Monday, December 15, 2008

Santa Stories

Santa's waving, long beard appears from the chimney, a big cloud of ashes and smoke rushes down after him. Big, black boots falling from a big fluffy cloud. Blood streams from top to bottom, a big buckle around his wobbly bowl of jelly. "Ho ho ho," he laughs, sending a Merry Christmas throughout the world.
By Erina

On the night before Christmas, Santa visits everyone and all of us with our presents. Squeezing down the chimney, popping out the end, covered in ash. His belly is as sloppy as a bowl of jelly, his lips are all dried up. Filling up the stockings and placing presents under the tree. Picking himself up and gathering his sack he hops on his sleigh. Away with a push of the reindeers hooves. Soaring through the sky, back to the North Pole. When the children awake in the morning they awake to a happy day with all of their presents and time with their families.
By Jenaya

Who is he?
He has a scruffy beard and he can be found checking his list. He has reading glasses. He wears white or black gloves. He has blue eyes. He has a red and white hat. He has white, long hair. He has red and white sleeves. He loves milk and cookies. He is... Santa Claus!
By Emily

Santa Claus zooms down the chimney like a buzzy bee flying to the nectar flower. His beard is as white as a mountain of snow, he rides his sleigh, flowing through the snow. His eyes are as blue as the sunny sky. His reindeer fly over the sky pulling his sleigh . His red, red coat is like a ripe cherry. He spreads good wishes which make everyone merry. Santa fills the childrens stockings, making sure the reindeer don't leave droppings.
By Mackenzie

Santa Claus has a white sparkling beard and a black belt. He has a bright, red hat with a pom pom on the top. He has a round belly that reminds me of a big bowling ball. He delivers toys to everyone on Christmas Eve. Santa makes people feel happy and grateful.
By Tom

One night I heard a stomping noise on my roof. Suddenly I saw someone. He bounced down the chimney and landed on the soft, brown carpet in front of the fire. He was wearing red and white clothes and a black belt around his belly. When he finished placing presents under the Christmas tree he climbed back up the chimney like a strong wrestler. He landed on the thick, white snow outside, on the roof and flew away with his reindeer.
By Morgan

Signs for the Playground

We have been busy identifying hazards in our playground and designing safety/warning signs for technology. We looked at whether our signs needed to be standardized or not. We also looked at how you can tell if a hazard is permanent or temporary by the sign (its colour). We had to laminate our signs to ensure they were weather proof. Take a look out some of our creations.

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Christmas Crackers

Did you know a man called Tom Smith invented Christmas Crackers in 1847? On Friday Room 12 made their own Christmas Crackers. We had put Christmas jokes, confetti, lollies, pom poms and stickers inside. We used a toilet roll, crepe paper, ribbon and cello tape. They were very easy to make and we think they will be great to open on Christmas Day. Click on the website below to read a bit about the history of Christmas Crackers.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Santa Claus

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'The Night Before Christmas' but originally it was titled 'A Visit from St Nicholas'

He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his sack.
His eyes how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face, and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump,--a right jolly old elf--
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.

Written by Clement C. Moore in 1822 as a Christmas present to his children.

Letters to Santa

Today we wrote letters to Santa. We thought it was important to tell Santa about what we have learnt this year, what we want to get better at and any special questions we wanted to ask Santa rather than writing a big list of things we would like. We also discovered a NZ Post Website where you can email Santa or send him a letter in the post. Some of us have emailed Santa and hope to get a reply from him in the post. Room 12 children will be bringing letters home today as Raewyn doesn't have enough stamps to post them so I have asked them to get their parents to check their letters are all correct and show them how to put a stamp on and post. The postal address is: Santa Claus, Santa's Workshop, North Pole 0001.
Check out the NZ Post website and email Santa!

Merry Christmas!!!!

Pinky V Caramello

Room 12 have been learning how to write arguments over the last few weeks. We pretended that Caramello and Pinky were the only bars in the world. We had to pick a bar and write why it is the best bar. Here are a few of the finished arguments. See if they convince you!


Pinkies are the best when you're feeling like a treat. They make your mouth water!

Firstly I think that Pinkies are great because they have less fat and that's good for you.

Secondly I think that if you like marshmallow, you will like Pinkies because they also have pink marshmallow in the middle and are coated on the outside with chocolate.

Thirdly Pinkies are squishy so it is easy to eat because it's soft on your teeth.

I truly think that Pinkies are a great little snack.

By Bennett


I believe that Caramello chocolate is the best chocolate in the whole wide world.

Firstly Caramello chocolate has 322 kg of energy which means you have energy to run around.

Secondly Caramello chocolate only has 10% of sugar. That's great so your teeth won't rot too much.

Thirdly in one pack there are 15 bars. What a treat!

Most importantly you can give your taste buds a bath in Caramello Cadbury chocolate.
Keep your kids happy for only three dollars! There are 15 in a pack so there is enough for the whole family!

By Nicole


I think Caramello chocolate is the best chocolate bar.

Firstly it has 10% sugar which is not that much so you won't become overweight.

Secondly it's a treat sized bard for a bit of energy before a bike ride, walk or any physical activity.

