Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Three New Ways To Increase Traffic On My Blog

Here are 3 new ways that I will do to increase traffic on my blog.

1. Network - get out there and read other people's blogs.

2. Comment - I comment on other people's blogs. "Positive, thoughtful, helpful"

 3. Purpose - Ensure audience can identify the purpose of the blog when landing on it.

Friday, August 4, 2017


Gymnastics for PE this term and we are enjoying it. Watch our video and it shows some of the moves that we are learning.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Building Houses


Science Intensive Week - the first week of Term 3. Topic was about building houses using ideas from 'Three Little Pigs' story. We split junior school into three big groups and each group built a house. One group built a flax house, another group built a stick house (teepee house), and the third group built a brick house. 

Watch the video for some of the things we did as we built our houses. We talked about insulation, fire hazards, strenth, materials and tools used to build a house. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

IOL - Term 2

Intensive Oral Language aims mainly at; expanding oral language in the classroom; and vocabulary expansion. Here are some photos of what we did in term 2. We have invited quests to share their experiences with the children. We gave our children opportunities to talk about their experiences through using photos/pictures. Children have had an opportunity to write their own story using the knowledge, and the new vocabs that they have learned. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Using Ipads

Christian is writing his story in his ipad but he is using flash cards to make his sentence first. What a clever way of learning! Well done to you, Christian. 

Learning through playing with puzzles!


This is cute!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Maths Wall

Here is our Maths Wall - it has content Maths words that we used during the week and students are refering to that when discussing or solving a Maths problem. Maths Wall gives students many chances to say the Maths words, reminds students of definitions, shows students how to spell words correctly, and also gives students a quick representation of the Maths strategy that has been learning.

We made our wall towards the end of Term 2 and students have learned a lot. I have spotted some of them looking at the Maths Wall for help as they try to explain their ideas.

Monday, June 12, 2017

What is HALF?

Using materials & authentic problems to help us learn about 'half'. 

A farmer has ____ cows and two paddocks. She wants to put one half of her cows into one paddock. How many cows will be in one paddock?

One-half of eight cows is four cows.

One-half of ten sheep is five sheep.

One-half of six goats is three goats.

A dog who helped its family!

BINGO - is his name!

Are we ready?

Thank you for watching!

At assembly on Friday last week, we presented this play to the whole school. We were trying to show everyone that learning is fun, there are so many ways of learning and one way is through a play. Video of our play is coming soon!! Watch out for that!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Using of Talk Moves


  • Revoicing - clarifying “so you are saying … Did I get that right?”
  • Repeating - “can you repeat what ?? was saying …. Or T rephrase the answer and ask a student to repeat it”
  • Reasoning - ‘do you agree or disagree with what was said, and why?’
  • Adding On - ‘what can you add to the ideas she is building?’
  • Wait Time - ‘take your time’

I have been using REPEATING lots of times as a strategy to help students talk. It has been effective because it helps even to students who do not normally talk. At this year level, I also needed to use WAIT TIME. Students are too young to think fast so they take their time, not only that they are young but also English is their second language. They need time to think, process their information in their own language before transferring it into English. This was a challenge for me but I can see its effectiveness. Most students in my class are participating in the class discussion.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

'Listen Up' Strategy

Students are not using word endings (“s”  “ing”) in their oral language - need to focus on this so they can hear and record sounds accurately in writing and recognise and use the correct structure when reading.

Using of 'Listen Up' strategy was very helpful. It helped students to attend more carefully at words given - attended to it's shape, it's letters etc.

  • Some possible Teacher Inquiry questions:
    • In order to continue the multiple opportunities for learning, what vocabulary support/listening/reading strategies would you introduce next?
    • Do I need to discuss with, or remind my students of strategies that good listeners use before doing this activity? How would this benefit them?
    • Will the words I have selected lead to students understanding the learning outcome?
    • Can my students use the vocabulary when discussing the main ideas?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Vanishing Dictation

  • Construct a text (1-2 sentences), based on what we are currently studying, on the board. The text must be grammatically correct and use known vocabulary correctly.
  • Students read the whole text aloud from the board  (We use 4 3 2 strategy at this time - students read the sentences to three friends.) and then Teacher rub out a word/s.
  • The students read again and say the missing words.
  • Rub out some more words and have the students read and supply the missing words.
  • Continue in this way until the whole text has been rubbed out and the students can recite it or until they are unable to supply any more words.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Using precise descriptive words

A muddy chicken is having a bubbles bath. 

A giant chicken is looking for a way out.

A female chicken is giving us yummy eggs.

A male chicken is always hungry.

A little chicken is looking for her family.

A big chicken has a sore tummy.

A brown chicken is hungry.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sniffer Dog

This clever sniffer dog is working at the airport. Terii

Farmer Dog

The furry farmer dog is helping the farmer gathering all the chickens. Faith

Guide Dog.

This helpful guide dog is taking the blind man to the doctors. Faith This white guide dog is very helpful. Uirangi The blind man's friend is his white helpful guide dog. Mikayla

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Glenbrae Kids visiting Room 1

As part of our Trasition program, we visit each other once a fortnight and it is to increase children's awareness and familiarity of their next learning environment. We found this program very effective because we have kids from Glenbrae kids started at our school with confident. They consider my classroom as their own because they have been there so many times.  

Monday, May 1, 2017

Welcome Back - Term 2

So good to see everyone back to school after two weeks of holidays. We are going to learn about mindfulness breathing as part of our learning for this term. After breaks, we are going to calm ourselves down by using mindful breathing. This means that I will invite all students to close their eyes, sit up straight, take deep breaths and think of something that they really like. 

We'll see how far we'll go with this and how effective will it has on students' learning. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Future Police Men and Women - From Room 1

Watch out! We are here to look after our school, Glenbrae. We will be around during morning tea and lunch time. We will be giving out house points to those who are following the school rules. See you around!!

Constable Christian 

Sergeant Breanne

Sergeant Athena

Commader Uirangi

Commander Faith

Detective Mikayla

Constable Toe'umu

Private Kaylarni