We are a Year 1 class at Nelson Central School, Nelson, New Zealand. Most of us are 5 years old,
except for Tracy our teacher who is a bit older. This blog lets you know what we have been up to
and what our next learning steps will be. We love to find out what people think about our class
so please get typing and leave us a comment.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Week 9 Term 2

As this week started off so wild, wet and windy we decided to take a look at how to play some of our wet weather games and put down some ideas to help us have a happy indoor playtime.



Tracy was out of the classroom on Wednesday and Thursday and Dean was teaching us all about penguins and Antarctica.


On Thursday we celebrated Matariki with a shared kai and a rotation of activities in Kowhai including acting out Maori Myths, printing Matariki stars and learning some traditional Maori stick games.
We retold the Matariki legend of Tane and the Star fish. Here is Oliver's version.
One day mother fish told the little fish, “You should not go out to the big open sea.” A giant caught them and Tane grabbed his net and threw it up into the sky.

Our poem this week also had a Matariki theme.

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There will be no new library books issued until next term. Thank you for making us one of the most reliable classes this term for returning books to the school library. We are keeping Val very happy.


To mark the end of Term 2 and Max's final day with us we will be having a pyjama dress up day on Friday. I will be wearing plenty of thermals under mine!
WHAT ARE WE LEARNING IN WEEK 10 TERM 2?
Tricky words: down /out
Writing: simple recounts and descriptions
Maths: numeracy: number patterns to 10
Inquiry: Zero Waste Classroom
Art: : Paua Shells
P.E. Winter Ball Games
ICT: Zero Waste digital story
Maori: Numbers to 10, Myths and Legends
REMINDERS
Friday: Library Day, library books must be returned on or before Friday each week.
Friday 29th June Pyjama Dress Up Day
Fri 29th June end of Term 2
Mon 16th  July start of Term 3 
100 Days of School Celebration Friday 20th July
Mon 30th/3st July and Wed August 1st Parent Teacher Interviews
Tuesday 31st July Museum visit to World Musical Instruments workshop, leave school 9.10. Helpers needed.
Tuesday 28th August Suter Visit to Malu Minar. Leave school 9.05. Back about 11.00. Helpers needed. Find out more at this link  http://www.itson.co.nz/2012/4325-malu-minar-sea-pattern-art-of-the-torres-strait



Saturday, 16 June 2012

Week 8 Term 2


This week we have been learning about the ways we handle disagreement with our friends. Have a look at the power point below to see what we have been learning and decide which animal you are in a conflict situation. We are all trying very hard to be owls.
Conflict Resolution
In handwriting we have been learning some tricks to help us remember which way round 'b' and 'd' goes. Here is a favourite trick.

Our big book this week was about a Huggles. Huggles love to hug and we had lots of fun making play dough 'hugs' and photographing them ourselves.

In writing this week we focused on Taniwhas and after reading some Maori myths about these extraordinary animals we wrote some quite frightening descriptions.



My taniwha is awesome. He said, “Hi,” once. He is big. He is really scary. He likes me.
Charlie
Our poem was also about Taniwhas. You can listen to it here whilst looking at out Tuxpaint taniwha pictures.

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On Thursday we had a great time learning about more Maori myths and legends at a special workshop run; we could not do these trips without you.
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I will not be in class this Wednesday and Thursday. Dean will be taking the class for 2 days of special activities linked to Antarctica and penguins.wish I could be there to be part of it all it sounds amazing. Take a look at this link to see what children have said about the Antarctica experience 
http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/6692593/Birchwood-pupils-get-a-taste-of-Antarctica

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING IN WEEK 9 TERM 2?
Tricky words: little/out
Writing: simple recounts and descriptions
Maths: numeracy: number patterns to 5 and 10
Inquiry: Zero Waste Classroom/Antarctica
Art: : Paua Shells
P.E. Winter Ball Games
ICT: Tux Paint stars
Maori: Numbers to 10, Myths and Legends
REMINDERS
Friday: Library Day, library books must be returned on or before Friday each week.
Thurs 21st June: Matariki activities and Kowhai shared kai
Fri 29th June end of Term 2
Mon 16th  July start of Term 3 