In addition it's only $3 for a packet of 15 whcih is a very good deal.

Lastly, the most important reason is it has a delicious dairy milk chocolate coat, filled with oozing caramello inside. Doesn't that sound yum?!

So eat Caramellow Chocolate today!

By Porsha

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Activities

We all know the 25th of December is just around the corner! Have a go at these games by clicking on the pictures! Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Pantomime Slideshow

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Time Flies!

Wow it is already December! Room 12 has been so very busy this term with the Pantomime, School Gala and more. 3 weeks of school left until the Christmas Holidays. Over the next few weeks we will be finishing off our Rocks inquiry and beginning a new technology inquiry.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Who am I? Identifying Rocks

Click on the picture to have a go at this "Identifying Rocks" Game. It is tricky but it is a fun way to learn about rocks and their characteristics.

Rocks and Soils

Click on the picture below to be taken to an online activity about Rocks and Soils. We will be looking at rock and erosion this term.

Suna the Greedy Giant by Wilfie, Tom and Morgan

The Butterfly and the Crane by Nicole and Reanna

Suna the Greedy Giant by Amy and Ellen

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Dress Up Day

WPS dressed up last Wednesday in their PJ's or as a celebrity. R12 had Shania Twain, Lola, Miley Cyrus, Bad Jelly the Witch, Gabriella and more.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wheel and Axle

We looked at wheel and axles last week. We made spinning tops which were lots of fun. A wheel and axle is a lever which rotates around a centre point or fulcrum. Spinning tops are an example of a wheel and axle.

Trust Power Kool Kids Care Show

Yesterday we were very lucky to have Elgregoe and his wife perform an 'optical illusion' magic show for us. The theme was anti bullying. There was heaps of laughing involved! We learnt about six important values: respect, helpfulness, honesty, fairness, responsibility and caring.

Felix loved the part with the endangered parrot.
Morgan loved the part when the giant white rabbit disappeared.
James liked the part when he got to be a volunteer where Elgregoe tried to make his shoe stop smelling and made it disappear!

We know now that we have the power to make a difference and to always treat others how you want to be treated.

Room 12 is full of proud students who care!

Monday, September 15, 2008


Click on the picture below to be taken to a website to learn about friction.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Calendar Art

We followed our Tropical Fish theme for our calendar art. We used collage techniques that included: vinyl, newspaper, watercolour paints and layering. We looked at the story "The Rainbow Fish" to help us paint our backgrounds. We hope you like our creative end products.


Today we looked at the simple machine; levers.
We made catapults using iceblock sticks, pencils and winegums. The pencil was the fulcrum or pivot point.

We discovered that the iceblock stick acted as a first class lever and that the further away the winegum was from the fulcrum the bigger the force was and the higher it flew in the air!

Some people had a few problems with their winegum flying so high that they got stuck in the rafters... sorry John you may find some mouldy winegums at the end of the year when you clean up!

We learnt that a lever has 3 parts:
- load
- fulcrum or pivot point
- effort

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Cause and Effect - TeacherTube

Cause and Effect

Have a go at the cause and effect game by clicking on the picture. We are learning how to write explanations over the next few weeks. One important part of explanations is showing 'cause and effect' in our writing using connective words such as:

because, so, consequently, therefore, due to the fact, since, as a result, the reason for, thus, nevertheless

Improve your spelling!

Have a go at these games to help improve your spelling. Read the instructions carefully. Just click on the pictures.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Simple Machines

Over the next four weeks we are going to be looking at simple machines. Click on the picture to be taken to a great website full of information and activities about simple machines.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Some Descriptive Writing

Today Room 12 was busy writing descriptions about the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. Their goal was to write descriptions in an original way using strong adjectives and verbs. Here are a few pieces written by children who gave their best:

Crowded people watching the ceremony as striking fire wooshes by. Drums shatter and make a hugely loud sound. Footprint fireworks are heading to the birds nest then BANG, fireworks streaking out into the night sky! Thousands of people watching lights flashing with glee.
By Wilfie

Lights collide together with fire and creates something new. Drum sticks glowing like one million fire flies. My eyes start to burst out. The fiery tubes start to jump. My eyes burst even wider as the hands hammer down on the drums with a tube of fire. I'm amazed.
By MacKenzie

I saw the start of the Olympic Games. I saw drummers thrashing their drums and flashing footprints. There were holographic Olympic Rings and exploding stars. A flame ran around the nest with the crowd going wild. Man I wish I was there!
By James

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Breaking News!

Here is some humorous writing written today by Phoebe about her experience of winning gold at the Olympics:

Triathlete Phoebe Young has won a gold medal for the New Zealand Team. The match had been presented in Beijing.

Phoebe swam 3 cm, cycled 15 cm and ran 10 cm. She went so fast that she broke the world record by 15 seconds!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Fraction Games

Have a go at these fun fraction games! Just click on the pictures to be taken to the website.

For "Tony's Fraction Pizza Shop" and "Clara's Fraction Icecream Shop" games read the instructions first then click on the pink PLAY NOW button at the top left hand corner.