Room 19

Room 19

Our Blog

Welcome to Room 19's Blog for 2016. We are a Year 1 class at Pt England School, set in beautiful Point England, Auckland, New Zealand. This year we will be learning reading, writing and maths all on our iPads. Make sure you keep checking in with us and see how we are progressing throughout the year. We will be sharing as much as possible and look forward to reading your wonderful comments!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


I like Nature because she is kind to me and my friends too in Class 20 and she will be my friend.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Art Attack - exploring with paint!

After our river trip on Thursday Class 20 created river scenes using paints.  Our finished masterpieces are ready to be displayed on our wall, and we enjoyed exploring this medium.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Our Trip to the River

After postponing a few times due to bad weather, Team 1 had our trip to the river last Thursday.  Class 20 had an amazing time enjoying the sand before lunch - creating some wonderful sandcastles and collecting shells.  After lunch under the trees, we enjoyed the sports gear and the playground before heading back to school.  Check out some of the images from our day and all the fun we had:

Friday, 28 November 2014

Wacky Hair Day

Today is mufti day and wacky hair day.  Class 20 look different today!  Check out our hair today!

Julianna's wonderful wacky hair won a prize at assembly today!

We are a little worried as to where Mrs Belt is today ... as this strange person turned up in her place!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014


 I am a champion  at doing my best at art attack . I can draw a princess that is very pretty. By Oalii

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Counting Down to Christmas

With just one month until the big day,  today we were writing about Christmas.  Here are some of the amazing stories our class wrote today:

I can't wait for Christmas because Santa gives us presents.  I want my present to be a teddy bear from Santa.
- Julianna

- Arkar

I am looking forward to Christmas and Santa is going to bring some presents under the tree.  I am excited to see Christmas and I love Santa.
- Central

I can't wait to get a present.  I love Christmas.  I've been waiting for Christmas.  I am going to make a card for Santa.  I am going to put cookies and milk out because he has to have some breakfast before he puts the presents under the tree.
- Oalii

- Deborah

I like Santa because he is putting the rainbow decorations on the tree.  Santa is coming to my house.  I can't wait to get my present.
- Bradley

I can't wait for Christmas.  I like Santa because he gives us presents.
- Troy

- Luisa

I like Christmas because my family is going to be having a spikey Christmas tree.  I can't wait for Christmas because it is in one month.
- Hector

- Rae Jae

Friday, 21 November 2014

Kahurangi at the Park

I like to go to the park and I got to have a little play. When I was playing I saw some monkey bars.

Frozen by Oalii

Once upon a  time my favourite princess on Frozen was Princess Ana. When her sister threw her powers at Princess Anna, she gets sick.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Beach by Kahurangi

I just want to go to the beach to play with my friends and we love to have a ball so we can play ball tag.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Animating our Athletics Day experiences

Today the learners in Class 20 used ScratchJr to create an animation of their favourite event from athletics day last Friday!  Some of the learners in the class shared their creations using the Apple TV. We were lucky to have the learners from Class 12 visit us earlier this month and show us some of the amazing ways that we can use ScratchJr.  ScratchJr allows us to create objects and characters and make these creations move using simple commands in a jigsaw like formation.

Check out this example created by one of our learners during our session today!  His favourite activities were the sprints and throwing events and he created two projects to show this.

NB:  There is no sound on this animation

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Kahurangi presents...

Yesterday we went to Sylvia park to  watch our movies on the  big screen. I went on the stage with Oalii and we presented our movie. By Kahurangi

Film festival

In the morning Kahurangi and I got to go with the seniors in a big bus to the film festival.  I Iiked going on the big stage with Kahurangi .
 - by Oalii

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Once Upon a Time .... Film Festival Movie!

Most of the learners in Class 20 started school at the beginning of this year and all have made amazing progress on their "learning to read" journey.  We wanted to celebrate and share the importance of reading as part of our Manaiakalani Film Festival movie, while making the story interesting for the audience.

One of our favourite activities in Class 20 is exploring the dress-up box we have, and our movie gave everyone the opportunity to become an actor, and enjoy wearing a costume in front of the camera! All children enjoy a fairy story and we hope you enjoy viewing our movie as much as we enjoyed creating it for you!

Congratulations to ALL the actors and actresses from Class 20 that worked hard on learning lines and getting into character for their big screen debut!  Ms George and Mrs Belt are extremely proud of the enthusiasm and attitude of all our stars!

Fairy Tales may well exist .... Once Upon a Time ....

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Welcome Troy

Today we welcomed Troy to Pt England School and Class 20! It will be a great start for Troy as he will join us on the trip to the Film Festival on just his second day at his new school.

 Here is Troy drinking his milk with his new friends from Class 20.

iPad Safety ... our PENN movie for the term!

Class 20 has had the privilege of being an iPad pilot class this year!  We've decided to carry this aviation theme into our PENN movie for the term and have created an iPad safety video to assist learners on their 1:1 device journey in 2015.  We encourage you to sit back, relax, and pay close attention to this message.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Reinforcing our Assembly Kōrero

Before morning tea and lunch today we talked about our assembly kōrero from last week and what sort of things were the 'right choice'.  Class 20 even made some actions to help remind us about this important message.

