Monday, 24 December 2007

The Year Has Come To An End

This blog has now finished it's journey. It will remain open for those students and families who wish to look back on 2007.

Note: The Teacher of this class has shifted classes and is now teaching a group of 10yr olds (Year 6 or Grade 5 students). You can find their blog called "E3" at

Friday, 14 December 2007

Advent Calendar

B2 this is a fun way to count down to Christmas. Click here to go and play the game on the Advent Calendar.

Friday, 7 December 2007

A Letter from Memphis

Dear Mr Lietze
Merry Merry Christmas
I am missing you so much and sometimes I wish that I could come back to New Zealand, but I am having so much fun here.
I wish you could explore the fun snow and allsorts. We had thanksgiving and had Turkey and had lots of fun in the snow.
This morning when we woke up it was snowing outside.
I am learning to measure the American way, and we are learning pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars.
My teachers name is Miss Davis, and my new friends are Jadyn, Alena, and Natalie.
We got given a car, and move into our own house on Monday.
Please say hi to all the kids in the class I miss them all, and please tell Milly I miss her and wish I could have more fun with her.
You are the best people in the whole entire world.
God Bless

Monday, 3 December 2007

Slideshow: Our Class Breakup

On Friday the class came to my house and we went down the plain white waterslide. When I did a bomb into the water my legs got biten by an eel. It felt like a little nip on my heal except it hurt more. By William

It was funny when Mr Lietze had a ride on the waterslide. He jumped onto his bottom and slid down the slide. He landed in mud at the bottom. By Bianca

Canoing was my favourite because it was new to me. I also liked going down the waterslide. It was yucky when we landed in the mud at the bottom. When we were watching the people go down the waterslide, suddenly there was thunder and lighting. BOOM! Then the rain came down. It went twinky twinky. William said that the Mums' could go up to their house for coffee and tea. By Ketsia

On Friday night at William's house we went canoing. I had my first time in a canoe and I learnt how to row backwards. I also went down the waterslide and then I got a big scratch on my leg because there was a sharp bit on the end of the slide and you got scratches from the grass. By Caitlin

Monday, 26 November 2007

Our Inquiry Answer!

"Why don't birds die when they sit on a powerline?" We had a number of different answers so it took us longer to get the truth.

Today we decided to ask a specialist. We rang the local power company, Power Co. There Daniel spoke with a man named Neville who told us:
- "Birds don't die when they are sitting on the powerlines because they are not touching the ground at the same time. The power needs to go somewhere for them to be electrocuted."

Thanks to Neville, his answer has confirmed Miss Signal (who left a comment) and Jacob's thoughts. Now we have at least 2 reliable witnesses that confirm this answer! What a fun way to learn and what a cool journey!

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Help: Birds and Powerlines.....

One of our inquiry questions is: Why don't birds die when they sit on powerlines?
We have found a number of different answers to this so need your help.

Our possible answers are:
1) God made birds with legs that have bits on them just below their hips that stop the electricty from electrocuting them. By Rosalind and Maddison

2) If you are not touching the ground the electricity has no where to go so the birds don't get electrocuted. By Jacob

3) Birds don't get electrocuted when they are on the soft part of the powerline. If they are on the rough part they will get electrocuted. By Ned

4) Birds are not heavy enough because they don't have much weight so they don't get electrocuted. By Bianca

Please leave a comment with your answer :+)

Inquiry Topic: Magnets

Monday, 19 November 2007

Mathletics and Spellodrome!

Now for the spelling trial :+)
B2 follow the instructions below to get to Spellodrome.

1) Log into Mathletics.

2) Click on the Spellodrome tab (The yellow arrow is pointing to it).

3) Then listen for the word and type it into the sentence.

Monday, 12 November 2007


B2 this is a VERY cool website were we get to practice and have fun with maths.
Click on the Sign In button and then put in your username and password that I gave you.
From there you can create an avatar (little person) and earn money by finishing the maths activities. You can then buy some bling for your avatar! Have fun!
(We have until the end of the month to trial it.)

