Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 
from Room 3 - Kids with a view
What a fantastic learning journey we have had this year.
Thank you to all our visitors and to all the people that have left us comments.
We really do appreciate your support.
Most of the Room 3 children will be back next year ready to take on another year with Mrs Laburn 
only this time we will be Year 2's!
We will be welcoming Robbie, Nicholas, Nico and George to our class.

Thank you to our special Quadblogging friends 
We Love Learning - Prep S
Learning Together - Prep K
Stoke Bishop School
Kathryn Wynn School
We think you are all awesome friends - see you next year!

And a special thank you to our NZ buddies

The Rockets 
Hamilton East School - Room 14
Bailey Road School - Room 14
Point View School - Room 14
(wow look at all the Room 14's)

Have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Blog Awards - Hamilton East School

Look! - Room 14 at Hamilton East School 
held their very own blog awards.
We were very lucky to be nominated.
Thank you Room 14 for the nominations.
We hope you had fun selecting your favourite blogs.
Check out their blog to see who won the categories.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fabulous Christmas Wiki

Check out this Christmas wiki full of fun learning games and activities

Maths, Reading, Jigsaws, Crafts, Movies, 
Songs and much more

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Voting Best Class Blog - Edublog Awards

Please vote for our class blog 

Click on the link below
Best class blog 2011 | The Edublog Awards
Scroll down to where it says 'vote here'
Click on the arrows and scroll down to 'Best Class Blog' and click
Then next to 'Best Class Blog' click on the arrows and scroll down to 'Room 3's Class Blog' and click
And then click vote.

Remember you can vote on your iphones too!

We do need your vote from home as we are only allow one vote per day from our school's IP address.
Thanks heaps
To vote for your favorite just choose the category from the drop down menu below you want to vote in, who you want to vote for and then click Vote.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The 2011 Edublog Awards

Thanks so much for the nomination Mrs Rivett we are so thrilled that you consider our
blog worthy of a nomination.

Please also vote for our friends in Room 14 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Grandparents Day

Look at all the wonderful grandparents that visited our classroom on Friday 11th November.
We had such an exciting day!
We 'WOWED' our grandparents with our ICT skills, showed them around our classroom and the school, performed some folk dancing for them, had a picnic lunch, and shared some amazing Point View School talent at our grandparents day assembly.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Our Diwali Rangoli Patterns

Diwali Rangoli Patterns 
There were lots of ways that we could choose to 
make our rangoli patterns. Making rangoli patterns helped 
us to learn about symmetry.

We could.....
*draw our patterns
*use blocks and other maths equipment 
*go online and use the following websites

To learn more about symmetry click 
on the following link - it's fun!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Singing our school song - Learning Together

Here we are singing our school song called
'Learning Together'

Our friends in Australia call their blog
'Learning Together'
so we thought they might like to hear us sing our school song that we sing proudly at every assembly.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Inquiry Learning - Kiwi Puppet Presentations

We decided to present our Inquiry Learning on the Kiwi as puppet shows. 
We used Australian animals because we thought it would be fun for our Quad blogging friends in Australia to watch. 

Koala: I was wondering how you search for your food?
Kiwi: I forage for food by scratching at the ground with my strong claws.
Koala: How do you know that worms are there?
Kiwi: I can smell worms that are buried in up to 3cm of earth. I use my beak to sniff for food.
Koala: How do you get the worms?
Kiwi: I make rapid stabs into worm tunnels using my beak as a spear.
Koala: Thanks for helping with my answers.
By Jacey and Orlando

Bat: Hello kiwi. Why are you brown?
Kiwi: The brown colours make me almost invisible in the dark.
Bat: What are your feathers like?
Kiwi: They are soft and fluffy.
Bat: It you lose your feathers what happens?
Kiwi: I will grow new ones.
By Benny and Tiffanny

Koala: Hi kiwi. What do you do during the day?
Kiwi: During the day I sleep in underground burrows I have dug or I find a log or hollow tree or thick vegetation to sleep in.
Koala: When do you come out?
Kiwi: I come out as soon as it is dark.
Koala: What do you do at night?
Kiwi: I leave my burrow to look for food.
Koala: Thanks for answering my questions.
By Mallika and Krishant.

