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Friday, September 21, 2018

Buddy Class

Yesterday we played long ball with our buddy class.  We had so much fun out in the sunshine.  Thanks room 6 you are awesome at long ball!

Saturday, September 15, 2018


What's on our hands?

Blake's mum is a microbiologist and works at a vet clinic.  She very kindly dropped in to talk to us about bacteria and showed us an example of bad bacteria that can be found in cows.  We talked about bacteria that we carry on our bodies. To test this out, each child put fingerprint samples on agar plates and Michelle took them away to incubate them overnight.  Yesterday she returned with each plate.  We were all surprised to see just how much bacteria we have on our hands.  Parents, this should make the children wash their hands thoroughly! 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Celebrating Māori language week

One day a Taniwha

Beautiful singing room 1!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Making Ice cream

Edible Science

This week room 1 made ice cream.  We turned the liquid cream into a solid cream using ice and salt.  We shook the cream, vanilla and sugar inside the small bag which was sitting inside a bag of ice and salt.  We had to shake the bag for about 10 minutes. 
The ice cream was so tasty.  We hope you can use the recipe to make some at home.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Solid, Liquid, Gas

Our play 

We have been learning all about matter in science. Today we performed a little song at assembly about the three states of matter.  
The children did a fabulous job of singing and acting.  Well done room 1 awesome work!

Thursday, August 23, 2018


Cartwheel Creamery

Today we had a visit from Mrs Walcroft from the Cartwheel creamery. She showed us pictures of how they make cheese.  "I didn't know that goats makes milk too," said Jayden.
"We learnt that they added other ingredients to the milk to turn it into cheese," said Lucas.
"They use molds to shape the cheese,"said Harry.
"I learnt that goats make white cheese and cows make yellow cheese," said Sean.
"They use a smaller tanker to collect the milk form the dairy farms," said Maisie.
"The milk is a liquid then it turns into a gel, then a solid," said Lucy.
"I learnt that there is live bacteria in cheese," said Stanleigh

Afterwards we got to taste the different cheeses...

"I loved the creamy cheese" said Taylor
"I found the white feta too salty," said Emily
"I ate it up in one gulp.  I love cheese," said James

Saturday, August 18, 2018

chin up champs video

Making Butter


This week we made butter.  We discovered that we could turn the liquid (cream) into a solid by shaking it.  Afterwards, we used our butter to make fairy bread.  It was delicious.
The next day we learnt how to use book creator to explain how we made butter. We hope to show some of these at our assembly in week 6. Here are some pictures.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Friday, August 10, 2018

Learning all about milk

Dairy Farm Visit

Today Room's 1 and 2 went to the Bartlett's diary farm.  We got to pat the calves and help feed them.
"The calf licked my hand" said Brenna.
"The calf's fur was soft," said Mya
"The calf sucked my finger as I took him to the trough" said Lucas

Then we went inside the milking shed to see how the cows are milked.  We learnt lots of interesting facts...
"cows are milked twice a day" said Jamie
"they have 500 cows on their farm" said Lucas
"the tanker hold lots of litres of milk"  said Sean
"the milk goes into the tanker through a big pipe" said Jayden
The cows eat about 100 kilograms of grass a day.
Cows and calves need to drink a lot of water each day.

"we got to put the cups on the cows to milk them" said Lucy
"we ate ice cream and cheese and we drank flavoured milk," said Maisie
"we saw the food they feed to the cows," said Taylor
"it was fun to milk the cows," said Joseph

It was a great day and we had lots of fun.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Buddy class
For science, we are learning about the different states of matter. Today room 1 and 6 got together to make Oobleck.  We got into groups of 5 with our big buddies and we mixed cornflour, water and food colouring together.  We made several discoveries.  When we hit the Oobleck it acted like a solid, yet when we picked it up it turned back into a liquid.  
We had lots of fun playing around with the Oobleck. Here are some pictures.
Thanks room 6 !

Wednesday, August 1, 2018



This week we have been looking at 2 d and 3 d shapes.  We have talked about faces, edges and corners.  Today we went for a walk around school to identify 3 d shapes and we photographed them and then created a pic collage.  Great maths room 1!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Balloon Art

Barney Malloon's Balloon

We had so much fun making this art this week! We read the big book Barney Malloon's Balloon for reading and after doing some wonderful writing, we designed our own hot air balloons.  We painted our paper plates and decorated them with feathers, tissue and glitter.
Here are our masterpieces...

Monday, July 2, 2018

Buddy Class

Today Room 1 and 5 brainstormed ideas for our Halcombe card designs.  We looked at iconic Kiwiana art and talked about significant things you can find in and around Halcombe.  Room 5 helped us look up images on the internet and assisted with our plans.  Great team work!


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Our Gingerbread Men

This week we read the big book The Gingerbread Man.  We wrote some wonderful stories and yesterday we made gingerbread men.
We had to measured out the ingredients and mix it all together to form a dough.  We used cookie cutters to cut out the biscuit base and then we decorated them with smarties and icing.
They smelt delicious!
“My favourite part was decorating my gingerbread man,” said Maisie
“I shared some of my biscuits with my brother,” said Emily
“I liked rolling out the dough and cutting out the shape," said Lucy
“I loved eating it was yummy,” said James

“ I enjoyed pouring the ingredients into the bowl,” said Taylor

Friday, June 22, 2018


Science using our senses

We talked about which senses we would rely on if we didn't have sight, then we did a couple of experiments.
First we buddied up and went for a walk outside using blindfolds.  We had help from our buddies to guide us around so we didn't bang into objects.  We soon realised that we needed to rely on our sense of touch and hearing if we didn't have sight.  
Afterwards we all had blindfolds and we listened to some instructions on how to draw a cartoon cat.  We had to listen carefully but found the exercise difficult because we couldn't see where our lines were.  We worked out that if we left on pencil on our page we could keep our lines closer together. It was really hard!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

Large Ball Skills

Room 1 is currently doing large balls skills for P.E.  We are learning to throw and catch and dribble a ball.  We will also be trying hockey and soccer, so watch our blog for more pictures.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Cass the Colour Robber

Here is Room 1's play about Cass the Colour Robber, written by Jill Eggleton.

(Sorry about the quality of the recording)

Thank you to Mrs Lintott for coming in to help with the prop making, we really appreciated your help.
We hope you all enjoyed our show.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Shared Writing

Another Big Book

This week we read another fabulous book by Jill Eggleton, titled Mrs Mc Fee.  Today we rewrote our own version of the story and had fun illustrating it.  This book now sits in our library corner.  Pop in and have a read.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wheels Day

Wheelie Great Fun!

Yesterday and today the children got to ride their scooters around the school.  They had so much fun zooming around the school buildings and flying over jumps.  Luckily the heavy rain stayed away.  Here are a few pictures.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Buddy class

Having fun with our buddy class

Wednesday, May 16, 2018



This week we are learning about repeating patterns.  We discovered that these patterns involve something that repeats and that all patterns have rules.  
We split into buddy groups and found items around the class that we could make a repeating pattern with.  Once we have decided on our repeating pattern , we photographed it and created a pic collage to show our pattern.

here are some of our repeating patterns...