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Slideshow: Junior Athletics

"On Friday we had a fun day because we did sprints and high jump. My favourite was the sprints because I just love running!" By Allie

"Athletics was fun. When I fell over on my back it hurt a lot but I still did the sprints!" By William

"On Friday we had a lot of fun at athletics. We went onto the field and we did sprints and ball shooting. We also did long jump. Ball shooting was my favourite because you got to throw the balls past people." By Ned

"On Friday our class went to athletics day. We did it with our syndicate and the 4,5 and 6 year olds." By Caleb

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Picture: Thomas Builds a Racing Car

I brought some boxes to school from home. I joined two together with cellotape and string. I stuck red and purple paper on the boxes. I hurt my toe with the cellotape holder. It made my toe bleed. "OUCH!" said Thomas. I stuck red and purple paper on the boxes.

By Thomas

Friday, 26 October 2007

Voicethread: "How Things Move"

Lately we have been "Looking, Listening and Learning" as part of our inquiry topic on "How Things Move". It has been lots of fun.

Click on the little pictures below to see what the children have been learning. Use the big arrows to move to the next page.

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Voicethread: Our Reflection on Giving.

Feel free to share your thoughts by clicking on the Sign in or Register button above. Then click on the mic to record your oral comment.
OR you can leave a text message (but you still need to sign in first).

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Picture: The Toys Arrived Safely!

Wow B2! Look at the child's face - what do you think they are thinking? Who can spot their toy?

Our toys have arrived in the Philippians at the Ruel House.

Last term we were learning about Our Responsibility to the Pacific Islands. We decided to give up some of our toys to help the sick children in the Philippians (even though the Philippians are not in the Pacific). The toys helped make the children happy who were having operations and staying at the Ruel House. By Maddison

At our Show and Tell day Johnny came to collect our toys to take to the Ruel House so that all the little children could have a cuddle with the teddies.
Today we found a picture on our blog of a child with all our toys. The child is from the Philippians and is staying at the Ruel
House. By Caitlin

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Picture: New Student

B2 would like to welcome Jordan to our classroom.
Here is some writing that she is working on.
WALT: Engage the reader with an opening sentence.

"Rock Climbing"
Weee! I swung all the way to Mum again, it was fun. I climbed the one wall over the toilet. I sped up the wall that I couldn't climb on my birthday. I went into the cave. (To be continued...)

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

More Holiday Fun!

BBC Jokes

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Sites: Holiday Fun!

Captain Underpants Comic (write your own)

Silly Sentences (Make a silly story)

Treasure Map (Listen to a story)

Bible Kids (Stories and games)

Friday, 21 September 2007

Podcast: Pacific Island Current Events

Lately we have been bringing our Current Events to school to share in groups. The topic has been the Pacific Islands.
Listen to what the children had to say.



Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Video: Toys for the Ruel House

The Ruel House is a place in the Philippines. You can read about it, view pictures and watch a video at
B2 decided to help as part of our inquiry topic.

The video is about us giving up our toys. We showed love when we gave our toys to the Ruel House. It was generous of us. By Daniel

Music: Waitoto Children's Choir "Thank You Lord"

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Picture: Prayers

We are learning how to be more grateful for what our Heavenly Father has done for us. Here are a few of our prayers:

Thank you God for this wonderful world that I can play in.
By Caitlin

Thank you Lord for the power cut. I liked it because it was dark.
By Lucas

Welcome God to my thank you prayer. Thank you for my cool teacher.
By Kalista

Thank you God for letting me be in this world!
By Dior

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Slideshow: Making Musical Instruments

We were given a project from our music Teacher Mrs Sweatman. It was to make a musical instrument.
Well didn't we put a smile on her face when we finally brought them to school!

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Slideshow: Talent Quest Success!

Thursday nights Talent Quest turned out to be very successful for B2.
The Band who included Caitlin, Millie, Ethan, Isaac and Dior WON their age group performance! Also d'Artagnan performed a solo act on his piano and WON his age group!
Congratulations to them all. We are proud of you :+)

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Video: A Google Earth Tour of the Pacific Islands

B2 this video will help you identify where the islands we have been talking about are in the Pacific Ocean.


Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Picture: Armour of God

We are learning about the Armour of God as part of our morning devotions. So far we have covered Ephesians 6:13-15.
13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

Belt of TRUTH = telling the truth and believing God's promises.
Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS = trusting God to forgive us and make us clean.
Shoes of PEACE = telling others about Jesus.

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Picture: Jack's Blog

B2, Jack now has his own blog. You can find it by going to "Interesting Websites :+)" and clicking on Jack's Blog.

You can go and comment on what he is learning.

Monday, 27 August 2007

Picture: 3,000 Visitors!

B2 we need to celebrate! Over 3,000 people around the world have read about you and your work! You are shining your light (Matthew 5:14-16) in
- England
- Germany
- Albania
- Australia
- Japan
- Tonga
- Uruguay
- America
- Canada
- Thailand
- Taiwan
- Malaysia

Writing: More Colour Poems

Green is the colour of grass and leaves.
Green tastes like sour feijoas and yucky grass.
Green smells like lovely broccoli and a leaf.
Green sounds like crunchy apples.
Green feels like a round smooth crayon.
Green looks like the tree in our classroom.
Green makes me feel scared because I'm afraid of it.
By Muskaandeep

Red is the colour of Santa's hat.
Red feels like a hot fire in someones house.
Red smells like sweet apple juice.
Red sounds like a person crunching an apple.
Red tastes like strawberries.
Red looks like red sunburn on my face and arms.
Red makes me feel happy and good.
By Georgia

Blue is the colour of our school uniform.
Blue tastes like cold blueberries.
Blue smells bad like my shoes.
Blue sound like a car and the rain falling.
Blue feels like a smooth blue paper.
Blue looks like a rubbish bin at the school.
Blue makes me happy and feel loved.
By Maddison

Friday, 24 August 2007

Photo: B2's New Band

B2 has a special band that auditioned for the Talent Quest on Friday last week. Today they found out that they GOT INTO THE FINALS! It will be held this Thursday night! Well done to the band!

"It is going to be exciting!" Said Isaac.

"I hope we win in the finals," said Ethan.

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Slideshow: Poetry Reading

We have been reading and writing lots of poems in class. Here are some poems we have been reading.

Friday, 17 August 2007

Writing: Sense Poems

Looks Droopy, amazing, exquisite.
Sounds Sleepy, peaceful, quiet.
Smells Lovely, sweet, grand.
Tastes Yummy, perfect, chewy.
Feels Smooth, soft, splendid.
By Lucas

Looks Odd, yellow, oval.
Sounds Quiet, ideal.
Smells Sweet, wonderful, grand.
Tastes Chewy, disgusting, sour.
Feels Yucky, spikey, hard.
By Jacob

Topic: Samoan Visitor

Ioapo is from Samoa. He came to talk to us about the children in the Samoan schools. Over in Samoa they don't have many computers in the school.
By William

Saturday, 11 August 2007

Website: Bible Stuff

Click on Bible Kids to visit a very fun website where you can:
- colour in
- play Guess Who
- listen to bible stories
- watch a music video

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Slideshow: Mr Hanna Shares About Tonga

When Mr Hanna came yesterday he sang a song with us. The song he taught us was called "Rejoice in the Lord Always." By Muskandeep

They talked about the Tonga which is in the Pacific Islands. We learnt that they have lollies in Tonga. By Lucas

He showed us some pictures of a small shop and the school. There are 50 kids at the school. By Millie

The Principal who is called Christopher, wanted the children to make the school clean and tidy. So Mr Hanna and his students painted a picture of a boy and a girl putting rubbish into a bin. Cindy my friend works at Christopher's school. By Kalista

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Picture: Welcome to Our New Student - Thomas

Black Pearl is cute. I like playing with him and I have a cage for him.

By Thomas

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Writing: A Sense Poem

Looks round, green and red.
Feels hard, smooth and good.
Smells sweet and fruity.
Sounds crunchy and loud.
Tastes juicey and yummy.