Kookaburra: How big are kiwi eggs?
Kiwi: Just before kiwi lay their egg it is so huge it almost fills the kiwi's body and she has no room left for food. She stops eating three days before she lays the egg.
Kookaburra: Who sits on the eggs?
Kiwi: The male sits on the egg to keep it warm.
Kookaburra: When are the eggs laid?
Kiwi: In the spring the mother kiwi lays 1 or 2 eggs in a burrow.
By Neeve and Aum

Kangaroo: Hi I'm a kangaroo. How do you move around?
Kiwi: I have wings but I can't fly because they are very, very small.
Kangaroo: Can you run really fast?
Kiwi: Yes I can run faster than people. Kiwi can run swiftly with a side to side sway. The swaying helps me to balance.
Kangaroo: Can you swim?
Kiwi: Yes, some kiwi's can swim across rivers.
Kangaroo: Thank you for answering my questions kiwi.
By Maia and Joshua

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Our Guy Fawkes Stories

cover image
Click to view our stories by Sienna, Krishant, Kairyn, Benny and Aryaan

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

An Australian Community

This term our Aussie friends Inquiry topic is ‘Our Community’. They went for a walk around their neighbourhood to see what is in their community. They took cameras and took photos of what they discovered. Then they made this voicethread using their photos to share what they saw in their community.
We are going to share with them what our community is like – so that they can learn more about us and where we live. They also want to see where we are the same and different.
 Does our community look the same as theirs? Do we have the same things as they do? 
During this week and next week Room 3 children will be taking photos of our community and then we will comment on the comparisons.

What differences and similarities can you see?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Aum starts his own blog

Meet Aum...                                                               
He created his very own blog at home. 
If you stop by his blog please leave him a comment it would make him so happy!               
Mrs Laburn is so proud of him. 
Keep up the great work Aum.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

We did it - Second Place - Awesome!

Congratulations Kids with a View - We did it!

What a great thrill and very exciting news for our school.
We will certainly be looking forward to and waiting in anticipation for the arrival of the 
adidas sports gear!! 
What a lucky school!
Thank you to Sonny Bill Williams and Adidas!!

Check out all the videos here

Monday, October 31, 2011

More Exciting News

Kids with a view entered this Adidas competition with two of our
 'Walking RWC Picture Frames' and a haka video.
We have had confirmation that we are one of the 30 finalists.
Watch this space for an update in the next couple of days!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Diwali

We are learning about the Indian Festival of Lights - Diwali

In India, one of the most significant festivals is Diwali, or the Festival of Lights. 
It's a five-day celebration that includes good food, fireworks, colored sand, and special candles and lamps.
Soon we will add our Rangoli patterns that we made.

Do you celebrate Diwali?
Please share with us what your family traditions are.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Congratulations All Blacks

Congratulations to the Mighty All Blacks
World Champions
Winners of the 2011 Rugby World Cup 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mrs Laburn meets the All Blacks!

Yesterday five All Blacks Aaron Cruden, Adam Thompson, Victor Vito, Hosea Gear 
and John Afoa met up with some lucky prize winners (including Mrs Laburn)
for a meet and greet session at the Backing Black HQ.

Tonight it's game on!
We will be Backing Black more than ever.
Rugby World Cup 2011 Final
New Zealand vs France

Go the Mighty All Blacks from Room 3!

Have you met an All Black before?
Please tell us about it.

Friday, October 21, 2011

True RWC 2011 Sportsmanship

Our quadblogging friends from Australia made us a welcome back video.
How special is that!
It really is awesome!
They even give the ALL BLACKS a shout out!
You will also hear them sing the great Aussie song - Gidday.

Our friends in Australia show the spirit of true sportsmanship.

After you have watched this video Room 3
 please go to Prep S and Prep K's blogs and 
leave them some awesome comments.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kids with a View haka appearance

The Adidas PR team have told us that Room 3's haka video is to appear
 in this 20m projection spectacular tonight!
The projection is playing before, during and after the semi-final All Blacks vs Australia game tonight.
Fingers crossed.

Semi Finals - All Blacks vs Australia

Tonight the All Blacks face one of their toughest matches of the 
Rugby World Cup against Australia.
Go the Mighty All Blacks!
We are proud of you!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

RWC 2011 Semi Finals

France vs Wales
Which team do you think Sienna and Alvin are hoping will win?
Who are you supporting in the semi finals tonight?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Australian Quadblogging Buddies

Action - Reuse and Reduce!

