Thursday, 29 May 2014

Wear your ...



seat belt

It is really important to wear a seat belt in case of a car accident.If the car needs to stop suddenly a seat belt will stop you from flying forwards,a seat belt will always keep you safely in one place in your seat.

The reason why we need to wear a seat belt is so we won’t fly around inside the car if it has an accident. Another reason why we wear a seat belt is so that it will keep us firmly in our seats when we are travelling.

I have to wear my seat belt because if there is a car accident I will fly forward and crack my head on the windscreen which could hurt me very badly.It is also the law to wear a seat belt when travelling in the car.

It is important to wear your seat belt because it is dangerous to not wear a seat belt,if you have an accident you could fly out of the window and get badly hurt.
The driver always asks if we are wearing our seat belt before we start travelling.

It is important to wear seat belts because if you don’t you will fly forwards and crack your head if the car stops quickly.Our parents are obeying the law by making us wear our seat belts.

We need to wear our seat belts to be safe in the van because if we don’t we will go forwards if the van has to stop suddenly or if we have an accident.

It is the rules to wear our seat belt in the van.

Concert Report

We enjoyed the APO Young Achievers concert at the Central City Library,

A violin.
 Every year the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra chooses the most talented young musicians and provides opportunities for them to develop their potential through a mentoring programme. We welcome these young stars to our series in a programme featuring a variety of instruments.

 I liked the sound of the bassoon,I liked the music she played.

I also liked the flute because the girl who was playing it was really good at playing. The music was awesome, it sounded good and made me feel energetic.

I liked the sound of the piano. The piano player was joining in with the other musicians.the music sounded very happy.The music was great because it made me feel happy. 

 The lady who was playing the tuba she played a very long piece of music.the girl was playing the violin with the bow and with her fingers,it was so amazing. 

My favourite instrument was the violin because i liked the sound it made,it made me feel happy.the man who was playing the piano was very good.i also liked it when the girl was playing the tuba because she did different styles of notes.

At the auckland library concert i heard six instruments being played.two of my favourite instruments that were played together were the piano and the tuba because the music sounded humorous in a good way.i also liked the flute because it brings a very sweet and yet mysterious sound the concert.

My favourite instrument was the trumpet because it sounded loud, like a marching beat. I also liked the tuba because the tune was good,it made me feel great.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

MOVIE NIGHT & DANCE - Wednesday 4th June- 6:00 pm -8:00 pm


"How to train
your Dragon 2"

Date: Wednesday 4th June 2014

Time: 6:00 pm -8:00 pm

Venue: "The Atrium" 

 Sommerville Special School, 
 7a Benghazi Rd, Panmure

Cost: $3 - Popcorn and Drink

• Drop off time no later than 6 p.m.

• Pick-up time no later than 8 p.m. 

Trip to the Maritime Museum By Aidan

Trip to the Maritime Museum By Aidan

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It was fun to go on the train and ferry. I liked the train  and the ferry ride  because  I learnt to be safe. It was fun on the ferry because I liked seeing the buildings from the ferry.

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We went to the  Maritime Museum.  I liked the trip. It was cool because I learnt about boats.  I saw the  whale tail artwork when we were eating our lunch .

I  hope we can  go to the Maritime Museum again to learn more about safety at sea.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Safe Walking Tips

Safe Walking Tips

Walking has many benefits. It’s easy, free and fun – and it helps you stay fit and healthy. What’s more, the more of us who walk to get around, the fewer vehicles on our roads. The fewer vehicles, the less harmful gases get emitted as well as less traffic noise and pollution.

Walking smart

Whether for leisure, pleasure or as a way to get around, walking is an easy, healthy and safe way to travel. There are a number of things you can do to keep it that way. Follow these tips:

General safety habits:

  • use pedestrian crossings or cross at traffic signals
  • look and listen for traffic entering or leaving driveways
  • walk on the footpath, close to the houses and away from the road
  • hold hands if walking with a young child near roads or in carparks.

Crossing the road

When there’s no pedestrian crossing
  • Cross the road only when it’s safe to do so - it takes time for a vehicle to stop so be patient and wait for a gap in the traffic.
  • Use the kerb drill:
    • Find a safe place to cross – like at a crossing or away from a corner.
    • Stand one step back from the kerb. Practise this by walking to the kerb and taking one step back.
    • Look and listen for traffic coming from all directions.
    • If there’s traffic coming, wait until it has passed, then look and listen for traffic again.
    • When there’s no traffic coming, walk quickly straight across the road, looking each way for traffic.
    • At night, cross close to a street light if you can.
    • If you’re getting off a bus, wait until it moves off before checking for moving vehicles.
Using a pedestrian crossing
  • Use official crossings where possible – in fact, if you’re within 20 metres of a pedestrian crossing, the law requires you to use it.
  • Check that any approaching vehicles have seen you and can stop before you step out.
  • Cross as quickly as you are able.
  • For crossings with signals, only cross when the green person or message shows.
Watch out for courtesy crossings
Cars don’t have to stop for pedestrians at courtesy crossings (unpainted crossings often made of other materials like bricks or pavers). Use these crossings with care.

Crossing at intersections

Choose a place where you can see, and be seen by, traffic from all directions.

