Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas Room 16!

To all my amazing Room 16 students,

I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year with your fiends and whanau.  

2012 has been a very busy year and you have been a wonderful class.  I have enjoyed having you all in my class.

Good luck for Year 5.  Stay safe and enjoy your holidays.

See you next year :)

Mrs Melville

From Millan.Net

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Shared lunch and Secret Santa

Well the End of Year Assembly is over.  

Three people in our class got Excellence Awards...
Ka Rawe to AM (Sport and Reading), BW (Reading) and ET (Reading and Maths).

HN and MN got book awards from the PTA for being great school citizens.

Now it's time to enjoy the last few days of school, have our shared lunch and give out the Secret Santa presents.  

Christmas kupu - Meri Kirīhimete

Here are some Christmas words in te reo Māori for you to use:

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tornado warning in Auckland

Warning there has been a tornado in west Auckland.Three people have died and many injured.
It is very rare in NZ, we havn't have one in ages.


Here some stuff About tornadoes.


A tornado is defined as a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.

Tornado Event Date Area Tornadoes Casualties Notes
Frankton (Hamilton) tornado 25 August 1948 Waikato, New Zealand - 3 fatalities, 80 injuries F2 damages; 163 buildings and 50 businesses[citation needed].
Halswell tornado 19 January 1983 Halswell, Christchurch, New Zealand - 0 fatalities, unknown injured Part of a severe storm to strike Christchurch. Authorities didn't believe reports made by citizens. Few buildings were damaged.[citation needed]
Albany tornado May 1991 Albany, New Zealand - 1 fatality, unknown injured Local church destroyed. One man driving a bulldozer was killed by flying debris.[73]
Waitara tornado [1] 15 August 2004 Taranaki, New Zealand - 2 fatalities, 2 serious injured The casualties occurred when a farmhouse was demolished by the tornado. Several power lines were taken out, affecting 6,662 consumers. Media reports included debris ‘spread over an area 400 metres long by 50 metres wide’, although other media outlets described the track length as being greater than 1 km.
New Plymouth tornado 4 July 2007 New Plymouth, New Zealand
0 fatalities A series of tornadoes ripped through the New Plymouth district of New Zealand, damaging 50 homes and rendering 70–80% of them uninhabitable. One person was injured, and several were trapped inside vehicles by powerlines.[74]
Auckland tornado 3 May 3, 2011 Auckland, New Zealand - 1 fatality, 14 injuries A tornado struck the Auckland suburb of Albany, killing one person, and injuring many others.[75][76
New Plymouth tornadoes 19 June 2011 New Plymouth, New Zealand 2 confirmed
1 unconfirmed
0 fatalities Two tornadoes struck New Plymouth damaging businesses in the Central Business District, St Mary's Church Hall and a hotel.[77]

 by BW & AM


We have been learning about Kiwi Conservation over the last few weeks.  We went on a LEARNZ field trip and learnt lots of interesting facts about Kiwi.  We wanted to share what we learnt with others so we designed some posters to teach others about how to care for Kiwis.

Here they are...

Monday, December 3, 2012

Poi E girls

R20 and 16 Poi Girls wow the crowd at the Celebration Concert on Friday night!

Thursday, November 29, 2012


                THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOW, we have reached 6000 pageviews.  This is very exciting for R16.  We are very proud of our blog and happy that so many people have visited and viewed all the amazing work we have been doing over the year!!

We will be putting some more work on the blog so keep going on following us!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wallwisher Kiwi link

Please click on the link below to add questions to ask at our Audioconference for LEARNZ:

Make sure your questions are ones that are open questions and the information is not already in the LEARNZ pages.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sparky Teaching Map

We are on the Sparky Teaching Mind Map.  Maybe we will get some more visitors commenting on our blog!!  Check it out:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

3D Shapes

We have been learning about solid shapes, such as cuboid, rectangular prism, triangular prism, and cylinder. We have been learning about the number of sides, edges, and corners of each shape.

Check out our 3D shapes!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Diamante Poems

We have been learning how to write a diamante poem.  

