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Week 9 (26th - 30th June)


Week 9 - only two weeks to go! These last two weeks are going to be jam packed so thank-you for continuing to support your child to be as ready as they can to engage with their learning each day. 

It was a bit of a wet one last week with a couple of indoor lunchtimes. I always love watching (and having a giggle) at what games the kids come up with during this free play time! Here are a few in their 'dog kennel' while wearing the dress ups :)



What's on this week: 

- Writing: More of the same this week as we write informatively about our inquiry, slime. We are creating books with everything we have learnt about the gooey stuff this term. 

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, with you child bringing home a new reader every 1-2 days. We are seeing wonderful progress with our readers so do keep up the reading at home :) 

- Maths: We are continuing to explore multiplicative thinking and skills in our maths this week. We have also been learning about time with Mrs Howse on a Wednesday, making our own clocks!

- Inquiry: Last week we began planning our personal inquiries, thinking like scientists and hypothesising HOW we thought we  could answer our slime question. We have some very creative scientists in M2. 

- Production: Practices for this are in full swing, and we will keep this up until the end of term to keep things as fresh as possible over the holidays. If your child has a line to learn, practicing this at home could be a useful thing. Again, if you have any time or particular skills you would like to offer us to support the production, do let me know! It would be greatly appreciated :)

- This week on Tuesday we are going to have a special kitten visitor which I have emailed you all about. Please do get in touch before then if this is not okay for your child to participate in. 


Important things to remember:

- Our library day is Monday, and we share this time with our next door neighbours M1. Please help your child remember to have their book ready to return so they can select something new. 

- Spelling words will be going home as usual, with tests on Friday. Remember that the notebook in your child's book-bag is there if you would like to support them by practicing at home. However, please ensure it is in there again for Friday as it makes the testing difficult if it is not with them.


Have a great week,
- Miss Holm :)



Week 8 (19th - 23rd June)


Welcome to week 8! We are busy beavers in M2 so here's an update on where we're at with things...

What's on this week: 

- Writing: We have been finishing our report writing about animals, with lots of us being able to publish those on Friday. This week we will move onto writing informatively about our inquiry, slime. 

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, with your child bringing a new reader every 1-2 days. Please continue to read with your child at home as this is so key to their reading development. Our reading comprehension strategy for the next few weeks is making connections, so do encourage your child to talk about links between what they know, think or feel when they are reading with you.

- Maths: In maths we are continuing to work on to multiplicative thinking and strategies. 

- P.E: This week we will continue with our winter sport skills, and hopefully have another VLC p.e. rotation later in the week. Last week we continued to do some soccer skills, enjoying the lovely sunshine while we were at it. 

- Inquiry: This week we are thinking about our personal inquiries - the question we would like to find the answer to ourselves. So far we have come up with a question, with lots of children interested in glittery slime, fluffy slime, and sticky slime. This week we will think like a scientist and plan for our experiments.

- Production: An update on this; due to having a week of no practices with illness amongst our hardworking teachers, we have decided to postpone our production until next term. The dates are yet to be fully confirmed, but it will be in week 3, with the same structure of one morning and one afternoon performance. We feel it is important that everyone is adequately prepared to avoid unnecessary stress and to really showcase all the students' hard work.  Thank-you for your understanding :)

Important things to remember:

- Our library day is Monday, and we share this time with our next door neighbours M1. Please help your child remember to have their book ready to return so they can select something new. 

- Spelling words will be going home as usual, with tests on Friday.

UPDATE - the children had a go on Friday at marking off and selecting their own new list of spelling words. This is a system that they are absolutely capable of learning how to use, and will be closely supervised until they get the hang of it. Just letting you know in case you are wondering why my handwriting is missing from their notebooks ;)

Remember that the notebook in your child's book-bag is there if you would like to support them by practicing at home. However, please ensure it is in there again for Friday as it makes the testing difficult if it is not with them.

Have a great week,
- Miss Holm :)

Week 7 (12th - 16th June)


Welcome to week 7, the term is disappearing quickly! This week will be a little more 'normal' after last week's short week. 

Important things to remember:

- Our library day is Monday, and this term we will be sharing this time with our next door neighbours M1. We didn't go last week as this was Queen's Birthday Holiday, so don't panic if the same book has been in your child's book bag for two weeks! 

- Spelling words will be going home this week, with tests on Friday. Remember that the notebook in your child's book-bag is there if you would like to support them by practicing at home. However, please ensure it is in there again for Friday as it makes the testing difficult if it is not with them.

