Welcome to Room 5!
Hi everyone! My name is Maria Cameron.
I am excited to join the Tauwhare team this year.
My passions in teaching are Literacy and Physical Education.
In my free time I like to be active. I play football for the Cambridge women's team in the weekends. I also enjoy horse riding in my spare time.
Please feel free to pop into class to see Room 5's learning!
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Term 2 , 2023
Room 5 were amazing during Grandparents day!
First Room 5 wrote acrostic poems spelling 'Lets celebrate Grandparents day' with buddies, they practiced their poem and decorated their letters. Next Room 5 presented their poems on stage in front of the grandparents then later in the day they showcased their poems to the whole school. Room 5 also showed their grandparents their amazing jump jam moves as well as giving a tour of Tauwhare school.
Butterfly window art
This term Room 5 created butterfly art. To do this Room 5 chose cellophane colours for the wings of their butterflies. Then they put glue on the back of their butterfly template and stuck the cellophane over top in a pattern of their choice. Ms Mitchell kindly laminated these and these photos are the finished product.
Term 3 , 2023
Term three seemed to whizz by! Here are some snaps of Room 5's learning.
Some cool things that happened this term were; the Waimakariri Marae visit, cross country, life ED (Harold), listening to amazing school speeches and Te ahi ora which was a community organisation that promoted safe fire performances.
Fifa world cup writing, cross country, Te ahi ora and Waimakariri Marae visit
Waimakariri Marae visit
Te ahi ora
All about me cube
Room 5 created an All about me cube in Māori language week this term. The cube had information on themself, their family, what makes them special and favourite things. The instructions on what the students needed to put on each side of their cube was in Māori and english.
Term 4, 2023
This term Room 5 have been learning about more Literary devices. For this piece of writing Room 5 focused on personification. To do personification the students had to give a non human object human qualities. Look at the amazing examples Room 5 wrote! For this Room 5 planned their ideas related to the picture, they then drafted their writing. Next was editing the writing in their books then Miss Cameron typed up the stories for Room 5 to edit again! Finally the stories were published.
This term Room 5 ran, jumped and threw at Athletics day put together by Room 2. There was hurdles, high jump, relay races, shot put and a nerf vortex throw. The vortex throw had the challenge of keeping the vortex straight and past certain cones to get house points. Room 5 were learning how to do scissor kicks for the high jump and learning what was their strong leg. The relays had two races one going forwards and the other running backwards! The students enjoyed jumping over the hurtles, many practiced on the small ones before giving the higher ones a try. For shot put Room 5 were focusing on not throwing the shotputs and are still learning the technique. A massive thank you to Room 2 for running this event as you can tell by the photos Room 5 thoroughly enjoyed the day!
Term 1 , 2023
What a fantastic trip we had today. Thank you Ms Quinn for all of the organisation, and to everyone that helped out, allowing the day to run so smoothly. We had an amazing group of helpers. The kids had such a great day and got lots out of this visit. Well done Room 5 for representing Tauwhare School so well today and for all of the learning you have done leading up to this trip. You did us proud!
A visit from X-man
This week we were lucky enough to have X-man in, looking at where our rubbish comes from and where it goes when we are done with it.
Welcome to Room 5, 2023
Term 4 , 2022
That's a wrap...
Drive in Movie Day
Another successful 'drive in movie day'. Thanks to all the parents that helped their tamariki make their cars, and well done to all the kiddos who gave making their own cars a go. There were some very impressive creations! Ka pai.
Big Book Art
Room 5 have done a fantastic job completing their Pasifika art (based off our Big Book 'Lavalava' by Lino Nelisi). We spent a lot of time researching various Pasifika patterns and carefully designed our own petals/ flowers. Check out our finished products...
Term 3 , 2022
Room 5 had a great time this Term making popcorn as part of our procedural writing. We had to write down the equipment and method and make sure our instructions were clear enough for anyone to follow. We did a fantastic job of including precise verbs and listing our instructions in order.
Past and Present Unit- MOTAT trip
What a very special day Grandparents' Day was. Thank you to everyone that came and helped make it so special. It was lovely having all of your special people here and getting the chance to tell them how wonderful you all are.
When I am 100 years old my hair will look grey, like clouds. I will talk like a Yorkshire man. I'll be proud of reaching 100 and I will have fun with my grandsons. I will think back to a time when I was six and I had a brother called Sam and a family I love.
Term 2 , 2022
This week we were lucky enough to have 'Charlotte Wilkinson' -a wonderful mathematician, and author of the Pearson maths books, visit each class and work with the teachers as professional development. It was a great opportunity and Room 5 really showed her what wonderful mathematicians we are, and will continue to be throughout the year. As teachers, we are so lucky to have these opportunities for professional development at Tauwhare School. We are always learning and growing alongside the children and it is fantastic for them to see that we are learners too!
New Junior Playground
Having fun on our new playground. Thanks Ms Bradley, we love it!
At the beginning of this Term we learned all about ANZAC Day and why we commemorate it. We looked into 'mascots' and learned all about Caesar the dog, a brave companion and war hero that saved many soldiers lives. We wrote about the war from the perspective of Caesar and described what he would have experienced. We produced some awesome writing and really used our senses to paint a picture in our readers' minds. Check out our art and some of our fantastic writing here.
Term 1 , 2022
Autumn Art and Writing
We love Autumn in Room 5. Check out some of our fantastic writing and Autumn art that went alongside learning about changing seasons. What is your favourite thing about Autumn?
Room 5 truly brought the classroom to life with their use of personification, adjectives and adverbs this week in their writing. We even had some Principal awards handed out!
Great work Room 5. Don't forget me when you are famous authors please!
