Thursday, 29 September 2016

Term 3 Happenings for Room 4

Term 3 Reflection

It has been a busy term for Room 4. It has been both impressive and satisfying to see the progress all the children have made.

Here are some highlights of Term 3!

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Term 3 Collaboration Update


The Year 3 team have stepped up our collaboration game. Two weeks into the term, I have nothing but positives. Maths and PE sessions have been thoroughly enjoyed by not only the children but also the children. It has been awesome to get to know and create relationships with all the lovely Year 3 children.

Here are some pics, enjoy!

Maths (The Room 4 Maths Class actively participating in a numeracy game. )



PE (Room 1 and 4 session)

Eden showing off her great balance.

The children participating in a game called "Truck and Trailer".
Room 1 and 4 actively listening to the rules and expectations.

More updates coming soon!

Term 3 New Learnings


"Talk" is key part of learning. "Talk" not only allows students to express their ideas but also allow them to listen to others'. Here we are practicing our "Talking".

Think Pair Share

Think Pair Square

Think Pair Walk Talk

Doughnut Circle

Room 4 really enjoyed trying out the different ways of sharing and talking. We will be using them more throughout the term.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Plunket Fundraiser

Plunket Fundraiser

Friday 17 June 2016 is a Mufti Day, wear your favourite outfit.

This is to raise funds for our local Plunket group.

In total, Oaklands School raised $701.70.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Warriors Visit

Vodafone Warriors Visit

Oaklands School was one of the lucky schools in Christchurch that got a visit from the Warriors before their game against the Penrith Panthers. During the visit, they shared the importance of HYDRATION, SLEEPING and BELONGING to a GROUP.


Our bodies are made up of approximately 70% water. Water has many important functions in the body, including; regulating the body's temperature, digesting food and excreting waste. Your body loses water throughout the day when you sweat, breathe and urinate. It is important to replace the water you have lost to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated.

The amount a child needs to drink as it can vary greatly, due to factors including age, gender, the weather and how much physical activity they do.  It is advised that kids aged 4-13 aim to drink approximately 6-8 glasses of fluid a day in addition to the water included in the food in their diet.


The average kid has a busy day. There's school, taking care of your pets, running around with friends, going to sports practice or other activities, and doing housework. By the end of the day, your body needs a break. Sleep allows your body to rest for the next day.

Belonging to a Group

All children need to feel that their environment is a safe place where people will care about them, where their needs for support, respect and friendship will be met. When these needs are met children develop a sense of belonging.

A sense of belonging has been found to help improve children's learning. Children who feel that they belong are happier, more relaxed and have fewer behavioural issues. They are more likely to be more motivated and more successful as learners.


Year 3 Collaboration

To extend the collaboration between the Year 3 classes we will be working with Room 1,2 and 3 for our daily fitness rotation.  
(We are working on our endurance for Cross Country and relays.)

We are also learning with Room 3 for Shared Reading during read and feed time from 11-11:10 everyday. We will alternate the host and visiting class so that Room 3 hosts Room 4 on the odd weeks and Room 4 hosts Room 3 on even weeks.


Saturday, 11 June 2016

The Groynes

The Groynes 

On Friday,10th June, Room 4 went on a trip to The Groynes. We went on this trip to learn about how we as humans can affect insect's habitats. Not only did we learn about habitats, but we also learned about our responsibility to make a difference.

Here are some more info:

Lesson Description:
Students will investigate what lives in and around the streams. They'll get up close and personal to examine the fresh water invertebrates, and will find out what's in the water that affects them. Students will have personal empathy for these creatures as they participate in a role play game.

Possible learning outcomes
Students may be able to:
  • say why streams are significant places, what their value is and whether they should be protected areas
  • name a variety of animals that live in a stream and some of the factors they depend on to live successfully in this area
  • describe the relationships between the plants and the animals and their reliance on a healthy habitat
  • identify actions that they can take to help protect waterways.
Here we are in action:

Monday, 23 May 2016


Financial Literacy For Kids

On Friday, we had a special visit from Amy. She works for ASB bank and she talked to us about being young "Cashletes".



The session was divided into 3 key stages. Here are the things we learned.

Stage 1

  • How we earn money
  • The value of money
  • Save, Spend and Share
  • Needs vs Wants
  • The importance of purchasing needs before wants

Stage 2

  • Where does money come from
  • Earning money through doing chores
  • How to save money
  • Comparative shopping

Stage 3

  • Debit Cards (Only has the amount of money we put in it)
  • Credit Card (Borrowing money from the bank, we need to pay this by a certain time or we will need to pay extra)
  • Budget for the things we want
 "Spend some on you but save some to."

