Thursday, December 14, 2017

Happy Holidays From Room 20!

To all the families and friends of Room 20, we wish you all a very happy, fun and safe holiday.  

We are looking forward to a wonderful 2018!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Have you got the Room 20 Factor?

We all have our own special talents and on Monday we were lucky enough to have some of our talented people in Room 20 share these.

A Day of Fun Athletics Action!

The field was alive on Tuesday morning with laughter, smiles and energy as the Kauri team took off around seven different stations.  High jump, sack races, sprints, long jump, an obstacle course, ball throw and frisbee.  Each activity was run by some fabulous Year 6 students who made sure we had a great time!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Things Room 20 Are Not Allowed to do Anymore...

After reading '17 Things I'm Not Allowed to do Anymore' we were inspired to create our own version.  We had some very interesting ideas about what we might not be allowed to do anymore! 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Term 4 2017

What a great term we have had in Room 20!  A week of Geometry, EOTC, a Newsletter to publish, an exploration to MOTAT... and so much more.  The busy people of Room 20 have been rushed off their feet with all that has been going on.  

Take a moment to explore our photos and see some of the adventures we have had during Term 4.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Drawing Machine

Today we made a drawing machine.  We created it out of the Little Bits robotic parts.  We read the instructions carefully and built it but we needed to make some adjustments.  First we tested it with a whiteboard pen but the pen didn't work so we got another one and it worked perfectly.

By Alyssia and Violet the creators

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Madness at Mind Lab

What a day we had in the movie making studios of the Mind Lab!  It started with some great advice from one of our fabulous hosts Damon or 'D' for short.

I can't promise you that you will all succeed, but I can guarantee you will fail and when you fail you will learn something new!

And that is exactly what happened, we did fail and we did learn new things.

View our gallery of the days events here.

Check out our movie creations here.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Red Carpet Event

How fabulous you all look...  check out the gallery of our two fantastic evenings.

Click here...

The First CPDS Film Festival

The film festival is over but you can still enjoy the movies by checking out our blogs through the CPDS connect link in the sidebar.  
Room 20 are very proud of what they created, as they should be!  😀

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Kite Action

Today Wilson brought in a kite he made.  We had heaps of fun trying to get it to fly, we almost got there!
It has inspired us to to get creative with kites...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

An Inside Race

An indoor race was held yesterday in Room 20.  During the dictation race we needed to concentrate on the spelling and punctuation in a piece of text.  We are learning to pay close attention to this in our own writing.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Coming soon...

"The most anticipated film of the year."  Miss Williams
"An instant classic."  Serena
"My new favourite movie!"  Miss Ginders

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Kiwi Welcome

Last week we enjoyed welcoming our friends from Ningbo to share in a Kiwiana themed art experience.  It was also a great opportunity to put our Mandarin lessons to use and have conversations with the students.  

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

An Awards Ceremony to Remember

The red carpet was rolled out for the companies of the snack factory at the awards ceremony held this week.  
Best video, healthiest snack were just some of the honours up for grabs.  Well done to you all!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Successful SLC's

What did the learners of Room 20 think about their first student led conference of the year... here are a few of their thoughts.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Another Two Entries

Take a look at our next two entries from Cupcakes on the Way and Blue Beans.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Entry Number Two

The second entry comes from the Cheesie Chew Chews.

Entry Number One

One of the challenges at the Snack Factory was to create a video snippet to hand over to the TV producers of a new food show for children.  Here is the entry from The Chocolate Factory.

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Super Snack Factory

This week the discovery centre was taken over by nine different companies all on a mission to create a snack as part of the 'Snack Factory Challenge'.  Our companies: Cupcakes on the Way, Peter's Pizza, Cheesiechewchew's, Blue Beans, Smack Parrots, Super Spring Rolls, The Chocolate Factory, Flaming Skull Boys and Cookies Delight had many tasks they needed to complete over the week.

We have plenty more that we will share, but to take a look at all that went on visit our site gallery.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Week 10 for Room 20 was out of the ordinary.  We tackled a range of activities, learning how to make different things and then passing our learning on to others by holding our own workshops.  Check out what this looked like by exploring our DLO's (digital learning objects) below!







Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Space Exploration

Mrs Clapham took us to explore the solar system.  We paced out the planets and found out just how far they all are from each other and the sun.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

When given a problem...

As we develop our problem solving skills we are learning to explain the strategies we use to others.  We think about the mistakes we make and how we can learn from these, and learn to justify our solutions.  These mathematicians worked through this process while thinking about a strawberry patch and seats on a plane.

The Importance of Guide Dogs

Why wear mufti on a Friday?  
To raise money to go towards the training of guide dogs.  
With everyone bringing a gold coin we were able to raise over $700 which will go towards the care and training of guide dogs and the important job that they take on.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Toffee Pops! Warriors!

Could you hear the noise coming from the Cornwall Park School hall on Wednesday morning?  It's surprising that it's still standing.

Two players from the Warriors, Patrick and Toafofoa Sipley joined us bringing their messages of health and fitness in a fun and interactive assembly.  Prizes, trivia and chanting were just some of things we tackled!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Marvelous Maths Mistakes

These young mathematicians are learning how to build their understanding by thinking, talking, explaining and justifying as they solve math problems. They worked together, made mistakes, learnt from each other, challenged each other as they came up with their solution.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What is an adjective?

Sharing our thoughts about adjectives... 

Something that describes a noun - Maddison

Something which explains a noun - Sophia

A describing word - Pranvi

A word which makes a picture in the reader's mind - Lucy

Lessons From Piper

We are always looking for ways to develop our
To inspire us this week we watched the short film 'Piper' and discussed the lessons we could learn from this little bird.  Here is what we thought.

Nathan - 'Piper never gave up, even when he got soaked by the waves, he had another go.'

Violet - 'He didn't give up, he was hungry and really wanted to help the other birds.'

Maddison - 'He cared about the other birds.'

Sophia - 'He discovered something new when he tried out different strategies.'

Ahmed - 'He got used to the water.'

Amber - 'He persevered.'

Kyle - 'Piper buried himself in the sand, learning from the crab.'

Alyssia - 'You can do anything you want, you just need to try.'

Josephine - 'The crab shared ideas with Piper.'

Leo - 'Learnt to do something new by never giving up.'

Rebecca - 'He needed to solve the problem by himself.'

Tsukasa - 'He needed to get his own food.'

Pranvi - 'He started to enjoy the water.'

'His mum wanted him to solve the problem himself and become independent.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

One Last Trip

Our STEM rotation and the rollercoaster extravaganza came to an end on Friday afternoon.  The three jam packed afternoons showed off the collaborative problem solving skills of the year 3 and 4 learners in the Kauri team.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Take Two!

The second group of STEM engineers travelled to the roller coaster challenge.  What did they say about what they found tricky?

  • 'Connecting the straws to the cardboard.'
  • 'Adding support to the structure.'
  • 'Making sure the tracks let the ball roll without falling off.'
I wonder what today's engineers will face!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

STEM Excitement

This week the Kauri team are taking part in a mini STEM rotation.  We are moving around rooms, exploring different challenges and using all the skills of the CPDS dispositions.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Netball with Miss Pickworth

The fabulous Miss Pickworth took us for another netball skills session.  We used all that we have learnt to play mini games against each other and had heaps of fun!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Butterfly Creek Adventures

What a fabulous day we had exploring the attractions at Butterfly Creek.  Hungry crocodiles, tarantulas, GIANT weta... dinosaurs!  And so much more.  It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves with the animals.

Check out more of our photos in our Butterfly Creek album.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Seed Sitters

Hwan stayed on the job all weekend and just look how the seeds progressed under his care!

Thank you Hwan!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Seed Sitters

What a difference a weekend makes.  Look how Nathan's seeds have changed over the weekend.  Another awesome job by one of our expert seed sitters.  Thanks Nathan!

Seed Sitters

More observations... when given water and a bit more time, just look at the progress these seeds are making under the watchful eye of seed sitter Maddison!

Seed Sitters

Another one of our professional 'Seed Sitters' has been doing an amazing job over the weekend.  Check out what Maddison has noticed so far.

Thanks Maddison!

Seed Sitters

An empty classroom over the weekend is no place for seeds to thrive.  Call in our professional 'Seed Sitters' to take care of them.  Here is what Pranvi has noticed so far.
Thank you Pranvi!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Our Classroom is Growing

Room 20 had on their scientist hats today as they explored the world of seeds.

Some of our notes so far...

We are learning about seeds and how plants grow we did a lot of work until the morning to afternoon.

Oscar made these predictions

I think the seeds white bit is the root.

I think tomorrow or next week the seeds might turn into seedlings.

I think the seeds will absorb the water to grow.

We have been planting a lot of seeds and right now we are gardening with real dirt and real seeds this is the first time for year threes!!!!!!

We have been learning about how living things grow . I have made prediction about the plants we had made .
If anyone wants to make organic sweet and spicy mix
Or mung beans we have instructions just for you!
We also noticed that some little brown seeds from the mix rose to the surface of the water .
We had lots of fun!


Package Ready!

We are so excited to be sharing our writing with Kaitangata School in the South Island.  We have put in a lot of effort to get it ready and today we packaged up our writing and it is ready to be collected!  We will be waiting by the mailbox to see what we get from our buddy class.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Growth Mindset Monsters

We have learning to have a growth mindset in our class.  We created Growth Mindset monsters to help us with the challenges we face in our learning.  Here are 2 of them!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Get NZ Writing

What connected learners we are in Room 20!  We are preparing our creations to send to Kaitangata School as part of Get NZ Writing.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Go! Go! Go!

We gathered together all our energy to run and chase as we practiced our soccer skills.

Look at us go!

Learners in Room 20 are working hard to be self - managing learners.  During reading we had lots going on and were all making great choices for ourselves.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

How have you encouraged others today?

We thought about how we could show others we are a Growth Mindset class.  This group chose to make a movie to show that we can all encourage others to make good choices.

A Great Start to a New Year

The new year is off to a great start in Room 20!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ready for 2017

SOAR: An Animated Short from Alyce Tzue on Vimeo.

Room 20 is starting the year with a growth mindset.  We are working on challenging ourselves, being open to new ideas and learning, and not giving up.  We watched this short film 'SOAR' as inspiration for our creations to show others we are a Growth Mindset Class!

Look out for our creations...