The Shape Game

We read The Shape Game by Anthony Browne.
It is a really good book and he talks about the family trip that motivated his future career.

At the end of the book, he plays a game with his family where one person draws a shape and another person, using a different coloured pen, completes the picture. We played the game, too.

April 2019 School Holidays

We wrote about one part of our school holidays.

I was so happy to meet my family in Korea but I went back to New Zealand. I cried. Before I went I hugged with my family. I hope I will see them again.


My second mum talked to me and to the rest of my family but my dad has cancer. I am so scared he is going to die. On the day my mum talked to me and the rest of my family, I hugged my family that was so happy to see me again because they missed me. When we sat down we laughed so bad because they kept saying funny stuff. So we said bye before we ate the food. There was pudding. I asked, “Can I eat the pudding?” and we cried because we said bye.



We read The Race to Green End by Beverley Randell.

We played the game in it then thought of our own games.

Here are picture versions for you to print and play.

Grace’s game.

Guanyu’s game.

Robin’s game.

Emily’s game.

How to eat

We read Meat Pie.

After that Ms Finikin explained how to eat a meat pie.
You take the top off and add lots of tomato sauce. You stir it in then scoop it onto some buttered bread. This is a filling sandwich. Once the pie shell is empty, you add more sauce. This is a Tomato Sauce Pie. Pick this up in your hands and eat it. Try not to spill sauce down your clothes.

We don’t absolutely believe this is the most proper way to eat a pie.

We wrote about how to eat a food we like.

December 2018

Here are some reflections on why we enjoy ESOL.
We came up with our own ideas without help.

One of the things we did this term was make slime. Three groups did this at different times. We experimented with different recipes and came up with our own. Sometimes our slime didn’t work, but this gave us the opportunity to think and discuss what we could change. We did lots of research and recipe writing.

Over the last holidays, we kept diaries. We each chose our favourite entry to record.


One of the ESOL groups decided that we needed to do dinosaurs again as we have new students who really like them.

We watched a video where Dr Jack Horner talked about turning on Sleeping DNA to give poultry qualities like dinosaurs. He said it would be cool to have a dino-chicken as a pet. We thought about whether we would like a dinosaur as a pet.


One of the ESOL groups decided food was a good way of exploring language. We do a lot of talking and reading and writing about food and produce something once a week.

Here are some of our attempts.

Pencil Tops

We were introduced to the work of YouTube star Wengie. She produces edible school supplies so lollies can be snuck in to class. We followed her directions to make pencil toppers.

Happy Cake

The Ready to Reading publishing arm of the New Zealand Ministry of Education put our a book several years ago called You Can Make a Happy Cake. It is probably a happy cake because of the sugar rush that it produces as well as the smiley face that is generally stenciled on top.

Here is one of the stories we wrote about making the cake.

Edible Slime

We watched many different clips about making edible slime. We gave it a go and thought afterwards how we might improve next time.



Yesterday we made pizza at ESOL. My pizza had tomato sauce, cheese, sausage and pita bread. My buddy was Annie. Our pizza was delicious. Thank you, Ms Finikin.


My pizza

Yesterday, on 28.8.18, my ESOL group did their own pizza. My pizza contained three mushrooms, five sausages, lots of cheese and some tomato sauce. My pizza went first because there was ham and I am not allowed ham. Thanx, Ms Finikin.



We made slime. It took us four tries. After the second try, we asked Ms Taylor. She makes slime a lot. We got more information and were able to write better recipes. Our third attempts were too stiff. We asked again and refined and our fourth attempts were much better.