Sunday, October 30, 2016

Play House Production - Fairest of them all

Play House Productions - Fairest of Them All

Wednesday 2nd November

11:30am in the school hall

This is a wonderful opportunity to see a professional group

of actors who have put together a traveling play.

It is so important that our students get an opportunity to

develop passions and interests in all fields and the ARTS is

as vital as all others. This show should inspire and

encourage our students in the area of drama.

The play: The Fairest of Them All, has great reviews and has

been traveling the country.

The cost will be $5 per child or $10 for 2 or more children.

Your money can either be paid in the sports box at the office

in an envelope or by internet banking with the word PLAY

and last name as a reference.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


This is a busy time of year with the teachers completing end of year testing for reports.  This week we are completing Running Records on all the children.  Your child will not have formal reading this week but can still being home a Book Box book to share with you.   Thanks for your support.



The teachers have moved a few things in the Rainbow Room around.   Our favourite improvement is the Writing Tent.   We are allowed in here to do our work but there's one condition ... it's a quiet zone so we need to work quietly in here.   We love it!

Thursday, October 20, 2016



Today we received a letter from the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  Their bridge got washed away in a flood last week and they need our help to build a new one.  They certainly asked the right people ... we were hooked!

First we watched the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, just to refresh our memories ...

Here's the Criteria we had to meet:

·        Your bridge need to be able to hold us (we weigh about the same as three maths teddies)
·        It must be able to stand up by itself
·        It must be creative (we love creative things)
·        It must be able to stretch over our river which is 30cm wide (you might need your teacher to show you how wide that it)

Next we WONDERED what we could do to help the Billy Goats Gruff.  So we decided to complete a brainstorm sheet...

After that we decided we needed to EXPLORE how bridges are built so we watched You Tube clips on which bridges are the strongest.

We wrote notes on our EXPLORE sheet.  

We used these ideas when we came up with our plan...

Now it was time to ACT.  
We worked together to make some amazing bridges for the Billy Goats...

 We had to test that our bridge was strong enough to hold 3 Maths Teddies
 (that how much the Goats weigh)
Sean and Alex's group, tested their bridge.  It was hold enough to hole Sean!

Once or bridges were finished we had to complete a REFLECT sheet....

And we got to share our bridges with our friends.  
We were able to REFLECT on whose bridge met the Billy Goats Gruff Success Criteria...

We had great fun today and we are super pleased we were able to help the Three BIlly Goats Gruff.

Monday, October 17, 2016


Congratulations to Erica, Ella W and Leigha on earning their Platinum Press Passes!

Sunday, October 16, 2016


Today we learnt about Greater Than and Less Than.  We sang this catchy song to help us learn which way the sign goes.

You can help us at home by writing down two numbers and we have to put the correct maths symbol in.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016


WALT:  Make and continue a sequential pattern.
WALT:  Say the rule for a pattern

Today in Maths we made patterns with bears, beans and other different objects.  We had to make a pattern and out friend had to continue the pattern.

Then we had to say the rule for the pattern. 

We had great fun
Oliver made a ABB pattern and Riley W made an ABCDE pattern!

Nate made a AABBCC pattern for Koen to read

Zoe made an ABC pattern for Sophie M and Ella to read

Ming-Mae was colouring in a pattern with a given rule

Kale and Monty made a ABCD pattern

Leah and Zena were colouring patterns in

Mia made a ABCD pattern

Alex W and Molly W made a ABB pattern

Aaron got tricky with a ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP pattern!  Now that's creative!

Kalas, Sophie B and Zak made patterns on the pegboards

Cate made a ABCDE pattern


Today we received a letter from our teachers.  They have asked us to organise, prepare and present our Piako Rua Assembly.  We are so excited!

In our homerooms we brainstormed all our ideas about Assembly.  Our teachers recorded our thinking.  They were blown away with the ideas we had:

  • Lucy suggested we could have workshops for children wanting to present different items or help get different things ready (great idea Lucy)
  • Molly suggested that the children who speak would need to be good readers to read the script
  • Luca suggested we practise in Inquiry time
  • Ethan said the people that speak would need to be able to speak clearly
  • Sophie B suggested we bring one dress up item from home like we do each week at Piako 2 Whanau
We are so pleased that we get to share OUR learning with you at Assembly.  We've got until week 4 to be organised!  We've got a lot to do so we better start straight away!








Monday, October 10, 2016


For the next two weeks we will be learning all about Pattern and Algebra.  Here is a song we LOVE to sing.

You can help us at home by getting us to make or draw patterns.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


For Term Three's Right Choice Day, we dressed up in our PJs!  

 We held auditions for Riverdale's Got Talent and the finalists when through to the big show in the Hall after morning tea.  Here are a few photos of us displaying our talents.

Congratulations to the winners!