Weekly Updates

Week 9 (10th - 15th Dec)


Well team, we've almost made it! One week to go but so much to squeeze in. 

Here's the plan.

Monday - Normal day, we'll be wrapping up our Christmas crafts and finishing our bigger projects (hopefully!). Some art will begin to make it's way home today. 

Tuesday - Normal day, but with a prizegiving practice and prep for the classroom moves on Wednesday. We will still be doing some Christmasy learning, but not starting anything new. 

Wednesday - Classroom moving day. This is where any help would be appreciated. Most teacher's are moving classrooms for next year, so a whole school moving day is scheduled. We will remained based in M2, but our furniture will move and someone else's will come to us. If you've got a free hand and want to lend it to us on Wednesday, please get in touch :) Mrs Howse will be in on Wednesday also, which leaves me a bit free to coordinate our move. We will hopefully have a time to thank Angela for everything she's done this year on Wednesday also, as the children have prepared a book for her. 

Thursday - Prizegiving, last full day. Prizegiving is 9:30 - 10:30, and parents you are welcome to come and celebrate with us. During the middle block we will have a celebration of our own, sharing some highs of the year and checking out what Santa has left under the tree. I will be sending books home on Thursday afternoon. Today is also the day reports and class placements for 2018 will go home. 

Friday - half day. Friday is our final day, and school finishes early at 12:30. We will be tying up any loose ends, and enjoying spending some time together for the last time as a class. 

That's it (for now!). It's going to be a massive week but I can't wait to celebrate with the kiddos and reflect on all the awesome learning that we've done over the year. 

- Miss Holm :)


Week 8 (4th - 8th Dec)


'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...' 

Welcome to week 8 - we've hit December can you believe it?! I'm a massive Christmas person, so expect lots of Christmas fun being incorporated into our learning in M2 over the next 2 weeks. 
I believe that Santa's elves have been busy bringing some Christmas spirit to the classroom over the weekend, so do pop and in and check it out on Monday.... :) 

What's on this week: 

- Maths: This week our number focus is on addition and subtraction strategies, as well as revisiting some work on fractions. In strand we are going to be looking at time, specifically hour and half hour times. 

- Writing: This week we are publishing and putting together our Charlie and Lola imitation persuasive books 'I will not ever eat a ______'. As we finish these we are also having some fun with Christmas contexts like a letter to Santa to persuade him we've been good this year.

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, although all readers apart from Ready to Read and Journals have been collected in for counting so you won't see any of those in the book bags. If you have any floating around, please do send them back to school. We are changing things up this week with our shared book also, looking at poems instead.


Important things to remember: 

- The library is now closed, with the library staff starting the counting and checking for the end of the year. If your child still has a book please make sure it comes back to school.


Waterslide!

- The waterslide is back to help keep everyone cool and have some fun with at lunchtimes. The year 1-3 day is Wednesday this week, with an extra day for yr 1-4 on Friday, so if your child would like to join in on the fun, please send them with named togs, towel and rash shirt on either or both of those days


Christmas in the Park 

- Monday night 6:00 - 7:30. Bring a picnic dinner or get yourself a sausage from the sausage sizzle. Wear something Christmassy if you can and get ready to sing along to all your favourite carols.


Christmas Books

It would be awesome if your child could bring in a Christmas book over the next week to add to our table and read together. If they do bring one in, please make sure it is named. 


That's all from me, let's make this week a good one!
- Miss Holm :)

Week 7 (27th Nov - 1st Dec)


Welcome to week 7. We've been so lucky to enjoy the sunshine last week brought - just in time for our athletics day. Check us out having a blast.


Last week we also had our final VLC Passion Friday rotation. I know everyone had heaps of fun trying new things and getting to know different kids and teachers. Here are the STEAM kids after having fun with Ms S.


What's on this week: 

- Maths: This week our number focus is on addition and subtraction strategies, as well as revisiting some work on fractions. In strand we are going to be looking at time, specifically hour and half hour times. 

- Writing: This week we are publishing and putting together our Charlie and Lola imitation persuasive books 'I will not ever eat a ______'. As we finish these we will also look at persuasive texts in the context of a book or movie review.

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, and we will be looking at a new comprehension strategy of scanning. Our big book this week is called 'The Robber Cat'. '



Important things to remember: 

- The library is now closed for issuing, with the library staff starting the counting and checking for the end of the year. If your child still has a book please make sure it comes back to school.

- Spelling. This will be in your child's bookbag and we test the words on a Friday. As we near the end of the term, and as we battle the business of Fridays, I will be wrapping up spelling for the year over the next couple of weeks. Please feel free to continue working on words at home if you wish, just know that testing in class will be finishing up.