By our Quadblogging buddies at
St Lukes School in Melbourne, Australia

During Inquiry Learning Prep S and Prep K learnt about reusing products and recycling to reduce landfill. They discovered a problem at their school - they use too much paper. So they worked through a Problem Solving Strategy to decide what they could do to change the way they use paper at St. Luke's. After much discussion and considering the pros and cons of all ideas, the Preps decided to make a video about how they could stop using too much paper. Together they wrote a script - practised their lines and made props to make their video.
They want all classes to put this video on their blogs to share this very important message. 
What will you do today to stop using so much paper?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Carrollton, Kentucky

Where is Carrollton, Kentucky USA?
Mrs England's Kindergarten has posted some information about Carrollton on their blog. 
We also found some photos from gambleg42's photostream on Flickr.
It looks like such a pretty place.

Here are some websites Mrs England has recommended we visit to find out more about Carrollton.
 Carrollton is right on the point where two rivers meet - the Ohio River and the Kentucky River.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Results of our NZ Flag Debate

The NZ Flag Debate
For over a decade there has been a debate in NZ on whether or not New Zealand should change their flag to represent who they are.
Room 3 decided to see whether there is a huge opinion for change or whether people are still proud of the flag we fly today.
We came up with this idea because some of the flags of the countries in the RWC 2011 have easily identifiable flags like Japan, Canada, USA, Argentina, Wales and South Africa.
Should NZ have a flag that represents who we are and is easily identified around the world?
Arguments for the silver fern
The NZ flag is too similar to the Australian flag.
It is easily identified as a symbol or emblem of New Zealand.
New Zealanders’ are very proud of it.

Arguments for the NZ flag
The national flag has represented NZ for over 150 years.
The national flag represents New Zealand's history of the country as a part of the British Empire and location in the southern hemisphere.
Generations of New Zealanders have fought and died under it.

The results of our survey
We stopped the poll at 200 votes.
52% preferred the present NZ flag
48% preferred the silver fern flag.

What does this tell us?
We think New Zealand is not quite ready for a flag change.
After some discussion the children in Room 3 think we should just have two flags to represent New Zealand!

I like the New Zealand flag because...

I  like  the  blue flag because it has meaning it is part of New Zealand. There is also a Maori flag it is black and red and white. The countries that can see the Southern Cross are in the Southern Hemisphere. Two countries in the Southern Hemisphere are Australia and NZ.  By Aryaan

I chose the blue flag because I like stars and it has meaning. It has red inside the stars and it has white
around the stars. The stars represent the Southern Cross. By Tiffanny

I like the NZ flag because the blue colour is cool and I live in NZ. I like the blue flag because the blue means truth and loyalty and it is the ocean colour. by kairyn.

I like the blue flag because the white bit means peace and honesty and the stars represent the southern cross. The Union Jack means the British rule. There are four stars that are red. The red means hardiness bravery, strength, and valour. Blue represents the ocean. By Aum

I like the blue flag because there is four stars and it has a blue colour which means truth and loyality. The red colour means strength and bravery. The white colour means peace and honesty. The stars represent the Southern Cross. The countries in the southern hemisphere can see it. The Union Jack means we belong to the commonwealth. By Dykie

I like the New Zealand flag because I was born in NZ and the flag has meaning. It is what NZ means and blue means vigilance, that means paying attention, truth and loyalty, perseverance and justice. Did you know that only Southern Cross countries can see the stars. By Orlando

I like the blue flag. I like the NZ flag because it has the Union Jack on it. The Union Jack means we belong to the Commonwealth. The white means peace and honesty. Red is for bravery and strength. The NZ flag has four stars. By Kevin

I like the blue flag because it's got the Southern Cross on it. Blue stands for truth and loyalty and perseverance. That means don't stop, don't give up. By Mallika

I like the NZ flag because I like red stars. The blue flag is cool. I was born in NZ. The NZ flag has four stars on it. But I like the All Black flag too. By Alvin

I like the silver fern flag because...

