Sunday, October 13, 2019

Welcome to Term 4

Welcome back to Room 20! 

I hope everyone enjoyed their break and are feeling refreshed. We have a busy term of fun and learning ahead of us. 
Don't forget everyone needs to have their hat with them - no hat, then play in the shade! (Although, there are some spare hats available in class).
Mrs Tyler 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Electric Future

Electric Future

First, we explored what energy is and where it comes from. We looked at renewable and non-renewable resources. 

We learnt that renewable energy comes from sources that can be replaced. Electricity is our most widely used form of energy.

Then we tested some solar cars in different places:inside, outside, in bright light and in the shade. We found the solar car only moved in bright light and slowed/stopped when in shade/dark places!

Next through some hands on trial and error we learnt how to make an electrical circuit using a battery, wires, and LEDs. 

Some of the class then went on to power a buzzer using copper and zinc nails. 

We found it only worked when there was salt in the water and the metals were different.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Magnetic Madness

Takahe hub have been enjoying spending Thursday and Friday afternoons enjoying the wonders of science - aided by science boxes ordered from the House of Science. The science boxes are filled with a variety of resources and shared between schools. 

During our first science unit Magnetic Madness we enjoyed exploring the properties of magnets, then we predicted and tested which materials magnets were attracted to. We then recorded and compared our results.

Next we tested the strength of different sized magnets.

Then we made a compass.

Magnetic Madness

Magnets all have a south and a north side. If you put the north side by the south side they will attract, but if you put the north side by another north side on another magnet they will repel. Same if you put the south side by another south side of another magnet. Magnets can atract lots of types of metal but they can’t attract aluminium (like cans). You can get magnets in lots of sizes and some are stronger than others. Most Magnets are in the shape of a horse shoe and some are just a stick! Magnets can also atract things in water. Layton

Magnetic Madness
How it works is if you put north and north it will repel and if you do the same to south then you
will see that it is repelling and if you put north and south it will get stuck together. I enjoyed it
was very cool. by Prajith

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Magic Faraway Tree

Chapter Chat

Coming up in Term 3, Room 20 are looking forward to reading The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. As this is an old favourite, please check the library or ask your friends and family if they have a copy that you could borrow and read along to with the class. However, it is not necessary to specifically buy the book!


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Kete Aronui

During Term 2 we have been preparing for the Hamilton East School Arts Festival to be held in Term 3. Our Takahe hub (rooms 19 & 20) have completed three pieces of art each over the term. The students worked in three groups with one teacher, and then rotated every three weeks. As we have 60 students, we have been extremely lucky to have Tisharne, a student teacher take one of the groups. 

Miss Rasmussen worked with students using pastel to complete whānau koru, a representation of each student's own family.

Tisharne worked with students to create patterns and Māori designs which were illustrated on stars, representing Matariki.

Mrs Tyler taught students how to weave in a circular design, taking into consideration the colours and patterns which would be used.

We look forward to seeing you at the Art Festival in Term 3!

Thursday, May 9, 2019


Exciting times are ahead of us in Maths! Recently Hamilton East school has joined 'Mathletics' a primary maths programme. I have been using this programme for the last three years in my previous school, and I really believe it is effective in helping support students with  their maths. Mathletics is an individualised student programme suitably aligned to the New Zealand curriculum. All students have recorded their password in their small red reading log books. The first time they log on at home they should save their password on the device, which makes it easier for next time!

Tyson's locked screen showing his assigned task his 'must do'

During the week 'must do' tasks will be assigned, these can either be completed at home or before school in class. Once the assigned 'must do' task has been completed the console will unfreeze and your child will be able to practise activities or go onto Live Mathletics where they are able to play their classmates or other students around the world. Most students really enjoy playing the games and it is a great way of reinforcing basic math facts. Please let me know if your child is unable to access the internet at home and I will ensure they have time in class to complete their assigned tasks. Please message me on Seesaw if you have any questions :)

Friday, May 3, 2019

Wecome to Term 2

Image result for image welcome back to Term 2

Welcome to Term 2. It was wonderful to see so many smiley faces back in Room 20 this week.

This term our theme is Kete Aronui. The rich question we will look to explore is "How can I show my knowledge and understanding of Māori and Pacific culture through the Arts? The work that students complete this term will be used in our 2019 Art Exhibition, to be held mid Term 3.

We have lots of other cool learning topics this term: our Chapter Chat book this term is called 'Fing' by David Walliams, in Maths we will focus on number knowledge and strategies for Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication and our Writing will focus firstly on Personal writing, and then later in the term we will move into the genre of Instructional writing.