Wednesday, October 31, 2007

'Who Gets Tiger?' Podcast

Jordan, Frances and Susa made this podcast based on the School Journal Story, "Who gets Tiger?"

We have been learning about how to write an argument or give your point of view about something and this was a great story starter.

Who do you think should get Tiger?

Again- to see the photos that go with this podcast you need to go to our podomatic page. Click on the photo of the fish and it will take you to our podcast page.

Monday, October 29, 2007


Today for poetry we had a poem that was full of homonyms. Every word is spelled correctly but it is still wrong! Here it is...

Eye Have a Spelling Chequer

Eye have a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a quay and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its really ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no

Its letter perfect in it's weigh

My chequer tolled me sew.

Then we tried to make up our own homonyms sentences...

Eye went two the shop two bye an eye scream and an eyes block four the principle.

By Tyler

Too day eye went two the war and sum won shot me.

By Sam

Eye am aloud two go too sea a beer.

By Susa

This sent ants is about eyes cream- knot very interesting eye no.

By Jordan

Friday, October 26, 2007

Sticker Trading

The new subject at school is sticker trading. People have been bringing stickers to school and trading them for better ones. What would you do if you had stickers? Would you keep them? Would you trade them? This is a better way to get better stickers.

By Miriam and Georgie

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Music Homework

This week's homework will be one that we all enjoy- music! Here are some of the things that we could do based around the music theme. I wonder if you can think of any more???

I am looking forward to next Thursday when children will share their favourite music with us or play us some music on an instrument they have been learning. All that money spent on music lessons being put to good use!

It is our assembly on Friday- that would be a great opportunity to share our music with the wider school- I feel a great podcast in the making!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Our Clustrmap

Unfortunately children can't see our Clustrmap live at school- it is no longer blocked but for some reason it doesn't let itself be visible most of the time so I took a screen shot of it from home. If you click on it it you will see a bigger version. It shows all the places in the world our blog is being viewed. The size of the dots means that there are more views.

What a great way to show how open our classroom walls are. We have lots of followers in USA, UK and some in Australia. And now we have a view other viewers throughout Asia as well. I wonder who you all are?????

Please leave us a comment and introduce yourselves.

Miss K

Micro-chipping Dogs

We have been talking about micro-chipping in our class room. Here is Tyler's point of view.

"I disagree with micro-chipping because the dog could still bite someone. Also the dog could get hit by a car. The microchip will not work because the dog would still do menacing things. I think that no dogs should be microchiped. The shock collar should do it.'

I hope you like that and one more thing- we did a poll in our class and asked should dogs be micro-chipped and agree got 8 and against got 3. So most people think that dogs should be micro-chipped. What do you think?

By Josh and Sam

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

We have a Voicethread made for us

Dennis Richards, a teacher/superindent of schools in Massachusetts on Cape Cod - Falmouth in America was so impressed by our Voicethread about money that he made us a Voicethread as well. It is the story of Amos and Boris- the friendship between a very small mouse and a rather large whale!

Thank you Dennis- it is a great story. We have added our oral comments at the very end of your reading.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Money, Money, Money

Today we recorded our comments for our Voicethread about New Zealand's money. We used a resource from the Reserve Bank to find out more about our coins and notes.

If you are from overseas we would love to hear your comments about your system of money. To record your comments just register with an email and a password and hit record when you are ready.

If you would like to add photo please send me an email. The link to my email is to the right.

Here is a link to the full screen version.

This Voicethread also led to other Voicethreads from other parts of the world.

From England.

From America.

And from Korea.

Miriam's Podcast

Miriam and her mates got together and made a podcast this week about their stickers. They love their stickers!!!!

Here is Miriam, Shayne and Georgina's audio from their podcast. Look at our podcast page to see the photos to go with it.


This term for maths we have been doing fractions like two quarters is one half. We have been doing lots of them. Four sixths are the same as two thirds. Four tenths are a the same as two fifths.

This is a whole or five fifths.
This is a whole in two halves.
This is a whole in three thirds.
This is a whole in four quarters.
by Nicole

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ryan's American Holiday

I am in the Grand Canyon and the sky walk is just above our heads and there was no guard rails.
This is a helicopter was in the grand canyon.
We went on The Terminator bike.
This is New York. New York is a casino in Las Vegas.

By Ryan

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Miriam's Blog

Miriam's News and Views is another student blog from Moturoa classroom that is coming along nicely. She already has 116 hits. She is doing the podcast this week as well so you will be able to check back later and learn all about stickers which are the latest craze sweeping Appleby School.