What's on this week: 

- Writing: We had a great week last week looking at non-fiction books about animals to find facts for our writing. We learnt about facts and opinions, an which ones we use in our informative writing. This week will finish having a go at this genre with our animal context, and hopefully move onto writing informatively about our inquiry, slime. 

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, with your child bringing a new reader every 1-2 days. Please continue to read with your child at home as this is so key to their reading development. Our reading comprehension strategy for the next few weeks is making connections, so do encourage your child to talk about links between what they know, think or feel when they are reading with you.

- Maths: In maths we are continuing to work on to multiplicative thinking and strategies. 

- P.E: We had our first VLC P.E block last Friday which was a hit! We even managed to still get everyone off to their Passion Friday activities and back to the right place after. Hopefully we will continue to do this, giving the kids a chance to get to know others in their VLC also. We saw some great teamwork between children of different ages. 

- Inquiry: This week we are moving toward our 'going further' stage, looking at personal inquiries that we would like to pursue. You may have heard about our slime 'fail' last week with none of our 6 slime recipes turning into slime! This is something we are going to investigate further. Here we are mixing up our unsuccessful recipes



That's all from me!
Have a great week :)

-Miss Holm

Week 6 (6th - 9th June)


Welcome to our short week this week. I hope everyone has been able to enjoy some time relaxing this long weekend, it is great to have the chance to catch up at this midway point with the winter weather hitting us! 

Important things to remember:

- Our library day is Monday, and this term we will be sharing this time with our next door neighbours M1. 

- Spelling words will be going home this week, with tests on Friday. Remember that the notebook in your child's book-bag is there if you would like to support them by practicing at home. However, please ensure it is in there again for Friday as it makes the testing difficult if it is not with them.

What's on this week: 

- Writing: We are heading in a slightly different direction this week with writing, sticking however in the non-fiction genre. We are looking at explanation or report writing, which will continue to help us with our inquiry as we become slime experts. 

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, with your child bringing a new reader every 1-2 days. Please continue to read with your child at home as this is so key to their reading development. Our new reading comprehension strategy for the next few weeks is making connections. 


- Maths: In maths we are continuing to work on to multiplicative thinking and strategies. 

- P.E this term is winter sport skills of striking, throwing, catching, moving to a space, defending space and people. We are looking at these skills in a range of contexts, weather permitting having a VLC p.e block on Friday. 

- Inquiry: This week we are continuing the 'finding out' stage of our inquiry, looking at the difference various ingredients make to a slime recipe and product. 

Production

A reminder that our production rehearsals are continuing throughout the week, with days and times changing. Your child may come home with some lines to learn depending on the job they are doing. 

Please keep week 10 Tuesday 4th July 1:30pm and Wednesday 5th July 9:45am free for our performances.  


If you have any skills or time you would like to lend to our production, it would be greatly appreciated. Sewing, painting or just bits and bobs are all needed, so if you would like to support us just let me know in person or in an email and I can put your name down. Many thanks!

That's all from me this week,
- Miss Holm :)

Week 5 (29th May - 2nd June)


Welcome to week 5. We had a very busy week last week with our Learning Celebrations, and will be getting back into our normal routines this week.  

Important things to remember:

- Our library day is Monday, and this term we will be sharing this time with our next door neighbours M1. 

- Spelling words will be going home this week, with tests on Friday. Remember that the notebook in your child's book-bag is there if you would like to support them by practicing at home. However, please ensure it is in there again for Friday as it makes the testing difficult if it is not with them.

- Class photos are on MONDAY this week. Please make sure your child is wearing the correct uniform for this.

What's on this week: 

- Writing: We are continuing procedural ('how to') writing this week to go in with our inquiry for the term. This week we will be continuing to link to our inquiry, writing procedural texts for making oobleck. 

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, although some changes to our routine will be happening as I try out a few new ideas from the reading course I went on last week. Reading every night with your child is worth so much for their literacy development. This chart I came across shows just how much of a difference it makes to their reading mileage over time.


-Maths: In maths we are working on to multiplicative thinking and strategies. 

- P.E this term is winter sport skills of striking, throwing, catching, moving to a space, defending space and people. We are looking at these skills now in the context of soccer.   

- Inquiry: This week we are moving into the 'finding out' stage of our inquiry, looking at different kinds of slime and what makes them the same/different.


E-LEARNING MEETING

On Wednesday 31 May from 6.30 to 7.30pm in the school staffroom there will be a parent information evening presenting how we are progressing on our journey with e-Learning. The agenda for the evening will be:
- What we have achieved so far!
- Teacher tools.
- Google Apps for Education.
- Student tools for learning - sites / apps.
- The SAMR model for integrating technology.
- Good sites for learning at home.


