Friday, October 29, 2010

What do we want to be when we grow up?

What a strange topic of conversation, but that was what our class spent an hour talking about today.  What would we like to be when we grow up.  It seems like it's going to be ages until we get old enough to do anything exciting.  But we learnt today that there are short term goals and long term goals.  Most of us had short term goals such as wanting to be able to do a backwards flip on the trampoline, or wanting to read a chapter book, or even wanting to learn how to ride our scooter properly.

These were our long term goals.  They are going to take us a very long time to achieve but our class is the ACHIEVING kind.  Just wait and see.

Kymba (Year 4)
I want to be a vet so I must learn to look after animals and then I will be able to own a farm.

Shayna-Grace (Year 4)
When I grow up I want to learn how to ride my bike safely.  I will need to learn to ride carefully.

Justus (Year 2)
When I grow up I want to be an inventor.  I need to go to school and learn everything.

Freddy (Year 2)
When I grow up I want to be a banker.  I have to learn lots of maths.

Matauri (Year 4)
When I grow up I want to play rugby league for the Warriors or the Kiwis.  I have to learn to be like G. M.  I have to learn to tackle properly and not do head high tackles.

Taipari (Year 3)
When I grow up I want to be in the All Blacks.  I have to learn to kick the ball really hard and I need to be really fast at running.

Daniel (Year 3)
When I grow up I want to drive a car.  I need to get my driver's  license so I will need to learn to read and write.

Brody (Year 3)
When I grow up I want to be a TNT tester.  I will need to learn to read so that I can know about all the TNT safety rules.

Tiana (Year 4)
When I grow up I want to work at Warehouse in the book part.  i will need to learn to read so that I can tell people what the books are about.

Tana (Year 3)
When I grow up I want to buy a big motorbike.  I will have to learn where the gears are.  I have to get a helmet and a jacket to keep me safe.

Quintyn (Year 4)
When I grow up I want to be the Warriors.  I will have to learn to pass the ball and not to be scared of bigger people.  I have to be brave.

Luce (Year 3)
When I grow up I want to be a clothes designer.  i will have to learn to sew and look in magazines at people's clothes.

Jessie (Year 5)
When I grow up I want to stunts, like learning how to do a flip over 9 people lying on the ground.  I have to learn how to do a flip first.

Stella (Year 4)
When I grow up I want to be a head chef.  I must learn to cook and stay in school so that I can learn to read cook books.

Sid (Year 3)
When I grow up I want to be able to fly a plane.  i have to ask someone to help me learn to fly a plane.  I have to learn to steer the plane.  I must learn how to take off in a plane and land a plane.

Kristen (Year 4)
When I grow up I want to work at the meat works in Te Kuiti.  I'll have to learn to chop meat.  I'll have to learn what type of meats that you can eat.  I will have to get a car so that I can drive to work.

Forde (Year 3)
When I grow up I want to learn to do a big flip over 10 people on my bike.  I will have to practice a lot.

Let us know what you want to be when you get older.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We are kind and helpful, we do not hurt anybody's feelings.

We have been talking this week in our classroom about how we show that we are kind and helpful people.  This is one of our Golden Rules. Matauri did this picture about how he helps people when they are sad or if they are hurt.

When I see someone crying I go up to them and ask them what is wrong.


Sid wrote about some of the things you do to show that you are a kind and helpful person.  He likes to use his manners.

People help me when I am in pain.  They take me to the teacher or to my Mum and Dad.  

When I really want something I use Please and Thank You.  It's called using your manners.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rights and Responsibilities

We are learning about our rights and responsibilities to help us with our Topic Study this term.  Our big question is "What are our rights and responsibilities to ensure endangered species survive?"  It seems like a really big and really long question but Room 7 is up for the challenge.  This is what we discovered....

What are our rights?
Our rights are the things that help us live in this world, they are the things we need to live in a fair world.

