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News from Room 1

Term 2 Learning

Posted on 22 May 2019

Term 2 is well underway.  We welcome Miss Rebecca Smith, our teacher trainee for eight weeks. Miss Smith has settled in well and she is now leading the learning in Room 1.  

We are thrilled with the progress that children are making in reading, writing and maths.  Thank you to those parents/whanau who are listening to their child read each day and filling in the reading logs.  We are working on comprehension within reading - the children are asked lots of questions and they are challenged to retell the story in sequence.  Within writing we are looking at making our writing more interesting by adding detail and to use adjectives (describing words). The younger children are still learning to say, hear and record the letter sounds that they hear.  It has been super to see the spelling progress within the children's writing.  Remember spelling testing happens every Friday so please ensure that your child brings his/her spelling book to school each Friday.  

Our inquiry topic is Stories from Around the World.  We will have a special emphasis on Maori legends - we have started with Maui and the Sun.  The children are creating some artwork on this story.  We are introducing some new Maori words and encouraging the children to retell the story including a beginning, middle and end.  Your child may come home with a news reporter card on this topic - feel free to take some time to find a suitable book or item - your child does not have to be prepared for the next day.

Within Health and PE, Miss Smith is focusing on teaching large ball skills.  I have noticed a huge improvement in the children's ability to throw and catch balls.  There has certainly been lots of laughter within our group games.

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Cupcake Maths

Posted on 22 May 2019

As part of developing our skills in addition and subtraction we read Pete the Cat stories, with Pete the Cat and the Cupcakes being a highlight.  We made cupcakes out of paper, however, we wanted to eat some cupcakes...so Ms Coles made some for us to ice.  They were delicious.


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Go, Grow and Glow

Posted on 26 March 2019

Health and PE

Hopefully your child brought home a paper lunchbox with ideas in it - this was a follow up from our Sport Waikato session.  It was great to have our visitors from Sport Waikato talk to us about having the right kind of 'fuel' in our bodies to keep us well nourished.

The children learnt about eating food from four food groups to help them 'go, grow & glow' every day.  As a follow up activity the children made charts with the various food groups.  The children were quick to identify the different food groups.

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Measurement

Posted on 26 March 2019

Length, width and height

Within maths we are focusing on measuring and comparing the length of objects.  We revisited the length of the whale that we drew on the concrete outside, as well as the length of the octopus arms. Today we made a moa which could grow as high as 3 metres.  The children then measured themselves alongside the moa.  We had a good discussion about how tall each class member was and who was the tallest.  It was important to note that our feet had to start from the same place as the moa's feet.  Tomorrow we will use our moa and talk about children that are taller or shorter than their friends.  Mathematics is all about language - so the more talking we do around the mathematical terms the more understanding children will have about mathematical concepts.

Our challenge this week is to make a manta ray...6 to 9 metres long.  There is a lot of excitement around this challenge!

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Tikanga and Te Reo

Posted on 11 March 2019

The children are using greetings and farewells in te reo each day.  They are particularly enjoying our daily waiata.  I hope to record them singing and share this with families/whanau.  Their pronunciation is improving.  As a result of reading a story last week we learnt our taniwha and what they mean.  The children wanted to draw a taniwha - lots of discussion was observed while they were drawing.  The end result was amazing and these were shared at assembly and are now displayed in Mr Drury's office.  The children either wrote their own story about a taniwha or they dictated one to me to type out.

This week we are learning about our own mihi.  The children will be creating a self portrait to start off with.  

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