Thursday, 23 May 2013

WALT Describe

Next week we are going to be focussing on how to describe in our writing. So we have looked at this excellent text by Paul Mason called "The Bull Run". As we read it together, I asked the class to highlight the language features that the author used. We colour coded the different types. When we had finished we realised how important using a range of verbs was - there were verbs everywhere! We also noticed that there weren't too many similes. Instead, there is a variety of similes, metaphors and personification. (Make sure you google any of these to help you to remember what they are!). It would be awesome if you could have a discussion with your parents about what this means and what you learnt during this activity.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

WALT Explain

We have been learning to explain this week so we have been examining texts to see how to set up an explanation? We found out that an explanation begins the writing by briefly introducing the topic but does not give away too much information and this excites the reader because they want to find out more.  Check out our shared writing from yesterday!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Cross Country Training

Kia ora whanau, we are training hard for the up and coming cross country day!  I love this photo!  Click the photo to see more photos of us training.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Zavier's Maths Showme

WALT: solve subtraction problems by reversing the problem and adding instead.

We it's great to use the iPads to demonstrate our learning!  Great job Zavier, you are confident in using this strategy! I wonder if you can cut any steps out to make it even more efficient?

How to add your Showme to your blog

1. Google Showme

2. Login to showme using the username and password in your email.

3. Scroll down to find your showme and click on it

4. Click the share button on the bottom right

5. Click embed
6. Copy embed code
7. Paste onto a new post in the HTML section.  Include the WALT in the title and label the post maths.  Publish.

Sink or float? How sugar is the straw that breaks the camel's back!

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Home Learning Trial Term 2

Kia ora parents, I am interested in your feedback about homelearning in e9.  Here is a trial version that we will start this week. Please email any comments/feedback  to