Miss K

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


When I was in Auckland at the ULearn Conference in the holidays I learnt how to do blue screen and have a bit more of a play with photos using Keynote that just arrived today free to Apple schools. I whipped home to see if I could still remember and thought you would like this photo to prove that I did remember- we will have a play with this when I find a suitable coloured blue or green sheet!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Susa's Rabbits

Today we got a big surprise to meet the rabbits
we have been hearing about for a long time.
We even got see the little babies we have
also been hearing about and people even
got to hold them.
Don't you think they are so cute in their
little box all cuddled up together?
Susa really loves her rabbits!
by Jordan and Frances.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Nelson Mask Parade

Nelson's opening event to the Art Festival is a highlight for many children. After much creating, constructing and teamwork last term children from all over Nelson came together to participate in the parade.

Appleby School's masks were splendid and I was particularly impressed by how much the children enjoyed showcasing their work. It was great to see the whole school working together across the age groups to be part of the parade. I am sure everyone loved it.

Shania's Blog

Shania has been adding a lot of new posts to her blog over the last week or so and managed to beat all the teachers to get a photo of the mask parade on her blog. Clever girl!

She has also added a new voter's poll- 'Do you like dogs?' I am sure she would like lots of votes. Remember to vote on the Moturoa poll as well. Should dogs be micro-chipped?

In our news this week we have been discussing the good and bad points of micro-chipping. Children have definite points of view on the matter and are developing well thought out responses.

What do you think??

Miss K

Friday, October 12, 2007

A Big Night Out

It is the big night for Appleby School and all the other schools participating in the mask parade tonight. Everyone in the school is in groaps such as suns, wind and
wind mills.
By Jordan and Frances

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Term Four Begins

Thank you, Jenny, for holding the fort for me during my absence. I am back for the year after my term of absence in which I helped my mother with her diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. She is now in a rest home so I can leave her safely there and visit often. I have never in the past had any extended leave apart from caring for my sister as she passed away with breast cancer so found the experience to be an interesting one where I was able to take some time out and reflect a little. I am looking forward to getting back to work and receiving a pay packet again!

During these school holidays I also represented the Waimea-South ICT Cluster at the ULearn conference in Auckland. The conference was attended by 1200 teachers from all over New Zealand with international keynote speakers of renown. It was very humbling for me as many teachers sought me out to tell me what an inspiration our class blog and podcast was to them. I presented two workshops at the conference which were over-subscribed as demand was high. The conference focussed on the needs of 21st century learners- the sorts of skills children need for the future as we prepare them for jobs that haven’t been invented yet! I also attended five other workshops learning from educators who are leaders in their field- you may like to look at my education blog as I add my reflections on the conference as I have time to write them up.

The highlight of the term will be our class camp to the Abel Tasman National Park staying overnight in tents at Bethany Park Camp at Kaiteriteri and travelling out on the water taxi to Appletree Bay and tramping back to Marahau. I have booked the 3/4 December (Monday and Tuesday) so if you can join us on those days that would be really great. I have begun training for it already as I have had some problems with my knee while I have been on leave that required me to be on crutches for a time. More information on the camp soon.

We look forward to your classroom visits and support throughout the term as we head for Christmas!!! Call in any time for a chat and a catch up.

Miss K

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

ULearn in Auckland

I am in Auckland in an internet cafe. It is full of Asian boys all playing World of Warcraft. The Blogger instructions are all written in Chinese so I am clicking from memory!!! I am here for the Teacher's Ulearn Conference. It took us four hours to get from the airport to our hotel. I even had time to get out and take photos as the place was gridlocked. The conference is at the Sky Tower.
AS I was having a cup of coffee guess who I noticed was stowing away in my handbag- Mini-Dylan.
Seeing he was here I decided to take him to Kelly Tarlton's underwater world to learn more about Antarctica and penguins!
In Kelly Tarlton's there is a replica (fake) Captain Scott's Hutt.
They have this really cool live penguin exhibit that we could view from underneath.
All of these penguins were real. There were heaps.We could see the Sky Tower way in the distance.Mini-Dylan was a bit frightened by the giant stingray.There was even sharks in the tank.This crab would have made a tasty treat. These crayfish- even better!!They had a fish just like Nemo.
And a piranha- can you see his teeth?
At the gift shop Mini-Dylan saw something that reminded him of Cuddly Kiwi in Wales.
After that we went up the Sky Tower for a view of all of Auckland.
by Miss K