Welcome back to school.
We are a fabulous group of 19 learners and we work with Mrs Watson. On Tuesday we work with Mrs Wells.
Give it a go day
Tuesday in the last week of term was the Year 2's Give it a go day at the Domain. It was a fun day and the children were so well behaved that Mrs Wells was SUPER proud of them all! The year 2's had fun trying out Golf, Athletics, Soccer & Rugby.
Maths was hands on fun today with practising making shapes using peg boards, quizzing each other, and trying to balance scales. Everyone worked hard and have been trying to remember all the shapes names.
We have finished our own Matariki stars. Long ago the Māori would look to the skies at the end of July to see if they could see 7 bright stars - called the seven sisters. If they were shining bright this meant that it would be a great season for the crops. Everyone worked hard to follow the instructions to weave the wool around our circles. We used 3 patterns on each circle to make our stars.
Hockey with Tania
Tania from Mid Canterbury Hockey has been coming out to Wakanui and teaching us some skills. Joseph was selected to demonstrate how to hold the stick, stand and dribble. In our second week we played "Rob the Nest" and everyone had great control of the hockey balls.
Creating and recording numbers
We are now working with numbers up to 100. In class we used the abacus and place value charts to write a number. We gave a partner a number to write and create.
Yay, after the terrible rainy weather and floods in the weekend we had a gorgeous sunny day on Tuesday so out we went for PE with Mrs Wells. We are working on our target skills. We hope Term 3 continues to be more sunny than rainy...
Hansel and Gretel
Well done to everyone. We had been learning lines, dances, actions, and stage directions. Everyone enjoyed the performances - the audiences were wowed! Here are a couple of photos from the show - but there are more on the "School Events" tab under more.
Directions in Maths
The class have been working on giving directions using clear instructions with left, right, forward, behind. Mrs Wells had them out in the playground putting their instructions to the test.
The class made playdough worms to compare them with the others in the class. Who would have the biggest? Who had the longest? Who had the smallest? Lots of discussions (and fun too).
Here are a couple of photos showing the outstanding effort that Kauri students put into their work. In reading one of our activities is collage and Arielle has really shown her creative skills in her work based on the book "Peacock and the Crane". Jack was so fast in his ability to solve repeating pattern problems by using known basic facts. Both apply themselves fully in all learning tasks - great work.
Everyone had to think of things their mothers did that made them extra special and then we selected a love heart from google junior safe. Here are some results of the cover pages for our Mother's Day cards. Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums reading our posts - you are all fantastic!
On Mondays we all get to share our weekend news - we don't bring in any items we get to talk about what we did at home or an event we might have gone to. After we have shared the others in our group get to ask questions. Then on a Tuesday - Friday we have set days to bring in some news. With our parents we record 5 things covering; who, what, when, where, why or how. We get points if we have remembered our news and written information. Here is an example from Friday's news group.
Everyone in class have maths goals set for the next few weeks - we are making sure we all understand how to add or subtract in 10s. We are lucky to have some parents come in to help us with our learning in maths and reading. Today Sarah was impressed with the work by Rose, Arielle and Trisha with their basic facts to 20 and using greater than/less than symbols. Thank you to all of our parent helpers.
Wow - Ryan is the New Zealand "Midget Go Karter" Champion. He raced in Milton in the holidays over a weekend and zoomed his way through at least 6 races. Well done Ryan! He got into karting when he was just 6 years old and it was his Dad that taught him how to drive.
Book Fair Excitement
We had lots of fun during the book fair week with book competitions. (See the school event tab - under more for the winners of the competitions.) Then we were lucky to have Clifford - the big red dog, visit us while we were writing. He gave us all a stamp and let us have a little cuddle.
Here we are all dressed up as pirates. Mrs Watson even had a pirate on her shoulder! It was so much fun dressing up and pretending to be pirates for the day. Luckily no one was made to walk the plank.
Every Friday afternoon we have developmental. This means we move round different stations and have to share, communicate and co-operate with any class member. Some of the stations are puzzles, cars, memory games, bug games, or using maths equipment and our imaginations. Sometimes some older students come and teach us how to play games like 'Go Fish'. We cannot go to the same station and cannot move around with the same students. While we are at the stations, Mrs Watson is chatting with everyone one at a time to discuss our goals and set new goals.
Connor and Steven came to school to teach us football skills and this was our last session with them so we played mini tournaments. It was a lot of fun working together using the skills we've been taught and very proud moments when some of us scored goals!
Pony and cart at school
Amelia (from Kowhai) sometimes rides in her pony cart to school with her Mum and two younger sisters. This was how some people travelled around before cars were invented. We were lucky enough to all go and have a short ride around the field. The ride was actually nice and smooth not rough and bumpy like we thought it might have been.
Get New Zealand writing
We have been working on a poster and metaphor poems to send to a school in Auckland. They will receive our parcel next week and we will receive their parcel. We can't wait to read their metaphor poems and find out more about Papatoetoe South School. On our poster we had to write:
- 3 things that make us happy - we put our playground, the school rabbit and guinea pig, and our library.
- 6 words we liked the sound of - some were whoosh, kaboom, scrunch
- 1 fact we knew - we put "Wakanui means big boat in Maori"
- the longest word we know - we put probability (from our maths topic)
- our class photo
- 3 photos of special things in our classroom - we put Lambi (our phonics puppet), Sam (our class mascot) and Mrs Watson
- We told them the best part of our school were the huts and trees that we get to climb.
- We gave them a map of our classroom.
- We showed them on a map all the places our parents were born.
- We counted how many children were in all of our families - 60.
- We attached a leaf from our playground.
On Tuesday the whole school went to the Ferrymead Heritage Park in Christchurch. We got dressed up in olden day clothes like the children in 1900 wore. Then we explored and participated in activities that the children did in the olden days like picnic games and school. By the end of the day we were very happy that we don't have to do as many hard chores that our great-grandparents did and very pleased that our teachers are not as strict or grumpy like the teachers in 1900!
We hosted the first assembly for the whole school. Catalina, Harrison and Sebastian were the speakers and they spoke slowly and clearly. Their parents or grandparents were very proud of them. Then the whole class got up to show our owl art work that were created with Mrs Livingstone using black crayon and dye.
Brooke from Mid Canterbury Netball came to teach us some netball skills. In our first session we looked at balance, throwing and aiming for a target.
Mrs Watson took photos of us in sepia to make us look like we were having a photo in the 'olden days'. The girls put on a white pinafore and the boys wore a waistcoat and flat hat. In the olden days it took a long time for a photo to be taken and in most photos the people are not smiling because they have waited so long. Many children in olden day photos are blurry because they had trouble staying still for the long time it took for the photo to be taken. Very different to the 'selfie' style photos most people take today.
Would you buy our holiday t-shirts? We think they look awesome and they have stories on the back telling you about our holidays. For our story we thought of one exciting thing that we had done during the holidays. If you would like to read them they are hung up in our class by pegs.
On Wednesday Olivia, Ross and Riki took us for our first "KiwiCan" session. We had a blast talking about ourselves, and how to be respectful. Our school is lucky to have the programme running all year!
Every day we have "oral language" time. On a Monday we all take turns using the puppet to show who is the speaker to share something we did over the weekend. Then on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we have set days to bring in either a newspaper clipping or book to share. Points are given if you have bookmarks for your favourite page, funniest page, (3 page maximum) and if you have a sentence or two written out about the photo or article.