Production

The year 2 classes are coming together this term to put on a production called 'There's a Sunflower in my Supper'. We are into our rehearsals this week, with children having chosen to be either an actor, narrator, singer or band member. These are being led by the different year two teachers, with the band being with me in M2. 

Please pencil in Week 10 Tuesday 4th July 1:30pm and Wednesday 5th July 9:45am as our performance dates.  

If you have any skills or time you would like to lend to our production, it would be greatly appreciated. Sewing, painting or just bits and bobs are all needed, so if you would like to support us just let me know in person or in an email and I can put your name down. Many thanks!

Here's a little taster of what's to come... 



Daisy the cow has a dream – to grow a glorious garden ‘full of flowers and plants and trees and fruit and vegetables and everything’… but grumpy Mr Bull and all the other cows only want to grow grass for their supper. They give Daisy strict instructions only to buy grass seeds at the market, but on her way back, Daisy finds a mysterious seed. Scared of what the other cows might think, she hides it away to grow in secret, but absolutely nothing happens. Thankfully, Wise Old Owl is on hand to show Daisy what seeds need in order to grow. What will grow from the seed?

Looking forward to another great week
- Miss Holm :)

Week 4 (22nd - 26th May)


Week 4 already! This term is zooming along. This week is all about being teachers as we share our learning with family as part of our celebrations on Wednesday (24th).

Important things to remember:

- Our library day is Monday, and this term we will be sharing this time with our next door neighbours M1. 

- Spelling words will be going home this week, with tests on Friday. Remember that the notebook in your child's book-bag is there if you would like to support them by practicing at home. However, please ensure it is in there again for Friday as it makes the testing difficult if it is not with them.

- Mufti day on Friday! This is to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopters and the work they do. The theme is wigs and facial hair. 

What's on this week: 

- Writing: We are continuing procedural ('how to') writing this week to go in with our inquiry for the term. This week we will be making some links to our inquiry, writing procedural texts for how to make slime. 

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, spending another week on the reading comprehension strategy of 'questioning.' Please remember that your child will be read with by the teacher every second day, so on non-teacher days their book will be from their pick box. These are colour levelled for you child, but as they are unfamiliar with the text they may need some extra support. 

-Maths: In maths we are working on to multiplicative thinking and strategies. 

- P.E this term is winter sport skills of striking, throwing, catching, moving to a space, defending space and people. We will begin by exploring these in the context of netball, and moving onto football.  

- Inquiry: We have been considering the experiments we have done through our writing last week, thinking about HOW to make them happen. As the slime experiment was the favourite overall, we will begin to look closer at different kinds of slime and what makes them different. 

Learning Celebrations 

This week is the week! We have been busy getting ready to share our learning, and I am looking forward to seeing the kids taking ownership over this. If you are yet to book, the details can be found in week 2's post, or on the school website. 

Please remember:

- School finishes at 12:30 for this on Wednesday.

- This is about your child sharing their learning. It is asked that siblings not join in on this. Mrs Taylor will be in the library to supervise any children while the learning celebrations are taking place, or alternatively they are welcome to play outside at your discretion. 

- You have a 45 minute time slot. This does not mean you must stay for the entire time, you are welcome to use however much of the 45 minute session you are your child require. 

- I will spend 5-10 minutes with each family checking in and answering any questions. If you have an issue you need to discuss that is personal or requires a more lengthy meeting, please make a seperate appointment for this. 

That's me!
-Miss Holm :)


Week 3 (15th -19th May)


Welcome to week 3. We have had an exciting week being scientists, and this week we will be becoming teachers as we prepare to share our learning for the learning celebrations in week 4.  

Important things to remember:

- Our library day is Monday, and this term we will be sharing this time with our next door neighbours M1. 

- Spelling words will be going home this week, with tests on Friday. Remember that the notebook in your child's book-bag is there if you would like to support them by practicing at home. However, please ensure it is in there again for Friday as it makes the testing difficult if it is not with them. 

What's on this week: 

- Writing: We are continuing procedural ('how to') writing this week to go in with our inquiry for the term. This week we will be making some links to our inquiry, writing procedural texts for how to make a bouncy egg. 

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, with our comprehension strategy being 'questioning.' Please remember that your child will be read with by the teacher every second day, so on non-teacher days their book will be from their pick box. These are colour levelled for you child, but as they are unfamiliar with the text they may need some extra support. 

-Maths: In maths we are moving on to multiplicative thinking and strategies. 

- P.E this term is winter sport skills of striking, throwing, catching, moving to a space, defending space and people. We will begin by exploring these in the context of netball. 

