Today we had no singing assembly which means we had some time to share our stories and celebrate our achievements for the week. These children have shown that they are superstars all week by trying hard in their learning or being good friends to others.
We are learning about Shapes and their attributes! We are learning to say how many sides and corners a shape has and identify the difference between a square and a rectangle. We had a fun activity where we had to jump into a shape that met Miss Crowther's description (eg has 3 sides etc).
You can help us at home by asking us to point out shapes around us and asking how many sides the shape has!
Today it was raining at morning tea time so we could play inside. The favourite game all round today seemed to be playing teachers! We were having so much fun acting like teachers that our real teachers couldn't help but snap a few photos!
Hunter was having a great time teaching his class in 'the zoo'!
Amon and Oliver did some writing lessons in the rocket room
Fai'ana, Amelia and Charlie had great fun teaching writing and phonics in the rocket room!
Today we had more technology workshops! We could choose whether to build a slide to help Jack get down from Giant Land the fastest, make a new chair for the Bears, or build a strong house for the three little pigs. There was lots of laughter, discussion and great inventive ideas in every workshop!
Here are some of us building a new house for the three little pigs:
Here are Zac and Chrostopher with their house BEFORE the big bad wolf tried to blow it down ;)
...and here they are after!
Here are Amelia, Charlie, Holly, Fai'ana, Jorja and Nevaeh with their house before the big bad wolf came along...
This afternoon our workshops were focused around technology and building. In one of our workshops we had to build a bridge to help the gingerbread man cross the river without being eaten by the fox. We watched the story, shared some ideas of how we would know if our bridge was successful, and then started building!
What amazing publishing our children have done this morning! Here are two of our very best pieces done by Kosmo and Lloyd! They have both used colour effectively and have copied their stories neatly. Well done boys!!
If you would like to read our publishing, feel free to take the folders out of the Publishing Boxes in the different spaces anytime and enjoy reading them with your child.
We are working really hard on forming our letters correctly in Piako Tahi at the moment. Today we had an extra long handwriting session where we focused on taking our time to write our letters properly. Afterwards in Miss Crowther's Writing group we did 'judging' where we looked at all the books and chose some handwriting that we liked. We all tried really hard and our handwriting is looking beautiful!
We have been really lucky to have Tim and Harold the Giraffe come and visit us over the last two weeks. They have taught us lots about our body and how to be a great friend. We have laughed lots and enjoyed Harold's funny jokes!!!
We have been writing some great stories lately in Piako Tahi! We are working hard to listen for sounds in the words we write, use our looking word cards and reread our story so we can make sure it makes sense!
Here is some of our Writing from today:
Quinn did a great job of using the looking word card and rereading his story on his own. He even asked if he could write more!!
Oliver H didn't wait for the teacher to help him and stretched his words to hear lots of sounds! He also used a great hook to start his story!
Amelia wrote her story without any help from the teacher today! She heard lots of sounds on her words and even used some describing words!
In Mrs Best and Miss Crowther's writing groups we have writing assistants! 1 person from each group gets chosen each day to be the special helper for that day's writing time. They help make sure that everyone is doing their Must Do's and Can Do's correctly, and even choose someone who was really on task to be the writing assistant for the next day!
Our first writing assistants today were Amon and Fai'ana, chosen because they are such great on task learners during writing time. Way to go guys!!