22 July 2011

Term 3 Challenge update

A while ago, Ms K set a challenge to get visitors from South America, South Africa, Greenland, Antarctica and Russia. If we succeed then the class will have a special reward. So far we have had visitors from Russia, South Africa and South America. That leaves Greenland and Antarctica. We will have to work out a way for people from these places to view our blog. Any suggestions are welcome? Ms K is going to contact the Antarctica centre in Christchurch to see if they know how to help us achieve our goal.

15 July 2011

ACE Bollywood

ACE Zumba

Tanisha and Keisha performing their Zumba routine for ACE assembly.

Race to Reading Challenge

Over the past term we have been participating in a Race to Reading challenge. We had to read a library book on top of our normal reading homework. The top three people won a prize and a certificate. Well done Harshil, Ben and Connor! Our boys love reading the most.

14 July 2011

Yumbo Gumbo Soup

We have been reading the big book Yumbo Gumbo soup. On these cold winter days a bit of soup is always warming. We each brought a vegetable and ended up with kumara, potato, carrot, capsicum and onion. We put bay leaves, peppercorns, an oxo chicken stock cube, a packet of gravy and a can of tomatoes in too. We cooked it for five hours in a crock pot. It smelt yum and kept the learning zone warm. Then we all tried some. Some of us thought it was yummy and ate it all up and others of us did not like it.

Dragon sock puppets

Over the past week, our teacher has been working hard to prepare our sock puppets. She had to remember how to use a sewing machine and was very proud of her new learning! She cut the socks down the middle and added spikes. Then she had to hand sew on 22 buttons as eyes and also push in 20 teddybear eyes into the socks. Today we got to add glitter and patterns to our dragons before making up plays with them.

A magic purse

Today we wrote poems imagining what a magic purse would hold inside. Remember to click on the photos to make them larger and easier to read.

13 July 2011

Amisha's Boogie Bods Dance

Goodbye Wiki

Wiki is coming to the end of his visit to Mission Heights Primary. We will be wrapping him up and posting him home to Manchester Street School, Feilding with a diary of all his adventures with the Munchkins and some goodbye acrostic poems. Next term we hope to skype our new buddies to find out about their learning. We are looking forward to Bernard's return and reading about his many adventures with the High Fives.

11 July 2011

Ti Rakau Sticks

This week was Maori Language week so we tried our hand at ti rakau stick games and learnt a few new songs. In the olden games, stick games strengthened Maori warriors' wrists in preparation for fighting with spears.

St George and the dragon

Today we learnt the English legend about St George and the Dragon. The English flag is a red cross on a white background and is said to have originated from St. George.

Once upon a time there was a king and a queen. There was also a dragon who killed people. The dragon was very big and kept attacking the people. St George was very strong. He threw his sword into the dragon's mouth. He died. The princess and St. George were married. By Harshil

One fierce day a terrorizing dragon was eating the sheep, but there were no more sheep. So the king sent the villagers to the dragon to be eaten. The princess got caught by the dragon. Suddenly St. George came to help to attack the dragon. Then St. George married the princess. By Michael

Once upon a time there was a king and a lovely princess. They all lived happily. But the big and fierce dragon came. He lieved in a cold and wet cave. The king said "that dragon has to go!" St George a brave knight, heard what the king had said and made a sneaky plan to kill the dragon. That night, the dragon stole the princess and decided to eat her! The next morning, St George rode a white horse to the dragon's cold, wet cave. He yelled to the dragon "Hey dragon! First eat Mr. Axe." He threw it into the dragon's mouth. The dragon chocked on it and died. St George let the princess on his white horse and in ten minutes they were all safe in the castle. Next they got married.  By Connor

10 July 2011

Puff the Magic Dragon

Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah lee,
Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal puff,
And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff.

Oh Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah lee,
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah lee.

Together they would travel on a boat with billowed sail
Jackie kept a lookout perched on Puff’s gigantic tail,
Noble kings and princes would bow whene’er they came,
Pirate ships would lower their flag when puff roared out his name.

Oh! Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah lee,
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah lee.

A dragon lives forever but not so little boys
Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys.
One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more
And Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar.

His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain,
Puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane.
Without his life-long friend, Puff could not be brave,
So Puff that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave. 

Excellence Award Week 9

Well done to Tanisha who has been making a huge effort to complete her work in the allocated time. She is always so cheerful and positive in everything she does.

7 July 2011

Cole's Dragon Dream by Michael

This is a story which Michael wrote during ACE. He got his ideas from Where the Wild Things Are. Isn't it amazing for a six year old???!!

Cole was outside, he saw the moon shining playfully. Cole was yawning. Cole's mum said " you are getting tired, just go to sleep." And Cole went to sleep happily.
That night Cole had a dream. He dreamed that in his room there was an amazing dragon. The dragon grew and grew until the amazing dragon took Cole off to the moon. Cole cut through the clouds and sped above the sky and into space. Cole didn't hear anything. It sounded silent. Cole felt spectacular! There was a little dot, it grew and grew until it became monstrous. And then Cole landed on the moon. 
It felt squishy and cheesy. Suddenly a pair of big, fat ears popped up from out of a tree. Cole ran away very fast. But the monster said "Peek a boo" in an evil voice. "Can you play tiggy with me?" And so they played tiggy until Cole felt lonely for home. "I want to go home" yelled Cole in a lonely voice. The monster cried sadly "don't go!" The monster tried to wrestle Cole, but Cole lept to his amazing dragon and flew back into space.
The Earth was a tiny dot that grew and grew and grew until it became a monstrous golf ball. Cole flew through his window on his amazing dragon and landed on his bed.

In the morning Cole woke up and looked out of his window and saw the Sun shining playfully at him.

6 July 2011

Our Maori Language Quiz

Maori Language Quiz

  1. What does rua mean?
  2. What colours is the Maori flag?
  3. How do you say Room 4 in Maori?
  4. Name three colours in Maori.
  5. Is it ok to sit on tables?
  6. What does oma mean?
  7. What is the name for the Maori New Year celebration?
  8. Who fished up New Zealand?
  9. Name a tree in Maori
  10. Name a bird in Maori

Practise learning Maori



Practise your spelling on this website!

5 July 2011

Chinese Dragons

The dragons have spikes and scales of a snake and cat whiskers. They have the legs of a tiger and claws of an eagle. They are sharp. They can fly in the sky and they can swim. They live on land. By Harshil

In Chine there are special dragons who are the guardians of China. Each dragon lives and guards stuff in China. There are metal dragons who protect jewellery. Next water dragons live in the water and protect China's sea monsters. Fire dragons protect fires and blow the fires out to keep China safe.  By Andre

4 July 2011

A Chinese Dragon Dance

This week we are learning about the Chinese dragons and why they are such an important part of Chinese culture and history. 

2 July 2011

Oh, a dragon is very fierce

Try learning to sing this. It is to be sung to the tune of the grand old duke of york.

Oh, a dragon is very fierce,
a dragon is very tough,
and when he breathes out orange fire,
his smoke comes out in puffs.

His scales are shiny green,
they make a rattling sound,
his teeth go chomp,
his tail goes thump, as it hits upon the ground!

1 July 2011

Taniwha masterpieces

This week we made Taniwha masterpieces. First we had to draw the background and colour each section. We focused on colouring in the same direction, adding some shading and pressing hard so that the colours were bright. Next we drew a taniwha. Some of us chose to color our taniwha in the colours of our country's flag, others chose rainbow colours and some used their favourite colours. We hope you like them. They are hanging up in our class to protect us and be our guardians during our learning time.