- Inquiry: Last week we had great fun being scientists and 'tuning in' to our inquiry through a range of experiments. This week we will be fine tuning this as we look for a specific area to pursue. Here are some shots of us at work last week. 

Here we are making slime...




And exploring melting and freezing with ice painting...





And here is our bouncy egg after Miss Holm slipped and dropped it from a little too high...whoops! 




Here we are exploring what atoms do in a solid, liquid, and gas. We are squished together tightly just like atoms in a solid!




Learning Celebrations

A reminder that these are on next week on Wednesday (24th) with school finishing at 12:30. Any information you need can be found on the website or in last week's post below. 

- Miss Holm :)



Week 2 (8th - 12th May)


What an awesome week 1 - well done everyone for managing so fantastically and being super stars at school. We had a busy week but everyone coped so well! 

Important things to remember:

- Our library day is Monday, and this term we will be sharing this time with our next door neighbours M1. 

- Spelling words will be going home this week, with tests on Friday. Remember that the notebook in your child's book-bag is there if you would like to support them by practicing at home. However, please ensure it is in there again for Friday as it makes the testing difficult if it is not with them. 

What's on this week: 

- Writing: We are starting procedural ('how to') writing this week to go in with our inquiry for the term. This week we will be keeping it nice and simple to start with, writing procedural texts for how to make a sandwich. 

- Reading: Guided reading will be in full swing this week. Please remember that your child will be read with by the teacher every second day, so on non-teacher days their book will be from their pick box. These are colour levelled for you child, but as they are unfamiliar with the text they may need some extra support. 

-Maths: Guided maths will be happening as normal, with subtraction being our focus. Our strand this term is measurement, which will be taught on a Wednesday with Mrs Howse. 

- P.E this term is winter sport skills of striking, throwing, catching, moving to a space, defending space and people. We will explore these through a range of contexts such as netball, hockey, soccer, basketball etc. 

- Inquiry: This term our inquiry is about chemical change, and to start us off we are exploring some different areas that might interest us. Last week we made bath bombs, and we will be putting them in water on Monday to see what happens. Here are some shots of us mixing them up. 





Learning celebrations:
 

These are happening on Wednesday 24th May. School will be finishing at 12:30, with all children needing to be either picked up or checked into after school care. 

You have the opportunity to choose a 45-minute timeslot. In this time students will share their learning, their goals, their proud moments, examples of their work and details of their classroom. I will also schedule a 5-10 minute time slot per family (during the conference time) to answer any specific questions.

IMPORTANT POINTS
  • Students will lead this celebration time.
  • There will be between 5 and 10 minutes time planned for the teacher to share with each student and family.
  • If there are bigger matters that need discussing, these need to be deferred to a separate meeting time.
  • The student should be a key person in this time. Our belief is that if the discussion is about the student, their learning and wellbeing, then they need to be involved.
  • If there is something personal that you would like to discuss only with me, please let me know.
  • In the time, your child will have lots to share with you.
  • There will be up to 5 other families in the room at the same time sharing their child’s learning journey.
  • If your child gives you all the information you need, it is your choice whether you take up the time with me, or not.
HOW TO BOOK A LEARNING CELEBRATION TIME?
  • You will need your child’s 2017 year, classroom, and name of teacher, to complete your booking.
  • Enter these details and choose a time that suits you. You will receive an emailed confirmation of your booking.
  • If you are unable to complete your booking online, please either: 
- Email pa@wgp.school.nz with child/rens names and preferred times or 
 - Call into the school office and fill out a booking sheet.

A brochure outlining what to expect, frequently asked questions and how you can make this a successful and positive experience can be viewed here.

I hope you see you all there, and look forward to the chance for your wonderful children to share their learning with you!

Passion Fridays:

Passion Fridays commences in week two and there is much to look forward to during Term 2. We have had lots of enquiries about people wishing to participate this term, so if your child is keen and you have not yet returned a form to us now is the time to do it.

We ask that these be filled in by Monday 8th May at the latest please so we can add them to the list ready to start next week. Please fill out the form attached to this newsletter and hand it into the office or alternatively email it to clare@peachesandpickles.netView Details Here

Looking forward to an awesome week,
-Miss Holm :)

Term 2 Week 1 (1st - 5th May)


Welcome back to school for term 2! I hope everyone was able to have some rest and relaxation amongst a whole lot of fun over the Easter break. I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and hope we are all fresh and ready to go.

Here are a few pictures from our Easter fun at the end of last term. We were lucky enough to be invited by our buddy class L4 to visit some baby bunnies. 



We also enjoyed a VLC wide Easter egg hunt with a visit from the Easter bunny to deliver some treats.  



