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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can't wait for Christmas. I like Santa because he gives us presents.
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.
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.
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 ....
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.
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:
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!
I like the colourful fireworks and the rockets and the sparklers.
I like fireworks because they are going up in the sky.
I like to go with my family because it is fun to see the fireworks and Guy Fawkes tonight.
I like fireworks and sparklers and I come with my Mum and Dad to get the fireworks and sparklers.
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.
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!