Keeping Ourselves Safe:

- Just a heads up that we are currently covering the 'keeping ourselves safe' health unit that you were all informed about earlier in the term this week. We started last week looking at the module 'I am unique' looking at who we are, where we live, and feelings. You may have seen a follow up activity come home in your child's bookbag which supports what is covered in class. This will be continued this week. Feel free to discuss this with me if you have any questions.

Shrek Show:

- M2 has been lucky enough to be invited to watch Whangaparaoa College's performance of 'Shrek' on Tuesday. It is a dress rehearsal for them, and we will be walking up and back. I have emailed you all about this also, do let me know before then if you have any questions or do not want your child to attend.

Waterslide!

- The waterslide is back to help keep everyone cool and have some fun with at lunchtimes. The year 1-3 day is Thursday, so if your child would like to join in on the fun, please send them with named togs, towel and rash shirt on Thursday.


What a week. Let's make it a good one!
- Miss Holm :)

Week 6 (20th - 24th Nov)


How are we nearing the end of November already?! Wow this term is speeding by. Week six will be a fun one as we have our Junior Athletics on Tuesday as well as getting back into our VLC Passion Friday rotations after taking a wee break last week while half the VLC was on a trip. 

What's on this week: 

- Year 1-2 Athletics Tuesday 21st. This will run from 9:30 - 12:30 and parents are welcome to come and watch the fun.

- Maths: This week our number focus is on addition and subtraction strategies, as well as revisiting some work on fractions. In strand we are going to be looking at time, specifically hour and half hour times. 

- Writing: This week we are continuing to write our own version of the story 'I will never not ever eat a tomato'. Hopefully we will get to publishing these soon into 'real' books!

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, and we will continue to think about the comprehension strategy of skimming. Our big book this week is called 'Cass the Colour Robber.'

Important things to remember: 

- Library is on a Monday, we will be going as usual with M1 and the children will be able to swap their book. Please ensure they are bringing their book each week to return and getting something new.

- Spelling. This will be in your child's bookbag and we test the words on a Friday. As we near the end of the term, and as we battle the business of Fridays, I will be wrapping up spelling for the year over the next couple of weeks. Please feel free to continue working on words at home if you wish, just know that testing in class will be finishing up.

Next Year

A reminder that any requests regarding placements for next year need to be written and sent into school via email by Wednesday 22nd at the latest. For your convenience here is the information from the newsletter.


"Every year schools take on the complex challenge of placing children into classes for the next year. 
When doing this, staff take into consideration many factors such as learning needs, strengths, friendships and personalities to create balanced classes. If you have any relevant information that you feel would assist us in placing your child, please email the information to pa@wgp.school.nz for consideration, before 22 November 2017. 

The nature of this task means there are many tough decisions to be made. As a staff, we will always come back to what we think is best for the child - taking into account what we know about their needs, the needs of other children, the teachers and the school direction. As a parent you will have your own thoughts for your child and what is best for them. We are quite happy to listen to your thoughts about your child, but we have many children to think about. We can not always accommodate parent requests. Our teachers know our children well, and we know our teachers well. We ask that you respect the process, the collective thinking and opportunity, as well as the decision made." 

Let's have a great week!
- Miss Holm

Week 5 (13th - 17th Nov)


Here goes another week! We have so much to keep us busy and there is much more fun to be had before the term is up. Last week our trip to the Honey Centre and Parry Kauri Park Museum was a blast, with so much learning about a range of different concepts linked to our inquiry of sustainability. Check out what we got up to...








What's on this week: 

- We will be doing a year 2 athletics rotation on Friday again this week to prepare for athletics on the 21st November

- Maths: This week our number focus is on addition strategies, as well as backwards counting sequences and place value. In strand we are going to be looking at time, specifically hour and half hour times. 

- Writing: This week we are continuing to write our own version of the story 'I will never not ever eat a tomato'. The children have come up with some hilarious 'persuasions' of what their worst food could be if you used your imagination.

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, and we will continue to think about the comprehension strategy of skimming. Our big book this week is called 'Lost'.

Important things to remember: 

- Library is on a Monday, we will be going as usual with M1 and the children will be able to swap their book. Please ensure they are bringing their book each week to return and getting something new.

- Spelling. This will be in your child's bookbag and we test the words on a Friday.

- There is an information evening this week on Wednesday at 7pm, where details around changes, ideas, and staffing for 2018 will be unpacked.


Next Year

A reminder that any requests regarding placements for next year need to be written and sent into school via email. For your convenience here is the information from the newsletter.


"Every year schools take on the complex challenge of placing children into classes for the next year. 
When doing this, staff take into consideration many factors such as learning needs, strengths, friendships and personalities to create balanced classes. If you have any relevant information that you feel would assist us in placing your child, please email the information to pa@wgp.school.nz for consideration, before 22 November 2017. 