By Georgia

Topic: d'Artagnan's Thoughts About Bora Bora

In Bora Bora, they have some little huts that they live in. Bora Bora is an island in the Pacific Ocean. I wonder if they have computers?
By d'Artagnan

Monday, 30 July 2007

Website: Castle Quests Maths Game

Look at the list of Maths sites to find one called Castle Quests. It's very cool. Can you find the answers to the x0, x1, x2 math problems? You have to do it quickly before the time runs out.

Thursday, 26 July 2007

Video: Our Busy Day.

We are learning about the Pacific Islands and yesterday we tried some of the Pacific Island food. We tried pawpaw, coconut and rock melon. I didn't like coconut because it didn't taste very nice. By Ketsia

Ned's mouse did a poo on his head. Ned's mouse was called Echo and she had a little ball that was pink. She rolled inside it. By Isaac

Anna from the Salvation Army came in and we gave her socks for the homeless people. By William

Music = Newsboys: "He Reigns"

Monday, 23 July 2007

Slideshow: Miss Granger!

I brought my guinea pig to school for news. My guinea pig's name is Jack. His favourite food is celery. Jack is a baby guinea pig. By Jacob

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Topic: Our Class Poll

We now have a live poll on our class blog. We are studying the Pacific Islands this term and would love to know which Island you have visited.

Have a go and watch the progress :+)

Welcome back to Term 3!

Check out the shapes activities on this site!

Click on the words "Rainforest Maths" on the side of the blog to check out this very fun Maths page.

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Thursday, 28 June 2007

Our Show and Tell Day

To end the term we shared about what we have learnt and got the parents to join in with a QUIZ! It was fun! The parents gave a gold coin to enter the quiz. We raised $33.50 and it will all go towards buying socks (yes you need them in the winter) for the the homeless in Tauranga.

Monday, 25 June 2007

Mr Page's Story about being Truthful

Today Mr Page is having his last day. After a few things Mr Page told us about when he was little. (Millie)
Mr Page got bullied by other children at school when he was a young kid. (Ned)
Mr Page wanted to play the trumpet when he was 13 years old. But when he carried it around he got embarrased. (Caleb)
He threw his trumpet away in the bush because he got so embarrassed and frigthened to take it to school. (Daniel)
Then he went home and his parents said "Where is the trumpet?" He said "I took it to school." Mr Page lied to his parents. (Dior)
11 years later he found his trumpet when he was at his parents house. (d'Artagnan)

Mr Page said he thinks he should have told the truth about how he felt carrying the trumpet. (Mr Lietze)

Saturday, 23 June 2007

Shapes Maths Sites

B2 check out the maths sites on the side of the blog. These sites can help us learn our shapes :+)

Click on Shapes 2D + 3D

Or Find the 3D Shapes

Friday, 22 June 2007

Today it erupted!!

"The volcano was big. The vinegar and baking powder, when mixed together made it explode" said d'Artagnan.

"I poured the vinegar into the volcano. It exploded. I saw orange lava come out. I felt happy" said Lucas

"I brought food colouring and we put the yellow and red colouring into the volcano" said Axel.

"I felt excited when the volcano erupted. It bubbled up, poured over the side and went down the river" said Bianca

Have a look at what happened for yourself by watching the video below.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Story Writing

B2 lets write a story together.

Click here to write a story about Bob the dinosaur.

Sunday, 17 June 2007

A Cool New Website!

Tena koutou B2!

This week we are going to be learning about the bible character Abraham.

So I have a new website for you to have fun on and learn about him and other characters in the bible. Click here

Chris the dog also has questions for you to answer after you have read the stories....... have a go!

Friday, 15 June 2007

Plant Fossils and our Crayon Rubbings

A leaf falls off a tree then dirt covers over top of it. The rocks go on top of the dirt and they push the leaf down. After a 100 years a scientist comes along and finds the marks the leaf has left. We call these marks fossils.
By Maddison.

Yesterday we made leaf rubbings to help us understand how plant fossils are made.