Important things to remember: 

- Our library day is Monday, and this term we will be sharing this time with our next door neighbours M1. 

- Spelling words will be going home this week, with tests on Friday. Remember that the notebook in your child's book-bag is there if you would like to support them by practicing at home. However, please ensure it is in there again for Friday as it makes the testing difficult if it is not with them. 


What's on this week:

- Regular programmes for reading, writing and maths will start up straight away, though we will be showing flexibility as we ease back in after the holidays. 

- Our inquiry this term is about chemical change, with lots of interesting science concepts to explore. This will be kicking off this week and next as we start to look at some specific areas that might interest us. 


Term 2 - Independence 

As we venture into our second term at school, it is important to encourage students to start to develop their independence at school. 

This can look like:
- Letting students get themselves organised for the day once they arrive at school.
- Letting students take ownership of themselves by going to the toilet/getting a drink at appropriate times e.g. morning tea/lunch/before school.
- Encouraging students to manage themselves and take ownership for their belongings.

This is most effective when it is consistent and supported by home and school. I would appreciate your support in encouraging this growth in your children. 


Looking forward to a great start back to school.
- Miss Holm :)

Week 11 (10th - 13th April)


Last week of term this week and a short one for Easter. I know we'll all be looking forward to a break and chance to refresh for the coming term. 

This week we had lots of fun working with our buddy class, L4 having some buddy reading and then a paper plane competition. Thank-you L4 for being such a great buddy class! 

Important things to remember: 

- No library books will be issued this week as it gives the library a chance to get organised for the new term. 

- No swimming will be happening this week either due to the cooling weather and large amount of 'finishing' stuff going on. 

- No spelling words will be given this week as it is a short and funny week. This will start up again for term 2. 

What's on this week:

- Guided reading will continue until Wednesday. 

- Writing and maths will both be a little 'out of routine' as we fit around other bits and pieces and try to finish off a few things. 

- Inquiry is wrapping up this week with our 'reflecting and acting' stage as well as 'evaluating' stage going on. We are 'acting' by doing something kind for some people in our community as the children decided that being kind and looking after our community members was the key thing they learnt. We are making an Easter basket and thank-you card for about 8 different people in our community - you can ask your child for names in case they happen to read our blog! If your child would like to contribute to this they are more than welcome to bring an Easter treat for our little goodie bags. 


Holidays:

The holidays are a great time to take a break and give our brain's a bit of a break. It is, however, important to keep up reading as much as possible. A few minutes spent reading and refreshing high frequency words can make a big difference when it comes time to start back again. 

Here are a couple of links to some blogs with some fun ideas for practicing those words.


Happy Easter!

- Miss Holm :)

Week Ten (3rd - 7th April)


Two weeks to go! This week will be a busy week as we draw toward the end of term and try to finish up all the exciting things we've got going on. 

Important things to remember:

- Library day in Monday, with this week being the last week to get books out before the holidays. All books will then need to be returned in week 11 for the end of term. 

- Swimming. This will be our last swimming week, with no swimming session on Tuesday as we try to get through some final bits and pieces. Bring your togs on Thursday for our last big splash. 

- While a notebook with spelling words will come home during the week, it is important that it comes back to school in your child's book bag on a Friday as we use them for our spelling testing. If it doesn't it makes it difficult for me to set up a new set of words for the following week. Thank-you for your cooperation in this. 

What's on this week: 

- Reading: We are continuing with our self management strategy, looking particularly this week at word attack strategies. You can support this at home by encouraging your child to read carefully, checking that they're making sense of what they're reading. 

- Maths: This will continue to be highly differentiated, continuing with addition strategies of different kinds. If you are looking for ways to support this at home, please feel free to get in touch with me. 

- Inquiry: We have been following lines of personal inquiry last week, with some students visiting other members of our community to find answers to their questions. We will be wrapping this up this week, and moving into the 'reflecting and acting' stage of our inquiry. This will allow us to consider what we can do with what we've learnt. 

- Writing: We will continue writing descriptions this week. Check out a few of our finished 'Tic Tac' descriptions and accompanying art work! We worked really hard on these and are so proud of how they are taking shape. Watch this space as the final touches are added and these are put up on the wall. 



Week Nine (27th - 31st March)


Welcome to week nine in M2. With only a few weeks left of the term we are looking to finish up things like our inquiry and get as settled as possible into our normal routines so that we can ease straight back into them in term two. We are making the most of the last few swimming weeks too! 

Important things to remember: 

- Our library day is Monday, so please ensure your library book is in your book bag ready to return and replace.

