Kia ora, e te whanau,
We have had an amazingly busy and productive fortnight - it's been SO much fun, and in amongst all of the fun, the children have very quickly shown fantastic gains in their independence and their confidence.
- made ice cream
- started visiting the library
- started exploring simple programming using the Beebots
- made tiger handprints
- been exploring the Maths equipment
- made tiger masks
- worked with the Year 7 students, participating in activities planned and organised by the older children
- set up a tank for our tadpoles
- practised our core strength exercises, in preparation for the start of our handwriting programme.
|Carefully pouring the first ingredient for the ice cream (cream itself).|
|Stirring in the second ingredient (condensed milk).|
|Whipping the cream.|
|Sprinkling in the chocolate.|
|Stirring in the chocolate.|
|Eating the ice cream.|
|Learning about the library.|
|Programming the Beebots to move through a maze.|
|Working together to problem solve.|
|Will this Beebot make it safely to the other end of the maze?|
|We take very good care of the Beebots.|
|Decorating a tiger cupcake with the help of a Year 7 friend.|
|Decorating a Rainbow Fish with the help of a Year 7 friend.|
|Listening to The Rainbow Fish.|
|We really enjoyed this story!|
|Working together with a Year 7 buddy to create a set up involving the castle and the blocks.|
|Painting with our Year 7 buddies.|
|Adding the stripes to a tiger handprint.|
|Exploring with Oobleck.|
|Learning how to make a leaf rubbing.|
|An expert at 'planking' - working on developing core strength.|
|Keeping a VERY close eye on our new tadpoles, and making sure they're safe and happy in their new home.|
What a lot of great times we've been having at school over the past fortnight!
Parents, a request ... are you able to help us out, please? We are searching for the following items for our Learning Through Play:
- any old baking equipment you no longer need (suitable for a 'mud' kitchen)
- baby clothes ('prem' size best) to fit 41 cm. dolls
- old bits of downpipe or other plumbing 'parts'
- old sandpit toys (preferably in quite good condition), including dump trucks and diggers, as well as buckets and spades
- an old children's size pop up tent
- old toy cars to add to our somewhat depleted collection
We'd be very grateful if you have any of the above items which you'd be willing to donate to us. Please just touch base with Nicola or Elizabeth if you do.
Our Library time has now been confirmed as being on Fridays, and you will have noticed your child's library folder in your child's bag today. The books can be kept at home until Friday next week, but need to be returned by then, if your child is to have new books issued.
You will also have noticed that your child's poetry book is coming home now too. Please read the new poem, as well as the previous weeks' poems, with your child. Any colouring that hasn't been completed can be finished off at home. Your child could also colour in the title page at the front of their book. Please ensure that your child's poetry book is returned to their school bag and comes back to school each Monday.
We have also learnt some new songs, which we have added links to here (if you would like your child to teach you at home!):
Your children are doing a fantastic job at school! We hope you all have a wonderful, warm and relaxing weekend, and look forward to seeing all of those happy, smiling, little faces back at school on Monday.
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou,
Nicola, Jo and Elizabeth