Monday, August 31, 2009

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Fantails group have been learning about how to write speech marks and questions.
Thanks to 'Google Images' Miss Walters found pictures of Jack climbing the beanstalk. We had to put ourselves into Jack's shoes and write down what we thought he was thinking. 

1. Jack said "What a giant beanstalk!"

2. "Oh, when am I going to get to the top?" Jack cried

3. His mother shouted "you 
get down from that beanstalk!" Jack replied "No, I want to see what's at the top of the beanstalk."

4. Jack whispered to himself "a giant might live in that castle."

5. "Mum, mum hurry bring the axe! The giant's coming!" shouted Jack.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Princess who was trapped in the Tower

Heather and Mary wrote this story. They got their ideas out of fairytales they had heard or read to create their own version of a fairytale.

The Princess who was trapped in the Tower
By Heather and Mary

Long, long ago their lived a kind king and queen who had a baby girl. They called their princess Bella because she was born with beautiful long, golden hair.

One day there was a wicked witch who stole princess Bella and looked after her for 15 years. Then when she was older the witch locked her in a high tower with no stairs, it only had a tiny window.

A few years later Bella’s hair grew longer and longer each day. There was a prince called Jack and one day he heard a beautiful voice coming from a tall tower. Prince Jack decided to follow the voice and he discovered it was princess trapped in a tower.
The evil witch came and prince Jack quickly hid behind the ancient talking tree, prince Jack heard the witch shout, “Bella let down your long golden hair”. When the prince heard the princesses name prince Jack knew that it was Bella’s voice he had heard.
Then when the witch went away the prince called for his knights.
The wicked witch came out of the forest when she heard all the commotion. She saw the prince with his knights under the tower looking at Bella’s long, golden hair.
Suddenly a beautiful unicorn came and stabbed the witch with its pointy horn. Next princess Bella cried with joy for the unicorn to catch her as she jumped out of the window. As the unicorn landed on the forest floor, princess Bella and the prince gazed into each other’s eyes.

Jack asked princess Bella to marry him and of course she said yes! The prince lifted her up onto his horse and lived happily ever after in their kingdom. The end.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mythical Creatures

The Moreporks group have been practicing to write simple and complex sentences. 
Here is what they came up with about the picture and vocabulary above.

What is a unicorn?
A unicorn is a mythical creature. Unicorns have pure white bodies and golden haired tails, like a horse. What makes them so special is that they have a spiral horn on the top of their head, often golden in colour. They live in enchanted forests. If you find one they will be your companion for life.

Heather's gem sentence - The princess and the unicorn are companions for life.

Vivienne's gem sentence - The rays of sunshine shone upon the unicorn and her companion.

Mary's gem sentence - The enchanted forest was filled with wild trees and friendly animals.

Osana's gem sentence - The castle in the distant background on the other side of the mountain was a castle, filled with royal people. 

Friday, August 28, 2009

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Check out the Tuis movie to go with the nursery rhyme Twinkle, twinkle little star.
They learnt the nursery rhyme off by heart, drew a picture on Kidpix and came up with their own actions!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Special Report: Cross Country

Here is our cross-country report as promised!
All the writing groups had a part in creating this recount for you. So we hope you enjoy it and leave us a comment.


Once upon a time, there were knights fighting year after year to stop the fire-breathing dragon. The dragon was dark red with bony wings and a strong body with a long and sharp tail. He lived in a haunted castle that was deep in the forest.

Inside the castle there was a baby and a chest full of silver and gold inside it. The knights were risking their lives to fight the dragon because they wanted that chest for themselves.

The knights never gave up fighting the dragon even though they kept losing. But one day someone defeated the dragon! The knight was dripping with blood but managed to crawl inside the castle. He came across the baby who was now a strong monster and destroyed the whole kingdom including the knight who killed the dragon.

