Friday, 20 October 2017


This week Room 21 is revising fractions. We have been using an online resource - Khan Academy - for videos and practice. Students are quickly absorbing new knowledge! Have a look: Fraction Fantastic!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Globalisation: 1 Minute Movies Part 2

Over the last few weeks, the students in Room 21 have been working VERY hard on 1-minute movies, which showcase their new knowledge of our Inquiry topic this term: Globalisation. Here are a few samples of student work:

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Mathematical Investigations

Last week, Room 21 worked in groups to solve mathematical investigations. They were presented with a question, from which they had to discuss then work out a method to generate the answer. Strategies which included: addition, multiplication and division were used to work out their answers.

Below are a few snapshots of student learning:

Friday, 8 September 2017

Sporcle quizzes

Recently, Room 21 started a 3-part reading rotation, as part of our daily reading program. 
 For one part of their reading rotation, students of Room 21 have time to challenge their general knowledge by completing Sporcle quizzes which not only help with their reading skills, but give them some general knowledge as well. Here's the link: Sporcle quizzes

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Free-verse poetry

Recently, Room 21 has completed some Free-verse poems in class. Below is a sample of a fantastic free-verse poem:

WALT: Use written language features to engage our audience


Spring is the season when the blossoms bloom.
All the animals come out to play; new baby animals join the world.
You can hear the birds tweeting, happily.
The weather’s perfect - not too cold, not too hot.
People can spend more time outside. They'll have lots of fun.
Beautiful scenery all around.

By Sandhya, Alex and Tanishka

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Descriptive recounts

WALT: Use descriptive language to describe a recent recount.

Over the first few weeks of Term 3, Room 21 has been working on descriptive recounts about a memorable experience they had over the holidays. Below are a couple of examples of student work:

Plane ride to Wellington!

On the 21st of July 2017, my family and I flew to Wellington on a Jet Star airliner. The reason we were going to Wellington was because of my friend’s birthday party!

Screech! The car’s brakes screamed to a stop. I pushed the door open and sprang out of the charcoal- coloured car. I grabbed my bag and a medium-sized suitcase. As we ran across the zebra-crossing, a giant monstrous shape loomed around the corner and came speeding toward us! We just made it onto the footpath just before the truck rattled by. We then ran into the HUMONGOUS airport right before a group of tourists crowded the entrance. As we sprinted to the baggage check-in, my little sister was looking around, munching food. Next we jogged to security check. Finally, we boarded the plane. “Phew” I sighed.

“Please fasten your seatbelts.” The loud speaker said. Whoosh!  The plane lifted off the ground and zoomed into the sky. As soon as the plane had lifted off the ground and took-off into the sky, one of my ears had clogged up. “I hate planes,” I mumbled quietly to myself. I peeked out of the oval-shaped window and saw giant, fluffy clouds. Then suddenly, a huge plane zoomed by! It had a sleek, white body and tiny windows. It had its wheels down, meaning it was preparing to land. Ding! “You can now unfasten your seatbelts,” the loud speaker said. I opened the latch of the seatbelt and after a clicking sound, the belt loosened. “I’m tired,” I yawned and soon I was fast asleep.

Ding! Dong! “Please fasten your seatbelts. We are about to land in Wellington.” The speaker said. Finally! We got out after a long wait in the queue to get out of the plane. As we walked through the hallway to the airport, I could see my friends jumping up and down. I was excited to catch up with them!

- Written by Krishh Srivastava

My Mum’s Birthday

Chatter! Chatter! Chatter! I woke up to the sound of my parents chatting. Today was Friday the 14th of July the day right before my mum’s birthday and we still hadn’t got her a present! We had to do this as quick as birds. My dad and I had decided to get mum a wrist-watch.

After my dad came home from work, we drove off to St Lukes Mall to get my mum her birthday present. We had lots of choices of wrist-watches to choose from - it was a difficult decision. My dad and I finally decided on a rose gold coloured wrist-watch with a crystal clear dial. We also bought her a creamy red velvet cake which was really dense.