The nature of this task means there are many tough decisions to be made. As a staff, we will always come back to what we think is best for the child - taking into account what we know about their needs, the needs of other children, the teachers and the school direction. As a parent you will have your own thoughts for your child and what is best for them. We are quite happy to listen to your thoughts about your child, but we have many children to think about. We can not always accommodate parent requests. Our teachers know our children well, and we know our teachers well. We ask that you respect the process, the collective thinking and opportunity, as well as the decision made." 

That's all from me,
- Miss Holm

Week 4 (6th -10th Nov)


Hi all and welcome to week 4. We have an exciting week ahead as we embark on our trip to the Honey centre and Kauri Museum on Tuesday. Thanks again to those of you who have offered your assistance, I have emailed you with details around that.

What's on this week: 

- We will be doing a year 2 athletics rotation on Friday again this week to prepare for athletics later in the term.

- We are continuing our VLC Passion Friday slot where each teacher in our VLC offered a different option that all the children could choose from. This runs for an hour, and we will be doing it for five weeks in total as a trial to see how it works.

- Maths: This week our number focus is on addition strategies, as well as backwards counting sequences and place value. In strand we are going to be looking at time, specifically hour and half hour times. 

- Writing: As we continue to look at persuasive and opinion writing, we will be using a fun mentor text this week called 'I will never not ever eat a tomato' by Lauren Child. As food is great motivator for using emotive opinion language, we will be recreating the story with our own disliked foods.

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, and we will introduce a new comprehension strategy of skimming. Our big book this week is the classic 'Going on a Bear Hunt'.



- Inquiry: Our little garden plants are growing like mad, and this week our inquiry focus will be around our trip.


Important things to remember: 

- Library is on a Monday, we will be going as usual with M1 and the children will be able to swap their book. Please ensure they are bringing their book each week to return and getting something new.

- Spelling. This will be in your child's bookbag and we test the words on a Friday.


Next Year

Information regarding Chromebooks and class placements for 2018 came out in last week's newsletter, please make sure you have had a read. If you have questions regarding this, please feel free as always to ask.

That's all from me,
- Miss Holm


Trip!


In light of the notice that has gone home this afternoon, here is an update on a trip we are going on next week. We are going on 7th November and will be going to two destinations - the Honey Centre in Warkworth, and the Parry Kauri Museum and it's native forest walk. 

The purpose of this trip is to link with our Inquiry topic of sustainability. We will be looking at bees and ecosystems, and how these are important and need looking after. 

We will require adult helpers without toddlers for this trip, so do let me know if you are interested and/or available to come. We would appreciate the permission forms to be returned as quickly as possible as this has come together at short notice. 

If you have paid the activity fee at the beginning of the year, there is no need to pay any extra for this trip. If you have opted to pay as you go, the cost of the trip is $19 and can be paid at the office. 

Thanks,
Merrin :)

Week 3 (30th Oct - 3rd Nov)


Welcome to week three. I hope you all enjoyed the weekend - especially an awesome Halloween disco on Friday night! Big thanks to the PFA for putting that on. 

What's on this week: 

- We will be doing a year 2 athletics rotation on Friday again this week to prepare for athletics later in the term.

- Last week we started our VLC Passion Friday slot where each teacher in our VLC offered a different option that all the children could choose from. This runs for an hour, and we will be doing it for five weeks in total as a trial to see how it works.

- Maths: This week our number focus is on addition strategies, as well as backwards counting sequences and place value. In strand we are going to be looking at time, specifically hour and half hour times. 

- Writing: On Friday I brought in a giant cardboard box (yay for online shopping!) and the children practiced their persuasive opinion writing while they wrote about what they thought the box should be turned into. We had some great ideas going around like caravans and star gazing shelters - awesome work! This week we are writing opinion pieces about our favourite season inspired by the Charlie and Lola story, 'snow is my favourite and my best'.


- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, and we will continue to explore the comprehension strategy of synthesising. Our big book this week is called 'Mother Hippopotamus' Bad Hair Day'.

- Inquiry: We have planted our little garden plants and enjoyed watching the soil discs 'grow' when we added water. This week we are going to be entering our 'finding out' stage and looking at sustainability through the lens of bees.

We got to make our yogurt last week, using a mix-up yogurt and yogurt maker. This was a very interesting and tasty experiment!


Important things to remember: 

- Library is on a Monday, we will get to to visit this week after missing our session last week with Labour day.

- Spelling. You may have noticed an updated spelling list come home mid-week last week in your child's book bag. This has been updated based on their results of the Essential Words test in week one of this term. Feel free to highlight on this also as your child learns words at home, it is really there to give you options as to which words/how many words your child wants to learn in addition to what they're doing at school. Again, it is not compulsory, but rather a way for you to support their learning at home if you wish.

