Thursday, 26 November 2015

WALT use precise nouns to add detail for our reader.

This week in writing we have been using precise nouns to make our writing more specific for the reader.

We took a paragraph and changed the nouns from general nouns to precise nouns.

Here is an example.

In the weekend I had to do lots of shopping with my Mum. We went to the shop diary to get some food. We also went to look for a present for my cousin’s birthday. I had to choose between a doll and a soft toy. After that we went to the shop to buy some clothes, I got two new items and a pair of shoes. Because I had been so good, mum took me to the shop to buy an ice block. Lucky me!

Monday, 9 November 2015

1 more sleep!

There is only one more sleep till the Hay Park School Student Toolkits, and we are very excited!

Goodie bags waiting for new homes!
Lanyards all ready to go. 

Friday, 6 November 2015

Hay Park School is the place to be in Week 5!

Next week we have some very exciting things happening at Hay Park School. On Tuesday we are holding student led toolkits where students from other schools in the Ako Hiko Cluster will be coming to Hay Park.  This half-day action packed event will focus on creative and collaborative use of digital technologies to promote innovation and learning.

And then on Thursday the 12th of November Hay Park will be part of the Google Expedition Pioneer Programme! Want to know more? Check out this Youtube clip. Flox Class will be visiting the moon! 

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Athletics - Running

During week 1 and 2 we have had Andy come in and coach us on our sprinting skills.  In week 1 we learned about sprinting technique and in week 2 we focused on our starts.

There are 7 key skills we need to increase our sprinting skills.

  1. Eyes straight ahead.
  2. Light feet. 
  3. High knees. 
  4. Bent arms. 
  5. Cheek to cheek arms. 
  6. Run straight. 
  7. Run tall. 
Check out these photos of us practicing. Can you tell which skill we were practicing? 

The skills we focused on for our starts are:

  • Look straight ahead (not at the starter!)
  • What to do on the starters calls (Take your mark, set, go)
  • Improving our reaction time (the amount of time it takes us to get moving once we hear the signal to go). 
We are very excited about athletics day which is coming up in week 5! We will be able to put all of our athletics skills to use. 

Maths in Flox Class

This week we have been working hard on making sure we have mastered a strategy we can use for solving addition and subtraction problems.

We have really enjoyed working through problems, on our own and with others.

Check out Spencer and Simione working together.

Ka pai boys!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

HPS News - Flox Class

Today was our assembly and we decided to create a news bulletin. Check out what is happening at Hay Park School today!

Fantastic effort Flox Class! What a great use of your imovie skills.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Positive Blog Commenting

Today we have been learning how to write positive blog comments with Mr Hopkins. Here is my presentation with some top tips for blog commenting. Can you find out who's blog I commented on?

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Self Guided Learning

Today I am out learning with other teachers in the Ako Hiko cluster.

Flox Class are working in the library with Mrs Kingston and McCahon Class.

Mrs Kingston has just shared this video with me. I am so proud of my class, such fabulous independent positive learners!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Te Reo Māori Conversation

WALT have a conversation in te reo Māori.

In Flox Class we have been learning to have a conversation in Maori. We used our conversations to create movies. Our movies are set around Hay Park School. Have a look and see if you can understand Peeana and Manahal's conversation.

We are learning to use te reo Maori. We are still learning to pronounce some of the words in our conversations. Please give us some tips if you have any!

Ka kite ano!
Mrs Archer

Friday, 21 August 2015

Camp Movie

This week we have been making movie trailers using iMovie. It was a great way to share our memories of camp with the other classes at our school.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

This week is Maori language week, we are retelling the story of Maui and the Sun. This is Tai's work.

Ka Pai Tai!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

My Writing Learning Goals

This term in writing I am going to be working on two goals.

They are:
Use short and long sentences.
Include dialogue to tell the reader more about the characters and to add evidence in non-fiction.