- Swimming on Tuesday and Thursday. Please remember your togs and a towel, and ensure these are named as well as the regular uniform ite
ms. This is part of the curriculum so we are looking to support everyone in giving this a go, and with only a couple more weeks left of the term it is a great chance to get in and give it a go. 


What's on this week:

- Reading: This week we are learning about self management as a strategy in reading. We are looking at checking with ourselves while we read to make sure we are making sense of it. If you want to support this at home, take a minute on each page or so to check in with your child - what did they understand? What didn't they understand? What was the important information? What was really interesting?

- Writing: We have been writing descriptions this term, this week we are going to be doing an experiential writing session around mini Tic Tac's. We are also learning about editing, and how to check or change our writing.  

- Inquiry: We have moved into our 'going further' stage, looking at what we now are interested in learning about in a personal inquiry. We have had lots of interesting questions come up from M2, and I know we will learn a lot from this next stage. 

- Maths: We have been focussing on addition so far this term at a range of different stages. The groupings for this is very fluid, with children moving as different needs and strengths pop up. If you are wanting to support this at home, best to check in with me as to where they're at as we have such a range of levels in the class. Basic facts to ten and doubles to 20 are something you can all be practicing however if you want to.

Looking forward to another awesome week!

-Miss Holm :)

Week eight (Monday 20th - 24th March)


Week eight already! A massive thank-you to everyone who came out and supported our gala on Saturday, it was a fantastic day and I loved seeing so many of you out enjoying yourselves. 

Important things to remember: 

- Our library day is Monday, so please ensure your library book is in your book bag ready to return and replace.

- Swimming on Tuesday and Thursday. Please remember your togs and a towel, and ensure these are named as well as the regular uniform ite
ms. This is part of the curriculum so we are looking to support everyone in giving this a go. 

- Swimming at lunch time is still on at this stage, with our VLC's day being a Friday. So if you would like an extra swim, please remember your togs for Friday as well. 


What's on this week:

- You may have noticed a spelling notebook coming home in your child's notebook last week. This is not compulsory, but it does contain the personalised words your child is learning for the week. These have come from the Essential Spelling Lists that we use, based on the words your child could and couldn't spell when they were tested at the beginning of the term. While we do learn them at school, it will be extremely beneficial for your child if this is supported at home. They are tested on Friday and new words will go in again for Monday. 

- Reading: We are still working on activating our prior knowledge this week as our reading comprehension strategy. If you want to support this at home, take a minute or two to talk about what you already know about the topic before you read a book. We have been talking about how it gets our brain ready to make connections in the text. 

- Writing: We have been writing descriptions this term, and last week we started writing descriptions for a 'mystery object'. This week will continue with these, hopefully being able to publish them into our own class book of descriptive brainteasers. If you would like to continue this at home, maybe try playing a game of Q and A with your child focussing on what their mystery object looks, smells, tastes, sounds like etc. Being able to describe something orally supports our ability to record it in a written form. 

- Inquiry: We have moved into our 'sorting out' stage, looking at the information we have collected and deciding what is important, relevant and irrelevant. We have also begun to categorise our information and see trends in it. From here we will think about something specific that we as individuals would like to find out about community. 

- M2 is very lucky to have a new Learning Assistant, Marissa. She is with us two days a week until lunchtime and next door in M1 for two days also. She is such an asset to our class and will be helping us to continue growing as learners.

Looking forward to another awesome week!
-Miss Holm :)

Week Seven (Monday 13th - 17th March)


Welcome to week seven. Hoping for some sunshine after all the crazy weather we've had! Thank-you all for your patience as we've postponed the gala, we look forward to it on this Saturday (18th). 

Important things to remember:

- Our library day is Monday, so please ensure your library book is in your book bag ready to return and replace.

- Swimming on Tuesday and Thursday. Please remember your togs and a towel, and ensure these are named as well as the regular uniform ite
ms. This is part of the curriculum so we are looking to support everyone in giving this a go. 

What's on this week:

- Inquiry. 
We've been interviewing our big buddy class and our classmates in M2 to find out what they know about community. This week we will be doing some more interviewing, as well as starting to sort through the information we've found. 

- Reading. 
You may have noticed that poem books came home on Friday. As we don't send readers home over the weekend (we all need a break and time to have some fun!), poem books are a nice alternative if you are still looking for something to read with your child. Please ensure these are back in their book bags ready for Monday. 

As reading is more than knowing the words, we are going to be focussing on the reading comprehension strategy of activating prior knowledge this week. 


You can also use these strategies to help your child decode. They should have a copy in their book bag. 




- Writing. 
We drafted up letters to the Prime Minster and the Queen on Friday as part of our inquiry. Some students thought they would be good people to ask about community, so we have been talking about how to write letters. 

