26 May 2017

Explain Everything -new app learning!

This week room 5 has been working on legends such as Maui and the sun, Maui and the giant fish and how Maui brought fire to the world. We worked in groups to use a new app called explain everything to make some creative animations. 

This was challenging as it is quite a tricky app to use with so many different ways it can be used. We also used another app called brushes to create our characters and background, before inputting them into explain everything, to bring them alive. Here are some of our awesome animations retelling one of the legends.

What do you think?

The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler -class novel task

In Room 5 at them moment, we are reading a novel called 'The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler'. It's a nice story and we are enjoying listening to Miss Fleet read.

Each week, we do a response to text literacy activity to show our comprehension and connections to the text. This week we did a fun word challenge -seeing how many words we could make out of the letters from the title.
The points went like this:

  • 10 letters -5 pts
  • 5+ letters -3 pts
  • 3-4 letters -2 pts
  • 2 letters -1 pt
We had a champion for the most amount of words who was Rhianna, and a tie of champions for the highest total score who was Rhianna and Hollie. Well done girls!

24 May 2017

Buddy Class!

Today we had a great time in buddy class helping our little buddies to write, practice and pronounce Te Reo Maori words in their pepehas. We also used this session as a practice time for ourselves, reciting our pepehas to our little buddies as examples.
Our little buddies really appreciated our help!

22 May 2017

Te Reo Kori routine creations

What an afternoon we have had exploring and creating routines using the poi and rakau in small groups. It was exciting creating our own routines filled with cool movements and skills. We had to practice and practice to try and get our routines faultless. In one afternoon, we think we did really well! When we performed our routines to our peers, they certainly enjoyed them!

What do you think?



17 May 2017

Wheels and spider day!

We all had such an awesome day today, wheeling around on our scooters, skateboards, roller blades etc. There were a few spills and some awesome tricks and all round a fab day. We could have hoped for a bit better weather, but we enjoyed ourselves anyway. Thanks to the student council for organising a cool day and providing yummy spiders!

16 May 2017

Te Reo Kori stick games

This afternoon we had a lot of fun learning and having a go at some Te Reo kori stick games that R6 showed us 2 weeks ago. We learnt to play a game called tititoria which requires a lot of quick thinking and reflexes. There was certainly a few dropped sticks whilst we got our heads around it, but we got pretty good and there was loads of quick thinking happening.

Explain Everything learning

Today we are learning to use a new app called Explain Everything. This is an exciting new addition to our ipads and we can use the app in a number of different ways. Today Miss Fleet is teaching us how to use it to complete guided reading follow up tasks. She has pre made projects for us with things that we need to complete, answer, match, label etc. Its loads of fun and very exciting.

Koru Art

In assembly on Friday we shared our pastel koru art. They are all finished now, with self reflections complete. They look wonderful on the wall and certainly brighten up our classroom!

What do you think?

10 May 2017

Taumata O Te Ra

Yesterday, we had an awesome day at Taumata O Te Ra (our local marae). A special thank you to the Kereama whanau for hosting us and providing us with a wonderful experience on the marae and teaching us so much about Maori tikanga. It was an honor to be welcomed onto your marae and learn the history of your beautiful whare.

25 April 2017


Thanks Miss Simpson for the awesome video of our crazy cool day!

13 April 2017


What better way to end a wonderful, jam packed term 1 than to get super crazy! Today was crazy day at Halcombe School and it certainly was that! Everyone made such awesome effort to dress up super crazy and boy did we all look fantastic! We topped our day off with a yummy sausage sizzle for lunch! Thanks student council for organising a great last day! HAPPY CRAZY DAY EVERYONE!

12 April 2017

Yr 5/6 Rippa Rugby

Yesterday some of our year 5 and 6 students competed in a rippa rugby tournament in Palmerston North. There was a mixture of results,  but the kids did really well and played fair and certainly enjoyed themselves. Good on you kids!

11 April 2017

Sunset Mammal art!

Over the last 2 weeks we have been working on a piece of art that links with out science unit of classifying animals. We learnt how to blend paint colours to create a sunset and made cut out silhouettes of different mammals. Don't they look awesome?

Interschool Athletics

Yesterday we took 45 children to the interschool athletics competition in  Feilding. This included some wonderful athletes from Room 5. All the children did so very well and made themselves, their school, their parents and myself extremely proud with their efforts and achievements. It was so awesome to see many parents and whanau there to support the kids -thank you! Thank you Lytton Street School for organising such an awesome event! We are certainly looking foreard to coming back again next year!

07 April 2017

Athletics Sprints!

The sun finally came out, allowing us to get our year group sprint races, our house chants and house relays done today! It was pretty muddy out there but it added to the enjoyment of the event and everyone did their very best! Well done guys! Some great action shots.

30 March 2017

Rippa Rugby with Mount Biggs

Yesterday at lunch time our Yr 5&6 rippa rugby teams had a game against Mount Biggs school as practice and in preparation for their tournament next week. They had a great time and did very well showing off their wonderful skills. Thanks Miss Simpson for organising this!

24 March 2017

High Jump Highlights

Today we refreshed our techniques in high jump, before we start recording our jump heights next week. We all remembered the scissor kick really well and were able to jump some rather good heights! Check out the great snaps!

23 March 2017

Rippa Rugby Training!

Today our rippa rugby players were very lucky to do some rippa rugby training with a Manawatu rugby player ahead of their tournaments next week! He taught them many valuable skills, played some great games and they all had an awesome time! I am sure they will all take tips and skills from this training to tournament! Thank you Manawatu rugby!


21 March 2017

Gala Fun!

Well, what a day it was! This year's gala was absolutely outstanding. There was so much fun to be had, amazing performances and we sold lots of great things: waffles, food,  photo booth pictures, plants, rides, second hand and new goods and the list could go on! We really are lucky to have such an awesome supportive community surrounding us that are more than willing to lend a hand or support the school and our children! Thank you to absolutely everyone that made this day possible and got in and helped out. I know the children of Halcombe School really appreciate it and had an fantastic day! Check out some of the great snaps of our day!

16 March 2017

Athletics has begun!

This week we started athletics! We made a great start by learning to jump hurdles and jogging our memory of our long jump techniques! Athletics is always fun and we learn so many techniques. This year we are learning to:

  • Demonstrate correct technique in shot put
  • Demonstrate correct technique in discus
  • Demonstrate correct technique in long jump
  • Demonstrate correct technique in high jump
  • Value healthy competition but also demonstrate good sportsmanship
  • Have a positive attitude towards athletic activities
Check out the awesome pictures so far... 

14 March 2017

Animal Classification!

This week we started our new science unit. We are looking at the living world and learning skills such as classifying, identifying, observing and comparing. We made a start by brainstorming all that we know about animals, and attempting to map them into any categories that we could identify.

Check it out!

Colourful Pastel Art!

Over the past couple of weeks we have been working on a piece of art. We have been learning about blending, primary colours, contrasting colours, and warm and cool colours. First we had to plan out what patterns we were going to use and what colours would be in each section. We then drew our pattern onto a big piece and began our pastel work where we had to be very careful not to let the colours smudge. We cut them and glued them onto black paper to make the bright colours pop! Don't our finished products look amazing? We are really proud of them!