Reading Strategies

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Star of the week - 29/8/14

Room Sevens Week Six Star is Kade for adding more information into his stories. Well done Kade! I am really proud of you. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Here are some action shots of us hard at work.

Money Banks with colour!

We put the first colour coat on our money banks today. We think they look really neat! :) 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Scott Donaldson's Lost Kayak

There was lots of excitement at Auroa School after school today. Scott Donaldson tried to cross the Tasman in July but quit just 74km off the Taranaki Coast. He suffered head and chest injuries, and the weather conditions deteriorated. His kayak was abandoned and had been lost since.  Scott's kayak was located this afternoon just down the road from our school. We were very lucky to have the kayak brought to our school for a visit. We thought it was very small to have lived in! Here are some photos. 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Money Banks

We have now all completed at least one layer of paper mache. We have learnt lots already from our trial and errors in making these money banks. Last week we had a bit of trouble with losing our legs and ears. If we make animal money banks again we will use more tape to secure our body parts before we start our paper mache. We will also make sure we don't use too much glue. We are looking forward to more paper mache tomorrow afternoon! 

Star of the week - 22/8/14

Room Sevens Week Five Star is Luke for excellent sounding out of unknown words in his writing. Tino Pai Luke!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Cross Country

2014-08-21 09.25.43 from Kelly Davidson on Vimeo.
This horrible weather hasn't stopped Star Seven from cross country training. We have been doing our training inside where it is nice and warm. This is our favourite running song! 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Money Banks

We have been very busy finishing off the shell for our money banks. We now all have a face, ears and legs. We have spent a lot of time ripping up paper and newspaper so we can begin our paper mache tomorrow. We can't wait to start this!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

To Miss Davidson
This is my calf called Bow. She is the special calf I have picked for school calf and lamb day. She loves to lick me. Bow is a little jersey and she needs to grow a bit for her cover to fit her properly. Her cover is blue and warm. Bow's tag number on her ear is 4.  She really, really loves milk.

From Jayda 

I was very impressed with this email I just received from Jayda. What a fantastic description of your calf Jayda! She is very cute. I am looking forward to meeting her at calf and lamb day. Kap Pai Jayda!

Miss Davidson :)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Star of the Week - 15/8/14

Room Sevens Week Four Star is Pai for beautiful pronunciation.Well done Pai!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Money App

We have been learning to count money in Star Seven. This means once we finish our money banks and start saving, we will be able to count how much money we have in total. We have been using our basic facts strategies and knowledge to help us. We have enjoyed using the following app to count money and buy various items. If you would like to be using this app at home you can find it by searching 'Kids Count Money NZ'. It does however have a small cost. I have attached a picture below of the icon that should appear. 

Our Maramataka

This is our Maori calendar we do every morning.
Paimarire has done a beautiful job of translating this using explain everything.
Tino Pai! 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


We have loved learning lots of new tricks on explain everything. Persaeus also completed an excellent explain everything on her toast instructions. Fantastic layout Persaeus!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


We loved doing our electives last term. Harriet was in the sewing elective with Mrs Wisnewski. Harriet has shown a real passion for sewing. We were very impressed at news share when Harriet shared this teddy she had sewn. You are very good at sewing Harriet!

Sunday, 10 August 2014


Hi everybody,

just a reminder that if you have any 1.5L fizzy bottles can you please bring them to room seven. We would love to use these to make heads for our money banks. Thanks!

Star Seven 

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Instructional Writing

Miss Davidson was very lucky to have both Mr Spice and Mr Chittenden help her on Friday to create this video. Caridy and I both learnt a lot. Caridy took the photo of the toaster on her own, she typed up her set of instructions, drew a picture of a toaster, and then I recorded her saying the instructions. Great, clear instructions Caridy. Tino Pai!

Star of the week 8/8/14

Room Sevens Week Three Star is Sarah for excellent instructional writing. Well done Sarah!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Money Banks

We have just begun the planning process for our money banks. We have now all decided on one animal that we would like to make. We used pic collage to collate pictures that we found in books and on the web. This will help us when we draw the plan for our money bank. 

Friday, 1 August 2014

Star of the week - 1/8/14

Room Sevens Week Two Star is Lucy for beautiful expression and fluency in her voice when reading. I love listening to you read Lucy!