- Passion Fridays started last week and we were so excited to see what people had learnt. M2 were lucky enough to have a demo from hip hop dancers, ballet dancers and drama students all from our own very clever class. This will be on again on Friday. 

As always, just ask if you have any questions or concerns.
- Miss Holm :)

Week Six (Monday 6th - 10th March)


Week six already - where is the term going?! 

We had an exciting week last week with the bike track opening ceremony, thank-you all for coming along! We were especially excited about the drone that was collecting footage of the event. If you haven't seen the article you can check it out here http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/rodney-times/90018045/whangaparaoa-primary-school-opens-long-awaited-bike-track

Important things to remember this week: 

- Swimming on Tuesday and Thursday. Please remember your togs and a towel, and ensure these are named as well as the regular uniform items. This is part of the curriculum so we are looking to support everyone in giving this a go. 


- Our final mufti day to support the gala will be happening on Friday this week. Please check your timetable to see what kind of items are being collected.

- The gala is on Saturday 11th and we would love to see you all there for some fun. The PFA have worked tirelessly on this and all your contributions are what make it happen. A massive thank-you to you all and we look forward to seeing you there.

- Our library day is Monday, so please ensure your library book is in your book bag ready to return and replace.

What's happening in M2: 


- We are continuing the second stage of our Inquiry, finding out what it means to be a good community and how we can make that happen. We have been learning how to take notes from a video and have become very good multi-taskers! 

- Reading books should come home every night, however these may not be exactly at their current reading level as we read in different settings and use different texts to develop comprehension skills as well as decoding. Depending on the text they may need more or less support while reading it with you. Sight word rings should also be in your child's book bag so that you can support their learning by practicing those at home. If you have any concerns please feel free to chat with me. 

- On Tuesday M2 will have some super exciting music time with the very clever Mrs Truebridge, We are lucky to have such wonderful people in our school. 


Any questions - just ask! Looking forward to an awesome week with an awesome class :)
- Miss Holm

Week Five (Monday 27th Feb - Friday 3rd March)


Welcome to week five, we've had an awesome few weeks getting into the swing of things and I know this week will be no different. 

Important things to remember this week:

- Swimming on Tuesday and Thursday. Please remember your togs and a towel, and ensure these are named as well as the regular uniform items. This is part of the curriculum so we are looking to support everyone in giving this a go. 

- A water-fight will be happening in our Vertical Learning Community on Friday. Bring your togs and towels as well as a named water gun or bottle if you want to join in on the fun.

- Another mufti day to support the gala will be happening on Friday this week. Please check your timetable to see what kind of items are being collected this week.

- Cake boxes went home on Friday for the gala on 11th March. Your support in this is very much appreciated.

- On Wednesday there will be a ceremony to officially open the bike track. If you would like to bring a snazzy decorated bike to ride during this, you are more than welcome!

- Our library day is Monday, so please ensure your library book is in your book bag ready to return and replace.

What's happening in M2: 

- Last week we started learning a dance that the whole school is learning, so we will continue to practice that up! If you want to have a go at home, here it is!


- We are beginning the second stage of our Inquiry this week - 'finding out'. This term is all about whanaungatanga, community and well being. We will be finding out what it means to be a good community and how we can make that happen. Parents, we might have some questions for you! 

- Guided reading will be in full swing this week, however your child may not bring home a reader every night due the large number of levels in the class. Please also be aware that your child may bring home a reader that is not exactly at their current reading level as we read in different settings and use different texts. Depending on the text they may need more or less support while reading it with you. If you have any concerns please feel free to chat with me. 

- This week we will also start to think about what 'good writers' do. Our last week's descriptions of a good class or friend are slowly making their way onto the wall so feel free to pop in for a look! 

Any questions - just ask! Looking forward to an awesome week with an awesome class :)
- Miss Holm



Week Four (Monday 20th - Friday 24th Feb)


Week four already! Another busy week ahead as we continue to settle into routines. Many thanks to everyone's efforts so far, last week was very full on but we got through a lot and had lots of fun along the way. 

Thank-you to those who joined us for our Powhiri on Friday. It was a fantastic time of coming together as a Whanau and welcoming the new comers (including myself!) to Whangaparaoa. 

Again, some important things to remember this week: 

- Swimming on Tuesday and Thursday. Please remember your togs and a towel, and ensure these are named as well as the regular uniform items. This is part of the curriculum so we are looking to support everyone in giving this a go. 

- Uniform regulations mean every child needs to have a school bucket hat. 

