We are a Year 1 class at Nelson Central School, Nelson, New Zealand. Most of us are 5 years old,
except for our teachers, Tracy and Sam and Mark our trainee teacher aide, who are a little 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.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Term 1 Week 4

Once again we have been finding different ways to practice basic skills in literacy and numeracy. Take a look at the range of activities we shared this week.
Practicing letters with play dough helps our fine motor skills and letter formation.
 We enjoyed playing number snap. You can try this at home with just a normal set of playing cards.
 We counted out blocks to match the numbers on our truck cards.
 The play dough was in use again to practice patterns to 10 and get us ready for using tens frames next week.
We really like playing number bingo and can work together taking turns to be the caller.
This maths puzzle was pretty tricky but we did not give up..I wonder where the missing piece might be hiding?
 We worked on developing our visual memory and spatial awareness with some other new activities.

 On Thursday there was some lovely sharing going on when some friends brought in their spare animal sound cards.
 Sam helped us to learn how to draw a face and we started work on our self portraits.

In Discovery Time on Friday we helped with the planting of some trees to provide shade in our new Junior Play Ground.

 After all that planting we were pretty thirsty and had our lovely cold milk...yum! We are learning how to fold our cartons correctly so they can be recycled. Take a look at the video clip below to see the correct folding method.

Finally the app we used on the iPads this week was called Pocket Phonics. This aligns with the Jolly Phonics sounds we are learning. You can learn more about it by following this link:

What are we learning in Term 1 Week 5
Sounds: 'k' and 'e'
Tricky Words: 'like' and 'are'
Writing: weekend recount
Maths: Saying, counting and ordering numbers to 10 then 20
P.E. Throwing
Maori: Starting our pepeha: Ko Tracy toku ingoa
Topic: Getting to Know Each Other
Art:painting 'Elmer the Elephant'
ICT: Jolly Phonics

Monday 2nd Feb : School Community Group Picnic, 5.30-7.30 front field
Tuesday 3rd March: Museum visit, Parrot workshop 11.00, leaving school at 10.20, helpers needed
Wednesday 11th March: School photo day
Monday 23rd March: Parent Teacher interview week
Friday 20th March: Purple Cake Day
Thursday 26th March: Suter Gallery trip, leaving school 10am, helpers needed

Term Dates
Term 1 finishes Thursday 2 April 
Term 2 starts Monday 20 April 
Term 2 finishes Friday 3 July 
Term 3 starts Monday 20 July 
Term 3 finishes Friday 25 September 
Term 4 starts Monday 12 October 
Term 4 finishes Wednesday 16 December


  1. Wow, it's amazing to see the photos and follow the comments on the blog so we can see what the kids have been up to in the last few weeks! Keep up the good work Tracy and kids in room 10 :) from Natascha

  2. It is great to see all the photos and exciting things that Tracy and all the children are doing in Room 10 at Nelson Central School. What a fun way to learn. Jill (Australia)



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