Room 12 - 2019
Welcome to Room 12's Class Page! We are a class of 28 Year 5 and 6 students taught by Mrs Liddy.
Check out our page each week to see what things have been happening in our classroom and around the school.
On Thursday morning we enjoyed listening to Stella Schmid as she told us (and showed us) all about endemic, native and introduced animals that live in New Zealand and the impact they have on our environment. The reason Stella was at Timaru South was because she is a Duffy Role Model who travels around NZ encouraging kids to get involved in reading. Stella didn't learn to read until she was 11 years old! Her message to the students was that it's never to late to learn to read, and once you can read you can learn so many things. Her passion about looking after our native birds and our environment began from reading books! An inspiring message for us all.
After her talk Stella presented each class with their new Duffy Books.
Skating and Skiing at Tekapo was a highlight for Term 3. It was a beautiful sunny day, and everyone had a ball!
This week it was our turn to present an item at Assembly. We did one of our GoNoodle fitness songs, and then a group of us played two songs on our recorders. We have just started practising our recorders again, so not everyone felt confident enough to perform in front of the whole school.
Our weekly Current Events Quiz keeps us up with things that are happening in New Zealand and in other countries around the world. There are five picture questions, and fifteen word questions. We need to take notice of what is on the TV news or read the newspaper to be ready for the challenge.
During writing time we have been learning how to write clear and concise instructions. One activity we did was to create a board game. We designed a board game and then wrote the instructions explaining how to play the game we created. I wonder what will happen when we try them out?
Our topic this term has been Digital Technology, and we are investigating a website called Scratch where we are learning how to use algorithms to create games. It is fun and challenging. We work together and help each other, because we are all at different levels with our digital learning.
Amanda from Netball South Canterbury came along for four Tuesdays and taught us a variety of ball skills which can be used in a variety of sports. We had a lot of fun, and improved our catching and throwing skills.
We are enjoying our Friday Arts activities - the paper mâché piggy banks are beginning to be painted now.
The SC Gym Festival is coming up in week 7 of this term, so it's good to see a keen group of students from our classroom learning and practising the different routines they will need to perform. The beam, box horse and mat have been the first equipment they have been trying out. It takes commitment to give up some of your lunchtimes to practise the necessary skills, so well done to those students willingly doing this.
Thursday afternoon is Play Based Learning time for R12, and this week making simple circuits with a variety of electronic equipment was popular. It didn't take long for students to work out how to make a bulb glow, a propellor spin or a siren go!
Last term the Senior Syndicate students chose an activity they would like to take part in for the first five Fridays of this term. They could choose from such things as Quilling, Ukulele, Movie Making, Crafts and Sewing, Cooking, Paper Mâché etc. Everyone was very keen to get started.
We were all excited to see our art work on display at the school's Art Exhibition on Wednesday. We hoped we might receive an Excellence or Highly Commended ribbon for the effort we put into our work this term. It was also enjoyable looking around at the art other classes and students had done. Wow we have some really talented students at Timaru South School.
Many of us have been practising our speeches for the competition this week, and we also prepared props and slideshows to add interest to our presentations this year. First we presented our speeches to the class on Monday, and then finalists were chosen to represent our class at the finals on Wednesday. It was pretty nerve-wracking, but we all showed resilience and did a great job.
Congratulations to Melody for winning the Y4-6 competition and also congratulations to Mikayla for coming third. Lisita and Jack also presented their speeches very well at the finals.
We continue to work hard to create great art. At the moment we are creating a piece using a tissue paper background and then adding black paper silhouettes of animals or nature. We talked about different textures that art pieces can have.
St John's Ambulance educator Sasha spent time with classes this week teaching some basic first aid skills that would help if students were faced with an emergency situation. Students listened well and the tried out the activities Sasha showed them. Now they have more skills to cope if they're ever called upon to help at home or in the community.
The Speech Competition is coming up in Week 9 of this term so this week we got busy selecting our topics and researching some facts and figures to support our arguments. This year we are allowed to add props, pictures or slideshows to make our speeches more interesting. Another challenge to be faced!
A warm sunny day on Thursday was just perfect for the school's Cross Country races at the Botanic Gardens. Luckily the rain only arrived towards the end of the senior races which was challenging for them. Competition was fierce, and there were some very exhausted students by the end of the day. Well done to the place getters, but more importantly to everyone who showed resilience and completed the course.
Congratulations to Lilly and Kaylib who will be representing our school at the SC Cross Country next week. Good luck!
There was great excitement in Room 12 this week as we began using the new Chromebooks as part of our classroom learning. We are not throwing our exercise books out the window, but plan to use both our books and Chromebooks to enhance our learning. We believe today's students need a variety of skills to meet their needs in today's world and the workforce they will join in the future. So far we have learnt to write, read books and practise some literacy and maths skills on the Chromebooks. They certainly engage the student's as they complete a variety of tasks.
Next week we are looking forward to the challenge of the Cross Country races at the Botanical Gardens on Thursday.
Our Topic this term is Visual Arts - All Creatures Great and Small, so we had a trip to the museum on Thursday to do some sketching of creatures in their latest exhibition. Wendy the museum teacher, gave us some helpful tips as we first looked around the exhibition and selected what we wanted to draw, and then settled near our chosen creature and began the task. Some impressive sketching was completed.
We enjoyed catching up with our R9 buddies on Friday for some reading time together in the sunshine.