Crossing between parked cars

Crossing the road between parked cars should be your last option, even if you have to walk a little further to get to a clear stretch of road. If you have to cross between parked cars:
  • stop on the footpath and look carefully for a gap between two parked vehicles that don’t show signs that they might move off (eg that don’t have drivers, exhaust fumes, engine noises, lights)
  • if you can’t see inside either vehicle choose another gap
  • make sure you have a safe place to go on the other side of the road (ie a place that is not blocked by a driveway or parked vehicles)
  • walk to the outside (headlight) corner of the parked vehicle and stop where you can see the traffic, and drivers can see you
  • look and listen for traffic up and down the road
  • check that crossing the road is still safe and, only if it’s safe, cross the road by walking quickly and straight across the road
  • while crossing continue to look and listen around you for traffic.

Walking where there are no footpaths

  • Walk facing the oncoming traffic.
  • Keep as far off the road as possible.
  • Walk in single file - if in a group, the shortest child should be at the front and tallest at the back so everyone can see.
See more tips on how to stay safe and follow the simple rules in 

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Thursday lunchtime concerts Autumn series - APO Young Achievers

Thursday lunchtime concerts Autumn series

A violin.
When: Thursday, 12.10pm - 1pm

 Whare Wananga Level 2

Cost: Free

This year’s concerts will bring together solo instrumentalists and vocalists, chamber ensembles and choirs from around the Auckland region, as well as showcasing the brilliant musical talent from the University of Auckland School of Music and selected secondary schools.
22 May   APO Young Achievers
Every year the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra chooses the most talented young musicians and provides opportunities for them to develop their potential through a mentoring programme. We welcome these young stars to our series in a programme featuring a variety of instruments.

Rail Safety Sites

We enjoyed going on the train to town.

Look at our Rail slideshow on our Safe Travelling Page. 

We learnt lots about travelling safely.

Check out these links to learn more about Safe Travelling...

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Cheering for the Breakers by Vikki

We went to see the Breakers and I was excited to see them because they are strong and good at playing basketball. At first I was sitting down and watching the Breakers and I was laughing because the Breakers said to stand up and cheer.

The Breakers chose some students to play basketball with them and won the game.

After the game they gave us a magazine. We went to them to ask to sign their names.

I was listening to the Breakers. They said we must watch the students playing before we get a chance. I did not look well enough so I had to ask Brennan. We started to laugh when Allan said that the Breakers missed the basket. I was asking Kevin what to do and he told me to just keep watching the Breakers.

When it was finished Mr B took us home and I thanked him. I went into my house and said hello to my parents and told them all about the exciting game.

Oral Language - Learning Targets = Talk on one topic and respond to the other speaker.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Term 2 Trips and Outings

This term we are going on several trips and outings to help us learn. It would be a great help if families could contribute $5 towards costs to support these learning programmes.

ü  We will be going on a community walk every week this term. We aim to learn about “Safe Walking” , identifying hazards, crossing the road, using pedestrian crossings and moving in busy places such as car parks.

ü  On Tuesday 20 May we will travel to Auckland City as part of our Headway “Safe Traveling” Unit. We will travel by van to the new Panmure train station where we will board a train to Britomart Station. Then we will walk to Wharf 4 where we will join the Ports of Auckland Tour.

Ports of Auckland offer your student the opportunity to experience a day of discovery including a cruise around the busy Ports of Auckland wharves and an exploration of the Maritime Museum. The live commentary will help to identify port activity, including points of interest such as tug boats, container cranes, tank farm and Viaduct Harbour.
After the cruise students come into the Museum for lunch in a sheltered area, explore the galleries and discover more about the essential part the sea has played in New Zealand's history.

Music Trips: We are learning about the instruments in the orchestra and will be going on two trips to see experts play.

ü  Thursday 22 May at The Auckland Central Library the APO Young Achievers play. Every year the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra chooses the most talented young musicians and provides opportunities for them to develop their potential through a mentoring programme. We welcome these young stars to our series in a programme featuring a variety of instruments.

ü  Friday 30 May at the University of Auckland Music School Guitar, brass and woodwind students will perform in both individual and ensemble settings.

All students will return home on their normal taxis after each of these trips/outings.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Individual Writing - Diary - Journal - Log

This term we are learning to write a Diary or Personal Journal. 

We aim to:

  • Write a little every day.

  • Work independently.

  • Use a dictionary and spelling list to help find words.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Click this to learn about NZ Sign Language Week

Wh Question Signs

***Remember when asking a question and especially when signing 

 'What is that?' or "What is This?' finish the sign by pointing to the object.

I prefer this NZSL sign as the Makaton version is very similar to 'What' and can lead to confusion.
Point your hand to who you are asking about (person, photo...) and wiggle you fingers.






How Many?
Hands start crossed slightly at chest height then wiggle your fingers slowly as you move them to the edge of your body.


How are you?
There are differing ways to sign this at Sommerville but this is the most consistent throughout NZSL and Makaton.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Whats happening?

This term we will....

 Learn dance with Sam every Thursday.

 Learn computer skills with Fiona every Thursday.

 Learn about "Safe Traveling for our Headway unit.

 The first trip is to the Maritime Museum on Tuesday 20 May. We will travel in a van, train and ferry.

Practice large ball skills every Friday and get ready to compete in the Football Ribbon Day.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Term 2 is here!

We had an exciting start when the water pipes burst

We went to work at the Sommerville School Tamaki Campus for two days while they fixed the water leak.

We worked hard on our "Study Ladder" learning programme and printed out the certificates to take home to our families.