The kōrero for the week was:

Stop   -     Think    -    Make the Right Choice!

We talked about how we could remember this when we were on the playground.  One of our learners suggested that the red traffic light means STOP!   We thought about how we could use art to remind us about this message and we have created an Explain Everything to represent the three parts of the kōrero.  Some learners decided to divide their page into three pieces, while others combined all parts into one illustration.

Check out a selection of our class's art works:





Our very short movie shows the actions that Class 20 are using to remember this important kōrero:

Sharing our fireworks experiences

The learners in Class 20 were keen to share their fireworks experiences.  We spent several days writing stories about what we did, and created some great art works on the iPads by using a black background as a starting point.  Here are some examples of our work:

Be safe when you do your fireworks, even with the Mums and Dads be safe too!
- Oalii


I like the colourful fireworks and the rockets and the sparklers.
- Casshius

I like fireworks because they are going up in the sky.
- Luisa


I like to go with my family because it is fun to see the fireworks and Guy Fawkes tonight.
- Central

I like fireworks and sparklers and I come with my Mum and Dad to get the fireworks and sparklers.
- Deborah


Today is Guy Fawkes day and we can light up some fireworks.  But you can't light them up, only an adult can light them up.
- Kahurangi


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Learning from others in the school

Today Class 20 were extremely lucky to have some of the wonderful learners from Class 12 come and share their learning with us.

We were able to buddy up two Class 20 learners with one expert from Class 12 to teach us and guide us as we created some amazing animations.  All our learners created their own images (rather than using the clipart which comes with the program) and added animation using the easy-to-use jigsaw pieces to choose a direction of movement.

It was amazing to see the engagement of all learners and how they so enjoyed learning from their older peers who were both extremely knowledgeable and patient with us!

Thank you Class 12 - we couldn't stop talking about our morning and can't wait to practise all the things you have shared with us!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween!

Class 20 has been asking to write about Halloween for the past few days.  They were able to contribute some amazing ideas and have created some great stories unsupported!

I like dressing up as a skeleton because it is fun and because you can scare everyone.
- Kahurangi

Tonight it is going to be Halloween and I like it because it is fun.
- Atlanta

It is Halloween tonight and I'm going to be a ninja turtle.  Me and Dad are going to trick or treat.
- Hector

Yes, it is Halloween today and its going to be so so so so special because I like Halloween because it is fun.  My family is coming too and its going to be so so so fun.
- Oalii

Tonight is Halloween and I am going to be Snow White.  I like Halloween because I like to get candy.
- Deborah

I like to be Cinderella because it is Halloween tonight.  My and Nytram and Rozaia are walking to get lollies with my Mum and my Dad because it is fun to go trick or treating.
- Central

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

My funny classmate

I like my classmate because he is always there for me.  But some  times we  moan at each other and some times we do not moan at each other.
  -  by Kahurangi

NB:  This story was uploaded by the learner directly to the blog.


I like my cousin because she is so wonderful. She is kind and she is so beautiful and looks after me. She lets me play on her bike and that is why she is wonderful.  
  -  by Oalii

This story was uploaded to the blog with the learner.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Creating River Scenes

As part of our immersion week for Art Attack,this week Class 20 have created River Scenes using crayon and dye.  Our finished masterpieces are on display in our classroom and corridor.  It was great to see the attention to detail that the learners displayed with both the crayon and dye, although it was definitely using the dye that was the highlight!

Check out the learners as they worked their artistic magic in this short video and don't forget to view the finished masterpieces in our classroom.

Friday, 17 October 2014

The river

I drew a picture of the river and on my picture was a green tree. Today we are going to dye my picture with Mrs Belt and Ms George.

This post was independently added to our blog by the learner using the Blogger App on her iPad.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Julianna's Pet

After reading Lucky goes to Dog School today, Julianna completed her reading activity and decided she'd like to have a dog as a pet.  Check out Julianna's pet picture.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Art Attack

Earlier this week Class 20 wrote about the Art Attack immersion assembly which we all really enjoyed.  Here is a sample of our writing:

I like when Team 2 mix colour and I know that yellow and blue make green at assembly.  - Oalii

I liked it when Miss Vaafusuaga dressed up like a palette.  - Central

I liked the tablet on Mr Burt's tummy.  - Francis

At the assembly the artist was painting a picture.  - Deborah

I like the artist and I liked when Ms George threw a chocolate fish. - Bradley

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Football Frenzy

Class 20 and Class 24 are joining together for Football every Tuesday after lunch.  At our first session today, we met our instructor, Ben!

Both classes really enjoyed a game of traffic lights as our warm up.   This game extended, with the use of soccer balls - it was great to practice our ball control.  Our last game, had Class 20 and Class 24 protecting their balls, using only their feet, while Ben, Mrs Moala and Mrs Belt tried to get them off us!

