Eight down and two to go!

It was a rainy week here in Gisborne. Inside the classroom, Grade 1B and 1C still managed to have a fun, exciting and happy week. We learnt so many new things!

  • In music we learnt a song called ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King
  • In Art we learnt to draw from our imagination
  • In Phys Ed we played a game called Traffic Lights and we did PMP
  • In computers we are learning where the letters are on the keyboard
  • In maths we continued to learn all about counting on
  • Our Integrated studies unit taught us all about the environment. We read Window and Lester and Clyde.
  • We learnt not to litter or pollute our waterways
  • We are still practising the things a good friend does and the ‘Name It’ procedure
  • In handwriting we focussed on the letter Nn, lots of people still write it backwards
  • Our Stars of the Week were Mia and Skye
  • We watched Hector’s World and learnt more about Cyber Saftey
  • In maths we revised the days of the week and the months of the year and looked at the March calendar
  • Keyboard children learnt keys C, D and E


What was your favourite activity this week and why?

Counting On Ice Creams

On Wednesday we learnt about counting on in maths. We used jelly ice cream cones, two dice and our pencils.

We worked with the person sitting next to us.

First we rolled both of the dice, one had dots on it and the other had numbers.

Next we modelled our plus sum with our ice cream cones, the ice cream cones matched the dots on the dot dice.

Then we looked at the number dice to get our starting number before we counted on the ice cream cones.

In our books we wrote down the sums.

This activity was lots of fun because we liked eating the lolly ice creams at the end!

By Grade 1B and 1C

What has been your favourite maths activity this term?

What other foods could we have used for this activity?

National Ride to School Day

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Yesterday was National Ride to School Day. This means that we rode our bikes, scootered, walked, roller bladed or skate boarded our way to school.

In Grade 1B 2 people rode their bikes to school and the same number of peole rode bikes in 1C.

Most people in Grade 1B and 1C came on scooters, there were 10 in 1B and 7 in 1C.

Only some people walked to school, from both grades there were 5 walkers.

Lots of people came in cars with mums and dads because they live a fair way away from the school. Some people drove part of the way and then walked part of the way.

At lunchtime we were allowed to ride our bikes on the basketball courts and our scooters in the new courtyard. We needed to make sure we were wearing a helmet though. We had heaps of fun on our bikes and scooters. 

By Grade 1B and 1C


What was your favourite part of Ride to School Day?

Being Water Wise

Yesterday Anne from Western Water came to visit the Grade 1’s. Anne came to teach us some facts about water. She also taught us lots of ways to save water at home.

Some of the water saving tips were:

* Use a cup when you are brushing your teeth instead of having the tap running

* Put a brick in the toilet cistern to save 3 litres of water

* Buy a washer for fifty cents to stop dripping taps

* Hang a bucket in the shower to use on gardens

* Use a water tank to store water

* Use a trigger nozzle on your hose

* Only half fill a bucket for washing the car and only wash lights, windows, numberplates and mirrors

* Use a liquid when washing clothes

* Roses and lavendar love soapy bathwater, but don’t tip soapy bathwater on vegetables, fruit trees or native plants

* Use a four minute timer in the shower

* Have a bath instead of a shower

By Grade 1B and 1C













What do you do at home to save water?

Parent Reading Talk- Monday the 21st at 9am

Next Monday the 21st of March we are holding a parent information session regarding how to effectively run a guided reading session with your reading group. So far- we have 21 parents coming. If you have not replied to the session, please do so ASAP so we can cater accordingly.

Please also note that there has been a change of room for the session. The parent session will be held in the teachers STAFFROOM now at 9am and not the library.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Fun in the water at Gisborne Aquatic Centre!

The two weeks are over! Swimming in Grade One has finished and what a better way to celebrate the final swimming session with a blown up water monster and fun games! Children walked the slippery back of “Gissy” the water monster and participated in water relays and noodle races! The children have worked really hard in the water for the last two weeks- learning floating skills, water safety skills, different stroke techniques and water entry. All children have enjoyed the swimming program and can’t wait to do it all over again in Grade Two.

What was your favourite part of going swimming with your class?


 For parents- Did you think the two week intensive sessions worked well? Why/Why not?


Can you suggest any improvements that we can pass on to the Gisborne Aquatic Centre?


Pancake Tuesday

Today the children participated in Pancake Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday). Pancake Day  is the last day before the period called Lent. It is traditional on this day to eat pancakes. Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.Shrove Tuesday is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday and is therefore the final day before the commencement of Lent, a Christian festival leading up to Easter Sunday (Easter Day). Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between 3 February and 9 March.

This morning the children were lucky enough to make pancake mixture and observe them being cooked by our fantastic parent helpers. Children got the choice between lemon and sugar, jam or butter! Mmmmm, before you knew it, they were gobbled down by the children and we couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces!


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What would you give up for 40 days?