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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...

Monday, May 14, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Te Reo Kori


This term we are focusing on developing our skills and knowledge of Te Reo Kori activities.  The children are getting experience of Waiata, rākau, poi and other games.
Here we are learning some basic moves. Great work room 1!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Experimenting with paint

Art on Friday

Our big book this week was Billy Mc Brown.  In response to the story the children wrote about Billy Mc Brown and the sorts of things he would wear to make people laugh. Afterwards the children painted Billy in his ridiculous outfits.  The paintings are wonderful and their stories are hilarious.  These are displayed in out cloak bay, so next time you're in school drop in and have a look.  

Monday, April 30, 2018

New playground opening

Opening the new playground

Today we opened our new playground.  Mrs Dodunski said a little speech and then cut the ribbon to mark the opening of our new playground. The juniors were the first to play on it and it's pretty cool!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Crazy day

What a crazy day!

Today it was crazy day and to celebrate we dressed up in our house colours.  We had a parade and danced around the courts.  Many of us bought a delicious burger at lunchtime.  We certainly looked crazy!


Athletics fun day

Last week we had an athletics fun day followed by sprints and house relays.  The kids had so much fun.  Thanks to the adults that came to support the children.  What a fun day!

Thursday, April 5, 2018


Fake Bugs

Today we looked at fake bugs.  First we had to group them.  Some of the children grouped them into colours and sizes.  Then they were asked to group them a different way and many children began to group them according to their features such as ones with wings or 6 legs.  Afterwards the children did a pen share to record what they noticed about the bugs, here are a few of their comments...
The spider has not enough eyes
The ant is not that big
The cockroach is too fat 
It's the wrong size
The butterfly has 6 legs and it has hair

Awesome learning room1!


Thursday, March 29, 2018


Happy Easter everyone...
On Wednesday the Juniors made Hot cross buns.  They looked delicious.  Everyone made one and got to eat it afterwards.
Here are a few pictures. 
Thanks to Mrs Davies and a few kind parent helpers the morning went smoothly.


Alley Cats

After reading the big book A Party for the Alley Cats, we produced this wonderful art work and wrote fabulous stories to go with them.  Come a see our work hanging in the class.  First we sketched out the cats heads and then used water colours to fill in the outlines.  Once dried, we went over our lines in vivid and finished the background in smudged charcoal.  What fabulous artists you are!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Shared reading

The Big Book

Each week we read a big book together and every Friday we do an activity based on the big book.  Last week we read Mrs O'Malley in Alligator Alley.  We worked collaboratively to draw Mrs O'Malley walking through the Alligator Alley and made signs to warn her about the dangerous alligators.  Afterwards we each made our individual snapping alligators.  Well done room 1, great team work!

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.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018