My dad and I were really happy and excited to surprise my mum. We planned to surprise her at 12am! Both of us are night owls which means we don't go to sleep that early, so it suited us well. My dad and I found a way to hide the wristwatch and the red velvet cake from mum, so she wouldn’t see it. We were really delighted and overjoyed to surprise her, and we couldn’t wait for her reaction!

It was finally 12 ‘o’clock and my mum had fallen asleep. My dad and I were really excited! We carefully placed a few candles on the cake. I brought my mom’s present and birthday card out. We started singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and my mom slowly woke up. I gave my mom her present and her birthday card as she carefully cut her cake. My mom was really surprised and delighted!

Later that evening, (when it was still my mum’s birthday) a few of my mom’s friends were coming over for tea. When they came over they wished my mom happy birthday, had tea and chatted for a while. Chit chat! Chit chat!

The day ended pretty well. My mom was very happy and joyful. She said that this birthday was the best birthday she’d ever had. She really liked her present and the birthday card we gave her. At the end of the day,we were all really overjoyed!
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Written by Sandhya Senthilganesh

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Persuasive Writing - Being a Kid is Better than Being an Adult! by Jiya, Sandhya and Rachita

W.A.L.T Write persuasive writing
Being a Kid is Better than Being an Adult!
Being a KID is waaaaaay better than being an ADULT!  After you read this, you will be on our side.  These are the reasons why.  Kids don’t have as many responsibilities as adults.  Secondly, they
don’t have to take care of anyone else and finally, kids don’t have to go to work.  Kids have more

The first reason is that kids don’t have big responsibilities.  Children don’t have to pay bills.  For example, the internet bill, electricity, water, insurance, rent, mortgage payments and gas.  Adults also have to pay for many expenses such as, money needed to run a car and take care of it, education for their children, after school care or activities and groceries.  Adults lives can be BORING and DIFFICULT.  It can’t be easy at times, having to earn and pay for everything!  How stressful!  Meanwhile, children just get to enjoy the things that their parents  provide for them, what a GREAT life!   ( Rachita )

The second reason is that children don’t have to take care of anyone else.  Adults have to take of their children.  It could be VERY , VERY BORING!  They have to wake their children, get them ready, send them to school and pick up them up . All while they organise themselves as well.  OMG!  That's a lot of work.  Adults have to run around a lot when they do all these things.The parents again have to drop off their kids at after school care and activities.  It would be SO DIFFICULT for adults to sort themselves out. (Jiya )

The third reason is that kids don’t have to go to work.  Adults have to go to work to earn money so they can spend it on their needs.  While kids only have to go to school and at school there will be A LOT of fun activities.  When kids come home from school they get to play whatever they want.  Adults still will be at work or doing something like cooking or cleaning the house.  WOW!  That would be A LOT of work! (Sandhya)

We’re sure that you’re on our side, now that you know our reasons .Now do think that KIDS are better than ADULTS?  Kids don’t have big responsibilities, kids don’t have to take care of anyone else and kids don’t have to go to work.  Be totally happy if you’re a kid!


Teacher Comment - Well done girls!  Excellent paragraphing and organising of ideas.  I like how you have emphasised important words by putting them in capitals.  Excellent use of adjectives/emotive language to help state your opinion (eg: Difficult, boring vs happy and great).   NEXT STEP: Use questioning to make your audience think.

Persuasive argument - It is Better to be a Kid than an Adult

It is Better to be a Kid than an Adult 

 I strongly believe that it is better to be a kid than an adult! Children don’t have to worry about money, you don’t have to work and you have more fun! Why would you want to be a boring adult when the life of a kid is SO great!

 My first reason is that children don’t have to worry about money because parents pay for everything. Eg: bills for electricity, the internet and water. They also have to buy food, clothes, pay for petrol, a car, try to buy a house or pay rent and for holidays. How horrible! Parents must get so stressed out from having so many responsibilities. They would have to work so hard and be so organised to make sure that everything is paid for. Meanwhile. Children simply get to enjoy life and not worry about such important things.

