## Sunday, 20 September 2015

### How much cake?

We have been learning all about fractions and what a fraction is. We decided that a fraction is fair. It needs to be the same shape, same size or the same number.
We have also been doing loads of thinking and problem solving in our maths. We think problem solving is hard but we are very proud of our learning!

WALT: find the fractions of sets and shapes.
Success Criteria
• I can use what I know to solve problems
• I can use a picture to show my thinking
• I can use materials to show my thinking
• My shares are fair (the same shape, same size or the same number)

How I am going

 I can use what I know to solve problems Kerri thinks

 I can use a picture to show my thinking Kerri thinks

 I can use materials to show my thinking Kerri thinks

 My shares are fair (the same shape, same size or the same number) Kerri thinks

Reflection

My favourite part was: thinking about how I was going to work out the answer.

It was really hard when: I had to try to work out what a quarter is because it's quite tricky.

Something that really helped me was: I used the teddy bears to help me figure the answer out.

Something new I learned was: how to work out thirds but it's still tricky.

Kerri Thinks
You have a clear understanding of 'half and not half' and have used this understanding to help you with other fractions. You share your ideas in the group and use materials to show your thinking.
Remember when problem solving, slow down and think about what the question is asking and then think about what you already know. Lots of thinking and drawing pictures can help you solve tricky problems.

### Reading

WALT: summarise by retelling my story in order.

Success Criteria:
• I can find the beginning middle and end of the story
• I can record the main ideas, in order
• I use my summary to help me better understand what I read and to share my ideas.
• I am starting to think about what might happen next

How I am going

 I can find the beginning middle and end of the story Kerri thinks

 I can record the main ideas, in order Kerri thinks

 I use my summary to help me better understand what I read and to share my ideas. Kerri thinks

 I am starting to think about what might happen next Kerri thinks
Reflection

Summarising by retelling my story in order helps me because: it helps you remember what the story was about.

It was really hard when: remembering what step you did first so you know what step to do next.

Something that really helped me was: memorising the story because then it was easier to retell.

Something new I learned was: that summarising help you remember the story because you can look back at your piece of paper if you forget what happened in the story.

Kerri Thinks
You are a fabulous reader and I love how you are so keen to share you thinking before and after reading. Thinking about what we know before we start reading helps us to get our brains ready for new ideas and it can help us to work out some new and tricky words.

Your next step is to increase reading fluency, this means to make your reading sound like talking. Reading the story more than once and recording then listen ing to yourself read can help with fluency. Remember to read the punctuation to build fluency.

## Monday, 14 September 2015

### Rangatiratanga

We are learning about Rangatiratanga (Leadership and initative).

This is what we think Rangatiratanga is...
• Helping new kids –showing them what to do and where things are
• Doing something without being asked
• Helping
• Solving problems for ourselves… thinking
• Leading by example… showing by doing
• It is not being a bossy boots
Rangatiratanga (Leadership and Initiative) - it is all about thinking and making some choices for ourselves.

#### We need to think for ourselves!!

 I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initative) in the classroom. Kerri thinks

 I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initative) in the playground. Kerri thinks

My Reflection
I show rangatiratanga in the playground by: Saying nice things and letting people play rugby with me and my friends.

I show rangatiratanga in the classroom when: by carring on and doing your job even when other kids are annoying me.

It was really hard when: I have to ignore kids when they are chatting to me.

Kerri Thinks
You show rangatiratanga in and out of the classroom by working hard to do the right thing. You complete you i time card in the morning and make sure you follow it to make sure you are on task. I know that sometimes you can get quite upset when you make a mistake but remember that can be how we learn. Ignoring kids who are chatting can be very tricky especially when they are your friends and you want to join in. I notice that sometimes you move so you can concentrate on your learning - great thinking!!

## Sunday, 6 September 2015

### My Dad

In High5 we have been practising writing to describe. That means we are trying to get the reader to see what we see, we are using our words to create a picture. We have been adding details to our writing to help make the picture clearer.

Task:
Our job is to do this planning and write our own story about a person in our family that is special to us.

Success Criteria:
• I planned my writing
• I added details (what I can seehow my person moveswhat I might hear from my person)
• I did some fixing by myself
My writing:

How I am going

 I planned my writing Kerri thinks

 I added details (what I can see, how my person moves, what I might hear from my person) Kerri thinks

 I did some fixing by myself Kerri thinks

Reflection

My favourite part was: to share my dad because he is my favourite person in my family.

It was really hard when: trying to describe him and add lots of details. It was hard to sound out the tricky words as well.

Something that really helped me was: my plan helped me to remember my ideas.

Something new I learned was: plans help you when write because they have all your ideas.

Kerri Thinks
Planning your writing helps to gather all your ideas in one spot. You can use different ways of planning your writing and then you use your plan to make sure you have added details to your writing. The details you added to this piece will help your reader to see your dad as you see him. Keep on using your stretchy cat arm and slowy say the words, writing down the sounds as you hear then and then chck that it looks right.