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.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Week 10 Term 3

Week 10 started off with just as much excitement as Week 9 ended. Trolley fever was very evident helped along by the making of our own Tim Tam trolleys in the style of those sold at the Suter cafe. Thanks to Thomas's mum for making this possible.
After school lots of us gathered at the top of Trafalgar Street to race our trolleys again, but this time against the mayor and Ned's dad.  We also spotted a few more stars from the film. Lots of fun and quite a few sausage sizzles later we made our way home.
Click here to watch the action!
We continued our maths unit on measurement this time looking at ways to measure capacity. Our non-standard units included water, sand and rice crispies.

In ICT we learned how to make a simple 3 step animation using FlickerBlox. Have a go using this link
http://www.flickerblox.com. We will be attempting some more animation next term.

On Friday we helped out our Room 5 buddies with their inquiry topic. They had been experimenting with different play dough recipes and we rated them according to smell, colour and texture. They will be selling the most popular types next term.

We were all very creative on Friday making wacky ears to celebrate the release of the Topp Twins new book " Do Your Ears Hang Low?" during the Nelson Arts Festival. You can see them at the Granary 
Festival CafĂ©, Sat 27 Oct 11am, cost $5, book in advance. The closing date for entering your ears into the competition is Thursday 25th Oct so plenty of time to make them even wackier. Take your entries along to the library.

Friday was also a very sad day for us as we had to say good bye to Maree who has become very much part of our classroom over the last 5 weeks. But some how I think we will be seeing her on a regular basis next term...hooray!


Tricky words: back
Grammar: adjectives
Writing: simple recounts
Maths: measurement , weight
Inquiry: Earthquakes
Art: : 
P.E. Folk Dancing and skipping
ICT: online games assortment
Maori:  colours
Friday: Library Day, library books must be returned on or before Friday each week.
Wednesday 26th Sept: National Shake Out event
Wednesday 26th Sept 2.15  Folk Dancing Display
Thurs and Fri Tracy is on release and Dean is teaching us.
Term 3 ends 28th September
Term 4 starts 15th October

Monday, 17 September 2012

Week 9 Term 3

The highlight of Week 9 was undoubtedly the Kowhai Trolley Derby which was held on Friday. Everyone, young and not so young, had an amazing time and it is something that we will remember for a long, long time. Thank you so much for Tim from the Nelson Trolley Club for turning this event into something beyond our wildest dreams....what a star! Don't forget that on Monday 17th September you can race your trolley again at the top of Trafalgar Street from 5.30 onwards.
Terrific Trolleys by Room 11 NCS 2012 on PhotoPeach

Amongst all the excitement and preparation for the Trolley Derby we did manage to squeeze in some other learning as well. In maths we started our topic on measurement and looked at using non-standard units to measure and compare the lengths of our feet.

To celebrate Nelson Public Library turning 170 years old on September 27th   we wrote a story about our dream library of the future. The library is holding a competition for the best ideas and I will be entering some of our work, so look out for them on the Nelson Library wall.

Our tricky words for week 8,9,10 are 'should', 'could', 'would'. The rhyme we have been using to remember these is O U Lucky Duck

Our tongue twister about a Woodchuck helped us to spell some of these words.  Have a listen and see how many O U Lucky Duck words you can hear.

Tricky words: should
Grammar: adjectives
Writing: simple recounts, descriptions and Spring poem
Maths: measurement , length and capacity
Inquiry: Celebration of our Terrific Trolleys
Art: : Spring flower printing
P.E. Folk Dancing and skipping
ICT: Spring
Maori: Numbers to 10 and colours
Friday: Library Day, library books must be returned on or before Friday each week.
Monday 17th September: Trolley Event 5.30 at top of Trafalgar Street.
Friday 21st September Loud Shirt Day
Friday 21st  September Maree's last day
Week 11 Folk Dancing Display
Term 3 ends 28th September
Term 4 starts 15th October

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Week 7 and 8 Term 3

In Week 6 Tim came along with his practise trolley track s to give us a taster of things to come. 
We also got a chance to ride in a full size trolley.
Thank you to Tim from the Nelson Trolley Club for supporting and inspiring us with this topic and turning it into something which promises to be quite spectacular.
It was all very exciting and we got the chance to speak to Poppy and Xan who raced in this year Trolley Derby on Collingwood Street. Take a look at the movie they made about their experience.

On Tuesday we had a great visit to the Suter Art Gallery to look at art works from the Malu Minar Exhibition. Take a look at the marvellous masks we created...they may give some of you ideas for this years Mask Parade. Check them out on display in the classroom. A big thank you to all the mums and dads who came along to support us on this visit.

At the end of the week Dean brought all his Antarctica equipment to share with classes he had been working with earlier in the year. Here we are on the sledge being pulled along by the Te Pouahi " huskies".

We also had chance to go inside a tent use in Antarctica. Fortunately for us it was a lovely sunny day with no snow in sight.

We have been busy learning about beat with Maree in our music lessons and doing some work together as a class percussion orchestra.

As many of you know I was away in Auckland last weekend for a conference and was unable to blog. This is why week 7 and 8 have been combined into 1 blog and there is no Reminders or What we will be learning section as the moment has already passed. Hopefully normal blogging will resume from Week 9 onwards.