A king from another kingdom heard what had happened and sent his knights to fight the monster. Knights went charging towards the monster on their horses and spears went flying. In the end the knights lost the battle and gave up. The monster built his own castle with a high fence so he would never be attacked again.

By Potaua
Room 13

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New Zealand's Master Storyteller & Artist

Instead of going on a trip this term, we had a storyteller come to us.
Check out our movie to find out all about it!

"I enjoyed Stu because he was funny and cool. I liked his amazing picture, I wish I could have kept it." Alexandria

"What I liked about Stu wa that he made up such an interesting story." Te Rina

"My favourtie part about Stu's story was that it had a unicorn in it with a gold horn." Jasmine

Friday, August 21, 2009


Cross-country yesterday was a success, everyone did so well! We will have cross-country recounts coming just for you on Monday the 24th of August.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cross Country Training

We had to write clear sentences to answer Miss Walters questions so they were easy for our audience (you) to understand.

When do we do cross-country training?
We train most mornings but mostly Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday’s.
By Eleva

Why are we training?
We are practicing so we are ready to do our best for the real cross-country.
By sam

We have to practice a lot because it is our school cross-country on the 20th of August.
By Shadin

What do you need to do cross-country training?
Having good running shoes helps because you might cut your feet on glass or rocks.
By Eleva

Where do you run for your cross-country training?
We run outside the school and go down to the reserve. On our way back we go past the classes.
By Billy


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Old Mother Hubbard

The Moreporks Literacy group have made their own animations for the nursery rhyme Old Mother Hubbard. They have been trying to add more detail to their drawings, so check out what they have done.

Don't forget to leave us a comment. Do you think our animations were detailed?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood
Retold by Kane and Richard

Once upon a time Little Red went to visit her grandmother. There were dark frightening shadows in the forest. Little Red picked wild flowers to poison the angry bad wolf. A big hungry wolf was looking at the basket of goodies. Little Red gave the evil wolf wild flowers to poison him. The evil big bad wolf ate the wild flowers and he got sick. He started to wobble and fell down onto the ground. Little Red got out a knife from her basket and stabbed him in the heart. The blood came out and next she cut open his stomach. Out came granny from the wolf’s stomach. 

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Super Stitching

As part of our topic, we have been learning how to stitch. Check out our photos to see if you can guess what fairytales the pictures belong to.

My picture is of the straw house from the fairytale The 3 Little Pigs "I enjoyed learning the running stitch because it was the easiest." Vivienne

I stitched the axe from the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk because that part of the story is my favourite.
"The best part about our topic is that I have learnt to sew." Carlos

Here is a photo of me with my stitching of a pig from the fairytale The 3 Little Pigs. "The hardest part about stitching is threading the wool through the needle eye." Shadin

Did you guess that mine was the apple from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?
It is my favourite fairytale beacause it has a lot of interesting parts in the story. "I found the blanket stitch the most challenging to do." Dante

Doing the Gingerbread Man made Miss Walters hungry. Do you like eating gingerbread men? I do ecspecially if it is decorated with lollies! "I'm enjoying our topic this term because I have been learning about so many different characters." Mary

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Baa Baa Blacksheep

As well as looking at different fairytales, we have been looking at nursery rhymes to.
The Parrots group were learning about the nursery rhyme Baa Baa Blacksheep.

We have been learning to put together our own iMovies with voice overs.
Please comment and let us know what you think about our movie.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Our Favourite Fairytales

Britney's favourites fairytale is Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.

Thomas likes the giant from the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk.

This is Eleva's Kidpix drawing of her favourite fairytale, Cinderella.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Term 3 The Art in Storytelling

Term 3 is well on the way, we have been learning and working hard.
It is not always easy to show you absolutely everything we do (or you could be here for hours).
So here is a small snapshot of what we could get together, so sit back and enjoy!

Let us know what you think by leaving us a comment!
(You might even like to give us some ideas for our class story that Nova and Logan started for us)

Thursday, August 6, 2009