Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Singing "Home"

 We are learning this song as a duet.  The girls are learning one part and the boys the other.  We are hoping to get really good and to share it in assembly next term.  Help us practise!
Here are the lyrics
Girls: Alabama, Arkansas, I do love my Ma & Pa
Not the way that I do love you

Boys: Holy Moley, Me-oh-My, you're the apple of my eye
Girl, I've never loved one like you

Girls: Man, oh man, you're my best friend,
I scream it to the nothingness
There ain't nothin' that I need

Boys: Well, hot & heavy, pumpkin pie,
chocolate candy, Jesus Christ
There ain't nothin' please me more than you

All: Ahh, Home
Let me come Home
Home is wherever I'm with you (2x)

La la la la, take me Home
Mama, I'm coming Home

Boys: I'll follow you into the park,
through the jungle, through the dark
Girl, I've never loved one like you

Girls: Moats & boats & waterfalls,
alley ways & pay phone calls
I've been everywhere with you

Boys: That's true

Boys: We laugh until we think we'll die,
barefoot on a summer night
Never could be sweeter than with you.

Girls: And in the streets we're running free,
like i's only you and me
Geez, you're somethin' to see.

All: Ahh, Home
Let me come Home
Home is wherever I'm with you (2x)

La la la la, take me Home
Mama, I'm coming Home

Gillian's math group has been working on choosing the best strategy for different problems. They have been choosing between near doubles, tidy tens and splitting up tens and ones.

Singular and Plural

We are learning about singular and plural nouns this week. Singular is one thing and plural is more than one. For example, toys is plural and pencil is singular. Most plural words end in an s.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Transition 18th September 2015

We have been working in small groups to answer questions about success. This got us thinking about what we think we need to work on next term... Read what we have to say http://tautoruandautahi.blogspot.co.nz/2015/09/what-is-success.html

Transition Year 3, 4 and 5 Sept 18th 2015 on PhotoPeach

Friday, 18 September 2015


What a great assembly on Friday! 

Thank you to our wonderful presenters... 

Messages from the student council: 

Disco & Joke and Dress up Friday For The Blog

Disco: The Disco was very successful and almost all of the food was sold. Thanks to all the parent and helpers that helped with the Disco!
Toy Swap:  The toy swap went successfully!!!

For the end of the term, on Friday the 25th we will be having Joke and Dress up Friday!!!

Joke and Dress up Friday, is where you can bring in a joke and you can dress up as whatever you like. The student council will pick some jokes that they liked and read them out to the whole school. The winners (1 from each base group) will get a big chocolate frog, but don’t worry, you get a little chocolate frog for participating! :)  You could dress up as a… Fairy, Pirate, Bird, Animal, Princess, Prince, Your friend, Your favourite book, tv or cartoon character
Or any other ideas that you may have! We hope to see lots of jokes and costumes next Friday!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

What is success?



Spelling - Term 4

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

Children will receive new spelling words before the end of term and will be tested in Week 2 of Term 4. Please take some time to practise these over the holidays.


Team Tautoru

We Love Buddy Reading

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The White Tail Spider

The White Tail Spider.jpg
This is a book about The White Tail Spider. After we read the book, we did a KWL chart. K stands for what we know, W stands for what we want to find out and L stands for what we learned. We knew that they bite their prey, we found out that white tail spiders are 12-15mm long, and we have learned that they go hunting for other spiders.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Reading Wall

Here is our reading wall...come and check it out in Tautoru...

The Big Shakeout is scheduled for: Thursday 15 October, 9.15 am

While we will take part in the earthquake drill at 9.15 am, this is a great opportunity to test our systems regarding emergency evacuation. This will be a bit of an unknown in reality..... phone lines will be clogged and email probably down BUT we can simulate the exercise as much as possible on this day.

Thanks to those of you who have returned your new Emergency Contact Forms. Some of you have nominated 5 'others' plus yourselves who can pick up your child/ren, some of you 5 in total. That's fine..... it was, in hindsight, open to interpretation. 5 or in some cases, 7, nominated adults go a long way towards great support in an event of an emergency. Thank you.

So what will happen on the 15 October 2015?

  • Parents will get a reminder email and text from the school office at two different times of the day leading up to the 2.30pm pick up.
  • This will allow us to check these systems at our end and also for you to double check you haven't got a new mobile number or email address lately!
  • If you are unable to collect your child yourself, you will need to contact someone on your Emergency Contact List.
  • Children will remain in class spaces at 2.30 pm.
  • Staff will be at both school entrances with lists of children's names and nominated contacts who can pick the child/ren up.
  • (If wet, we will let you know where.)
  • Parents' nominated contacts will see a staff member who will check the list and provide them with a WBS stamped piece of paper with the child's name on it.
  • This piece of paper will be taken to a staff member who is with the children in the class space and only then will the child be ticked off and able to leave.
  • We are in conversation with ECAT (After School Care) regarding their emergency systems and will let any parents whose children go to ECAT the lay of the land in plenty of time. 
As in the case of a 'real' emergency, please do not telephone or email the school. The staff will be too stretched. Just know that your child/ren will be looked after until you or a nominated contact can get to the school.If you haven't completed the forms, please do so asap. 

Animals in Danger

During reading today we were reading about Animals in Danger. We found out about rare or extinct animals and what has been the cause and effect of this. The buffalo has almost became extinct because of hunters. The dinosaur became extinct either from an asteroid hitting earth or an eruption.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Google tutorial with the seniors

The year 3's are down in the seniors today learning how to create a googledoc, change fonts and colours, how to share a doc and some tricks with googledocs. We wrote blurbs about ourselves that we will use for our blogs later on! How exciting! 

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Journal writing

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings we have started journal writing. This is an opportunity to write anything that we want. We can also choose who is allowed to read it. At the end of the term we will pick one that we want to publish.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Friday, 4 September 2015

Principal awards

Here are our wonderful principals for today...

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The Wellington Cable Car By Stephanie


The wheels roll, the wheels roll, in the sunny bright Wellington breeze.

Through the dark tunnel, through the dark tunnel in the sunny bright Wellington breeze.

Right down to the bottom, right down the bottom in the sunny bright Wellington breeze.

Load in the people, load in the people in the sunny bright Wellington breeze.

Back up to the top, back up to the top in the sunny bright Wellington breeze.

End of the line end of the line.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Trash and Treasure


Have you ever been told off for playing with your food? 
 Imagine the fun you could have on these islands!


If you see these dragons please contact Earth 4  as soon as possible!


The Earth reading groups have been working on reading plays.

We have been focusing on the following points;

  • reading with expression
  • knowing when it is our turn to read
  • using the same character voice
  • reading with an appropriate speed - not too fast or too slow
  • use a strong reading voice
  • watching out for punctuation
  • varying the speed we read
  • reading the title of the play and the characters



PLAYS - A Wizard in the House

PLAYS - Breakfast in Bed

Dressing up on a Wet Day

PLAYS - The Cats and the Cheese

Dress Up!

Many thanks to the families who donated dress ups this term. We are loving dressing up during Daily 5 and wet lunch time.