- Any remaining consent forms that went home from the interviews need to come back as soon as possible. This is especially important as we are wanting to get into using the Ipads soon, and need the ICT forms back in order to do so.

- The waterslide will be available to our Vertical Learning Community on Friday. Bring your togs and towels if you want a go on that!

- Another mufti day to support the gala will be happening on Friday this week. Please check your timetable to see what kind of items are being collected this week.

This week in M2:

- Normal routines will be beginning as much as possible, getting into a fuller timetable of our core curriculum areas.

- Staff received some awesome professional development last week around performing arts, so this week M2 has a new dance and song to have a go at. These are being learnt all over the school, and hopefully we will all be able to all perform them together later on in the term.

Any questions - just ask! Looking forward to an awesome week with an awesome class :)
- Miss Holm

Week Three (Monday 13th - Friday 17th Feb)


Wow, our first full week! This will be a full on but exciting week as we begin to settle into routines. We have had an awesome few days and have accomplished so much in such a short time. I already feel like I have known you all for much longer than five days! 

Important things to remember this week are: 

- Swimming on Tuesday and Thursday. Please remember your togs and a towel, and ensure these are named as well as the regular uniform items. This is part of the curriculum so we are looking to support everyone in giving this a go. 

- Uniform regulations mean every child needs to have a school bucket hat. This is especially important as we are wanting to make the most of the sunshine and get outside for a game or two during the week. 

- Any consent forms that went home from the interviews need to come back as soon as possible. Thank-you to everyone who has already done this. 

- On Friday at 10am there will be a Powhiri for new staff, students and families. This is about bringing the community together as one big family. There will be some speeches and waiata, as well as a shared morning tea for which students are asked to bring a small plate of food to share. 

- The waterslide will be back in action this week for students at lunchtime. Our team's day is Friday, so if your child would like to take part, please send their named togs and towel on Friday in addition to our regular swimming days.

- Thursday is a mufti day to begin supporting our gala. It would be great if you could please send your child with a new non-food item this week, such as toiletries, stationary, toys etc. Thanks in advance!

This week in M2:

- Guided reading will be happening in class this week. As students typically take some time to get back into the reading zone, this week I will be reading carefully with the students and ensuring they are grouped appropriately for their current reading strengths and needs. Books will not come home until I am happy that each student is where they need to be, so please don't be alarmed if this doesn't happen until later in the week. It is important that this happens to optimise your child's learning. 

- In maths we will be refreshing some of the basics as a class, and I will pull out groups to give some targeted refreshing where it is needed. 

- Our inquiry topic, Whanaungatanga, is all about community and connectedness. We will continue to explore this as we get to know each other and what makes us special. It is our differences that make our community unique and interesting! Feel free to have a look at our awesome class rainbow fish that we have put together showing our difference coming together to make something spectacular.

- Miss Holm 


Week Two (Tuesday 7th - Friday 10th Feb)


Congratulations on getting through the first week back! It was a pleasure to meet so many of you across Wednesday and Thursday. Friday was an awesome first day with all the students doing so well in the heat. 

I hope you've enjoyed your Waitangi weekend and are ready for a full and exciting week. We will be continuing to get to know each other through a range of activities as well as focussing on the routines and expectations that will underpin our learning throughout the year.  

Things to remember this week:

- Swimming days are Tuesday and Thursday
- Our 'all about me' bags are due back on Tuesday
- Please return the consent forms you received at the interviews 

General notices:

- Please do not send your child to school with toys
- Please remember the uniform expectations for 2017. This page http://www.wgp.school.nz/school_uniforms will provide further information, please ask if you are unsure. 
- Please try to send your child with a water bottle as it is very hot at the moment
- Please try to get to school at least ten minutes before the bell so that your child can settle in for the day and say goodbye. It is difficult for all the students if this is left until the last minute. It is very normal for your child to be a bit unsettled at the beginning of the year, this is a way you can help to ease any anxiety.

- Miss Holm

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school for 2017!

This will be an exciting year for all of us and I am looking forward to getting to know the students and Whanau of M2. These first few days and weeks will be a time of learning about ourselves and each other as friends and learners.

This year on a Wednesday M2 will enjoy having Angela Howse as their teacher.

Our focus this term is Whanaungatanga which is about connectedness and wellbeing. Our Whanau Days on February 1st and 2nd will be a great way to kick this off for the year.

A reminder that these 'getting to know you meetings' for all parents, children and teachers can be booked online at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz using the code Tfa2k. February 1st meetings are available from 9am-7:30pm, February 2nd meetings are available from 9am-4:30pm.

- Miss Holm :)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the updates on what your guys are getting up to Merrin :) Most appreciated!

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