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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Exploring Nature Features

Exploring Nature Features

This week, some children spent time having a close up look at stones, sands, volcanic rock and leaves using magnifying glasses and also magnifiers that are attached to the iPad. The children were amazed to find out what they could see through the magnifiers. Some saw holes and sparkles on the stones others tiny seashells in the sands.






Reading Adventure

This week during one of our reading sessions we went on a reading adventure. We were reading a book about classroom pets so Miss Corry thought it would be a good idea to go on an adventure to the senior hub and visit Miss Waho. Miss Waho has pet fish. We loved this! We also got to feed them. There are lots of little fish in this warm water tank and there is also one bigger fish who we think is awesome. Thanks Miss Waho!!!



Bully Free Week NZ

This week we have had a big focus on making friends with others and what we can do if us or someone we know is being bullied. Some of our wonderful Gilberthorpe Gurus made a great presentation about what we can do if we're being bullied. It was particularly awesome to learn about how we can be upstanders, to stand up for those we see being hurt by others. Te Rōpū Kura Pounamu,  Te Rōpū Whakaute and Te Rōpū Wawata have continued to learn about friendships this week and we even did some writing about what we can do to be friends with others, because you can't have a good friend without being a good friend! At the end of the week we all came dressed in our pink mufti to join with the rest of New Zealand to end bullying, check out our awesome outfits below!


Sunday, 12 May 2019

Our Newest Members


Over the last two weeks we have welcomed 8 new students to Kura Pounmau class. A big warm welcome to them all! They all have a great sense of humour and slotted into our class and hub extremely well.

Theses students have also been super lucky as Sistema has donated a lunch box for all our new students starting school this term. Look at our amazing little treasures with their lunch boxes. A big thank-you to Sistema for these.


Pictured from left:
Siagigi, Sana, Sunshine, Azariah, Harley, Sopich, Aroha and Charlie

Sandpit Maths!

This week we decided to try and use the sandpit for something other than building. During maths time we got out there and started writing numbers in our sandpit! We had a competition to see who could write the biggest number, that's why you can see so many 3 digit numbers in the sand. I wonder what other cool maths activities we could do in the sandpit this week?


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Making Music

The KWW children have been learning to make sounds using their bodies, instruments and other objects. Last week, the children at Wawata had a go at making music using their voices. This week, we made sounds using our hands and feet. The children had lots of fun making rhythms by clapping and stomping, some children also added body movements to make rhythms.








New Zealand Sign Language


This week is New Zealand Sign Language Week. We have learnt how to sign the names of animals.


Here is a video showing what we have learnt...



Friday, 3 May 2019

We play Beep as a maths game. We are learning to skip count in 2's. Soon we will be experts. What are your favourite maths games?




Te Ropu Maia - Week 1 term 2

Here are some photos from our new sandpit and our Sport Canterbury visit. Enjoy










Monday, 29 April 2019

Term 1 FISH Winners!

Last term we had five fantastic FISH winners who each got the most FISH tickets from their whole class! They got these tickets by showing all of our school values all the time they were being there in their learning and for others, choosing the right attitude, playing nicely with others and they make our day all the time. Congratulations MJ, Skylarr, Parker, Payton, and Harlin. I wonder who will be our winners this term?

Congratulations also to our lucky barrel draw winners who each got a voucher to spend in time for their holidays. Well done Aanaya, Caitlin, Kylah, Oskar and James! If you do your best this could be you this term! The more tickets you get the more chances you have!

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Dryland Activities

This Friday, Te Rōpū Kura Pounamu, Whakaute and Wawata children had the dryland lesson by Leanne which is the part of the swim safe program. The children learnt how to be safe when swimming in the sea and the importance of wearing a life vest when going on a boat trip. Thank you very much for an important lesson, Leanne!



We need to swim in between the orange and yellow flag. 
We always have an adult watch over us. 

We put our hand up when we are in trouble.

We need to wear the right size life vest. 




Friday, 5 April 2019

Confidence with the Karakia!

Every morning Te Ara Whakatau join together to say our daily Karakia. Each day different students have a turn leading our morning karakia. This week on Monday three wonderful students from Te Rōpū Whakaute confidently lead the karakia in front of the other students. I love how clearly you can hear Adara, Isabella and Milla. Ka pai girls this is fantastic!



Sunday, 31 March 2019

Kura Pounamu - Learn how to enter and exit the classroom

Our behaviour focus this week was how we enter and exit the classroom. We had a really fun and engaging lesson. We brainstormed all our thoughts, then we went outside did some fitness and had to show how to enter the class afterwards. We also did an activity where we had to draw ourselves, cut ourselves out and show how we would leave the class. The students all came up with 'we line up' and they put themselves in lines. Check out our 'Lining Up Poster'!

We look forward to learning about Lunch Eating this week.



Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Playing Popcorn

We love playing games and Mrs Ryan taught us a new game called Popcorn. We sit on the ground in a circle and have to pop up one at a time. As we pop up we say our number in sequence and we keep going until we are all standing. What is your favourite game to play?

We love writing!

Last week Te Rōpū Kura Pounamu, Te Rōpū Whakaute, and Te Rōpū Wawata were all thinking about the people and things we love. For writing we decided to make our own love maps with all the things we love. Then we wrote stories about things and people we love. Take a look at the stories and love maps from Te Rōpū Whakaute below! We wonder who and what do you love?

Monday, 25 March 2019

Kia Kaha Programme with Constable Brad

Constable Brad came to our school two weeks ago and ran Kia Kaha programme for our tamariki.
Constable Brad taught the children what bullying looks like and how we can be nice to each other, and what we can do when our friends are bullied. The children also learnt that we have choices about what we do and how making a good choice looks like.










Kura Pounamu students are loving Water Play!

Last week we added red food colouring to our water play and had straws for the students to use. The Kura Pounamu boys loved this and spent a long time playing and blowing bubbles. They explored how many bubbles they could get with one straw and if they had more straws would they get more. Check out our photos, showing the fun and enjoyment we had. We were super happy  that our amazing parents were able to wash our uniforms so the red marks came out! Next time we want to have green water..

I wonder what the straw will do...can we blow bubbles?

We are team players!

1,2,3 Blow!




Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Te Ropu Maia - Jump Jam session


Te Rōpū Māia was so lucky to have Brett Fairweather to come visit and do jump jam with us (and the whole school).

Check out the photo below!