We have had an amazing camp and so much fun over the last three days.
Thanks so much to the wonderful parents who helped make camp so much fun.
The children have lived and breathed the Challenge by Choice philosophy - it has been exciting to see them relishing the challenges and pushing their own limits.
We are so proud of everyone.
This is a selection of photos. There will be more to follow when i catch up with parents and manage to get hold of their photos too.
Over the past two weeks we have worked very hard to create our own books.
We began by looking at picture books and identifying common features and thinking about the things we liked about different books.
Next we planned our own story and wrote it in our books. We wrote our book for our junior buddy so we had to think about the type of story they would like to read.
We went onto using a great website called Book Creator for Chrome which is a new Chrome extension.
We created our own books. We thought about the layout and how we could present our book carefully. We explored different ways of recording our text. Book Creator has a great feature called Voice Record which meant we could say our story and the computer typed it for us - this made it much easier to record our stories quickly. We adjusted the font size and style to make our story appeal to our buddy. We learned about PNG files and that these pictures were the best kind to add to our books.
Today we invited Tui to come along and listen to our stories. It was so exciting to have an audience. Tomorrow we will be sharing our books with our own junior buddy.
The great thing about Book Creator is we can all read each other's story too because they are in our library.
If you'd like to check our books out, please follow this link to Book Creator
You will need these codes to access our libraries
O1 - Renee - SVK8R
O2 - Rachel - R9STM
O2 - Jodi - LFGGJ
O3 - Sam - 97JTL
O3 - Sam home - 7Q88G
Tomorrow, Friday, is the final day to order the 2017 Year Book.
Please send along the money and order form tomorrow if you would like to order. I will be placing the order by 12pm tomorrow.
The end of the year is fast approaching.
In keeping with St Albans School tradition we are producing a Year Book that highlights some of the great moments of 2017.
This book is available for purchase for Year 5/6 children.
The cost is $22/book.
We need orders and money to be placed by Friday 1 December.
Please return the following form with the money to the office.
Waimakariri and Ōtākaro teachers
Year 5 & 6 Wainui Camp Gear List – 2017
Please name everything clearly!!!!!
Cut lunch, morning tea and a drink for the first day.
Don’t forget the batch of home baking please as this is the morning and afternoon teas for the children.
NO MONEY, NO SWEETS,
PLEASE CHECK THIS LIST WITH YOUR CHILD AS HE / SHE PACKS FOR CAMP
PLEASE ALSO ENSURE THIS LIST GOES WITH THEIR LUGGAGE TO CAMP, SO THAT IT CAN BE CHECKED OFF BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL.
YMCA Camp Contact Numbers
Camp Office (9am - 4pm) Ph. 03 304 8460
Fax 03 304 8784
Emergency after hours. Instructors Ph. 03 304 8715
Site Staff Ph. 03 304 7790
What a day the Year 5's had at Waimairi Beach this year. Even though everyone has done it Beach Ed before, it was great to be reminded of the rules at the beach and in the sun. We also got amazing weather this year, along with warm water and great waves. Whether you were out in the big waves or paddling and splashing in the little ones, it was awesome to see everyone's confidence in the water grow.
Today we began a new focus in our literacy block.
We begin by looking closely at some picture books - we read them to ourselves and also aloud to a friend. It was fun to add expression and think about how the author intended the book to sound.
Next we spent time looking closely at the book - what were the language features the author used? Who is the book written for? What was the author's purpose? How does the author introduce the characters? Is the story fast or slow paced? How is the text/pictures laid out? ...
We recorded our ideas in our books or on a doc.
We are going to repeat this process for at least three books.
When we feel confident we have a good idea of what makes a picture book great we are going to write our own book for our junior buddy.
We will write a story that incorporates features we have identified in the books we have written. We might used ideas and language from the stories we have read.
When we have written our story we will use Book Creator for Chrome to create our own eBook. We will be creating a voice over so our junior buddy can listen to us read the story even when we are not there!
There is so much to think about and so many great ideas already being shared.
I loved listening to the children reading the stories and using such great expression. I also loved the way they were talking about the books and the ideas within them. Our little buddies will be very lucky when we finally share our own stories.
We are so lucky to go to a school where we have a pool we can use every day during the summer months.
Today we had our first swim of the season - the water was 27.5 degrees - rather like a bath!!
The children were so excited to swim together and had such a lot of fun.
Please remember to bring your togs every day as you never know when we might strike a bonus swim!