That's all from me,
- Miss Holm

Keeping ourselves safe


Hi all, just another little update for you. Today you will have received an email regarding the 'keeping ourselves safe' health unit due to be taught this term. Please find all the information attached to that below for your convenience. If you have any concerns or questions do feel free to speak with me or flick me an email. 

Kia ora koutou,


Over the next few weeks we will be teaching the units ‘Knowing what to do” and “Getting Help” in your child’s class. These units are part of the personal safety programmes of Keeping Ourselves Safe connected to our Health curriculum.

The Keeping Ourselves Safe programme enables children and young people to learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others. Students recognise the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and those who have been or are being abused are encouraged to seek help.

There are three overall aims:

  • To develop and strengthen children’s skills to keep themselves safe with other people;
  • To support and encourage abused children to get help from caring adults;
  • To make teachers and parents/caregivers more aware of the need to keep children safe from abuse by adults or other children.





Y0-3 Knowing what to do. Five focus areas.

Focus area 1: I am unique: Tino taonga koe


For safety reasons students need to know their name, where they live, and the names of the people they live with. When they can verbalise their feelings confidently, they can report times when they feel safe and unsafe.

Focus area 2: My body is my own: Kei a koe to mana tinana


They understand the names of body parts and that no one should touch their genitals unless it is for health reasons. Students consider touch that they like, touch that hurts and touch that is confusing.

Focus area 3: Dealing with unwanted behaviour and touch: Tāu e ahu ai ki te whanonga me te pā kino


Students need to be able to say “no” confidently, move away, and report what has happened. They learn the difference between good secrets and bad secrets and know how to tell.

Focus area 4: Adults who help: Ngā kaiāwhina pakeke

Students learn who they can trust to help them. Together with the people they live with students develop safety rules and strategies to help them keep safe.

Focus area 5: Nikau and Mokomoko game

A board game similar to snakes and ladders that involves questions and answers related to child abuse.

To be successful, the programme needs parent help and support. It is important that you participate as much as possible and talk to your child about what they have been learning. This will help reinforce the messages the school is giving, and help your child to use his or her new skills with confidence.



I can show you the units and answer any questions regarding the lessons.

If you wish to discuss any part of the units, please contact me for more information.





- Miss Holm


Week 2 (24th - 27th Oct)


Short week this week, I hope you have all been able to enjoy the long weekend. This week we are right back into the swing of things, with normal routines as well as:
- Passion Friday's starting this week
- VLC P.E rotations to get ready for athletics 

What's on this week: 

- Maths: This week our number focus is on addition strategies, as well as backwards counting sequences. In strand we have been looking at symmetry and exploring that through folding and cutting paper to make symmetrical snowflakes. 

- Writing: As we further explore opinions and how we write persuasively, we are looking at the text 'Duck! Rabbit!' as an example. This is a fun example of how opinions are different and need justification. Do you see a duck or a rabbit?


- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, and we will continue to explore the comprehension strategy of synthesising. Our big book this week is called 'Farmer Duck'.

- Inquiry: We have begun to talk about sustainability and the idea of 'what's worth saving.' Thanks to a few of you for your 'little garden' spares - we will enjoy planting those and exploring that as part of our unit.

As a result of one of our inquiry based conversations we have stumbled across the question of where yogurt comes from. Can you grow it? We have decided it somehow turns from milk to yogurt but will have to do some more digging as to how that happens. It is always interesting to explore these understandings that as 'grown ups' we take for granted!


Important things to remember: 

- Library is on a Monday, so we will not be visiting this week. Next week the children will be able to switch their books again.

That's all from me,
- Miss Holm

Term 4! Week 1 (16th - 20th Oct)


Welcome back to term 4 - can you believe we're here already?! I hope you have all had a fabulous break and are feeling refreshed for our final term. This year has just flown by and I know that this term will be no different. We are going to be busy bees :) 

What's on this week: 

- Maths: We will be easing into the week with some introduction of new maths games and activities, and settling back into our routines. With Mrs Howse we are doing our strand maths which has been on geometry - transformations, symmetry etc. 

- Writing: Our writing focus this term is persuasive writing. To introduce this we will be talking about opinions and how to express them ensuring we can justify our statement. We will spend some time practicing this verbally before we have a go at an opinion piece on which colour is 'best'.

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, with our reading comprehension strategy being a new one - synthesising. This is about using the things we already know and the things we have learnt from a text to form deeper or new understandings.



- Inquiry: This term our inquiry topic is sustainability. This is a very broad topic and we will be spending some time over these first few weeks unpacking the question 'What's worth saving?'


Important things to remember: 

- Library is on Monday. Children will be able to issue books this week and have something fresh to read. 

