Friday, 23 June 2017

Learning in Action

This week we've been learning about Matariki. As part of our learning we made kites.
First, the students had to go on a hunt to find their sticks. Next they had to tie the sticks together with some wool then they had to place the plastic bag under the sticks and figure out how to make it into a diamond shape. Lastly, they were giving the instruction of decorating their kite as well as the kite tail.
The problem solving, working together and discussions that were taking place during this task where  so valuable towards the learning. I was blown away...

Using what we have


We've been working hard to balance with out landings, walk across a balance beam while looking up, doing pencil rolls, straight and completing a forward roll.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Working with others

In Room 1 the students are often encouraged to work with other people.
This takes on many different forms. It could be for buddy reading, sharing their writing, sharing news, an oral language activity, engaging in topic discussions and tasks or learning some ball skills.
We do this because it is important to build and develop relationships with new people and to show some care and concern towards others. I have seen this many times throughout this term and am proud of the kids and how mature they all are at supporting each student where they are at.
We've alos been doing this with out Tuakana Teina class (Room 13) because there are times when we just need the support of an older student.
Here are a few examples that I've managed to capture on camera but believe me, it happens a lot more than I am able to snap!

A quick catch up

A lot has happened over the last few weeks...

We've had the zoo trip, where the kids got to put into action some of the learning about animal characteristics and habitats with their discussions as they meandered through the different enclosure types.
The zoo keeper is sharing with the students the different types of food that are going in the Native Birds enclosure.

We visited Hillcrest High School and were treated to a Twisted Fairy Tales show. The children loved it and were excited to be invited to join the characters on stage with a little dance at the end of each play.

The Magic Mirror tale.
Our new playground has opened and we've had a bit of time enjoying it with our Tuakana Teina (buddy) class.
Jacob being guided by his buddy on how to use the climbing wall effectively.

Saturday, 6 May 2017


Namaste! I would firstly like to thank you all for your patience while I was doing some volunteering and exploring around India, then recovering from sickness. My voluntary experience in Delhi didn't quite go to plan but life sometimes throws you experiences to grow and stretch you. After ending my voluntary stay a few weeks early, my partner, Brian came over and we toured and enjoyed the sights of Varanasi, Lucknow, Agra, Jaipur and Singapore before arriving back in our lovely NZ. 
We had to pay 300 Rupees to touch this roadside camel in Jaipur so I captured the moment on film.
I am feeling more like myself now and it is so good to be back and enjoying our wonderful class this year.
We've all been working hard to reestablish our classroom culture by incorporating our SNS puzzle pieces and taking care of our bodies and mind. Throughout the year we will be looking at how calming our bodies and mind can help us in the classroom. This term we're exploring how yoga and mindfulness can help us with our learning and relationships with others.
We've being using Cosmic Kids to help guide our practice.
Check them out on You Tube at or try their website

A few things to note for the term:
- Library day is Friday
- Milk in Schools on Wednesday and Friday
- Brain Break (a healthy morning snack) on Tuesday and Thursday
- On Wednesdays we will be learning some gymnastic skills, please make sure the children are dressed in appropriate clothing for rolling, jumping and stretching.

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I'm looking forward to a great term of learning with Room 1 😊