 Secondly, children don’t have to go to work. Adults may have to type on computers all day long at work. This would be SO tiring. Their eyes would get sore from staring at a screen all day. They may have to work at night. When everyone else is sleeping, they are working hard to earn money. Then they have to sleep during the day while everyone else is having fun and living their lives. Adults may have a job that they don’t like! But they don’t have any option, if they want money, they have to do it. Parents who go to work only get four weeks holiday a year whereas children who go to school get 12 weeks holiday a year. Some adults work over 40 hours a week and become exhausted! Children have a whole 12 weeks holiday a year to relax, rest, play and sleep (if they want to).

 Finally, children have way more fun than adults. Children get to have sleepovers and they get to go to friend's birthday parties. Kids get to play a lot and they go to swimming pools. Whereas adults have to clean, cook, go to Countdown to buy food for the family and do boring paperwork. What a TERRIBLE life! Being a child is full of so much joy. Why would you want to grow up?

In conclusion, we believe that being a child is way better than being an adult. Children have way more fun and freedom, they don’t have to work and they don’t have to worry about money. Being an adult is a nightmare.

 By Mrs Perkins, Ameena and Nidheesh

Teacher Comment: Great use of persuasive language to highlight how awesome it is to be a kid compared to how horrible it is to be an adult. Excellent paragraphing and excellent introduction and conclusion, stating the main reasons.
Next steps: Use questioning to make the reader think. Use research to back up the main ideas.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Success criteria for writing a persuasive text

WALT: Write a piece of persuasive writing
Forceful language. Eg:  Let’s act now!   Stop now! 
Make a change!  Stop right there!  Stop littering today!
What are you doing!  Don’t do that!

Could you live with yourself if you knew you were contributing to the pollution of our planet?
Do you feel the need to ….
What are you doing? Are you truly thinking about your actions?
Do you understand what’s happening?
Do you watch TV? 

Positive or negative words that help to prove your claim
TV is not a good invention – terrible, garbage, trash, harmful, horrible, rubbish
TV is a good invention – great, fascinating, marvellous, amazing, educational, awesome, magnificent, out of this world, fantastic, creative, informative, fabulous, outstanding, mind blowing, brilliant

Intro (Para 1) – Stating your claim and listing your three main ideas
Para 2 – First main idea and evidence
Para 3 – Second main idea and evidence
Para 4 – Third main idea and evidence
Conclusion (para 5) – Re-state your opinion and sum up your three main ideas.  Forceful language.  Creative ideas for change.  A persuasive sentence.

Use simple, compound and complex sentences
Simple sentences – 1 idea
Compound sentences – 2 ideas joined together using – FANBOYS – for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so
Complex sentences – Ideas joined together that support each other.  Joined together with conjunctions such as: however, although, when, since, before, because, after

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Health -Term 2 - Self acceptance

When we do health in school, what are we learning about?
Your body, how your body works and moves, your life, things that can benefit you/be good for you, looking after yourself, your condition or wellbeing, things that help you to be happy and healthy, how to keep yourself safe

Term 2 – Health - Self Esteem/self acceptance

Self Esteem –
Good self esteem – You are happy, you show confidence and believe in yourself
Bad self esteem – You are unconfident, don’t believe in yourself and you don’t have good thoughts about yourself – you think you can’t do a lot of things.  Negative thoughts about yourself.   

Self Acceptance – You accept yourself. You believe in yourself.  You are happy with who you are as a person.  Accepting what your good at and what you might need help with.  You show pride in your accomplishments.  You are fine the way you are and don’t feel the need to change or be different.  You are pleased and confident with who you are. 

(Write down your answers on a piece of paper) 
NOTE: You don’t have to share your answers with anyone unless you want to.
1.    List three describing words that describe you in a positive way.  (Your personality)
2.   List at least 3 things that you think you are good at. 
3.   How do you think other people would describe you?  3 describing words
4.   What job do you think you’d be good at when your older and why?

5.   What do you think your parents would say is your best quality?