Cultural Festival

A big thank-you from us all for all your patience and support with the Cultural Festival last term. If you missed it (or would like to re-watch it), here is the video that our VLC put together for it.



That's all from me, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and having a great week.

-Miss Holm



Cultural Festival Info 

Here's some extra info about our cultural festival this week...

Tuesday - Run through in the hall for all performers

Wednesday - Full dress rehearsal; all non-performers make up the audience for this
Thursday - Matinee performance at 1 pm and evening performance at 6.30pm

Tickets: are $2/person/seat and are available in the library Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday or until sold out. 

We ask that if you really have to leave early that you leave at intermission.

Please deliver your performer to the classroom no later than 6 pm. They may bring snacks and something to occupy themselves with, if they wish. However, there will be movies on and drawing things in the rooms.

Kapahaka performers meet in the main reception area

Year 2 performers (that's us) go to B1. 

After the Year 2 performance, students will be escorted to L Block to join their Peaches and Pickles Groups

Ballet: L2
Junior Choir L5

Week 10 (25th - 29th September)


We've made it! Week 10 is here and we are in for a busy one this time around! Our cultural festival is in full swing this week, with rehearsals and performances taking us through to Thursday. No doubt there will be some tired kiddos (and teachers!) on Friday :)

Last week we had our mufti day to support the Salvation Army's foodbanks. M2 had a great time building towers from the canned goods before school and learning the way some cans did and didn't stack on top of each other! 


We also had a great time doing some shared writing using my new story prompt dice to create an exciting narrative. Some groups even wanted to present their story with some role play which was a great source of entertainment for our Friday. 


What's on this week: 

- Maths: We will carry on with our addition and subtraction strategies this week, and hopefully manage some whole class problem solving as well. We will be working flexibly around lots of changes to our normal timetable with the cultural festival and tying up of loose ends for the end of term.  

- Writing: We have been focussing on narrative writing this term, and specifically at fictional, creative pieces over the last few weeks. This week we will try to pull together all the authors craft skills we have learnt such as sequencing, introductions, endings, and time language to write some mini chapter books.

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, although with all the extra stuff happening this week your child may not bring home as many books as usual. Please know that there is just as much value in re-reading a book for the second or third time, and going deeper into the text through comprehension questions, retelling the story, pulling apart vocab, playing with word chunks to make new rhyming words - the list goes on! There is so much to do from any one text :)

- Inquiry: This week we got to look at our personal inquiry questions with our peers and in small groups with our awesome Learning Assistant, Marissa. It turns out that we learnt a lot from our MOTAT trip and were able to apply what we'd seen to our own questions. This week we will be finishing off different bits and pieces, and reflecting on the inquiry as a whole.

Important things to remember: 

- Library is on Monday. Being the last week of term no issuing will take place, but please help your child to remember to bring their book so it can be returned. Over the holidays is a great time to get to the public library and find something new to read together. 

Cultural Festival

A reminder that this is happening this week! We will be having rehearsals during the week, with the matinee performance AND evening show on Thursday. A reminder that if your child is not in a Peaches and Pickles/Passion Friday item, or our year 2 Mr Bull item, they do not need to be there on the night. If they are in one of those items, please refer to your info notice or get in touch with me for further information as to where and when they need to be on the night.  

Any info around dates, tickets etc for this Cultural Festival can be found here

That's all from me, let's have a great week :)
-Miss Holm

Week 9 (18th - 22nd September)


Welcome to week 9, another busy one as we begin to wrap up for the term and get ready for our Cultural Festival in week 10. 

Last week was very exciting with our books and reading day. Check out some of the things we got up to within our VLC...




Here's Mrs Palmer being a fabulous story teller also. We loved her Maori legend and learning some extra Te Reo for Maori language week. Ka Pai! 


What's on this week: 

- Maths: We are looking back at addition and subtraction week, looking at a range of different strategies in our maths groups. Our strand at the moment is geometry; position and orientation. There is lots of great language you can use at home with this - under, over, through, behind etc. 

- Writing: This term our focus is on narrative writing, this week we are going to continue looking at the structure of a narrative, focussing in on time words such as 'at first' 'once upon a time' 'finally' etc. We are writing about a fictional adventure, using the prompt of a treasure map that we find one day.

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, and we are looking at a new strategy 'summarising'. This means we are focussing on retelling the story just using the key ideas. You can practice this at home too, encourage your child to find key words in the story as they read with you.



- Inquiry: This week we are trying to finish our real estate brochures and focus in on our personal inquiry questions. We will be thinking about how we can answer them using a range of different sources of information.

Important things to remember: 

- Library is on Monday, and we are back to usual with this. Enjoy reading something new with your child and please help them to remember to bring their old one back with them each Monday.

