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Maungatautari mountain sanctuary

Room 1 has recently visited this taonga in our district. We learned a lot about kiwi, tuatara, weta, native birds and all their predators. We know now why there is a huge fence around Maungatautari. It is so all our native animals and trees will survive. Thank you to all the parents who came along and to Tom, our mountain guide!

Hut building!

Hey kids...if you're into hut building, then a new lot of timber is waiting for you in our hut building area.  Just check with your teachers how high you can go!

Happy building! 

Room 1 Term 4

Kia Ora everyone and welcome to all the new entrants starting this term! Welcome to Fergus, Hayley and Cooper and shortly also welcome to Logan, Brylie and Sarayah. Later in the term Olivia, Max, Russyl, Noah and Millie will be visiting us.

We have planned an exciting programme for the juniors with lots of learning about Living Things around us. That means we will be exploring our school grounds to look for little creatures and invite them to our classroom for a day!

Room 1. Term 3

We have started Term 3 with a 'new' class, as many of the Room 1 children have gone on to Room 2 to make room for new children coming to our school. We will miss all our friends in class, but we can still play with them at play and lunch times!

This term we are learning about our favourite toys. We will be studying moving parts and the material they are made of. We are developing a series of questions about toys that our parents and grandparents used to play with. Children will be taking these home to ask family members.

Welcome to Room 1

Welcome to a whole new year and new age level in Room 1. We are now the New Entrants - Year 1 class. We are focusing on learning the phonics, learning to read and learning to write. We are doing this in a fun way, supported by art and music.


This term we are learning about ourselves. We are measuring ourselves for maths. We are graphing different things about ourselves. We are drawing and writing about ourselves.

Our key competency this term is Self Management. We will bring our book bag, work and poem folder, and togs and towel every day!

Room 1 Term 4

We have been very busy this term! We have learned about toys for different ages and through the ages. We had fun making little theatres,characters and puppets. 

We have become very confident readers, writers and mathematicians.

All the best Room 1, have a fabdabulous holiday with lots of sun and sunscreen!

A very Merry Christmas to all families. Best wishes for the New Year!


Term 3

This term we are conducting many simple science experiments. We are learning to observe and think like scientists.

While we are doing our testing we are learning  about our senses as well.

We are putting together a book with all our observations and experiments.

End of Term 1

Look at our excellent art work! We have been learning about Graciela R odo Boulanger and we have created art works in her style!

Happy Easter Holidays to everyone. See you back Term 2. Ready for an exciting football season!

Room 1

Room One has been thinking and learning about themselves. We made puppets that looked like us and interviewed them.

We also learned about our community and visited helpers in our community. They were the Police, the Fire Brigrade and the St John's Ambulance. After that we went for a cool dip in the Tokoroa Pools. We had a great time.

Room 1

Welcome to a whole new exciting year in Room 1. Day 1 is just around the corner. Pencils are sharpened and painting shirts washed!

We will be focusing on making friends and getting to know ourselves a bit better, especially where we are at in reading, writing and maths. Once we know what we can do, we can concentrate on what we need to learn. 

Splat the Cat  will be our special friend to start school with! Who is Splat? You'll find out Monday 3 February. See you then!

Mrs V.

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