Snail & Whale

What are the snail and whale up to at the moment? Well one pair are in Australia, one pair are on their way back to USA and the final pair are on the North Shore of New Zealand. If you want to keep up to date with their travels go to the snail and whale Project blog!

The class hosting the snail and whale in the North Shore just put up this post about their trip so far. Check it out!

Hands-On Homework

This week Emma is teaching the class and she is setting the hands-on homework task. What has she come up with for this week’s task? Well she wants you to design your own olympic gold, silver and bronze medals.

You can either design them like the London Olympic ones or come up with your own design. Emma will give you some paper in class to use.

So come on everyone, lets get designing Olympic medals!

Opening Ceremony

Yesterday was the opening ceremony of the London Olympics! It was pretty awesome and made me definitely want to be back in London (London is my favourite city and I lived there for 2 years!) If you missed it here is a video with the highlights.

Hands-On Homework

This week’s hands-on homework task was to create an Olympic Mascot. Check out some of the students who took up the challenge!



Maori Language Week

This week it was Maori Language Week and Emma our College Teacher has been teaching R3 some Maori words and phrases. Check out this puppet pal made by Zac and Maraki showing what they have learnt. It’s really cool!


In class we have been experimenting with a new app called Toontastic. It is an IPad app and is really cool! Check out this fab story that Emma made using the app!

Measurement Activity

In Maths we are learning about measurement. Here is a cool little activity to help you practice what you have been learning about. Just click on the picture to get started!

Olympic Creed

Does anyone know the Olympic Creed? Well here it is!

“The most important thing is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

Also while I was on the internet I stumbled upon this video about an athlete at the Olympics games. I think it is a great example of the Olympic creed!

Hands-On Homework

This week’s hands-on homework task was to make a survival kit. Here are some students who took up the challenge!



College Teacher

R3 would like to welcome back Emma our college teacher from term 1! Emma is in her third year of teaching and is going to be in R3 for the next 4 weeks.

It’s great to have you back Emma and we look forward to learning lots of cool things with you!

Hands-On Homework

This week’s hands-on homework task is to create your own mascot for the 2012 London Olympics! How cool is that!

The official mascots for the games are Wenlock and Mandeville. If you want you can create a mascot like them by clicking here. If you want to be totally original you can design your own mascots using whatever programme you want.

When you have finished you need to put them on your blog. Come on everyone, lets get creating!

Saturday Morning Rugby

This morning I went to Saturday morning rugby to watch Jacob from our class play. He plays for Old Boys and his team won 4 tries to 1.

Jacob didn’t score any tries but he made some great runs! Check out the photos!



Olympic Reflection

In class today we learnt how to write a reflection using the What/So What/Now What format. We used this format to write a brief reflection about what we have been doing in Topic this week. Check it out!

Olympic Wiki

Check out this great wiki about the Olympics made by a teacher at Point England school. It is a fantastic resource and we have been using it in class this week. Click on the picture to check it out!

3R’s Music Video

Today in class 3D finished their 3R’s music video. They added some extra slides and recorded their voices for parts of the song. I think they did a great job! Check it out!

Google Maps

Today in class we started our topic on the Olympics. We learnt all about the history of the Olympics and talked about some of the host cities.

We also learnt how to use Google Maps and decided to map out some of the host cities. Google Maps is a fantastic tool that anyone with a google account can use. Check out one of our creations!

Hands-On Homework

This week’s hands-on homework task is to prepare a survival kit with mum or dad. With the recent earthquakes around New Zealand I thought this would be an appropriate task.

If you click on the picture below it will show you a list of all the recommended items you will need.

If you have already got one organised then don’t worry, you are sorted! Don’t forget to take a photograph and bring into school for our blog! Come on everyone, lets get organised!

Back To School

Tomorrow it is back to school! Yippee! I have lots of awesome learning activities planned and I’m sure the term will be action packed!  

This term our topic is based around the Olympics which starts in week 3. Go for gold New Zealand!

For sports we will be doing Catch me if you can with Sha and gymnastics. I’m sure we will throw in some olympic events as well!

In Maths we are learning about Statistics and Measurement. I’m sure we will make lots of graphs and measure different things.

In Literacy we are learning how to be persuasive (We did some of this in term 2) and trying to improve our vocabulary. Expect to learn some pretty tricky words!

In week 2 we have Student Led Conferences where we will show off our digital portfolios. (I hope they are up to date!)

Also there’s the weekly flags challenge against R12, Emma our student teacher returning for 4 weeks, the Global Children’s Challenge (This is going to be awesome), the digi awards, screen printing in art, assembly presentation in week 5, Hands-On Homework and I’m sure lots more.

It’s going to a great term! See you all tomorrow, I can’t wait!