We are all looking forward to our next session with Ben next Tuesday!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Writing on the iPads

Some learners in Class 20 used the iPad to create a story.  This was an 'extra' activity and they had a free choice about what to write about.

by Bradley

by Oalii

by Rae Jae

Monday, 15 September 2014

Making a healthy snack

As part of our "Game On" integrated unit, today we created a healthy snack.  Last week we brainstormed why we needed to eat healthy foods and what we could make.  Today we made fruit kebabs (and Class 20 got to eat them when they had made them!)

Check out some images from our session today!  We look forward to adding more detail to our Class blog over the next few days as we continue to discuss and write about what we did today!


Cross Country ... the event!

After weeks of training, Class 20, along with the rest of Pt England School participated in the Cross Country on Thursday afternoon.  The weather was beautiful for running and all our learners did amazingly well, trying really hard and completing the whole course.

Congratulations to Nature for finishing first in the Year 1 girls race, and to Kahurangi and Siakupega for placing in the top 5 in the boys race!  It was a fun afternoon and the whole class has trained really hard for the event!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Te Rakau sticks with Whaea Saff

Class 20 had an amazing Maori session with Whaea Saff on Friday, when she came with Te Rakau sticks.  We had been learning the waiata over the previous few sessions and today it was a chance to work with the Te Rakau.

Whaea Saff taught us two different ways to play and the learners were able to choose from these while singing the waiata.  Check out Class 20 having fun with Te Rakau in this video:

Friday, 5 September 2014

Block magic

Kristopher and Julianna were really keen to share their block creations today.  They spent a long time creating something that was very long and very tall.  This fits nicely with the measuring we've been doing in Class 20 this week.

Check out how tall Kristopher's creation is:

Check out how long Julianna's creation is:

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Spring Flowers

Class 20 are enjoying talking about the flowers they are seeing now that Spring has arrived.  Today we wrote about the wonderful flowers in this picture:

I like to grow the flowers in the garden.  - Luisa

I can see some daffodil flowers and the flower is colourful and the daffodil is pretty and the daffodil is colourful like a rainbow.  - Nature

The flowers are like rainbows for us to see. - Arkar

I saw some colourful flowers in my garden.  - Tipene

Monday, 1 September 2014

Wet lunchtime creations

Its the first day of spring, but unfortunately the weather hasn't quite caught up.  Due to the rain, Class 20 spent lunchtime inside, making some creations with the blocks.

We have created a farm.  We worked together to make a farm.  "I saw Nature was working on it by herself so I came and helped her."   It was fun working together.
- Nature, Julianna & Oalii

We have made cars.  We changed our cars so they could go faster.
- Bradley & Rae Jae

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Fun at Lloyd Elsmore

As part of our Game On integrated unit, today the whole of Team 1 took a trip to the Lloyd Elsmore track.  All our learners had an amazing experience and enjoyed activities such as:

  • Relay races
  • Sack races
  • Egg and spoon race
  • Sprints
  • Sock throw
Medals were awarded in some events.  Here are some of the winners from Class 20:

We were extremely lucky with the weather (although it was a little cold) and everyone enjoyed the bus trip and participating in the games.  Over the next few weeks in class we look forward to using these experiences in our classroom discussions and writing.  Check out some of the experiences here:

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Amazing Writers - Week 6

I went to play on my bike.  I went to the park.  At the park I played on the monkey bars.  I swung on the bars three times.
- by Atlanta

I went to my Nan's house and I went to church and I went to the airport with my family.
- by Oalii

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

What Makes a Champion?

This term we are looking at "What Makes a Champion" as we learn about the Commonwealth countries, the Commonwealth Games and how we can all be champions.

Our PENN movie this term focuses on some of the things we have been doing, and the responses Class 20 gave when we asked them "What Makes a Champion?"

Friday, 15 August 2014

Amazing Writers!

This week we've selected two writers who have done an amazing job!

Luisa's story was all her own ideas and she located the words herself.

I like to draw a gold medal.  

Arkar's story was created completely independently and also his own ideas.

I go on an adventure to see a crocodile.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Exploring gymnastics

We've started Kiwisport for the term, with our focus on Gymnastics.   Check out some of the action from last weeks session

Friday, 1 August 2014

Healthy Lunchboxes

As part of our integrated learning this term, we are thinking about "What makes a Champion?"   Yesterday we were thinking about eating healthy as being one thing that a champion does.  We came up with some great ideas for a healthy lunch box.  Class 20 used Explain Everything to draw a picture of what healthy things they'd like in their lunch box and then talked about their pictures.  Check out some of the great examples:

Learning the Poi with Whaea Saff

After learning a great waiata last week, today Whaea Saff bought some poi for Class 20 to use today.  It was great to hear how the poi were made by Whaea Saff and her family and it made us appreciate them more and be extra careful as we used them.  Class 20 really enjoyed the session and there were many requests for Whaea Saff to bring the poi again next week!  Check out these photos of us using the poi today:

Monday, 28 July 2014

Cross Country ... the training begins

In preparation for our Cross Country race later this term we have begun our training.  We train with all the classes in Team 1 straight after morning tea.  First we assembled and Ms George told us about the training and which route we would take.  Then we had our first training session.  Everyone in the whole team did really well!

We are looking forward to our next training session tomorrow!