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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Buddy Class


On Wednesday our buddy class came to help us write and say our Pepeha.  A Pepeha is a way of introducing yourself in Māori. It explains who you are and where you are from.  The children read their Pepeha to their big buddies and the big buddies shared their own Pepeha back to room one. Afterwards we played a fun game together. Thanks room five we had a great time!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wheels day

Scooters at school...
Yesterday we had Wheels day.  The children brought their scooters, skateboards or roller blades to school and had turns at doing laps around the classrooms. They had so much fun and luckily the heavy rain kept away. At lunchtime they reenergised themselves with spider drinks. What a fun day!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

Junior Visit to the Marae

Today Rooms 1, 2, 7 and 8 went to the Marae.
We walked from school and we were welcomed onto the Marae by Mr Kereama. The Kaikanga called us onto the Marae, and Mrs Turner replied and we followed behind her towards the Meeting house. We went into the Meeting house and we sang our waiata and we did a hongi with the people of the Marae. Inside the Wharenui we saw beautiful Tukutuku panels and carvings which represent the ancestors of the Marae.  We ate delicious food inside the Wharekai and we played some traditional Maori games like Pōtaka tā and Rakau.  We had a fantastic day and here are some wonderful pictures.

Thanks to our wonderful parents who helped out today, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Shared writing

On Fridays we do shared writing and we often create big books that we can read during literacy time.  So this week we read the myth about Maui and the big fish and we retold it in our own words.  Each page was illustrated and signed by the children.  Well done room, you are all super writers! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Crazy Day

Crazy Day

Today we had Crazy day.  We all dressed up and paraded around the hall in front of the other classes.  A few of the children won a prize for the craziest outfit!
Well done Room 1 you are such a crazy bunch.  Have a great Easter break and we will see you all back next term.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Science with Room 2

Experimenting in Science

Today Rooms 1 and 2 carried out some experiments on "Which beak is best?".  The children circulated around 10 stations and had to predict and test which bird beak would work best for each different food item.There was lots of discussions and everyone had great fun trying to pick up the different items. Great science everyone!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs, Eggs!

Bird eggs

Today Brody's mum kindly brought a collection of bird eggs into our classroom.  We were able to take a close look at eggs from so many wonderful birds we have in NZ, such as the Ruru, Pukeko, Emu and Hawk.  The children had a few questions and we discussed the differences between the eggs. Thank you for bringing in such a fabulous collection!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Making Bird Masks

Bird masks

On Friday we began making our bird masks for our shared lunch next Wednesday.  The children glued paper strips onto the masks and shaded in the eyes and beaks with pastel. We will assemble them on Monday and finish them off with colourful feathers. Nice masks room 1!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Our Wonderful day Out


Today Room 1 and 2 had a fabulous trip to Owlcatraz in Shannon.  The kids enjoyed learning about the Ruru and Weka. 
Our trip began with a hilarious ride on the Thomas train.  We made it easily around the first lap but on the second we began to go backwards on the last corner.  Apparently we were too heavy...  Luckily the Fat controller was on hand to give us a push!

We had a tour through the Owl barn, where we got up close to the wonderful birds.  A few More pork decided to fly around us, which was very exciting.  We walked through the bush trail looking out for the 'frog on the log' and the all the other creatures that were scattered around.  We heard the Weka call and Brody's hat had to be rescued from inside the enclosure before the Weka ran off with it!

We had lunch with comedian Joey the Cockatoo and finished with a play in the playground. 
What a great day.  Thanks to all our wonderful helpers for giving up your time and petrol to drive us safely there and back.  We couldn't have done it without you.
Here are a few pictures.

Monday, March 20, 2017


What a Fun Day Out!

Wow we had so much fun on Saturday at the Gala. The weather was kind to us and the children had so much fun on all the activities. Thank you to all our wonderful parents who kindly helped out before, during and after the gala day, as we couldn't have done it without you.


We love learning about birds.

