Friday, 24 February 2012

Letter of the Week

Do you know what letter this is?  Do you know what sound it makes?

Do you know anything that starts with this letter? You could leave a comment with your ideas!

H is for hat...

Our letter of the week this week is h.  We have been learning what it looks like and sounds like.  We have been thinking of things that start with h.  Today we made hats and decorated them with h's.  Our buddies helped us.  We all felt very happy!

Monster Minds

Monday, 20 February 2012

Catch me if you Can

We had our first sports session with Sha today.  We moved in lots of different ways...running, walking, jumping, side stepping, stomping.  We had a great time...we were tired at the end!

Thursday, 16 February 2012


The swimming pool is now open!! Our swimming days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Could you please bring togs and a towel in a separate bag on these days? Thanks. Our first swimming day will be Monday 20th February.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Our Music...

Every week we have a music session with Jen.  We LOVE going to see her in Room 1.  Today we learnt about tempo - fast and slow.  Check out our learning in this video...

Monday, 13 February 2012

Calling all Teddy Bears

Dear Parents,
This week we are having a teddy bear theme!  Our poem and our big book are both about teddies.  If possible, could your child please bring their favourite teddy to school on Thursday and Friday?
Elly & Carolyn

Comparing with Illuminate...

This afternoon, we had a look on Illuminate's blog.  They have been doing statistics just like us.  They decided to copy us and use their lunchboxes in an investigation.  They had a different idea than us.  They sorted their lunchboxes by colour.  We decided to do the same.

We noticed that...
* they have lots more lunchboxes than us.  They have 22, we have 11.
* pink is our most popular colour...just like illuminate.
* we have 1 brown lunchbox, but illuminate don't have any.
* we have 1 green lunchbox and illuminate have 1 green lunchbox too.

Illuminate...what else do you notice about our investigations?

Friday, 10 February 2012

I Can Write

Today we made a movie.  We were inspired by our Big Book of the week.  Here it is...

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Sort, Count, Notice (Statistics!)

We have been making graphs with Carolyn on Thursdays.
We SORT things into groups.
We COUNT the groups.
We NOTICE things about the groups.

Today we looked at our lunch boxes.
We sorted them into the girls lunchboxes and the boys lunchboxes. 
We sorted them into groups because of how they looked. 
We sorted them into groups because of how they do up.

We noticed that there was only one pirate lunch box and one All Blacks lunchbox. 
All the rest had two in their piles.

We noticed that six lunchboxes clipped up and four lunch boxes zipped up.
Here is the graph we made on paper that matches the photo we took:

Do you have ideas for next week's graph? We would love to hear them. 
You post your ideas and we might make a graph about one of them...


We are having a short assembly tomorrow (Friday) morning.  At this assembly we will be introducing new children to the rest of the school.  Each new child will receive a welcome certificate.  You are welcome to come.  It is at 10:30 in the hall.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Did you see this?

Hi Parents! It is lovely to see you here on our blog!! Why not leave us a message? We would love to hear from you... I was looking through the Tribune today and came across this good article about literacy written by Dr Alison Arrow from Massey University. I have also posted it on our "Parent Information" page.  Just click on the article to make it bigger.

Book Boxes

When the bell goes after brunch we have to come back to class quickly. Then we put our hat on our hooks. We can have a drink if we feel like it. We sit on the mat with our book boxes. We read our books to ourselves. We need to practise so we can get better at our reading. Look at the pictures of us reading! Elly was SO pleased with us. This was only the second day we have done this. We are amazing!

Friday, 3 February 2012

Friday Word Power

Every Friday we get together with Tohora to practise some fast words.  Today was our first try.  We were practising our names.

Thursday, 2 February 2012


We are having a powhiri at 10:30am on Friday to welcome our new staff and students to Russell Street School.  All of your children will be welcomed.  We would love to see you there.  Feel free to join us at 10:30am.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Our Writing

It is SO exciting to learn to become a writer.  Each day we share our writing with our friends.  Here we are reading our story.  We are also good at pointing to each word as we read!  You have to listen really carefully to hear some of us...we are still feeling a little bit shy.

Why do we come to School?

Wow!!  We already have great ideas about why we come to school.  Listen to our ideas on day 1.