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Saturday, November 10, 2018


Counting Money

We have been practicing counting in 100's,10's and 1's and on Friday we played counting games with money.  We are all pretty good at counting money!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Cross Country

What a great day we had at cross country on Friday.  All the kids ran really well and the sun shone.  Here is a video of the event.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Helicopter visit

The lucky winners are...

Today we were very lucky to watch the rescue helicopter land on our field.  Tommy and Holly won a Turbo's competition and as a result got to ride to school in a helicopter. Here are some pictures and some writing...

I heard thumping in the sky.  I felt wind blowing around the school.  The helicopter was going to land on the field and Holly and Tommy and Miss Simpson came out.
By Joseph

I heard a hovering sound.  I looked up and it was Holly, Tommy and Miss Simpson in a helicopter.  Unfair, I thought as they hopped out of the helicopter.  They won a rugby competition.
By Lucas

When we were outside a helicopter arrived on the field.  Tommy and Holly arrived in the helicopter because they went to the turbo game and they won.
By Tom

Friday, October 19, 2018

Shake it out

Drop, cover, hold

This week was shake out week and Room 3 have been practicing what to do in an earthquake.  We learnt ...
1. you have to be fast
2. you need to get right under the table
3. you must cover your head
4. hold onto the table leg

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pet day

Pet Day
What a fun day we had today.  It was Pet day at Halcombe School and many of the children got to show off their fabulous pets.  There were bunnies, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, lambs and ponies.  The children had so much fun.  Here are a few comments from some of our pet owners...

" I was excited when I walked around the ring.  I was very surprised when I got a trophy and a champion ribbon with Henry," said Taylor.

"The judge asked me what food does your cat eat?  I was excited to get a ribbon," said Mya.

"It was funny when my goat Jay was walking around on his knees.  I think he was tired!" said Jamie

Thursday, September 27, 2018


The second part of our PE focus for this term has been dance.  Room's one and two worked together to learn a combination of folk dancing, jump jam and hip hop.  Here is a little video of our wonderful dancing skills.  Great dancing everyone!

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