Here are some great stories written by a couple of our writers in room one.  The children have been so keen to learn about birds and I was delighted to see two of them sitting down before school on Thursday with books open doing their own research! Keep up the fabulous work room one!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

All About Birds

Birds, Birds, Birds.

Room 1 and 2 are learning about birds.  In Room 1 we have been finding out " What makes an animal a bird?" We have been reading books on birds to help us answer this question. On Thursday we were lucky to have a fabulous talk all about birds from Alannah's mum where we learnt about the different beaks and feet.  We handled birds bones and learnt that bird bones are hollow so they can fly.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Junior Swimming Sports

What a fabulous day for our Junior Swimming Sports.  The sun shone and the children had a great time demonstrating their skills. Thank you for all the Parents and Caregivers that came to support our juniors. All the children did so well and have all made improvements during our lessons.  It is a good idea to keep the swimming lessons going during the year, so they can build on these skills. 
Great swimming room one!

This marks the end of the swimming programme as we will now be heading into athletics.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Buddy class

Friendship Bracelets

Room 1 had fun yesterday afternoon with our buddy class, making friendship bracelets.  We had to work together to plait and knot the colourful cotton.  Great teamwork!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Rainbow Fish

Fostering Relationships

We have been focusing on building positive relationships in and outside the classroom.  We read the Rainbow Fish  and afterwards the children wrote some stories and produced some wonderful art.  Here  is their art and a few stories to read...

WALT capital letters and full stops and spaces
Rainbow Fish
I was sad until I thought about sharing my shiny scales.  When I shared my shiny scales the fish liked me.

By Thomas

WALT capital letters and full stops and spaces
Rainbow Fish
I was sad because nobody would play with me.  I shared my scales.

By Cooper

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Learning about Statistics


Here in room 1 we have been gathering data about our favourite things and about ourselves.  We have been plotting this information on different graphs.  We are looking at tally charts, bar graphs and pictograms.  Our colourful graphs are displayed in our classroom, so if you get a chance come on in and take a look.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Life education

Harold Comes To Halcombe!

This week we have had Harold visit us to talk about how we can be a good friend.  We learnt that friends...

  • care for each other
  • say nice things
  • help each other 
  • listen and show respect
  • are honest with each other
We are practicing these things daily inside and outside our classroom.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Having a blast with our buddy class!

Buddy class swim

On Friday we had a fun swim with our buddy class (room 5).  Our big buddies helped us float on our backs, then we dove for objects and played racing games.  Thanks room 5 you are awesome!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What a lovely bunch!

Class of 2017... we are a fun bunch and we are going to have a fabulous year. Make sure you check the blog once a week to see what we have been up to.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Welcome Back

Welcome to Room 1's blog. 
We are a class of year 2's and we love to learn! Follow our blog to see what we are up to in 2017. We have a really exciting first term, I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Mrs Buckley

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Slip and slide

Slip and Slide

This afternoon the children had fun out on the field slipping and sliding.  The children had to run across the slippery track whilst the seniors whacked them with noodles and squirted hoses.  The children had a great time.  Check out the photos below.

Athletics day

Athletics fun day

We had such a fun day and luckily the weather was fantastic.  We did hurdles, 3 legged races, obstacle courses, the fitness track and many more fun activities. Here are some pictures of us in training at the long jump.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Buddy Class

Making decorations with our buddy class

On Friday we had fun making Christmas decorations.  We made the salt dough and cut out the shapes in the morning.  Thankfully the weather was fantastic and they dried out, ready to paint in the afternoon. Afterwards we had a delicious shared lunch.  Thanks room 5 we have really enjoyed being your buddy class this year.

Monday, December 5, 2016


Musical Instruments

We had a lot of fun designing, building, painting and playing our musical instruments.  We made guitars,drums, shakers, flutes, a harp, oboe and banjo! Great instruments room one.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Christmas songs


Room 1 have been learning about sound.  For technology we are making our own instruments using recycled materials.  We have drawn our designs and we will be building them over the next week.  We plan to put together our own class orchestra.  Watch this space for updated pictures!
This video is all about making sound using our bodies.  We hope you enjoy it.