Cultural Festival

You would have received a note this week about an extra year level item for the upcoming cultural festival. Just to clarify - this is not compulsory, but is an extra item being performed to showcase the amazing work the kids put into the production. We still have our vertical team item, which will be in video format therefore not requiring your child to be performing on the night. 

Any info around dates, tickets etc for this Cultural Festival can be found here

That's all from me, let's have a great week :)
-Miss Holm


Week 8 (10th - 14th September)


Week 8; the term is flying by! We had a fabulous week last week with our MOTAT trip, many thanks to the parents who joined us for the day. I know everyone was exhausted after it all but the kids had so much fun. 

We had so much fun dressing up and experiencing what life was like 100 years ago. Here are some shots of us on our adventures...





Cultural Festival:

Just a reminder about this, I have received some awesome videos from some of you but there is still time to send in some more if you want! Check out the email from the the other week or last week's blog post for all the details. 

What's on this week: 

- Maths: We are looking back at addition and subtraction week, looking at a range of different strategies in our maths groups. Our strand at the moment is geometry; position and orientation. There is lots of great language you can use at home with this - under, over, through, behind etc. 

- Writing: This term our focus is on narrative writing, this week we are going to look at the structure of a narrative, and how to make sure our story has a beginning, middle and end. We are writing about an adventure we have had, and using a mentor text all about a roller coaster ride.

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, and we are continuing to look at the comprehension strategy of inferring. Encourage your child to use this at home when you read by asking them questions that do not come directly from the text, or adding a 'how do you know?' 'why do you think that is?'

- Inquiry: We will spend some time this week continuing to unpack our MOTAT trip, and look at our personal inquiry questions. Many of these are about the physical features of houses today and in the past, so do have a chat to your child about your own home's history, cladding, features etc.

Important things to remember: 

- Library is on Monday, and we are back to usual with this. Enjoy reading something new with your child and please help them to remember to bring their old one back with them each Monday.

- Just a reminder, please don't send your child to school with toys. These just get lost, broken, or cause distractions during learning time. If your child has something special to share, our news day is Monday and we sometimes share circumstantially during the week also, but anything brought to school needs to stay in their bag or with me until an appropriate time. 

That's all from me, let's have a great week :)
-Miss Holm

Week 7 (4th - 8th September)


Welcome to week 7, we have an exciting week ahead with our first school trip together as a class to MOTAT! 


We are looking forward to seeing all sorts of interesting things about how life was in the 'olden days'. This is to support our inquiry around how people move, as we have looked at homes and houses, and what makes them the same and different, and why people move house. 

Cultural Festival:

you should have received an email from me on Friday about the cultural festival which is coming up at the end of the term. This is a school wide project, although we are working in our Vertical Teams to produce an item for the evening. We are creating a video about what it means to be a Kiwi kid, and I have sent you a list of things that we would love to take a short clip of your child doing. Please email me any videos you take so I can add them into the video. To echo the email, this is not compulsory. We are working on it at school also, so your child will not miss out if you cannot film at home :) More information regarding the specifics of the evening will become available closer to to the time. 

What's on this week: 

- Maths: We are looking back at addition and subtraction week, looking at a range of different strategies in our maths groups. Our strand at the moment is geometry; position and orientation. There is lots of great language you can use at home with this - under, over, through, behind etc. 

- Writing: This term our focus is on narrative writing, this week we are going looking at introductions and how we can vary these to make our stories more interesting. Specifically we are looking at dialogue introductions and question introductions.

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, and we are continuing to look at the comprehension strategy of inferring. Encourage your child to use this at home when you read by asking them questions that do not come directly from the text, or adding a 'how do you know?' 'why do you think that is?'

- Inquiry: We have our trip on Tuesday, and have been making real estate brochures for our own houses. Rest assured we aren't actually trying to sell your house!

Important things to remember: 

- Library is on Monday, and we are back to usual with this. Enjoy reading something new with your child and please help them to remember to bring their old one back with them each Monday.

- Spelling: We are getting much better at using this now, after having a few weeks of practice. If you have any questions around this, please check the info leaflet a couple of weeks back, or get in touch. 

- Our MOTAT trip is on Tuesday, and we will be out for the whole day. Please ensure your child is at school on time, has the correct uniform (including shoes), and has a packed lunch. They will not be able to have a lunch order on this day. We will be back in time for 3:00, so pick-ups can be the same as usual. If you have any further questions about this please get in touch.  

That's all from me, let's have a great week :)
-Miss Holm

Week 6 (28th August - 1st September)


Welcome to week 6; over half way through the term already! Everyone did such a fantastic job of the cross country on Thursday and should be really proud. Here are a few of M2 getting pumped before the race...


What's on this week: 

- Maths: We are looking back at addition and subtraction week, looking at a range of different strategies in our maths groups. Our strand at the moment is geometry; position and orientation. There is lots of great language you can use at home with this - under, over, through, behind etc. 

