Crazy Day

Today was Crazy Day!   Everyone dressed up in their house colours in very creative ways.  And at lunchtime, lots of us gobbled up our burgers. Thanks Miss Simpson and Room 6 for organising this event.



Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Rainy Lunchtimes

Rainy days at school can be boring when we can't get to play outside with our mates. But Room 3 kids don't complain. We get our creative juices flowing.

These resourceful Room 3ers found a great use of Jenga blocks and place value blocks, and made a castle and a farm. 

Good on you, Room 3 kids. You cooperated with each other and worked as a team to create these. That's how we roll in Room 3.



Friday, 6 April 2018

Athletics Day

Today was the school athletics. We had lots of fun doing fun rotations first up, then after interval it was time for the sprint races.  There was a lot a yelling and cheering as we rapidly tore down the track.

(By the way, did you spot an interesting verbs and an  adverb in that last sentence?) We've been working on these in class!

Here are some photos of us...


Thursday, 29 March 2018

The Results ....

Wow! When we checked our plants today something pretty cool had happened!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Science Experiment

Today we started a science experiment. Miss Jeynes had 5 white flowers. We put each into a glass of water and in 4 of the glasses, we added a small amount of food colouring. (Blue, red, green and yellow). We left one cup with NO colouring. This was our 'control' cup.

We placed each stem of each flower into a different cup - except with ONE flower, Miss Jeynes split it in half. One half of the stem went into the yellow dye, the other went into the green dye.

We wrote our hypothesis (predictions) of what we thought might happen.
eg: All the flowers in the food colouring will die except the one in just water.
      All the flowers will turn the same colour as the dye it was sitting in.
      The split-stemmed flower will have green and yellow petals.

Alannah asked a very good question. "If we mix green with yellow, what colour will it make?" We weren't too sure, so Miss Jeynes got some dark green paint and yellow paint. Alannah mixed the two colours together. Guess what? It turned LIGHT green. So a lot of people changed their predictions and wrote that the split-stemmed flower will end up with light green petals.


We can already see some interesting things happening to some of the flowers! Stay tuned to find out our results ...

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Swimming Sports and More

This week has been very busy! On Tuesday we had Senior Swimming Sports at Makino Pool. For most of Room 3, this was the first time doing swimming sports in the BIG pool.
Well done everyone for doing your best and braving the cold wind!


Yesterday we started practising for Athletics. We are learning to hold and throw a discus.

We've also had 3 way conferences before and after school. It's been great to meet all parents and for the children to be able to talk about their learning and next steps.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Girls Only Soccer

Today Rooms 2, 3 and 4 girls got together for a GIRLS ONLY soccer session on the field.
We learned how to 'juggle' the ball with our feet, hit the ball with our head and knees. We practised dribbling the ball to a buddy and then we got to play a game.

Some of us were a bit nervous about what we would have to do, but once we got into it - it was AWESOME!




Tuesday, 20 February 2018

New House Captains

This year we have TWO house captains for each house..
Here they are ...



(PS: GO TOTARA!)

Spider Day next Wednesday


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Kai Iwi Beach Trip

Last Friday we went to Kai Iwi  Beach. We had lots of fun exploring the beach, going on a scavenger hunt and learning about erosion and tides.

But the best part was getting to splash in the water!

Here are some photos of our day ...



Thursday, 8 February 2018

Buddy Class

Today we read stories with our buddy class (Room 8).
We had turns reading to our little buddies and they also read to us.
Some of us got to read to our younger brothers and sisters!

We are looking forward to doing fun things with our buddies this year - especially tomorrow, at Kai Iwi Beach!


Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Learning New Maths Games

Today Room 3 children learnt how to play various Maths games.
We will play these some days during Maths time to reinforce basic facts.


Monday, 29 January 2018

First day of 2018

Today the new class of Room 3 began.
And what a scorcher it was today!
We really enjoyed our first swim of the year, then coming back after lunch to our beautiful air-conditioned classroom.

Here is our class of 2018 ...


Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Welcome back to Room 3!

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Hi everyone!  It's almost time for school. I hope you all had a great holiday.
See you Monday. Don't forget your togs, it's going to be a scorcher!
- Miss Jeynes