Everyone has the right to have:
  • safety
  • education
  • shelter (somewhere to live)    
  • warmth           
  • food   
  • clothing          
  • personal space            
  • to be different
Of course since these rights are for everybody, that means we all have to take on responsibility too.

What is a responsibility?
A responsibility is something that is your job to do something about, or to think about. 

Some of our responsibilities:
  • to follow the Golden Rules
  • to be the best person that we can be  
  • to take care of our own bodies   
  • to respect the rights of others
  • to look after our own belongings and respect the belongings of others
  • to listen to the teacher so that we can learn better
  • to care about my family
You might want to watch this movie.  It's about a little boy called Andy and how he learnt to be responsible.  It was made a long time ago and so it is in black and white (that means there is no colour pictures).

We are learning more each day but we wanted to know whether you have any responsibilities at your school. Some of the senior students at school get to be librarians at lunchtime or first aid monitors.  What sort of responsibilities do the children at your school have?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Adding Widgets

After looking at some of the other blogs in the blog challenge we have added some widgets to our blog so that people from other countries can learn about us.
We added a translator so people who do not speak English can read our blog.
We really like the visitor counter because we check everyday how many more people have visited our blog.
We are going to continue looking for some more interesting widgets to put on our blog.
Maybe you can suggest some widgets that you have found to be good?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Following the Golden Rules

Golden Time in our school is a time for relaxation and fun as a reward for good behaviour during the week. Everyone in school is expected to respect our Golden Rules, which are as follows:

We are gentle
We do not hurt anyone
We are kind and helpful
We do not hurt people's feelings
We are honest
We do not cover up the truth
We work hard
We do not waste your own or other people's time
We listen to people
We do not interrupt
We look after property
We do not waste or damage things

Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour and understand they have choices and that those choices have consequences.  Every Friday the children who have been following our Golden Rules get a chance to be part of a fun and friendly activity.

This week we have been talking about how we show that we have been following the Golden Rules.  Here is what two boys in our class say about working hard and not wasting our own or other people's time.

Hard workers really concentrate on their work and never talk. I think Sid is a really hard worker in our class because he always gets his work done on time.

Taipari (Year 3)

Does your school follow the Golden Rules?  What sort of fun activities do you get to do?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cow comes to School for part of the Day

Maybe you are thinking that in this little article that we had a Calf Club Day or an Agricultural Day, but you would be mistaken.

Today at lunchtime we had a cow come running through our playground and then it raced out the school gate and onto the road.  Two brave teachers went out onto the road to try to get it to go into the paddock next to the school but the cow just ran across the road again. Luckily as the cow went up the road some of the parents that live close to the school zoomed out and helped steer it towards another paddock.
We wanted to get it off the road just incase there was an accident.  You can see us cheering everyone when they got the cow into the paddock.

It was such a weird thing to happen that some of the children wanted to share a few cow knock knock jokes with you....

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Cow who?
No, cow don't go who, they go moo!

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Annoying cow..
Annoying cow who?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Back at School and ready for the Challenge

This post is for Challenge 1 in the September 2010 challenge.

We know that we were meant to do this challenge at the end of Term 3 (NZ time) but we slowly ran out of time trying to get all our work finished.  I'm sure you all understand.  We are so looking forward to exploring other blogs.  We like getting to look at where everyone comes from.  Our teacher uses Google Earth to have a look at where people who visit our blog come from.  It feels like flying.

We can't believe it's the last term already.  What a wonderful start to a new term.  Our new Year 2 students started with us today, and the children have loved having them as part of the class.  We have already chosen names for our groups.  We get points for our groups by doing all our homework, keeping our desks tidy, trying really hard to get all our work finished and correct, and by following the golden rules.  This term we are learning about rights and responsibilities, as well as visualizing (that means making pictures in our heads) and endangered species.

We look forward to sharing everything that we learn with children from all over the world.  So we hope you will check out our blog.