Thanks for visiting our blog. We have now moved onto another class and our teacher Mrs Boyd is now at Nelson Central School (you can view their new class blog here).
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Thursday, September 28, 2006

So what are you up to in the holidays?

Hi Room One!

I hope you have been enjoying your school holidays so far!
I have been very busy and so far haven't done anything really exciting. I've been to the Dentist (!), caught up with friends and tidied up my house!

What have you been doing in your holidays?
Tell me all about it...

You know those little yellow sticky notes I have? (post it notes)... Well we now have our own Room One online version of these, they are called Webnotes!

Click here to check out our very own Room One Webnote page and leave me a sticky note telling me what you've been up to in the holidays so far!

It's easy to do, just follow the directions on the sticky notes that I've put up so far. Just remember:
* click the disc to save your note when you've finished
* don't forget to sign your note so we know who wrote it
* only use your first name to sign your note.

Have fun and I can't wait to read all your notes!
Mrs B :)

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Reflecting on Term Three!

WOW Term Three has been both a busy and productive term for both myself and Room One. On reflection, I believe it's our best term so far! The class has really gelled together well, we work independently AND as a team, children are aware of others' feelings and ALL children are actively involved in their learning.

What a great class! As a teacher, it's times like these in the holidays that you just say "WOW! my class is amazing"..... Quite honestly they make each day a joy for me!

Enjoy the photographic tribute I have put together - reflections of Room One in Term Three!

Kind regards,
Rachel Boyd

PS Hope you're enjoying your holidays :)

Friday, September 22, 2006

Bon Voyage to Harry's Flat Stanley

Today we said BON VOYAGE to Harry's visiting Flat Stanley!

It is the last day of Term Three so we wanted to get Flat Stanley home to his school. Harry and Alex took Flat Stanley for one last trip around the school. They took him to the adventure playground and slid down the poles, gave him a ride on the may pole and even helped him up the steep climbing ramp. He sure has had a neat time at Mapua School.

In the holidays Mrs B is going to send away the book we made on iphoto with Flat Stanley and his suitcase, we hope that they enjoy reading and seeing what Flat Stanley has been up to!

Photos by Alex & Harry!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Jokes by Tait!

Tait wanted to post some JOKES on the blog to make you laugh... so here they are!

Why did the strawberry stand in the middle of the road?
e it wanted to create a traffic jam!

Knock, knock...who's there?

>Fig who?

Aren't you going to fig the doorbell?

What type of pencil do robbers use?
>a pistil
(spelt incorrectly on purpose!
What do you get when you cross an apple tree with a pine tree?
>a pine-apple tree!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Another email from Maia

Today we got another email from Maia.

She sounds like she is having a neat time seeing her Dad and catching up with family.

She mentioned that she is even going to Sea World and Disneyland soon... she is very lucky!

Here is a map Mrs B made on Kidpix to show you where abouts in the world Maia is visiting.

We can't wait to see you when you get back Maia!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

A Captain Underpants Homefun Surprise!

For extra homefun this week I have found Room One an EXTRA special treat!

Great to celebrate both our fantastic 500 hits and the last week of Term 3.

In Room One we absolutely LOVE the Captain Underpants series by author Dave Pilkey.
This week we have a fantastic "Splashernator 2000" hangman game to play.

Try and guess what the hangman phrase is by clicking on each letter (remember try the vowels first). Beware however that each wrong letter brings you closer to doom and getting Captain Underpants wet in the Splashernator 2000. Once you've had a serious try, you might also like to see what happens if you get the phrase wrong.... what happens when Captain underpants gets wet???

ENJOY and post your thoughts on this game as comments below!

Mrs B :)

Saturday, September 16, 2006

WOW - 500 HITS!

All week we have been watching the hit counter and...

today the hit counter on Room One's Blog hit 500!

A fantastic achievement since we have only been blogging since the end of June this year! We will have a little celebration on school on Monday.

It's great to see our parents/relatives/friends and even teachers from all over New Zealand have been checking out our blog!

We hope to get lots more comments on our posts, just click on the word comment at the end of the post you want to comment on :)

Kind regards,
Rachel Boyd

P.S. do you like the cool road sign I created? It was made here at Custom Road Sign!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Mapua School Cross Country

Yesterday Mapua School held the annual Cross Country.

You'd never believe it.... but.... ROOM ONE CLEANED UP!!

Our children did SO well, ran their absolute hardest and gained most placings for their age groups. WELL DONE ROOM ONE!

Here are Room One's Results:

Year 3's:
  • 1st Alex

    Year 2 Girls:
  • 1st Hannah
  • 2nd Grace
  • 3rd Sophie
  • 4th Lauryn

    Year 2 Boys:
  • 1st Theo
  • 2nd Oscar
  • 3rd Harry

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2006

    How to learn your 2x tables!

