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Thursday, March 15, 2018


What is eating our plants?

This week we ventured out into our vegetable garden to find that something had been eating our plants.  We decided we needed to do some investigating! We went out with magnifying glasses and the ipads to see what we could find.  We discovered little green bugs ( we think they are caterpillars) all over the leaves.  We took a few back to class for a closer look.  We  looked through a special microscope that projected onto the t.v so we could find out what they looked like up close.  Here is what we saw...

I see...
green and yellow
pointy things ( I think they are legs)
spiky stuff ( I think that's hair)
dots- black and white
green slimy stuff 
ripples on it's back
it wriggling
a stripe on it's back

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Learning about Respect


This week we have been looking at the importance of respecting people, our classroom and the things within it.

We worked as a whole class to establish how we should respect our own and other peoples things, the classroom and our friends.  We worked in groups to produce a pic collage which will be displayed on our walls. Here are a few of them.

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Learning to Observe

Yesterday we went out into our garden area and had a good look at things we could see.  We took photos and used our magnifying glasses to take a closer look at stuff.  We found all sorts of things among our vegetables! When we got back to class we talked about the things we saw.  This term we will be going out around school and off site to do some more digging, investigating and observations. Here are some pictures.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Buddy Time

Fun Friday

We love Fridays at Halcombe, we get to do fun stuff such as buddy time.  Yesterday we had a buddy swim.  Thanks room 5 you are great buddies!


Football For Girls

Yesterday Jess from NZ football came to teach the girls some great soccer games like Sharks and Frozen. The girls enjoyed learning the new skills and had a lot of fun.
Here are a few pictures. 


Magic Number

Yesterday the children were given a number  to 20.  They had to complete certain tasks, such as write an addition and subtraction problem, find the number of objects, make the number out of lego etc.  They photographed all the tasks and created a pic collage on the ipads.  
Here are some pictures.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Literacy Time


It has been great to have a full week back at school. We have managed to practise our literacy activities and establish routines.  Here are a few pictures of the children following their literacy contracts and engaging in their different literacy stations. Nice work room 1.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Kai Iwi Beach

Our Beach Trip

What a fantastic day we had at the Kai Iwi Beach.  The weather was perfect and the kids had such a fabulous day.  We walked around the beach looking at interesting things, digging in the sand, making discoveries and collecting shells.  We had fun using the magnets on the sand and looking through the magnifying glass at the shells and driftwood.  Our kind parent helpers assisted us with our sandcastle building and paddling in the sea.  We finished off the day with a play on the awesome pirate playground.  Even the teachers had a go!

Here are a few pictures.  Thank you to our wonderful parents for dedicating your time to come and join us, we hope you had fun too.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Week one

Our First Week.

We had a busy but fun first week back.  We have done lots of activities around 'getting to know you' and friendships. We have been practising the new routines and procedures of the class, established our class rules, as well as learning math and literacy games. Our self portrait art is now hanging on our class wall.  Parents you are welcome to call in before or after school to come and see your child's work.

Here are a few snapshots from our great week!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Welcome back

Welcome back to school!
We have an exciting term planned ahead, don't forget to bring your togs everyday.  I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Yellow Submarine

Here is a video of our play and dance. Well done room 1 you are awesome sailors!

Sunday, December 10, 2017


To mark the end of our floating and sinking unit room 1 made boats and tested them out.  The children tested them to see if they would float as they raced them across the water tray.  There were some fabulous constructions.  Well done room 1.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Slip and Slide

Today we had our fun sports day at Halcombe.  We rotated around different activities and then later this afternoon we got to cool down with the slip and slide.  Thanks seniors you made the slip and slide super slippery and exciting to go down!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Instructional writing

How to Make a Sailor Hat

We have been learning about floating and sinking for science.  Using the app book creator, we have written instructions on how to make a sailor hat .  Here are a few of the books.  
We will be wearing our cool hats at our show on prize giving.  We hope you can make it.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Small ball skills

Here we are practicing our small ball skills.  We have been throwing and catching and playing fun games like rounders and long ball.  Great skills room 1.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Touch on Thursday

The children have been enjoying the touch games on Thursday nights.  Thanks to our parents for your encouragement and support. Here are a few pictures of some of our teams.

Friday, November 10, 2017


Floating and Sinking

This week we began our science topic, Floating and Sinking.  We talked about things we know that float and sink e.g a boat.  Today we tested out various items to see whether or not that could float or sink. Parents, don't be alarmed if the children ask to drop things into water this weekend!

Here are a few pictures.  Great science room 1.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Out trip to Totara Reserve

Our Big Day Out

Today room 1 and 2 went to Totara Reserve for our bush walk and outdoor activities.
We were lucky with the weather and the children coped very well with the walk.  Thanks to our wonderful parent helpers that drove us out there and helped out with the activities, you were awesome.  It was a great day.  Here are a few pictures.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cross Country Day

Cross Country

Wow what a day!  The sun shone for us and the kids were all excited to run in this year's race.  Everyone tried really hard and ran really well.  Here are a few snaps of the kids at the top corner of the course.  Thanks to the parents who came to support our runners. Great running everyone!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pet Day

We had a wonderful day at Pet day today, the children had fun looking at all the wonderful animals and were entertained by the seniors during the house challenge.  Great day everyone!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pet Day Art

Room 1 has been busy getting ready for Pet  Day.    We have made Pet Rocks and Clay animal faces and here we are in the construction phase.  They will be on display in the hall on Pet Day.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Our Technology Project

The Big Bad wolf

After reading the story of the three little pigs, we decided we needed to design a house that was indestructible.  In pairs, we designed and built our houses and today the Big Bad Wolf came to blow them down.  Check out our magnificent houses on the video below.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wheels day

Wheelie great fun!

Today we had Wheels and Burger day.  The children had so much fun scootering around the school and afterwards they enjoyed a yummy burger in the sunshine.  
This is what some of them said...
"After doing a jump, the hardest part is landing on my scooter" said Isaac.
"I fell off my scooter but I got back up again," said Ben C.
"The burgers were the most tastiest burgers ever," said Carter.
Thanks for a great day!

Monday, September 18, 2017

i movies

On Friday afternoon, we had a great time with our buddy class, Room 5, learning how to use imovie. We made movies about our magic number. They are pretty cool! Take a look!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Buddy Class

Making i movies

Room 1 and 5 had fun on Friday afternoon making mathematical i movies.  The students were given a number between 1 and 100 and they had to produce a movie about it. They had to do different tasks and their movie had to include photos, video and music.  We will get the movies onto the blog soon.
Great work room 1 and 5.

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