Olden Days

We are currently having a great time completing our historical unit. After much research we planned an Olden Days school day. So last Thursday we pretended it was 24th November, 1895.


We all got dressed up and the students only had blackboards and chalk.


The students were very well behaved because the teacher was very very strict !

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We did arithmetic, geography, dictation and spelling.img_0271 img_0275 img_0265-2 img_0286

The students thought of loads of questions such as “When did they invent colour pencils ?”  ” How did they get to school ?”  ” How did they see with no electricity and no lights?”   – so lots of things to find out in the last two weeks of Investigations Time.

This week we have been writing letters to old people ( who may not like to think that they are actually that old so sorry in advance ) to find out about school for them.

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Market Day

The students had a great time at our JAB Market that we opened yesterday. They were able to try out their new money-handling skills and sell their wares. We had:

A Jewellery Shop


The Bakery


The Toy Shop


The Delicious Lolly Shop


The Best Quality Bank



Over the last 2 weeks each group had to collaborate and create a range of items to sell at their shop and  put different prices ony each. They also had to create signs that would persuade customers to visit their shop and to buy.  The bankers had to create accounts for each student.

On the Market Day,  the students took turns being shop-keepers and the shoppers.

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Book Week

W e started celebrating Book Week with our parade on Friday. Everyone looked amazing and enjoyed our day of book related










We also needed to chose our favourite book so far this year. We had a vote and “The Enchanted Wood ” won easily. Still appealing after all these years.




These are the reasons some of the students chose it:

IMG_0454Montaza says ” I liked the part when Mighty One froze the red goblins and they had to do what he said.”

IMG_0455Ina says ” I liked it when Bessie got the fairy wings that really flew when she was in Birthday land.”


IMG_0458Zane says ” My favourite part was when they were in the land of ice and snow and they had a snowball fight.”



Creativity and Collaboration

It was fabulous to see what this group came up with. We talked about how it was only possible through some planning and getting along skills.

This group had some challenges along the way but eventually they demonstrated great team-work and investigated the best design for their marble dropping experiments.


Writing hard

The students were working so hard today writing sentences on their whiteboards that I said,  “If I can hear your marker you are pressing too hard.” Then I realised just how hard they were working – all I could hear  

 was the squeaking of markers .  Wow! 


Weird and wonderful 

Today during investigations some of the students discovered this caterpillar. It is about the size of an adult pinkie. Quite chubby and and at first we didn’t think it was real…..

  It is now our classroom pet – don’t worry no one is allowed to touch it given that spikey thing! 
Apparently it is a Vine Hawk moth larvae. None of us had ever seen one and would love to know if others knew a bit about them. We will do some research ourselves too. 


Autumn is here.

We started off the term going on an Autumn Walk around the school. The students were truly delighted with the colours of the Autumn leaves they found and collected heaps for some craft work. Here are some examples of what they did with the leaves: