Thursday, November 20, 2014

Week 7 Spelling

Ravenclaw has chosen some of their own words from their writing this week

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Weekly Find Out

Name any 2 instruments that you would find in an orchestra

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Give me your best sentence starter for writing if you came across an accident on the road ....

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Landfill Harmonic Amazing and Inspirational

Hi parents of Room 8, our children seem to be very low on pens or pencils.  If your child has any extras at home may you please send them with one to get them through the end of the term please.  Thank you!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Musical Instruments

Have a listen to these instruments and see if you can match to the correct one.  Click here to go to the musical instruments

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weekly Find Out

This week I'd like you to find out and post what makes the sound change in instruments.  Think of both wind and brass instruments.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Week 4 spelling words

Click this link to go to a musical instrument.  See if you can name 3 parts of the instrument.  Good luck!

Weekly find out

Alright Room 8, I would like you to find out one piece of information about Halloween and post in a comment below.  Use your technology skills - especially today!  You may work with a buddy.  Read comments from your peers so we are not all posting the same information.

Happy Halloween :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Our smiley face reward

Because our kids were wonderful and they earned all the smiley faces we have decided to have a technology day this Friday the 31st.  They are allowed to bring their own devices from home and a few extra snacks to enjoy as well.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Commonwealth Day

On Friday 1 August Ruma Whitu and Room 8 are celebrating the end of the Commonwealth Games by having a Commonwealth Day.
Time - Kick off at 11am
Venue - Either at school or the Army Gym TBC
Dress up - in any countries colours, uniform or dress in the Commonwealth- except New Zealand
Food - A shared lunch with food from another country if possible or just a plate to share
Any questions check in with Sam or Hayley

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Colour Square Link

This week we have been working on our multiplication and division skills and have been practicing with these colour by number sheets. Check out this link and practice at home...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Check out some of our character writing and see if you can guess who we are describing. Just click onto one of our names on the right hand side of our class blog and take a guess.

Week 4 spelling words

Monday, May 5, 2014

Crusaders Game June 17th

Check out this link for more information

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It's the holidays...


On Tuesday this week all the year 6 students went to a leadership day at Lincoln events centre. They learnt about what a leader is, qualities of leader and how to facilitate games within the playground. Next term they will be putting some of this knowledge into practice. 

Kiwiana Shared Lunch

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Reading Stamina

We have been working really hard on our reading stamina and reading for leisure, check out some photos of us enjoying reading this week. 

Our Christchurch CBD tour

This term Room 8 has learnt about giving directions, plotting a route onto a map and using correct mapping language. Through our inquiry we came up with wonderings around icons and what where some of Christchurch's icons, from these wonderings we researched and planned a tour around Christchurch CBD. We made brochures packed full of information and provided a map of our route including an estimated time to walk it from google maps. Check out our photos from the tour. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Woodend Beach

We are home from camp and spent the day reflecting about our time away, what we enjoyed, what we would change for next time and organising our photos which currently total over 1000 shots! So keep an eye out for some action packed snap shots to be uploaded. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Soap Carving

This week we have been learning about adding depth into our art, how to manipulate soap to give carvings a 3D appearance. We have had fun trying out different tools to carve with, settling on using skewers for our final product. Check out some of our designs.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Week 7...

This week we won the school penguins for having the cleanest class, their names are Lightening and Eliza. We are also working very hard researching, planning and designing brochures for a trip around Christchurch CBD. Some of our brochures are looking amazing!

Bake Sale

This has been a busy week, this morning we had lots of lovely baking arrive in Room 7 and 8. The two classes then walked their baking down to the Burnham community hall ready to be sold. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Our kiwiana icons..."Kiwis love Hot pools,rugby balls,McDonalds,Snapper Schools,World Peace,Woolly Fleece, Ronald and raising beasts,Chilly bins,Cricket Wins,Fast skis, Golf Tees,Silver ferns, Kauri trees, Kiwi Burger love one please............. Cause We love All blacks,Thermal daks, Egg & Cheese, Walking tracks, Beef Pattie, Marching girls, tomato, lettuce and paua shells, gumboots, ponga shoots, floopy hats, Kiwifruits, beetroot, buzzy bees, moggy cats, cabbage trees, onions, kakapos, kiaoras, cheerios, jandels, sandals, katchup, coromandels, swanndris,butterflies, mustard, fishing flies, hokey pokey, Maori haka, Kiwi burger THAT OUR TUCKER!!!"

Some of our amazing art....

Check this out.... we have been reading some of New Zealand's myths and legends and from this we have developed some art work redecorating one of our classroom walls. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Kiwiana Flashmob

Mrs. Keenan was playing some very old music over the speakers this week, so Room 7 & 8 decided to show her how it was really done! We sung the chorus of three songs, Ten Guitars, Gumboots and Alice. We managed to sneak into the office without her hearing us until we started singing. 

Room 8's Swimming Star....Sophie

On Monday the 10th of March Sophie attended the zone swimming competition. This is one of the videos taken of her amazing swimming. She placed first in freestyle and third in breast stroke.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

How to blow a bubble...

Come in and check out our instructions on how to blow a bubble. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Camp Gear List

Year 4 / 5 / 6  Camp
Woodend Christian Camp
Monday 31st March - Wednesday 2 April

Please arrive at school dressed in comfortable clothing and sensible appropriate shoes.

What to bring
A healthy packed lunch (for Monday)
A full drink bottle
sleeping bag
day pack
t shirt x 2
warm long sleeve top
warm long pants
warm socks x3
underwear x3
wet weather gear - jacket at least
warm hat and gloves
togs + rash top
a packet of biscuits or home baking
school vest

Please do not bring any valuable items, electronics or money.
(Including NO PSP’s, MP3’s,or gaming consoles)
You may bring a packet of cards, small board games or drawing materials that fit in your backpack.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Summer Day

Here are some posing photos from our afternoon at the pool. It was very hot!!! We were lucky enough to have some parent help today, allowing us to all have some free swim time after our lessons. We are all improving so much, working hard towards our swimming goals and improving our strength in the water. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Upcoming Camp

Please keep an eye out for camp forms that came home on Friday. 
They may be in the deep, dark, depths of the backpack. 
There will be three pages, the first one is below as well as a gear list and a medical form. 

Burnham School
Te Kura o Tiori

14 February 2014

Dear Whanau

Our Year 4 / 5 / 6 camp to Woodend Christian Camp in Woodend will take place on Monday 31st March - Wednesday 2nd April.  The aims of our camp are to provide students with an educational experience outside the classroom, to foster team/whanau spirit and provide opportunities to co-operate with their classmates and to support our school values of responsibility, respect, achievement and self-belief/strength.  In order to use this wonderful camp and its facilities the trust ask that all campers participate in a gospel programme on Monday evening.  

We will require parents to support with supervision over the three days and two nights.  We may also require extra parents for the drop off and pick up of children from camp, leaving school at 9.30 on the Monday and leaving Woodend at approx 2pm on the Wednesday to return to school.

if you can provide assistance with transport and/or supervision for all or part of the camp.  We need as much parental support as possible in order to ensure that our camp takes place.  We will need six parents to come with us for the entire camp and enough transport to and from Woodend for 56 people.  I will need to confirm all parental involvement by Friday 7th March.

The cost of the Year 4 / 5 / 6 camp this year is $91 due to the Red Cross Grant allocating $20 per child per camp, allowing us to reduce the cost.  The cost includes all activities, accommodation and food.   If your child took part in the Raffle Fundraising last year, this will be deducted from your total.

We would appreciate you completing the contact information, medical details, transport and parent help form below and return these back to me by Monday 3rd March.

Hei kona

Sam Walker and Hayley Harrrison

Monday, February 10, 2014

Surf Education

Today we had two lifeguards come into school to teach us about staying save at our beaches and how to be sun smart. After our class session we headed over to the pool. At the pool we learnt to save each other and kick with body boards. Looks like everyone had a great time. 

Room 8 Faces

These are all the beautiful and handsome faces in Room 8 this year. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Class Treaty

Welcome letter

Kia ora to all parents and children from Room 8, 

I hope you all had a relaxing time over the holidays and pleased to be back at Burnham for another exciting year. 

This is my first year as a teacher; I have just completed my degree with AUT. Previous to this, I was in the Royal New Zealand Navy, as a Medic. I am Canterbury born and bred but have recently lived in both Auckland and New Plymouth. I have many interests including softball, running and walking my two small dogs. I am looking forward to a great year at Burnham Primary School and getting to know your children.

Our inquiry focus for this term is CALL ME LOYAL - which will look at many aspects of what it is to be a New Zealander and the concept of Kiwiana. This term will also be packed with various other events including - 
  • Swimming – Weeks 2 – 4 (12-1pm), finishing with our school swimming sports on Tuesday 25th February.

  • Math – focusing on Place Value, Money, Graphing and Mapping.

  • Writing – Recounts and Instructions  - we will be writing our autobiography and demonstrating a “how to”

  • Reading – vocabulary and retelling /sequencing

  • PAT and STAR testing is happening along with running records and other testing to
    find your child’s needs in order to provide the best learning programme. 
Please make sure that your child’s hat and vest is at school everyday.  

All Year 4, 5 and 6 children will be on camp at Woodend on the 31st March until the 2nd of April. As a class, this is an excellent opportunity to get to know each other and work
co-operatively. The cost of this camp is reduced to $91 after a grant from the Red Cross and those who sold raffle tickets will have that deducted.  Further information will be out in two weeks time, however if there are any parents who are interested in helping on this camp please feel free to email me with your expression of interest.

Home think is part of our weekly study.  Your child has a home think book that will come home on a Monday and will need to come back to school on a Friday. Uncompleted work will result in it being finished at lunchtime.Basic facts, spelling and their choice of 15 - 20mins of nightly reading are the basic expectations. There may also be other items. 

There is a link on the school website to complete your 3 three wishes for 2014. It would be marvelous if you could fill this in over the next week. Please make sure you keep up to date about what is happening at school through our newsletter. If you are not receiving it from
your child please visit or

I look forward to meeting all families in the next few weeks at meet the teacher and our learning conferences; alternatively you can contact me via email on 

Kind Regards 

Hayley Harrison