Sunday, December 18, 2011

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011


I am learning to make a movie using clips that my classmates have recorded into imovie. I am using my teacher's laptop to do this and it is tricky dropping and dragging the clips into the right spot.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Finding Facts

We took some time this morning to read through books and search online for information about our Solar System. We learned many interesting facts and are really excited about learning more.

A few simple facts ...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Get Well Ms. Walker

One of our favourite people at Pt England School is Ms. Walker. She takes us for "Circle Time" activities... which we thoroughly enjoy!!! We miss her and hope that she gets better soon. Quasia made a little picture to cheer her up when she visits our blog!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Making Apple Juice

A couple of weeks ago, we made apple juice using a juice machine that Mrs. Barks brought to school. This is one of my paragraphs which describes what happened when we put the apples into the juicer.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Canada!

Our teacher Mrs. Barks is originally from Canada. To celebrate July 1 - which is Canada's birthday, we had a special assembly and this is a video that she and her husband (who teaches in room 18) showed us. Both classes also got on stage to sing the Canadian national anthem and another song called "I am Canadian." Mr. and Mrs. Barks told us some great stories about camping in northern Saskatchewan with the bears and HUGE mosquitoes!

As if all of this wasn't already exciting enough, ... the Canadian Consulate and Trade Office in Auckland sent us some Canadian flag tattoos, pens, pins, and balloons!! Room 12 and 18 got to wear the tattoos and we gave the other items out as special prizes at the assembly.

Hope you enjoy this video as much as we did!!

Monday, June 13, 2011


Rave and Ata worked together on this bit of writing, but Ata was too shy today to appear on camera...maybe next time!

Hop On Over

Simming At GI Pools

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Smelling Beautiful

Rave is learning to add more detail to her sentences. She edited her writing with her teacher and here is what they came up with.

Remember to wash the bacteria and germs off your hands. If you don't, the germs will make you sick.

Squirt a bit of soap on your hands and rub them together until they are covered with bubbles. Remember to clean the backs of your hands and between your fingers. Dry them with a towel or a dryer.

Now that your hands are nice and beautiful smelling, you are able to eat because you don't have lots and lots of germs on your hands anymore.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Don't Forget

Ofa is learning to write an introduction and to add detail to her sentences. She had lots of great ideas and edited her work with her is what they came up with.

It is important to wash your hands because you might get sick from the bacteria if you don't.

First you have to get some soap and water and scrub your hands. Don't forget to scrub between your fingers and around your wrists. Rinse off the soapy bubbles and dry with a towel.

I hope all the girls and boys will wash there hands so they do not get sick.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I Hope You Remember

Do you know why you need to wash your hands? People need to wash their hands so they can keep clean and stay healthy.

Make sure you wet your hands before putting soap on so that you can work up a good lather. Remember to scrub your palms, in between your fingers, and scrape under your finger nails. Don't forget to rinse completely until all the bubbles are gone. Dry your hands with a towel.

I hope that everyone remembers to wash their hands because I do not want anybody to get sick...because that might make me sick as well!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Don't Get Sick

Sione is working on a piece of writing about hand washing. He is learning to write complete sentences that make sense and have extra details. This is what he has so far.

After you go to the toilet, you have to wash your hands. If you don't wash your hands and you eat your lunch, you will get sick from the germs.

Hey You

Liku is learning to write an introduction paragraph. Check out his introduction for his written account of how to wash hands.

Hey you!! Don't forget to wash your hands after you use the bathroom. If you don't wash, the bacteria will make you sick.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wash Properly

Christopher worked especially hard on his writing this week and then edited it with a's what the two of them came up with.

It's important to wash your hands after using the toilet because your hands will be covered in harmful bacteria.

You have to put water on first and then soap. Scrub between your palms, the backs of your hands, and under your fingernails. Rinse your hands until all the soap bubbles and germs are gone.

If you wash properly, you won't get sick from toilet germs.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Swept Up

Faith edited her writing with the teacher and worked really hard to include details which would make it more interesting for an audience.