It has been a busy start to Term 2 for Room 12. We had two lessons in the Life Education Caravan with Rudi and Harold learning about our body systems, all the while remembering how unique and special we all are. It was great to see all the students sharing their thoughts, ideas and information. Harold is still as adorable as ever, especially his jokes!
We have begun practising for the Cross Country which is coming up later in the term. While this isn't everyone's favourite sport, we show resilience by taking part in the training runs daily, and showing a positive attitude. We will show kindness to others with our words of encouragement.
At Kiwican on Thursday we met our new leaders Zara and Chris. We had a great time and enjoyed the games as well as the discussion about this term's topic, which is INTEGRITY. We earned lots of points for the new rewards system.
Listening and learning in the Life Education caravan with Harold and Rudi.
New leaders Chris and Zara explain the game to Melody and Jack - it's all about truth, which is a part of our topic Integrity.
Nathan Grey was a very inspiring speaker at our Duffy Role Assembly this week. He made an amazing journey through China, following the famous structure The Great Wall of China. It took him two years to complete his very challenging walk. He has written a book detailing many of the interesting and challenging aspects of this journey. We were then lucky to receive our Duffy books which we are keen to take home and read in the holidays.
It's always fun when the Duffy Theatre arrives to put on a show for the whole school. This year they performed a really fun show with Duffy having to spell words. He managed to get some students to help him! Shanel and Marcus look like they're enjoying themselves.
Next Tuesday Nathan Gray is the Role Model speaker for our Duffy Assembly. We are really looking forward to receiving our two Duffy books just in time for the holidays. We are very grateful to our sponsors for providing us with these wonderful books.
The highlight of each Thursday is probably Kiwican! We have been learning about Positive Relationships this term, and also also trying to say and do kind things for others at home as well as at school. Since Gemma had a horse riding accident a few weeks ago, Levi has been doing a great job sometimes on her own or with other leaders helping out. She has had to show lots of Resilience to get through on her own. We hope Gemma's back heals quickly and she can be back amongst us all very soon. Room 12 has learnt some great new games (Cups and Saucers, Noughts and Crosses) to help us show teamwork, give positive help to others in our team, play fair and be resilient when we get tagged or are out in a game. We also have an activity or discussion time to help us think about or practise how we can show the skills we are working on.
Three students from Thailand are spending four weeks visiting our school, as well as a number of tourist attractions near Timaru. We are fortunate to have Sky joining R12 on the days he is at school. He is a Y6 student, and already after just one week is fitting in well to our classroom. He has a lovely big smile, and is very keen to join in and learn as much as he can while he is in Timaru. Welcome Sky.
This week R12 enjoyed spending time with visiting teacher Tamati, who showed them a new iPad programme which enabled them to design and create interesting objects which could be printed by a 3D printer - if one had been available!!! They certainly increased their digital skills with the three sessions they took part in. Thank you Tamati for a fun and engaging programme.
Most mornings around 10 o'clock, R12 heads outside for fitness. This week they are completing a fitness circuit, where they spend 40 seconds on each activity, and work as hard as they can for that amount of time. it is great to see them having fun, as well as increasing their fitness levels.
Our school fair is coming up on Sunday 10 March and our class are really looking forward to it. Our class stall for the fair is the Lucky Dips so on Friday afternoon we began selecting and wrapping the fun parcels we will be selling. We are very grateful that many toys and treats have been donated by friends and families, as this helps us raise as many dollars as we can to buy resources to aid our learning. Our wrapping skills really improved as the afternoon went by!!!
The Bike/Run Race was very competitive on Wednesday morning! R12 showed lots of perseverance and resilience as they biked and ran their way around the beautiful Scenic Reserve. Jack, a Y5 boy did the event twice! When there was a student who didn't have a partner for the Y7 & 8 race he kindly stepped in and completed the course again. Well done Jack, that was just awesome.
On Fridays we meet up with our buddy class. Today we read together out in the fresh air. We enjoy helping our younger buddies practise their reading and listening skills.
Before we celebrated Waitangi Day with a holiday on Wednesday, we read articles that explained New Zealand's Founding Document, The Treaty of Waitangi, and discussed it's meaning and importance to our country. We are going to make our own Class Treaty, which will also be an agreement between all of our class members and teacher of how we will work together and treat each other throughout this year.
We enjoyed getting back into some of our other routines this week - Kiwican, where we met our new Leader Levi, The Library, where we caught up with Mrs White and chose books for our classroom as well as ourselves, and School Assembly on Friday morning. Congratulations Maddie, Hamiora and Ashlee for being this week's "Super Students".
It was great to see families enjoying the picnic/BBQ on Tuesday evening. As usual the waterslide entertained many students, as did the sausage sizzle, cricket, Jenga, Quoits and Connect Four. The weather made for an enjoyable evening.
Below are some examples of work we have completed this week - "All About Me" information posters and our holiday highlights that we have published and displayed in our classroom.
Everyone arrived at school this week excited to meet up with old friends, eager to make new ones, and keen to get back into their learning. The start of the year is always a great opportunity to refresh our memories of the school expectations and routines, so this week as we have settled into class we have been concentrating on reminding ourselves how we put into practise the 4R's - Respect, Responsible, Resourceful, and Resilient. Also to make sure we use WITS - Walk Away, Ignore, Tell Someone, Speak Up - to solve any conflict that may arise.
Our first week has been busy, and included starting our new chapter book Danny Champion of the World, drawing and writing about ourselves, maths revision, a session of Play Based Learning, fitness (GoNoodle) and games which helped us get to know our classmates and teacher.
We're looking forward to what next week will bring .....