Sunday, 8 May 2016

PE session with Jimmy

PE Term 2

Achievement Objectives

Students will:
  • Participate in creative and regular physical activities and identify enjoyable experiences
  • Experience creative, regular, and enjoyable physical activities and describe the benefits to well-being
  • Develop a wide range of movement skills, using a variety of equipment and play environments

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn:
  • To enjoy physical activity
  • To use a variety of equipment
  • A wide range of movement skills and apply them to a range of activities
  • To identify ways to make changes to a game to increase enjoyment
Here we are in our first session :)

Friday, 29 April 2016

Max and Jay Jay

Our Holiday Fun

Max and Jay Jay have had a great holiday of relaxing outdoors. They have been doing some sunbathing as well as some gardening.


Holiday has been awesome, but Max and Jay Jay can not wait to get back to school. I hope you are to!!!

See you soon :)

Last Day of Term Fun

Last Day of Term Fun

To finish off a great Term 1, Room 4 played a round of PIE FACE !!!! Lets just say it was both nerve racking and delicious :)

After morning tea, we spent time with our buddy class and participated in Tabloid Sports. It was so fun but very tiring. Good thing it is nearly the holiday.

Here are some photos of our day!

Being Healthy

What does being healthy means?

During Term 1, we have been learning about what it means to be healthy. In class, we discussed that being healthy means we need to stay fit, sleep well, brush our teeth, drink lots of water and have a balanced diet.

To help us learn more about a healthy diet we had a visit from Harold the Giraffe. Harold helped us learn about:

  1. What the food pyramid is
  2. What a balanced diet looks like
  3. How food gives us energy
  4. Things that our bodies need to keep healthy and happy
Here we are with Harold!

We also learned a cool song to help us remember what we learned.

Room 4 really enjoyed our visit from Harold! See you soon Harold!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Room 4 Super Girls

Room 4 is hard-working.

We are very lucky to have hard-working students in Room 4. Three of these hard-working children are Sophie A, Zubia and Christina, Super Girls.

The Super Girls have volunteered themselves to do a report on holidays that occur during the year.

Their first report was on the Irish Holiday of St. Patrick's Day.

Here is their report

Well done Super Girls!

Kiwi Swim Safe

Kiwi Swim Safe

 This term, Oaklands school was very lucky to get a visit from Tracey, a Kiwi Swim Safe Instructor.
During the session she modelled how to run a swimming lesson.

First thing we practised was how to enter and exit the pool through the sides.

(This is important because in case of an emergency, we will need to know how to exit the pool safely and quickly.)

Next thing we learned was how to use our legs to propel us. (Here we are in action!)

Next was how to float! (Wow, floating on our back is tough!)

And finally, a race to end the session!

Thanks Tracey and Kiwi Swim Safe!

Mathletes of Room 4


As a part of the Year 3 Mathletics programme, a Mathlete of Room 4 award will be drawn each week. The Mathlete of the week is someone who consistently finishes their assigned tasks/ activities.

How it works:
- Points are earned for every tasks/ activity finished on Mathletics. For every 1000 points a ticket will be earned, which will go towards the draw.
- The draw will be done every Monday, during the Maths session.
- Mathletics certificates will also be given out to anyone who earns more than 1000 points.


Week 5 (Sophie W)

Week 6 (Patrick)

Week 7 (Zubia)

Week 8 (Caleb)

Friday, 18 March 2016

New Class Pets

Room 4 has two new additions in class. Max and Jay Jay are our new class pets. Both Max and Jay Jay are domesticated rats, both are boys and very friendly. 

Here are some facts about domesticated rats:

1. When rats are happy or playing, they let out a cheerful sound that is similar to laughter.

2. Rats don’t have great eyesight so they rely on their adorable whiskers to interpret their surroundings.

3. They’re really clean animals—cleaner than cats!

4. Their tails give them a great sense of balance, which makes them amazing climbers.

5. They’re excellent snackers and their diet should consist of a good amount of fruits and veggies.

6. Rats are little adventurers and they were one of the first animals to make the trip to outer space.

7. They’re smart little critters. They’ll learn their name and you can even teach them tricks!

8. Rats are stupendous nappers and they spend about 76 percent of daylight hours sleeping.

9. They’re tiny little creatures with big personalities, kinda like pocket-sized puppies!

10. Most of all, they’re smart, sweet little cuties who love to form a bond with their human.

Come and visit us!

Saturday, 27 February 2016



Mathletics has been a great hit with all the Year 3 students.

Not only has the children enjoyed this learning tool, but comments from parents have been very positive.

The benefits of Mathletics include:
  • Students are engaged and motivated to learn.
  • Mathletics is adaptive, it responds to your child’s individual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Students instantly know if they are on the right track and can work through the curriculum at their own pace.
  • Animated support guides students through concepts. It is like having a maths tutor 24 hours a day.
  • Live Mathletics fosters a stimulating and exciting on-line learning community.
  • Creates the perfect link between home and school, results can flow seamlessly.
  • Teachers can view student’s progress and adapt their work accordingly.

Here are some photos of children busy on Mathletics!

Muti-Cultural Celebration 2016

Multi-Cultural Week

Multi-Cultural week was a big success. A big thank you to Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Kingston for all their hard work in setting up this awesome event.

Here are some pictures and videos of our celebration!   

What an AWESOME week! Looking forward to the next one already!!!