I like the black flag because it is black and white. White means peace and honesty. The silver fern comes from the leaf of the New Zealand fern. By Zana

I like the silver fern flag because it has been done beautifully and I like how it has been curved. I like how it has All Blacks at the bottom of it. By Bradie

I like the black flag because I like the Silver Fern. The silver is on one side of the leaf green and other side is silver.The silver fern is worn on the All Black rugby jersey. I love the All Blacks. By Joshua

I like the black flag because I like the silver fern. The silver fern leaf has one green and one silver side. There are 190 different silver fern plants. The silver fern comes from the leaf of the New Zealand fern. Ponga is the Maori name. The All Blacks uniform and other sports uniforms have the silver fern on them. New Zealand is proud of the silver fern. By Sienna

I like the black flag because it has meaning. The silver fern symbol comes from the leaf of the NZ fern. The silver fern is a plant and one side of the leaf is green and the other side is silver. Ponga is the Maori name. There are a lot of different ferns. The silver fern is a national symbol that represents New Zealanders. By Jacey

I like the black flag because it has New Zealand printed on it. It has a silver fern on it. There are 109 types of ferns in NZ. The All Blacks wear the silver fern on their All Black jersey. That makes them proud. By Rohan

I like the black flag because it has a silver fern on it and it is different to Australia's flag. Their flag is like ours but it has 6 white stars on it. By Neeve

Friday, October 7, 2011

BackingBlack - The All Black's Haka

Go the mighty All Blacks!

The Haka is a generic term for Maori dance, the whole body should speak.
The boys in Room 3 practised and practised the haka.
They tried really hard to put in as much effort as possible and express the full meaning of the haka.
The girls  are very passionate All Black supporters.

For information including the origin of the haka visit  - 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Our buddies at Bailey Rd School

On Wednesday 5th October 10 children from Kids with aView travelled to
visit the Year 8's in Room 13 at Bailey Road School in Mt Wellington.
Room 8 are our blogging buddies.  Even though they are much older than us they enjoy
visiting our blog and leaving us some awesomely written comments.
The Room 3 children weren't even feeling nervous
about finally meeting their blogging buddies they were just very excited!



The Room 13 buddies were amazing so welcoming, helpful and patient.
We all looked at each others blogs, made some comments and got to know each other.
The interaction were wonderful moments to watch.
We were also introduced to some more new buddies - Room 2 a Year 1 class.
Now we had 3 new buddies each!
At morning teatime all the children shared a yummy morning tea and went
off to play on the playground.
After morning tea the Bailey Road buddies showed us around their
art exhibition - it was artrageous!
There are so many talented children at Bailey Road.

Thank you so much for our enjoyable visit.

For some more awesome photos of our day click this link

Monday, October 3, 2011

Jigsaw Puzzle for our Quadblogging Friends

 Hi Quadblogging friends - 
we have added a jigsaw puzzle for you to do. 
When you have finished the puzzle can you please ask us some questions about the photos and we will answer them for you.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Poetry Recital - Year 1 Winners

The criteria for our Poetry Recital
* Immediately captures your attention
* Voice clarity/pace
* Volume
* Posture/eye contact
* Personality/enthusiasm

Here is Krishant reciting "STEVE THE SUPERHERO"
Krishant was placed second in the Year 1 Poetry Recitals.
Congratulations Krishant - Amazing job!

Here is Sienna reciting "WORMS"
Sienna was placed third in the Year 1 Poetry Recitals.
Congratulations Sienna - Awesome job!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Room 3's Movie - Out and about around our school

Room 3 decided to make a video for our Quadblogging friends.
It is a wonderful tour around our school.
We used the ipods to video each other.

We had to make sure we didn't put our finger over the view finder and
we had to make sure we kept the ipod as still as we could and
we had to make sure when we filmed moving around that we didn't
move the ipod too fast.
We also had to think carefully about what we would say to make it interesting
for others to listen to.

What do you think about our first video made by us?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Phonics Phones

Room 3 was really lucky enough to have one of our parents donate 25 "phonics phones".Thanks Darren.Phonics phones are PVC piping that acts like a telephone.Room 3 use them during SSR, reading group time and writing time.The children do not need to speak loudly but can hear themselves clearly while speaking.The phonics phones are particularly wonderful during writing time as the children can hear themselvessounding out tricky words that they are attempting to phonetically sound and spell.The sounds are more prominent and accentuated enabling the children to more easily spell words as they sound.During reading time a group can go off (in the secret garden or other secret space) and read into a phonics phone,hear themselves clearly and at the same time not disturb others working.The phonics phone also improves their focus and ability to stay on task.
(Look Preps K and S it was wacky hair and wacky hat day!)


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