A diamante poem is a poem that follows a pattern.  It has 7 lines.  This first line has one word (a noun), the second line has 2 words (adjectives to describe the noun), the third line has 3 words (verbs to describe what the verb is doing), the 4th line has a phrase and then it works back agin to 1 word.

We decided to write about daffodils because it is Spring time. 

Check out our daffodil poems.  
Some people used keynote, some used kidpix and others published on paper.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What do we know about Seals and Penguins?

Here is a couple of brainstorms we did today about what we know about Penguins and Seals.  We did this using Wallwisher.  It was heaps of fun!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I will be a hummingbird...

  • What message do you get out of this video?
  • How does it make you feel?
  • Would you rather be a hummingbird or one of the animals standing watching?  Why?

Friday, October 19, 2012


Some words they can’t be spoken only sung          Singles
So hear a thousand voices shouting love

There’s a place, there’s a time  Year 3
In this life when you sing what you are feeling
Find your feet, stand your ground
Don’t you see
Right now the world is listening to what we say

Sing it louder, sing it clearer                  everyone
Knowing everyone will hear you
Make some noise, find your voice tonight
Sing it stronger, sing together
Make this moment last forever
Old and young
Shouting love tonight

To sing we’ve had a lifetime to wait Year 4   Year 3 W A I T
And see a thousand faces celebrate  Year 3 CELEBRATE

You brought hope, you brought light                    Everyone
Conquered fear, though it wasn’t always easy
Stood your ground, kept your faith
Don’t you see
Right now the world is listening to what we say

Sing it louder, sing it clearer
Knowing everyone will hear you
Make some noise, find your voice tonight
Sing it stronger, sing together
Make this moment last forever
Old and young
Shouting love tonight

Some words they can’t be spoken only sung      singles
To hear a thousand voices shouting love    Year 4
And light and hope

Just sing x4 2 classes come in each line
(Come all and sing Remove)
Sing it louder, sing it clearer
Knowing everyone will hear you
Make some noise, find your voice tonight
Sing it stronger, sing together
Make this moment last forever
Old and young
Shouting love tonight

Hear a thousand voices shouting love 

LEARNZ - Penguins and Seals

Next week we are starting a virtual learning inquiry about Penguins and Seals through LEARNZ as part of our reading rotation.  

What you will do

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about
  • penguins in general
  • New Zealand penguins
  • little blue penguins in particular, including their life cycle
  • seals in general
  • New Zealand seals
  • NZ fur seals in particular, including their life cycle
  • the threats to penguins and seals and their conservation
During the field trip you will
  • get up close to penguin chicks and adults and seal pups and their parents
  • use technology like a burrow scope
  • take part in daily and seasonal conservation work
  • carry out a population count and apply estimation techniques
  • catch a one-year-old seal pup
  • get close to a fluffy blue penguin chick
  • find out the life stories of pups and chicks so far
  • assess the health of individual animals by taking measurements and samples, then process and interpret the data
  • explore the rocky shore and discover what makes up the local food chains
  • discover the reasons why penguins and seals are under attack from local and global threats, what steps are being taken to conserve them and what you can do to help
  • relate our marine life to local and global issues like sustainability, climate change, food webs, water, interconnectedness, the land/sea interface and human activity

Where you will go

Charleston, near Westport is home to many little blue penguins/kororā - the smallest penguin in the world. The population and range of the little blue penguin has been declining in areas not protected from predators. Cape Foulwind, a half-hour's drive from Charleston, is at the north-western tip of the South Island where it is home to the New Zealand fur seal/kekeno.

Explore these links and learn as much as you can about penguins and seals so you are ready to contribute your learning in class: 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Current Events - Fun on the iPads

Today we looked at the current news events on Kiwi Kids News.  Each group decided on a news item they wanted to study and took notes on an app on the iPads called Popplet.  Popplet is a great mind mapping or brainstorming app that we can use to record our ideas and facts that we discover.  Here are some of our brainstorms.

Our next step is to use this information to create some keynotes on the iPad to share with our classmates.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

NZ Conservation Week 2012

This week is NZ Conservation Week 2012.  Check out the website.  There are some fun games and lots of information...Have fun!