Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Viking Gods

I learnt alot about the Viking Gods.  They don't have just one god they have heaps.  I thought that Asgard was the chief god until I read a bit more about it.

Kristen (Year 4)

Viking Weapons

This is the second powperpoint that I have made.  It was really hard to find the information on the internet so we had to look in the books from the National Library.  The powerpoint icon has browny writing around it.  I learnt how to insert a picture in my slides.  I learnt how to insert a new slide.  It took a long time to finish my powerpoint.  It was hard to do all the slides.  I ran out of ideas.  I did find out that Vikings never had horns on their helmets.  Mine has but that was before I knew.

Matauri (Year 4)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Duffy Books in Homes - Role Model Assembly

Mary Kippenberger and Peter Charlton-Jones

Mary is a storyteller and children’s writer who lives in the Hawke’s Bay with her husband and co-performer Peter Charlton-Jones. They hold an annual music festival, record music, hold workshops and performances at their property, Te Rangi.

You tube – Mary and Peter

Mary and Peter came to our school for our Duffy Role Model Assembly. As part of the assembly we got given two free books. The Alan Duff Charitable Foundation, better known as Duffy Books in Homes, is proud to provide free books to over 100,000 New Zealand children, three times a year. If you would like to know more about this programme click on the website below:

My Duffy Books

One of the Duffy books that I was given was about a secret agent called Wax.  This is a very funny book.  Wax lives in Paris and has a gun called Mrs Jones.  I think it is the best one, I really enjoyed it.  The other one is about a poor man who finds gold.  I think I will read it in the holidays.

Tana (Year 3)

Roar like Thunder

My two Duffy books are ‘Start your Engine’ and the other one is about ‘Hot Wheels’.  In the story it is race day and the cars have to start their engines.  The engines roar like thunder. I liked it because it has lots of cars in the book.  The cars circle the track slowly. It has loads of words but I can read it.

Kauri (Year 3)

And we were running on down the road.....

Running! (laa dee daa) Running! (laa dee daa)

I really liked the part when they were running and we had to sing.  They were doing a running action.  There was my brother Nicolas at the front.  He said “Can I move along with you?” because he was a cow.

Brody (Year 3)

The Little Henny Penny

Mary picked out people to help her act out a story.  I thought Henny Penny was funny.  Henny Penny was my sister Hinewai.  She couldn’t fit the hen’s hat but Mary told her it would fit if she pulled her hair tie out.  They had to make these cool sound effects.

Stella (Year 4)

Henny Penny and Duffy Books

Mary and Peter did a show and some tricks.  In the story they did a chicken, a wolf and a cow and dog were going to the palace to meet the King because the sky was falling.  They were running, they were running on down the road.

Sid (Year 3)

Hee Hee Hee!

Last Friday we got our Duffy books from Peter and Mary.  I got Captain Underpants and the Big Bad Booger Boy and Fartious Maximus.  Mary was magical because she made this red duster into an orange duster and then turned into a green bouquet with flowers.  She went “Heehee heehee” and Charlie had to copy her.

Taipari (Year 3)

Henny Penny and Duffy Books

On Friday Mary and Peter came over from Napier to be at our school to hand out Duffy books. They travel the world doing funky acts. They chose 6 people to go up and act out Henny Penny. It was really funny because Hinewai was the chicken and she had to pretend to lay an egg.

by Kristen (Year 4)

Friday, September 17, 2010

After working for a week on our Viking Helmets

Are we there yet? is the question from most of the students in Room 7.  The real answer no, not yet... but we are getting closer....

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ruben the Road Safety Bear

Hi everyone!

This morning we were lucky enough to have a visit from Ruben the Road Safety Bear.  Ruben helps all Waikato children learn to stay safe on and around the road. Ruben comes from the Waikato district and lives in Hamilton East.

His key messages:
  • Stop, look, listen and link!
  • Look out for sneaky driveways!
  • Seat yourself right, buckle in tight!
  • Be bright, dress bright!
  • Helmet on right and tight
  • Look about before stepping out
Ruben is part of the Environment Waikato Young Road User Safety Programme. He teaches children aged between three and seven years old about road safety. The Programme is supported by NZ Police and Land Transport NZ.


To find out more about the Ruben The Road Safety Bear programme email: or telephone the Environment Waikato Freephone on 0800 800 401    


You can check out Ruben the Bear by going to...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Viking Warrior Helmets

As part of our Inquiry study we sent away to the National Library for books about Ancient Vikings.  After the children had spent about half an hour looking through them (I hope reading - but with the speed of the page turning I think they were just skimming over the words and focussing on the illustrations) they had found an article in one of the book about making a Viking Helmet.  We going to be adding some pictures and some of the children's thoughts about this over the next week.  We have started and the class thought it may be nice to share how we are making them.

  • Newsprint
  • Newspaper
  • Glue (Wallpaper paste)
  • Silver card board
  • Paint (Bronze or Silver if possible)
  • Split pins
  • Ice cream container (get the children to write their names on it and it saves having to work out whose balloon belongs to which child).
  1. Blow up a balloon the same size as your head.
  2. Paper mache the balloon - use glue to put small pieces of paper all over it.
  3. Wait for it to dry and then add another layer of newpaper.
  4. Wait for it to dry and then add a layer of newsprint (plain paper).
  5. Trim around the bottom of the balloon to make a helmet shape.
  6. Paint it bronze or silver and leave to dry.
  7. To add to the helmet just use silver cardboard to create eye guard shapes, or go around the edges of the helmet with silver carboard.
  8. Attach the strips of silver cardboard with the splitpins.
We will let you know how they turn out.  We are so excited about it!!
Room 7

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Duffy Theatre

Last week we were lucky enough to have the Duffy Theatre troops come to our school and perform "Duffy's Occupation Exploration".

My Thoughts about Duffy
Duffy was so funny when he kept repeating when the other guy said "Don't chuck it again".  Duffy had thrown a board with a word on.  One of the words was relaxation and that means when we don't have to do anything.  I lie down and close my eyes when I relax.  I thought the Duffy show was excellent.
Stella (Year 4)

A Fresh New Start

It’s a Tuesday afternoon and the children from Room 7 have scampered off home to hopefully complete homework tasks and then have a little fun with their siblings. As the first post in our blog I just thought I’d let you know a little bit about the class. We will keep you informed about what we do each day and also hope to have the chance to send a few messages back to you via your blog.