Our School Garden
Picking tomatoes from our wonderful school garden. They were delicious!
Term 4 , 2021
Virtual visit to Auckland Museum and the Hamilton Zoo
This Term is all about water confidence and safety. We have been learning lots of awesome survival skills to ensure we stay safe in, on and around water this Summer. Great work finding out what could keep you afloat should you ever capsize Room 5! And remember, always check what is under the surface before you dive on in.
Room 5 have had a fantastic time following along with the Olympics this Term , so we decided to combine forces with Room 2 to compete in our very own 'Potato Olympics'. We had all kinds of events; the potato roll, horse races, pass the potato- to name a few! We had to design an "athlete", come up with it's profile (researching its country of origin) and plan the event, not to mention use our measuring skills to decide a winner. It was a great day! Well done to all "athletes" that took part. I hope your potatoes did you proud!
Term 3 , 2021
Wow, what an awesome effort at today's cross country! Every single person in Room 5 tried their absolute best and we are so proud of them all. Well done for your perseverance today Room 5 and for having such positive attitudes.
A big thank you to our wonderful Mrs Reeve for organising such a great cross country course and for making it happen, even under the current circumstances.
How lucky were we to have had Harold this week! What an incredible learning experience for our Tamariki. We learnt all about our emotions, our brains and how we can best help ourselves respond to situations, rather than react. Awesome work Room 5!
What did your child learn with Harold and Sarah this week?
Room 5 have had the most fantastic week with X-man, learning all about reducing, reusing, recycling and compost. We loved X-man's enthusiasm and passion for the environment and came away with some very practical ways we can do our bit to reduce waste heading to the landfill. Thank you X-man! It was great working with you and your tiger worm friends!
Term 2, 2021
Keeping Ourselves Safe
Over the last few weeks we have been learning all about keeping ourselves safe. This is such a valuable programme and we are so lucky to have the support from our fantastic community constables Tom and Mario. Together we learned the proper names for body parts, talked about our bodies being our own, what makes us unique, how to say no confidently and what to do if we get lost. We even got to see some cool police gadgets and explore a police car. How fun! Keep an eye out in your child's homework book for some work you can complete together to keep these conversations happening at home.
Human Energy Generator
Which do you think is more cost effective long term?
Term 1, 2021
'Eat Right, Be Bright' Magic Show
We had an AMAZING time at the 'Be Bright, Eat Right' magic show. What a fantastic way to teach children about healthy eating! Just quietly, I think a few of the teachers were spellbound too. What was your child's favourite part of the show?
A tiger in our classroom!
Floating and sinking:
This Term we have been learning all about floating and sinking. We investigated why some objects are more buoyant than others and why some objects sink. We have had some really interesting conversations about density, natural force, shape and air, and even formed our own hypothesis and experiments. Were there any objects that surprised you in our experiments Room 5?
To wrap up our 'floating and sinking' topic this Term we made boats out of recycled materials. The kids drew up some fantastic plans, made equipment lists and produced some designs (based on some pretty solid research!). We had so much fun racing our boats from one side of the pool to the other! What do you think about our creations?
Teddy Bear's Picnic
To celebrate the end to a fantastic Term we had a 'Teddy Bear's Picnic'. We even got to drink fruit tea! What a lovely way to end the Term. Have a safe and happy break Room 5- you definitely deserve it!
We had an awesome time at the Funfair organised by our wonderful Year 5 and 6's. We had animals, games, crafts and all kinds of other exciting things. Well done Year and 5 and 6 for putting on such an engaging afternoon. I think the teachers had as good a time as the kids!
This week Room 5 enjoyed a visit from Kara at Sports Waikato where we learnt a new game called Te Uru. The game required us to develop our ball skills and space awareness, and really helped strengthen our teamwork and communication skills. It was a great new game, similar to netball and we had a lot of fun learning these new skills. Thanks Kara!
Room 5 is filled with fantastic mathematicians that like to solve problems (using a variety of strategies) in the most efficient ways. We have got pretty good at fractions, multiplication, division and place value this Term and have been displaying our learning in exciting ways. Great work Room 5. You are mathematicians indeed!
Tauwhare School was lucky enough to get a visit from Saint Johns this Term, teaching us some basic first aid and how to remain cool, calm and collected in an emergency. We had a go at bandaging our friends up, practiced calling for help in an emergency and got to ask some important questions to our very experienced instructor. It was a great day and we certainly learned a lot. Thanks Saint Johns!
This Term we have been learning to use speech marks and have been planning and creating our very own comic strips. They are pretty awesome! So is our superhero art- check it out!
Room 5 had a great time this Term making popcorn and jelly lollies as part of our procedural writing. We had to write down the equipment and method and make sure our instructions were clear enough for anyone to follow. We did a fantastic job of including precise verbs and listing our instructions in order. Our popcorn and lollies tasted delicious!
Magic Jelly Beans
Some very mysterious things have been happening around Tauwhare School this Term.
This week Room 5 received some magic beans and some instructions on how to plant them. We planted the beans under an old oak tree, and you'll never guess what happened...they grew into lollipops! We couldn't believe it. We did some awesome writing about our experience and are hoping this isn't the last of the magic to happen this year. It is definitely very mysterious indeed. Who do you think left us the magic seeds? Have you noticed anything unusual around Tauwhare lately?
To start off the Term, Room 5 had to complete a 'teamwork art' challenge, where they were to produce a piece of art in groups in keeping with their chosen theme. The challenge... to work together sharing only one pencil, one glue stick and one pair of scissors between the group! Each group worked extremely well, listening, sharing, communicating to produce their shared art piece and it was a great exercise in collaboration. Well done Room 5 artists!