A Little About Us...

Welcome to our blog! We are a family of 19 angels in our first ever year of school at Elm Park School, Pakuranga, Auckland in New Zealand (Aotearoa)! We love rainbows, puzzles, discovering new games on our ipads and story writing! We hope you enjoy strolling through our blog and please do leave us a comment and suggestions of what you'd like to see!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Problem Solving using iPads

We can use materials - and worksheets - to solve addition problems. This term we have been using apps like ShowMe and Educreations to solve our problems. Sometimes our teacher gives us an equation, but we also like making up our own equations!

Some things we enjoy about using these apps to problem solve are:
Listening to ourselves explain how to solve the problem.
Helping our friends learn by showing them how we solved the problem.
Choosing objects to take pictures of.
Drawing pictures.
Working with a buddy.

Take a look at how we worked out some of these problems!

JL and ANH solve 4+5

LP and TO solve 16+2

CG and JK solve 3+16

CC and ANH solve 13 +2

Monday, 23 September 2013

Our Puppet Pal shows

We have been doing lots of role play in Room 5 this term. We decided to use our role-play skills in Puppet Pals, an app you can use to create cool shows! It has been tricky to think of a plot, characters and backgrounds, but we have persevered, and here are some of the shows we have come up with!

The Strawberry Thief!
by MY and XW

Happy Birthday Mrs. P.
by Room 5

The Farm
by TJ

Growing Strawberries
by ANH and OLK

Sunday, 22 September 2013


We really enjoyed creating these Koru. Our learning intention was blending two colours inside our koru. It was fun to try blending different colours to see which would work best!

Here is a slideshow of our koru along with our reflections. We would love to hear what you think. 

Monday, 9 September 2013

Five Sentences Challenge!

We love writing in Room 5!

We found a website where writing prompts are posted every 2 weeks: http://fivesc.net/2013/09/05/prompt-1/

 Our challenge is to write 5 sentences on this prompt. We then have to post our story as an entry on our class blog, and link it to the website above. This week's prompt is Autumn. We had to write 5 sentences about this picture:

See below for two of our writers' stories. We hope they win! Ms. Baria thinks they did an amazing job!

Five Sentences Challenge - by J.K.

Here is J.K.'s Five Sentences Challenge story about this picture:

The lady was thinking that she had a daughter. She would hug her. And give her love. The lady would knit the girl some gloves. The lady's name is Emma. 

by J.K.

Five Sentences Challenge - by M.Y.

Here is M.Y.'s Five Sentences Challenge story about this picture:

I can see a man selling potatoes. He is hoping to have lots of money. I can see a girl knitting. She might knit a pink scarf, or pink gloves. She is knitting it for her daughter. 

by M.Y. 

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Happy Father's Day!

This week we celebrated Father's Day by writing stories about our Dads, singing a song and making these cards. We love the ties that we drew, designed and cut out. We are still working on publishing our stories, but in the meanwhile, we hope you enjoy our cards and the song we learnt!

Happy Father's Day to all Dads, Uncles, Grandads. We love you for everything you do for us!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Using Keynote to make Presentations!

Once again we were lucky to have our buddy-class, Room 20, teach us something new.

Earlier in Week 2, as part of our Inquiry, we learnt how to make a healthy sandwich. And boy oh boy were they delicious! Next, we wrote a sequence story about our experience. Later that week, Room 20 showed us how we can virtually present our new sandwich-making skills in Keynote. We loved animating our sandwiches and recording our sequence stories over it!

Thanks, Room 20!

Here are a few videos, enjoy!

X.W.'s Healthy Sandwich!

C.G.'s Healthy Sandwich!

A.N-H's Healthy Sandwich!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Winter Trees!

Week 1 this term, we created some winter trees. We know it does not snow in Auckland, but we thought the trees would look pretty with some snow on them.

We are proud of recycling old pencils to use as tree trunks!

We also wrote some Acrostic poems to go with our trees.

Here is an example of our lovely winter trees, created by PJ. We'd love for you to visit us and check them all out!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Our class photo!

We were so excited to finally get our class photo today! Ms Baria says we look like cherubs!