Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Describing Characters

LEAP YEARS - for the TUI Reading Group

This year, 2016, is a leap year.   What does that mean?
Leap year happens every four years
Every four years an extra day is added to the calendar, making
the length of the year 366 days, instead of the normal 365.
Why on earth does that need to happen?
The calendar is supposed to match the solar year, in other words, the length of time it takes for Earth to orbit the Sun once. But things aren’t quite that simple. It actually takes Earth 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds to complete its orbit (about 365 1/4 days). Those extra hours gradually add up so that after four years the calendar is out of step by about one day. Adding a day every four years allows the calendar to match up to the solar year again. 

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Things to do over Easter

Easter is a wonderful wee break in our term and a great chance to do some fun things on your own or with the family . . .

This amazing (FREE) art festival is open to the public at the YMCA buildings on Hereford Street, close to the Botanic Gardens.  The SPECTRUM team have converted old squash courts and climbing walls into a magical space.  Well worth a visit.

Every Saturday 11- 11:45am at Shirley Library during the term with a different story/theme and follow up craft activity every week - FREE

Lincoln's Easter Market

Saturday 26 Mar
Come and join in the holiday fun at your friendly Lincoln Easter Market with Easter Egg Hunt and activities for the children. Listen to great live music from Christchurch's Chris Williams. Catch up with friends whilst browsing the diverse range of stalls selling quality produce such as award winning cheeses, hazelnuts, spray free vegetables and seasonal fruit, veg and perennial plants, fresh flowers, selection of delectable artisan baking including gluten free, fudges and preserves and truly one-off handcrafted gifts for the whole family. Also come along and support our special fundraising baking stall raising funds for the Fiji Cyclone Appeal. See
Date(s): Saturday 26 Mar
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Venue: on Lincoln Green beside the Lincoln Library, Gerald Street, Lincoln

If you haven't been yet - the Margaret Mahy playground is FREE and open to all.  This is a truly incredible addition to our central city and provides hours of fun!

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Descriptive Writing

This week we have been working on descriptive writing, writing descriptions of some of the people who work in our school.

Mobile Library Visit

We were really lucky to have lovely community librarian Anne come to our studio to visit us.  She brought some fabulous books and even read to us . . .she did wonderful voices of the characters.

She brought along the Mobile library . . .We had a great time exploring the bus and some of us had remembered our library cards and we took books out!

Joining the Christchurch Public library is free!  You can take out books, puzzles, posters, e-books, tapes, CDs and DVDs.  All for free!!

Our book sale is on at the Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre this week. Friday 11 March, 9am to 7pm & Saturday 12 March, 9am to 4pm

Writing Poetry in Reading

The Tui reading group had been reading an article about peacocks that ate raspberries and then we read a poem about birds and we go excited talking about the poem that we decided to write our own poem.
we even signed our names at the bottom of our poem because we were so proud!

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Japan Day - Sunday 6th March 2016

Today Yuki and her mum talked to us about all the events that are happening at Riccarton Racecourse to celebrate Japan Day.  Check out the link below to find out more!

Japan Day 2016