Thursday, 25 June 2015

Come along to our Term 2 Learning Expo!


Next Friday our students will hold their Term 2 Learning Expo, sharing their fabulous learning from the term with others. 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Do you enjoy heroic adventures? Then Josh Nel has just the book for you!


One of our Year 5 students, Josh Nel, has written a book review of an adventure book he really enjoys. Read on to see if it's a book you or someone you know might like. 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Great success at inter-zone cross country!

Our fabulous Amesbury runners at Inter-zone cross country: Kate, Cruz, William.  Our fabulous Amesbury runners at Inter-zone cross country: Kate, Cruz, William.   — by Urs Cunningham

Huge congratulations to Kate, Cruz, and William, who competed in the inter-zone cross country competition today. 

Friday, 5 June 2015

Koru Hub Writing


We have been learning about language devices and how to use them in our writing to make it more interesting.  Here are some examples by the children in Koru Hub.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Author Skype - Melinda Szymanik

Today Matt, Anna and Angela's literacy groups had the honour of a Skype chat with Melinda Szymanik, the author of a novel called "A Winter’s Day in 1939".

Melinda read us an excerpt from the novel and then talked about characterisation, how to be a great author, planning, tenacity and inspiration. Here are some snippets of information from Melinda we're going to use ourselves next time we write a story:

  • Make sure to include a problem - set it up at the beginning of the story. Your character(s) need to solve this or deal with this.
  • Drip in clues slowly throughout the story, don't give it all away at the start
  • Put your characters in situations which make them react or talk or have to deal with issues
  • Planning is SO important - what are your characters like? What sports / reading / food do they like? What are they good at? What are they bad at?
  • A good way to think about this is to "interview" your character before writing - ask them questions!
  • You can get inspiration from anywhere - movies, TV, your own experiences. Keep an open mind.
  • Don't give up when writing, keep writing when the going gets tough
  • Edit, edit, edit. The best writers often change huge parts of their stories, or rewrite the whole thing sometimes.
  • Read a lot. It will flow over into your writing.
  • The more you write the better you get, so keep practising!
We really appreciated the chance to chat. Thanks so much Melinda, we learned a lot!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Congratulations Anna!

Deliciously amazing cupcakes made by Gail. Deliciously amazing cupcakes made by Gail.  — by Urs Cunningham

Huge congratulations to Anna for graduating with her Master degree in education.