Sunday, 10 June 2012

Week 7 Term 2

On Tuesday this week we were invited by Room 6 to look at the toys they had made as part of their inquiry topic on electrical circuits. All the toys were a big hit especially the ones with cars. Well done Room 6.
As part of own inquiry topic on Zero Waste we had made some yoghurt of our own. On Tuesday we tasted the results of our culinary efforts and all agreed it tasted yummy.
We worked out that the tub of yoghurt was the same as 10 small pottles of yoghurt. That is a big waste reduction. It is also a big money saver as 10 pottles on special would cost $7.49 and the yoghurt mix only cost us $2.99 on special. Go on...make the change.
Wednesday was a day that will stick in our memories for months to come as a storm ripped through Nelson. Thank you to everyone for coming to collect your children so promptly. Here is a sample of their feelings on the event:
It was Wednesday. It was windy and cold. There were breaking branches and trees were falling. Trees were bending and wiggling.
Alfie
On Wednesday I didn’t like the day at all and I felt scared. It was raining and very windy. Instead of playing at lunch we watched a DVD, it was fun.
Thomas
On Wednesday it was raining. It was horrible. It felt like guns shooting at me. It was cold. I had to put my jersey on. I got blown away. It was funny. I went “Ha, ha, ha.”
Ned
On Wednesday it was rainy. I did not like it. My chicken house fell over. They were not happy. My rubbish bin fell in the garden. Dad had to go in the garden and get it. It was a nasty job and it was noisy.
Jasmin

This week we added texture to our teddy bear drawings making our pencils whisper, talk and shout just like Esther had taught us on our visit to the Suter Gallery. Look out for our finished work in our class and on the Kidzstuff blog.
On Friday we helped some friends from Rutherford Street Kindy with a variety of maths tasks.
Our poem this week has helped us to hear the 'x' sound at the end of words.
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WHAT ARE WE LEARNING IN WEEK 7 TERM 2?
Tricky words: this
Writing: simple recounts and descriptions
Maths: numeracy: doubles to 20
Inquiry: Zero Waste Classroom
Art: : tessellating taniwhas
P.E. Winter Ball Games
ICT: Tux Paint stars
Maori: Myths and Legends
REMINDERS
Friday: Library Day, library books must be returned on or before Friday each week.
Thurs 14th June: Museum visit to Maori myths and legends workshop, parents needed
Thurs 21st June: Matariki activities and Kowhai shared kai
Fri 29th June end of Term 2
Mon 16th  July start of Term 3 

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Week 6 Term 2

We have been very busy this week shredding paper and selling pet bedding. We sold 4 bags and have enough money to buy our first classroom ball for use during playtime.


Our focus for our Zero Waste inquiry this week was to think about ways of reducing the packaging in our lunch boxes. Here you can see some of the packaging that can be reused. We also learned how to make our own yoghurt that could then be taken to school in small reusable containers so we don't end up with so many yoghurt pottles in our bin.
In ICT we applied our knowledge of sorting different materials for recycling to make these charts.


This was Talia's last week with us. She helped us to record our mihi's and they are now up on the kidzstiff blog for us to share with our families and friends.Well done everyone you did a great job!

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On Thursday we said goodbye to Talia and she shared popcorn and grapes with us at morning tea. She will be missed by us all but I have a feeling we will see her again in the not too distant future.
Our song, writing and poem this week all had a teddy bear theme. Here we are performing the poem "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear"
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At morning tea on Friday we had a special teddy bears picnic to say goodbye and good luck to Connor who is moving to Wellington. We will miss you heaps, you have been such a good friend to everyone in the class and a great role model to others.  Please keep in touch with us through our blog and we look forward to hearing how you are getting on at your new school.
On Friday afternoon the whole school took part in a cross country event. I was delighted to see everyone from Room 11 take part. You all has a great "I can" attitude, well done. Have a look at some of the photos of trying our best.
Room 11 Cross Country 2012 on PhotoPeach
WHAT ARE WE LEARNING IN WEEK 7 TERM 2?
Tricky words: she
Writing: simple recounts and descriptions
Maths: numeracy: doubles
Inquiry: Zero Waste Classroom
Art: : Observational drawing of soft toy and tessellating taniwhas
P.E. Winter Ball Games
ICT: Tux Paint stars
Maori: Numbers 1-10
REMINDERS
Friday: Library Day, library books must be returned on or before Friday each week.
Mon 4th June: Queen's Birthday, no school
Thurs 14th June: Museum visit to Maori myths and legends workshop, parents needed
Fri 29th June end of Term 2
Mon 16th  July start of Term 3