I watched the news and saw that there was a tornado in Albany. Did you watch it?

During the terrible tornado which sounded like a rumbling, roaring, jet plane, things like trampolines, swing sets, and lawn furniture were swept up and tossed around. Cars with children inside were overturned and smashed.

Terrible and Shocking

There was a shocking and terrible tornado up in North Shore!

Like all tornadoes, it started with a storm and a funnel cloud. Things like cars, trampolines, trees, roofs of houses, and garages were lifted up and overturned.

Luckily, it did not hit AUCKLAND!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Clean, Soft, and Smelling Good

Kane worked hard and had some great ideas about giving instructions for proper hand-washing. He worked with his teacher to's what they came up with.

Did you wash your hands before you had your lunch? It is so important to wash away bacteria and germs. Once your hands are wet, grab some soap and start scrubbing. Make sure there is no dirt, grease, or oil between your fingers or on the backs of your hands. Rinse under the tap and dry them with a clean towel.

When I wash this way, my hands feel clean and soft. They smell good too!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Handwashing Demo

This is Taniela and Quasia's first time filming their own video. Taniela was on the camera while Quasia was the lovely demonstrator!

Swept Up in the Swirling Winds

Karmana is learning to add details to his sentences to make them more interesting for his audience.

There was a terrible tornado in New Zealand which caused a lot of damage. I saw it on the news.

The tornado swept up trampolines, trees, cars, and roofs in it's powerful, swirling winds.

Local News

Auri is learning to make his sentences more interesting by changing the beginnings and adding more detail.

Did you hear about the powerful tornado that hit Auckland? If you didn't, watch the news and they will tell you all about it.

Devastating Tornado

There was a devastating tornado in Albany. The tornado was so huge and deadly that one person died and many others were injured.It was so powerful that it swept up cars and uprooted trees.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

North Shore Tornado

Paula worked really hard to edit his paragraph with his teacher.

It was a horrible day in North Shore when the funnel cloud formed into a tornado. When the tail of the cloud touched the ground, the tornado started to move and left a path of destruction. I saw it on the news.

I hope it does not happen again.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Eating Chocolate

I was so excited that it was going to be the holidays! I went to Silvia Park mall with my mum and sister to get my Easter eggs. On Easter morning, I gobbled up my eggs and my Monopoly chocolates. They were so delicious that my taste buds felt they would burst with the intense flavour.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Playing Rugby in the Back Yard

What a fun day I had in the holidays. I played rugby with my brothers in the backyard. We enjoyed kicking the ball and tackling each other. We had a lot of fun!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Heavenly Chocolate Cake

In the hlidays it was so exciting to go to my Aunty's house. My cousin made a chocolate cake. I saw it inside the fridge and it was covered with chocolate chips and sliced bananas. It looked and smelled so delicious. As I took a massive bite, I felt like I was in heaven!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt

Finally the school holidays were here! I got to do lots of fantastic things. I got to search for Easter eggs in the house, and can you believe it...there were some hidden in the bath tub! But the ones in the tub were wet and I just left them alone. My school holidays were the best!

Holiday Program

During the holidays my brother, sister, and I were so happy that we were able to go to the holiday program at the basketball hall in Tamaki! When I got inside, I started to play some games with my new friends. We all had a great time.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Trip to MOTAT

We went on our first field trip of the year...and WOW...we had a GREAT TIME!!! We participated in "The Great Race," where we had to read clues and follow instructions to learn about how people lived long ago.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Squiggling Worms

We recently read a book about a king who didn't want to get out of the bathtub to go fishing with his knight so he turned his tub into a fish pond instead. Here are a couple of sentences that Cowan wrote to describe what was happening in the picture.

The King was fishing inside the tub. The squiggling worms were escaping from the side of the tub.

Rainy Day

Sione had written a paragraph about a rainy day, and his writing group worked with him to edit's what they came up with.

I was so excited when I saw that it was raining outside! I went to my mum to ask if I could go out to play. She said, "Yes my dear boy you may go out."

Scary Looking King

Liku wrote a couple of sentences about a picture from one of our favourite stories - Kingbidgood's In The Bathtub.

