We are a class of Year 3 & 4 children at Vardon School in Hamilton, NZ. The purpose of this blog is to share what we are learning with others. Click into our individual blogs to see samples of our learning and our reflections. WE LOVE LEARNING!!! We also love commenting, so please leave us a comment!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2014


The last two weeks Room 7 have been learning about time.
On a clock you have a big hand and a little hand on the face of the clock.
I have learnt that the numbers 12, 3, 6, and 9  all have a special meaning.
By Poppy

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thank you Room 7!

BIG  thank you to all the amazing learners in Room 7!
I have  LOVED teaching you this year (and also last year for my Year 4's)!
You are ALL talented, creative, clever and special!

Keep working hard with Mrs Hennebry. I can't wait to come back and see you all.

I hope to make it to the end of year picnic in Ngaruawahia and also visit on the last day of school! I'll have an extra plus one by then!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Long Jump

We have been learning the long jump technique. 

Can you see from our videos the techniques and skills we have practiced? 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wheels Day

Today we had Sport Waikato come in and teach us about how to keep safe on our bikes, scooters and other wheels.

Here is a video of our fun wheels session!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Swim for Life: Lesson One

Today we had our first lesson of Swim for life. We walked to the Te Rapa Pools and were tested on our swimming skills and then put into groups.

Room 7: please comment and tell me what your first swimming goal might be?

What do you think  you need to learn/practice? 

Monday, September 1, 2014

A pilot comes to visit

This afternoon the Middle Team went to the hall to listen to Fran, Mrs Hood's cousin, talk to us about flight: how airplanes work, her job as a pilot and more.

We learnt a lot and it was great that we already knew the answers to some of her questions.

Write a comment about what you learnt! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cross Country

Well done Room 7!

You were amazing in your races today for cross country.
From Mrs Natusch

What did you enjoy the most?
What did you find challenging? 

Friday's temperature

This is a bar graph of today's temperature in Hamilton.

At 2pm we were on the field for cross country, By looking at our graph what temperature do you think it was at 2pm?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wrap free Wednesday

Today is wrap free Wednesday, we have 22 children in our class, we had 20 wraps and 12 children wrap free.
Made by Adelei

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How are you feeling?

We are learning how to ask others how they are feeling in maori. Listen to how we are feeling today.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Math Challenges

Yesterday, while Kapa Haka was on, we tried the Math Challenges on The Kidsedchatnz blog and tweeted about them.

Here is Thomas completing the counters challenge.

Here is Kaspar completing the counter challenge. 

Our tweets....

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Collaborative Writing

Today we worked collaboratively with a small group of children in our class on a shared story using google docs.

Here we are busy typing away in a different colour to our buddies so we know what each person wrote. The story prompt was... "There's a monster under my bed!"

We will share our stories when they are finished!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Songs for Maths Week

Here are our Songs for Maths week!

Monday's song

Tuesday's song

Wednesday's song

Thursday's song

Friday's song

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Maths Week: Tuesday

Today we completed the challenge of the day in groups on our computers/devices.

Here we are trying to "Crack the Codes"....

Our Number of the day was 320. Hannah was chosen as the winner because she used place value strategies.... 300 + 20 = 320.

Our fraction of the day was 3/4. We had a lot of pictures, diagrams and equations that represented 3/4. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Maths Week

Today is the beginning of maths week!

We all went on the maths week website to play the fun games and challenges.

Here are some photos of us....

Our number of the day was 102. The winner today was..... Naroa because she wrote 100+1+1=102 and 50+50+2=102. Can you write us a comment about a way that you know that makes 102? 

The fraction of the day was 1/5. We had lot's of good ways to show or make 1/5. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

30 Circles Challenge

Today we had a 30 Circles Challenge.

We had 15 minutes to turn 30 circles into recognisable objects.

Here is our video.... made by Tegan.

What we found easy and enjoyed:

  • some of us finished early
  • drawing the objects in time
  • figuring out and thinking what to draw inside the circles
  • thinking of good ideas
  • thinking deeply about what to draw
What we found difficult:
  • It was difficult to think of something to draw (Masyn)
  • To fill in all 30 circles in time (Anusheel)
  • Having 30 circles to fill in (Ashley)
  • Getting stuck and you can't think of any more ideas (Thomas)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Marshmallow Challenge

Our  Marshmallow challenge
 Our task...
1.                  Create a free standing tower out of tooth picks and mini marshmallows

2.          Tower must be able to stand on its own

3.          You have 20 minutes

What was challenging?
making a strong base so it didn’t collapse
the time limit
setting it up or starting to build the tower
keeping it upright/balanced/stable

What went well?
working co operatively
we had fun
making it in time
finishing it