- Writing: This term our focus is on narrative writing, this week we are going to learn about pick-a-path books and have a go at writing our own story from this.

- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, and we are looking at a new comprehension strategy, inferring. We are going to be detectives as we look for clues in the text.


- Inquiry: We are thinking about houses some more this week, what makes them the same or different. This is to get us ready for our MOTAT visit that is coming up.



Important things to remember: 

- Library is on Monday, and we are back to usual with this. Enjoy reading something new with your child and please help them to remember to bring their old one back with them each Monday.

- Spelling: We are getting much better at using this now, after having two weeks of practice. If you have any questions around this, please check the info leaflet a couple of weeks back, or get in touch. 

- We do have a trip coming up on 5th September that you should have received an email about. Please get those permission slips back as soon as possible, as we need them to be able to take your child on the trip with us. If you need another copy of the permission slip, please don't hesitate to ask. 

That's all from me, let's have a great week :)
-Miss Holm

Week 5 (21st - 25th August)


Welcome to week 5. We have a busy week this week with Cross Country on Thursday! 

What's on this week: 

- Maths: We are looking back at addition and subtraction week, looking at a range of different strategies in our maths groups. Our strand at the moment is geometry; position and orientation. There is lots of great language you can use at home with this - under, over, through, behind etc. 

- Writing: This term our focus is on narrative writing, this week we are going to have a go at using suspense in our writing. To help us get our heads around it, we are going to look at the book 'We honestly can look after your dog' by Lauren Child.


- Reading: Guided reading will be happening as usual, and we are continuing to use the comprehension strategy of visualising. 

- Inquiry: Last week we started to look at how houses are built, and we had a go in groups using different materials from around the room. Here's how we went...







- Spelling: We had a go at our new spelling system last week, and are still working out all the kinks of the testing side. The kids worked really hard with it, and we will keeping persisting until we have it running smoothly.

Important things to remember: 

- Library is on Monday, and we are back to usual with this. Enjoy reading something new with your child and please help them to remember to bring their old one back with them each Monday.

- Cross country: Our cross country is on Thursday this week at 1:00 over at Edith Hopper Park. This will be a whole lot of fun and we would love to see you all out there cheer-leading for your child!

- Check in meetings. Just a reminder that school finishes at 12:30 on Tuesday so that these can happen. These are not compulsory, but a chance for you to check in with me if you have any questions or concerns at this stage.

- We do have a trip coming up on 5th September that you should have received an email about. Please get those forms back as soon as possible, as we need to sort out adults and general arrangements.

That's all from me, let's have a great week :)
-Miss Holm


Week 4 Term 3 (14th - 18th August)


Week 4 - here we go! We have had an exciting start to the term with our production and everyone has done such a fantastic job. This will be our first 'normal' week of the term having finished with production and I know it will do us all some good to get back into routines. 

Here are a few snaps of us in action...






What's on this week: 

- Maths: We have been learning about fractions so far this term, and are having one more week on that this week. I encourage you to find some fractions with your child at home - using the language with them is a great way to reinforce it! Maybe they can cut their toast into halves, and then quarters and decide which pieces are bigger. 

- Writing: This term our focus is on narrative writing, and we have been looking specifically at portraying characters - their physical appearance and their attributes. This week we are looking at characters from one of Miss Holm's favourite picture books, Oscar and Arabella.

 

- Reading: Guided reading should be back in full swing this week, with our new comprehension strategy, visualising.



- Inquiry: This term's inquiry is movement. This means we are looking at how and why people move. We have talked about our personal house moving experiences, and whether houses would have always looked the same. This week we are looking at where our houses are, and how houses are made. 

- Spelling: The new spelling system will be starting up this week, as promised, and instructions will go home with this. However, here is the info...



Important things to remember: 

- Library is on Monday, and we are back to usual with this. Enjoy reading something new with your child and please help them to remember to bring their old one back with them each Monday.

- Cross country: Practices will start up again this week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. please make sure your child has the gear they need for this.

- Check in meetings. Just a few reminders about these coming up soon...

  • These meetings are to discuss any concerns or questions about the mid-year reports that went out last term or about how your child is going this term. If you do not feel you need to discuss this, you do not need to book a meeting - they are not compulsory :)
  • These meetings are for you and your child to attend together. 
  • These meetings are 12mins each.
  • If you have more than one child please don’t book back-to-back meeting times but allow yourself time between meetings. 
  • Interviews can be booked on this link www.schoolinterviews.co.nz 
    Password: nymrf 
  • The meetings are on 22nd August, and school finishes at 12:30 to allow these meetings to happen. 


That's all from me! Have a great week.
- Miss Holm



Week 3 Term 3 (7th - 11th August)


Welcome to week 3 - apologies for my absence last week but I am back to health and looking forward to getting back into everything again. This week will be a busy one with our production performances but so exciting to see it come together finally! 