I will know I have achieved these goals when I can show evidence of these in my writing.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Lost in space!

This term, we are learning about space. On Tuesday the teachers went to Stardome in preparation for our trip in week 8.

Do you recognise this awesome astronaut we saw there? 

Basketball with Miss Hopcroft

This week in PE we were learning some large ball skills with Miss Hopcroft. We learnt how to dribble the ball, and how do a chest pass.

When you dribble the ball you need to: 
 - keep the ball close to you
 - keep the ball just in front of you
 - use soft fingers to bounce the ball.


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Home Learning Challenge From Matua Edwards

Matua Edwards has set us a Home Learning Challenge, our challenge is to design our own Marae.

You might need to turn the sound up to hear the instructions.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015


In Flox Class we have been using GoNoodle to have brain breaks when we have been working hard and need to get our wriggles out.

Check us out, getting our grove on!

Friday, 8 May 2015


We have been having some football coaching sessions each Wednesday. Check out some photos from this week.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Anzac Ceremony

Today Flox Class and McCahon Class had a ceremony to remove our field of rememberance.

We began with a waiata, Te Aroha. Then listened to the last post while we removed the crosses. It was a very solem occasion.

Lest we Forget

Letters from the Anzac Soldiers

This term we have been learning about the Anzac soliders. We wrote letters
as though we were soldiers in WW1, writing home from the trenches.

This is Jayzel's letter.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Anzac Week

During the first week of term we have been learning about WW1 and the Anzac Soldiers.

On Friday we held an Anzac Service at school, by our flag pole and our field of remembrance. The field of remembrance has 30 white crosses each bearing the names of those from the Mt Roskill area who lost their lives in WW1.

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Dusky our school cat, reflecting in the field of remembrance. 

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Home Learning Challenge - Shreya

In Flox Class we have Home Learning Challenges that link up the Key Competecies with our school values.

Check out Shreya's slide show, showing how she planned and cooked a special meal for her family.

Awesome work Shreya!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Chinese New Year - Week 3

Gong Xi Fa Cai Everyone! (Happy New Year)

Yesterday was Chinese New Year. We have been learning about Chinese New Year celebrations all week in class.

On Tuesday it was our class assembly - our assembly focused on Chinese New Year and included lots of interesting facts about it. We made gold coin trees to bring us good luck.

To celebrate, yesterday we began making some paper cut art work based on the animals in the Chinese Calendar.

We will post some photos when they are finished.

We are loving using our Chromebooks in all our learning. They are such great learning tools!

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Look at the focused learners!

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Working hard on our Chromebooks
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Our gold coin trees - to bring good luck

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Starting our Chromebook Journey

Yesterday our Chromebook journey began.

There was a lot of important information to be recorded, which we all worked together to do. Then came the big moment when we were able to open up our beautiful new Chromebooks! Soooo exciting!

We all signed in, then checked our email for the first time and had a look around our class site.

Our Chromebooks are such a great tool for learning. We can't wait to use them more!

Huge thanks to all our whanau for supporting us with our Chromebooks.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

First week back at school

Week one has been an exciting time at Hay Park School!

We have had science experiements, we have been learning about each other and the Treaty of Waitangi!

Miss Hopcroft is a student teacher in our class. She will be with us for the first two weeks, and then in on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

It has been so much fun getting to know each other and starting our learning journey for 2015.

We can't wait to see where our learning will take us this year.


Friday, 30 January 2015

Welcome to 2015!

Hi Flox Class of 2015! I hope you are as excited about this year as I am.

I have had a fantastic holiday with my family. My nephew Noah was born on the first of January so that was pertty exciting in my family. I also spent lots of time enjoying the beautiful sunshine we have had.

I have spent the last few days in at school getting ready for this year, and am excited to share our learning space with you all.

I am really looking forward to seeing you learning, and seeing the ways in which you share your learning in 2015.

I can't wait to see you all on Monday.

Mrs Archer