What a scary looking king who changed his bathtub into a pond so that people could go fishing. There was a frog peeking over the lily pad and a slippery, slimy, snail trying to escape from the bath tub.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Champions Never Give Up

This is our first movie this year that was made for PENN. Hope you enjoy it...we had a lot of fun making it!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Moose On The Loose

Our teacher is from Canada and she found out that there were two moose loose in a Canadian city! We put together a few pictures to show you what moose look like...and a little surprise about what they like to do for fun! Enjoy!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mrs. Burt The Singing Sensation

Mrs. Barks had a silly dream about Mrs. Burt playing a piano. Isn't that crazy? Well this is how it started. We all had to go to the hall for assembly. After we were all seated in our place, all of us were waiting to see who the person was that was going to perform. The students and parents were all surprised when they saw Mrs. Burt play the piano. Soon she started to was beautiful like magic. When Mrs. Barks came to school the next morning, she told Mrs. Burt about the dream. Mrs. Burt said she knew how to play the piano and that when she was little, she had to sing and play. Isn't that crazy?

Quasia and Keis - authors
Sarah - illustrator


Mrs. Barks, along with some of the girls in room 12 went out last Thursday at lunch armed with a video camera! They decided to film girls at Pt. England School and then put together a little movie in honour of them. Hope you enjoy our amazing girls.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Update on Room 12

Hi everyone. We thought you'd be interested to know how hard we have been working this week. It is testing week here at Pt. England School! We are busy writing tests in math, writing, and reading. Our brains are starting to feel very sore and tired. The good news is that tomorrow is Thursday and we get to practice our baseball skills with Cola - a real, professional baseball player who is teaching us the game!!!

Zala Runs For Her Life

Ok, this needs some explanation. Cezar and Taka worked really hard to make this animation - our class's second attempt at this sort of still shot animation. We used the green cloth in hopes of green screening in a forest background. However, we soon realized that we had too many shadows - caused by the wrinkles in our green cloth, and the green screen didn't work. We decided to show it to you anyways, and it is back to work for us - to get it right in attempt number 3.

This animation is based on the story "Zala Runs For Her Life." It is about a family of mice who are almost a dinosaur's lunch.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Carol's Evil Cat

Taniela and Kane read a story called "Carol's Catastrophe." It was about a kitten who was destroying everything in Carol's bedroom. The cat even bit her!! The boys gave it red eyes to show what an evil cat it was. Hope you like it.

Enjoying My Time With Ms. M.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Father Bear Goes Fishing

Liku has been working hard to become a better reader. Listen as he reads "Father Bear Goes Fishing."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Rave read a story about a dog named Bear who figured out a way to get out of his fenced backyard. This is what Rave thinks that Bear was thinking after his escape.

Library Rules

Quasia read a story called, "Joining The Library." Here is a list of rules that she thought would be important for a Library.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

First Day With Ms. M

Ms. M teaches us on Wednesday mornings. Have a listen to Quasia as she tells you about one thing that Ms. M did with the class. Quasia has been working hard to write a paragraph that sticks to one main idea.

Chuck It In The Bin

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Point England Way

At our school, we learn little sayings that help us remember how to be a good Point England student. We are working together in groups to plan a way to show you some of these expectations. Keep checking back to see what we've done!

Play In The Right Place

Monday, February 14, 2011

Immersion Week

During the first week of every term, each class in our team rotates through to one of the other rooms in our team. We participate in a different activity with each teacher which introduces our new topic theme. Here we are learning about "Where We Belong and Who We Are!"

Collecting and Displaying

Here we are busy, busy, busy, asking questions, collecting data, and displaying our information - as part of our statistics learning.

We Gave It A Go....

This is our very first attempt at making this kind of still photo animation. We didn't worry about our background scenery this time, because we just wanted to figure out how to make it work. We had such a blast!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Back To School!!

Welcome back to a new school year! The new students in Room 12 are excited about another year sharing their learning with you! Keep checking back to see who we are and what we're up to!