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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Our first week

First week back

Wow what a busy first week ...We have started dance lessons and we are learning our moves ready for the dance sharing in week 5 (keep that in your diary). 

Our inquiry is how to care for pets and we are finding out "What will make the best class pet?" We will be getting a real pet and I will be looking for volunteers to help pet sit at the weekends.

Then today we had a special visit from the Turbos and they competed against the children in various challenges, it was highly entertaining.  Here are some pictures.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Whale books

Sharing our new knowledge

We have been learning all about the importance of protecting our wonderful whales. We read books and watched amazing documentaries on the Blue Whale. After researching, each student created a fabulous talking book all about the Blue Whale and what we can do to help protect them in our oceans. The children enjoyed sharing these books with their big buddies.  Great learning room 1!

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Blue Whale

Measuring the length of the Blue Whale

As we have been learning all about measurement in maths, we decided to measure exactly the size of a Blue whale.  We took 1 metre rulers and placed them in a line across the Netball court,30 metres is a long way to measure!  Mrs Buckley drew an outline of the whale and it's tail flukes which are 4.5 metre wide.  This gave us an indication of just how big this mammal is.
Great measuring Room 1!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Black Day

Go All Blacks

On Friday we all dressed up in black to support our players, it must have bought them luck because they played so well on Saturday night.  Go the Blacks!
Here we are all in black.

Whale art and poetry

Blue Whales

We are currently learning about the largest mammal on Earth, the Blue whale. For literacy last week we wrote Blue Whale Haiku poems and we are now in the middle of constructing some Whale art to accompany our poems.  Here we are busy adding collage to our Whale water colour masterpieces! 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Whale Jawbone

Who own's this Jawbone?

Today Esther's mum kindly gave us a whale's jawbone to examine.  
Whilst out walking in Wanganui Beach, Esther's family noticed a stick like object poking out from the sand.  On closer inspection they discovered it was a jawbone.  It belongs to a whale.  With our new knowledge of whales, we now know that it has to be a Toothed whale and not a Baleen whale.  We have yet to work out which whale type it belongs to.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful discovery.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Volume, capacity and weight

We have lots of fun this week doing practical activities to learn about volume, capacity and weight. We have been filling up containers with water and cubes, guessing how much a container will hold and weighing objects.  We even had to work out how many of us could fit in a cardboard box. We only managed to fit 12 before we ripped the box, OOPS!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Maui and the Sun

Today Room 1 performed our version of Maui and the Sun. The children all worked so hard over the last few weeks working together to produce the wonderful Sun and props and practicing the play.They did such a fabulous job, I am so proud of you all!
Here are some photos of the great team work Room 1!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Basketball with Miles

Yesterday we had our first basketball session with Miles. The children learned how to stand and jump stop. They had a practice throwing and catching the ball.  Great skills room 1! 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Seven Fish of Matariki


We have been learning the legends associated with Matariki and it's significance.  The children retold the legend of the Seven Fish of Matariki and created a moving story.  We have still to complete a couple more but the majority are complete.  Take a look at the slideshow and enjoy their stories. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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