Saturday, February 9, 2019

End of week two already!

Two weeks of the term gone already!
Although these last two weeks have been short ones, Room 1 routines are up and running.

Week 2 saw the start of our swimming for this year, much to the delight of all the children.

After missing swimming in term 4 last year, the children were keen to be back in the pool to cool off on these hot summer days.

We kicked off our topic this term (Healthy Bodies) by making a healthy salad. We had a taste of some of the produce we put in the salad.
Some children loved it...
Others were not so sure.....

However, everyone enjoyed helping chop, grate, rip and toss the ingredients together.

Grating carrot and beetroot.         Shelling peas.               Chopping tomatoes and cucumber.

Ripping the spinach.                                                      Chopping the beans.

                                                            Tossing the salad.

The children showed amazing knife skills and a good knowledge on how to prepare the different salad ingredients.

When the salad was finished, we took it outside to have a salad picnic under the tree. YUM!


Friday, January 25, 2019

Welcome to Term 1 2019!

Murtle and I hope everyone managed to get a little break over the xmas period and you are all ready for a new school year.

Murtle had a lovely ten days in Auckland meeting my family and seeing the sights of the big city. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again and have been working hard to prepare the class for the new term.

Our letter/blend of the week sharing will start in week three, I can't wait to see the interesting things that our children bring for sharing.

We will still be having a healthy snack break at approx 10am and a fruit break around 12pm. As this is our hottest time of year, it would be great if Room 1 children could bring a drink bottle (water only please) to school for when they get thirsty during class time. 

Healthy bodies is our topic for this term and eating healthy ties in with this.

 We will be looking at what is good for our bodies, our brains and our bones!

Our class novel this term is George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. I think we will get some exciting writing and art work relating to this book!

Lastly, we are looking forward to a return to swimming! The pool is looking a lot better than it did at the end of last year, and fingers cross....everything is on track for some water fun this term. Maybe not in the first two weeks, but it will happen.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and see you all on Wednesday 30th January!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Nearly the end of term!

We have been busy with our experiments, maths, writing and learning how to play cricket!

The children have been learning how to use a number line to help them solve addition and subtraction problems. They quickly picked up the concept and were away to do independent worksheets.

Money has been the focus for our maths strand this term. We learnt about the value of money, 'needs and wants', and about saving money with Amie from the ASB.

Next we made our own money, we looked at what was on New Zealand notes and used this as a guide to designing our money. In writing we were describing Monsters, so we combined this with our strand and made Monster Money Boxes to put our money in.
We experimented with Sinking and Floating.
First we predicted what each item would do, sink or float. We marked this on our sheet.
Then we put each thing in the water container and watched to see what would happen.
We then marked if it was sinking or floating and compared it against our predictions.

We found most of the things sank because they were heavy.

We thought if we had used a metal spoon instead of a plastic spoon, it would have sunk too.

For our next experiment we wanted to know, "What makes the froth on top of an Ice Cream Soda?"
We looked at the ingredients we were going to use to make an Ice Cream Soda.
Lemonade is a liquid. It has bubbles in it. CO2 is put into the Lemonade, which makes it bubbly.
Ice cream is a solid. It is made from cream. Cream is a fat. The ice cream had a greasy feel. We made a prediction that when we mixed the lemonade with the ice cream, it would explode!
We then put some ice cream in a glass and added the lemonade.

We then used our Scientist eyes, nose and ears to observe what happened. It didn’t explode, but made lots of bubbles (which is gas!). We now had three states of matter, solid (ice cream), liquid (lemonade), and the bubbles (gas).


Conclusion: The bubbles in the soda don’t like the fat in the ice cream. They try to run away out of the soda and this make the froth on top of the soda.

Room 1 then did some amazing writing about making Ice Cream Sodas.

This week we were learning how to play cricket. Some of the children had never heard about cricket before and some had played cricket. It was fun learning new skills and working together as a team. Maybe future Black Caps or Silver Ferns!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

End of week 4 already!

Room 1 and 2 had a lovely day at Shanty Town at the end of week 3. The children loved dressing up in clothes like children wore when people first came to the West Coast.

Even Murtle the Turtle got in the photos!

A big thank you to all the parents who made this trip possible. 

This week Room 1 started on their topic, Great Scientists. The children are learning that they are scientists too, by looking, listening, smelling, touching and recording. Our first experiment involved jellybeans.
First they arranged them in a plate, made a graph of the colours they had and then predicted what would happen when we added water.

Next they observed and recorded the changes they saw at 1min, 5min, and 10min.

After 10 mins we discussed our findings and wrote a conclusion.

The outside of the jelly beans is made with sugar. The water melts the sugar and makes the inside go slimy.
Next week we are experimenting with things that can sink or float.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Welcome Back to term 4!

We have just completed week 2 already!

Week 1 was full of excitement, getting ready for pet day and finishing pet projects.
The children put in a huge effort to make their posters look fantastic!

Calves, lambs and birds.



They also made some cool models of their pets.

Pets galore!

Week 2 was getting back into the daily routine. Here we are enjoying some of the phonic activities.