Friday, 3 June 2016

Extreme Fitness Challenge 2016

During April 2016, our school had the extreme endurance challenge to help raise funds for a new adventure playground. The funds collected stands at about $50,000, but we need quite a bit more. If you have the means to donate towards this huge project,  please contact our school office.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Family Friday

Room 16 enjoyed having our parents pop in throughout the day.

My students were exemplary and carried on as if it was an everyday occurrence. Thank you to all parents who popped in.

Apologies for the lack of pictures.

Today's Maths Investigation

Some Number Magic?

This is a great way to practice addition and subtraction of two digit numbers.  I have found students will stick at a task like this for longer than doing a page of exercises from a Math(s) Book

•Choose any number between 50 and 99
•Add 62 to this number
•Cross off the left hand digit (hundreds digit) of the result and add it to the units digit.
•Subtract the result from your original number
•Try it again with a different starting number

•What do you notice?

•Can you think why this always happen?

•Now work out how you can choose a number
(between 50 and 99) and add a special number, so
that when you cross off the left hand digit (hundreds
digit) of the result and add it to the units digit and then

subtract the result  from your original number you will arrive at 45.

I think my students enjoyed this investigation. They've had to add and subtract, and we've had opportunities to discuss the language of Mathematics, Place Value, and much more.

Nobody could explain why it works, or how to arrive at 45... apart from one parent. Well done, Kerry.

Kerry used a strategy called "Trail and error". She tried several ideas and... did not give up. Something all mathematicians have in common.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Growth Mindset

We've been discussing the importance of having a positive mindset.

We've watched the following videos in class to help us with our discussions.

To watch the video about the Learning Pit, click here.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Adding time and Reading time

We've been solving problems involving time.

As some students are not yet confident adding time, this link will be useful.

Maths is Fun - Add and Subtract time

If your child needs help reading time, this will be useful.
What time is it? Learning to read the time.
What time is it?

Units of time:

1 minute = 60 seconds
1 hour = 60 minutes
1 day = 24 hours
7 days - 1 week
52 weeks = 1 year
365 ¼ days = 1 year
1 Decade = 10 years
1 century = 100 years

1 millenium = 1000 years

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Haiku poem

We will be writing Haiku poems soon to describe a special place.

To learn about Haiku poems, use the link below.

Haiku poem

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Bio Poem

Task: Write a Bio-Poem to help us get to know you better. Use the structure as shown below. We will discuss the success criteria in class.

Bio Poem
I am … (First name)
(3 words that describe you)
Lover of …
Who is able to ...
Who feels ...
Who wonders ...
Who fears ...
Who would like to ...
Who dreams …
Who believes…
Who hopes ...
Last name..


I am Joseph
loyal, patient, respectful
Lover of anything that makes me laugh.
Who is able to work on my own car (thanks youtube)
Who feels on top of the world
Who wonders what challenges the new year will bring
Who fears what will become of this world if good people keep quiet
Who would like to take his family on an extended holiday
Who dreams of winning Lotto
Who believes that all people can succeed if they’re willing to persevere
Who hopes for World Peace
Du Plooy


  • Plan and create your own bio poem.
  • Plan and draft in your writing book.
  • Edit and proofread.
  • Self - and peer assess.
  • Show your Traffic light and Next step(s)
  • Present/publish using your google doc.