    Today we had the cross country during middle block so our programme was a bit muddled :)

    We did our usual Thinking Skills Tuesday programme which was really funny. Our topic was "if we had two hands instead of feet". Room One thought that would be pretty funny.... maybe we'd be like apes/gorillas and eat bananas!?

    We also made a VIDEO this morning to show people how we work out our 2x tables.
    We hope you enjoy it.

    NOTE: If your internet connection is slow or dial up we suggest you let the video play once sluggishly (right until the end) while you have a cuppa. It will then be easier to view the second time it has loaded.

    Please let me know if you would like a compressed copy of the video (Quicktime format)emailed to you by sending me an email to:

    Sunday, September 10, 2006

    Skip Counting in 2's - the 2x tables!

    Hi parents!

    Last week we spent time skip counting in 2's and used this to answer 2x table questions.

    We plan to make a video in class to show you how we skip count to gain the answer.
    As a class we are trying really hard to learn our tables using our number knowledge, not by rote like many adults were taught. This means our children will not panic if they have to work out 2 x 14 for example (meanwhile the rest of us are saying ahhh! never learnt my 14 x table!)

    Here is a link to a fantastic website where you can practise those 2 x tables.


    Your challenge is to get the man to to TOP of the mountain!
    Make sure you select the 2x tables button.

    [PS and when you get him there it is so much fun to press the "descend" button to watch him go down the other side :D ]

    Have fun learning - Mrs B.

    Friday, September 08, 2006

    Asriel entertains Flat Jack!

    Today I got to look after Flat Jack! First at morning tea we went to the playground, but then the bell rang. We had to go back to class and do some learning.
    Flat Jack helped me to paper mache my balloon. It is getting much stronger. At lunchtime I gave Flat Jack some of my food - sandwiches with cheese and tomato in them. Then I gave him a sandwich with jam in it. He thought it was yummy and scrumptious!
    We went to the playground again with Hannah. I showed Hannah that I could make Flat Jack stay on the bars. We had a great time. Then we went to another part of the playground and we did some other cool fun things like going down the fireman's pole and going across the swing bridge.

    We hope Flat Jack enjoyed his very last day at Mapua School. On Monday Mrs B is going to package him back up for his flight back to Hewett School is South Australia!

    Thursday, September 07, 2006

    Atorea & Sophie look after Flat Jack

    Today we looked after Flat Jack. We had a great time playing tag with him. We had a great time. Flat Jack is really cool! He's a COOL DUDE!

    By Sophie & Atorea

    Wednesday, September 06, 2006

    Kelly's Big Challenge - The New Classroom

    Today Kelly had a special challenge waiting for her when she got to school.

    She was going to be a special News Reporter and Photographer for the day!

    Kelly's task was to find all about the new classroom that was being built.
  • wrote down questions she had about the new classroom being built
  • interviewed Mr Hepburn to find out the answers
  • took digital photos of the new classroom being built
  • drafted, proof read and spell checked her report
  • re-wrote her best copy of her report

    KA PAI KELLY - What a fabulous job you have done today!

    On the 20th of August some builders started building Room Nine. Mr Gully is in charge of the builders. The builders are building Room Nine because a lot of people are starting school. The builders have been working for about three weeks now.

    The door to Room Nine will be in the front of the building. Mr Hepburn will be teaching in the new classroom. None of the Room Eight people will be moving into Room Nine. Mr Hepburn thinks the builders will be finished on the 20th of September.

    Photographs & Report by Kelly
  • Flat Jack's day with Tiana

    Today Flat Jack spent the day with Tiana because Maia has gone overseas to visit family. We think that Flat Jack will miss her but Tiana was a fantastic host!

    Today they did all their classwork together and also played at morning tea and lunchtime out in the playground.

    Tiana even drew a picture on Kidpix of them together.

    "We read a book together called 'Tiger' at morning tea. It was a great book!"

    Picture & Story by Tiana

    Tomorrow Mrs B will pic someone new to look after Flat Jack so that he is not lonely! I wonder who it will be?

    Friday, September 01, 2006

    Room One Hosts School Assembly

    Today Room One had the VERY important job of hosting the whole school assembly.

    We were well prepared and rehearsed and VERY excited!

    Our assembly's theme was FUTURE FLIGHT!

    We used our different thinking hats and presented our best ideas about flight of the future to the school using these.

    We talked about:
  • all the bad points/weaknesses (black hat);
  • the positive points (yellow hat);
  • our feelings about future flight (red hat);
  • the things we would need to think about for future flight (blue hat)
  • the facts and information about future flight (white hat)
  • and our favourite... the creative, new ideas about future flight (green hat) - we invented our own!

    We had a FANTASTIC time hosting assembly and we can't wait to do it all again.

    Please post us a comment if you attended to let us know what you thought; just click on the word comment or the pencil at the end of this post. We would LOVE to know what you thought!

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