Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Term 3, week 4 in Room 10

This Thursday afternoon is our school cross country event!!  We will be starting the races around 1pm across the road at Boyd Park.  If you can be there we'd love to see you :)  we have been training hard and we aim to do well in our running :)

We will decide at morning tea if the event is cancelled due to weather - and the save day for the event is the following day (Friday)...  we have to run it this week as the District event is next Wednesday.

PLEASE let your child know to let Ms Trow know if you will be collecting them from the event afterwards - as all class and cloakroom doors will be locked in the school while the event is on.  If you are collecting your child from the event they will need to take their school bag over - otherwise their bags will be locked in the cloakbay until we return.

Fingers and toes crossed for a beautiful day :)

This week we are finishing our class persuasive writing projects on whether we are for or against zoos.  At the end of this project students will start their own speech writing for our class speeches.  These can be either persuasive (to debate an opinion on a topic) or informative (to discuss a topic).  The Senior school speech finals will be held in Tuesday of Week 8 with the winners competing at the Rotary speech finals in Week 9.  As the Senior Speech Finals are for years 6 and up, Rooms 9 and 10 will be having class speeches and finals between them - with the finals being in front of some of the other Middle/Senior classes :)  (This is to help prepare the students to be confident in speech writing and speaking).

Last week Room 10 held 1 minute 'on the spot' speeches on topics Ms Trow picked.  All the students spoke very well with some very confident, funny speeches being shared.  To speak in front of an audience with no preparation is a very important skill to have and builds confidence in the students abilities to communicate :)

In maths we are moving onto geometry (shape, position, orientation and transformation), and finalising our learning using adding/subtracting using a part partitioning strategy.  We will be moving onto solving equations with a missing middle number (addend) once we are all confident in subtracting.

Here are some photos from our sugar in food research - our graphs and findings will be on display in our classroom next week :)

Sugar in our foods maths research photos on PhotoPeach

In reading we have been reading persuasive/debate articles to help with our writing, as well as working on our book reviews.  We hope to have our book reviews completed and on display next week.  This week we also started some more chapter book readings.  Next week we hope to have some cool new chapter book sets to read through as Ms Trow (with Ms T, Mrs Haddock and Miss Malone) will be meeting Jenny at the RTLB rooms to source some sets to use in class.  Jenny has some awesome cool book sets - so Ms Trow is looking forward to bringing these into the class. We will also continue to use School Journal articles in our reading as well.  Our focus is on identifying and summarising the main points in our reading and looking at character, plot, setting etc.

Thursday afternoons we have started our Culture time when the Kapa Haka group has been practising.  This will move back to Wednesday middle block after cross country has been held.  We have 4 options running that students have selected:  Kapa Haka (preparing for the upcoming festival), Dance (hip hop), Singing, and Rad Rhythm.  We will be performing from these groups at the end of term Performance Assembly :)

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