What's on this week:

- Production Practice. This is going to be taking up the bulk of our time this week as we have final rehearsals and then perform on Wednesday and Thursday. The times for the show in case you need them are:

Wednesday 9th August at 1:45
Thursday 10th August at 9:45

If you still have any costume confusion, here is the info: 

Choir - Please could they bring in some plain, brightly coloured clothes (no logos or patterns) to
wear. Could they bring it in in a named bag.
Band - Please could they bring in black clothes i.e. black shorts / leggings and a black t-shirt (plain / no logos). Could they bring it in in a named bag.
Narrator - Please could they bring in smart clothes to wear in a named bag.
Autumn Dancer - Please could they bring in some autumn coloured, plain
clothes to wear i.e. red, yellow, brown or orange (no logos or pictures). Could they bring it in a named bag.
Actor - They will have individual costumes that will be organised separately 

- Maths, reading and writing will be happening in a different routine to accommodate our rehearsals. 

- Spelling. As I mentioned in, I will be changing the system a bit for this and will hold off until production is behind us. We will start spelling again in week 4, with words coming home if you would like to support your child in learning them. 

- Above all else we are concentrating on doing an awesome job of our production and showing off al our hard work! Looking forward to seeing you there :)

Thanks,
Miss Holm :)



Week 1 Term 3 (24th - 28th June)


Welcome back for term 3 - it's hard to believe that we're over half way through the year already! I hope you have all had a fab break and are well rested. This term is going to be a busy one and we will be getting straight into things with our production in these first few weeks. 

What's on this week:

- Production Practice. This is going to be taking up the bulk of our time in the lead up to our performances in week 3. It is important that we use this time to really pull everything together and do justice to everyone's hard work thus far. We will be busy beavers with this!  

Please also note that the children need to bring in their costumes for the show before week 3. That will allow us to have our dress rehearsals early week 3. 

A reminder if you need it:
Choir - Please could they bring in some plain, brightly coloured clothes (no logos or patterns) to
wear. Could they bring it in in a named bag.
Band - Please could they bring in black clothes i.e. black shorts / leggings and a black t-shirt (plain / no logos). Could they bring it in in a named bag.
Narrator - Please could they bring in smart clothes to wear in a named bag.
Autumn Dancer - Please could they bring in some autumn coloured, plain
clothes to wear i.e. red, yellow, brown or orange (no logos or pictures). Could they bring it in a named bag.
Actor - They will have individual costumes that will be organised separately 

- Maths, reading and writing will be happening in a different routine to accommodate our rehearsals. 

- Spelling. As I mentioned in last term's post, I will be changing the system a bit for this and will hold off until production is behind us. We will start spelling again in week 4, with words coming home if you would like to support your child in learning them. 

- 100th day of school! On Tuesday this week it is the 100th day of school for the year. We will be doing some themed activities throughout the week around this which should be lots of fun. 

That's all from me, let's have a great week back :)
-Miss Holm

Week 10 (3rd - 7th June)


Week 10 - well done everyone, we made it! It's been a big effort from the little people in M2, and I know that these last couple of weeks especially have been full of ups and downs as everyone's pretty tired and in need of a break. 

We have spent quite a bit of time focussing on how to use of words and actions kindly, as end-of-term-itis has gotten to many of us! 

What's on this week: 

- Maths: We will be pulling back from our usual programme this week and taking a chance to some more whole class, problem solving based type activities. 

- Writing: We are trying hard to finish our slime books, turning our draft writing into published books by M2, slime experts. 

- Reading: This will happen reasonably normally, with your child bringing home a couple of books during the week. 

- Inquiry: Thanks to our wonderful learning assistant, Marissa, the children of M2 were able to complete their personal inquiry experiments on Thursday. This is something that they had a blast doing, and so many inquisitive conversations and questions came out of it. 

- Spelling: This week notebooks will not be going home, as we realistically won't get to testing words on Friday, with all our last day bits and bobs. The spelling system is something I am going to be reviewing over the holidays, as it is a lot of maintenance which I think could be simplified to become much more manageable. I will update you all on the blog early next term with any changes that are to be made. 

Important things to remember: 

- Library is on Monday, but your child will not be bringing a book home as it is the last week of term. I recommend using this as an opportunity to get out to the Whangaparaoa or Orewa library and get something different to read over the break. 

Holidays: 

I hope you all can have a well earned rest with precious family time over the break, we all need it! As far as keeping up with learning over the break, a little reading can go a long way, and any spontaneous opportunities that don't feel like 'homework' are fabulous. Other than that, having a break and getting refreshed for the next term is really what it's all about! Enjoy and stay safe :)

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

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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