Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Week 5 - Term 4

Keeping Ourselves Safe

This week we will be finishing off our last few Keeping Ourselves Safe lessons. Thank you to those who helped their child with the follow up homework sheets.

Year 1 & 2 Athletics Day - Tuesday 21st November 

Our Athletics day is being held Block 1 & 2 next Tuesday 21st November. We will be meeting altogether outside Tindalls at 9.30am before heading off to our field events. After morning tea will be doing running races. It is going to be lots of fun! You are welcome to come along to watch. If you want to take your child home afterwards, please let me know and sign them out at the office.

Check out some of learning & creations so far this term ...

Algebra Patterns in Maths 

Recycled Monsters

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Week 3 - Term 4


From this week school bucket hats must be worn when outside.
Children wearing non regulation hats (including the old school cap) or who have no hat will be required to sit/play in the shaded areas. We want children to be protected from the sun.

Mufti Day Tomorrow 31/10/2017

No charge mufti day on Tuesday 31st October. It does happen to be Halloween but children do not have to dress up scary. This is just for fun 🎃
Outfits that are not scary
-Ninja Turtles
-Clothes you wear at home
None of the above-  Wear your uniform! 

Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme

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.

Parents/Caregivers should have received a letter via email outlining what is covered in the programme.

Zones of Regulation 

On Thursday afternoon we had a visitor named Jane come and do some work with us around the '4 zones'. These zones are based on our emotions. 

The Green Zone - 'Good to Go' 
When we're in this zone we are reading to learn, focused, okay, happy, calm. 

The Blue Zone - 'Running a little bit slow' 
When we're in this zone we can be feeling tired, bored, shy, sick, sad. 

The Yellow Zone - 'Proceed with Caution but slow down' 
When we're in this zone we may feel upset, nervous, embarrassed, annoyed, frustrated, silly. 

The Red Zone - 'Stop and Think - No longer in control'
When we're in this zone we may be angry, out of control, mean, aggressive, terrified. 

Jane will be visiting us every Thursday afternoon to do some more talking about the 4 zones of regulation. It would be great if you could talk about these different emotions at home too and how our facial expressions and body languages changes with them. Can you act out different emotions?

Monday, 16 October 2017

Week 1 - Term 4

Wow! Hasn't this year gone by fast. I hope you all had a lovely, relaxing break and are roaring to go for Term 4!

Zoo Trip 
Tuesday 17th October A1-A4 are heading off to the Zoo to kick start our wonderings around this term's Inquiry 'Sustainability'. What does that word mean? Why do animals become endangered? How can reduce the amount of waste in the world?

Please make sure your child has full school uniform on (including black shoes) and has the following things packed for the Zoo
- lunch
- drink
- hat
- sunblock 
- raincoat 

We begin this term off by learning about fractions - 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 1/5, 1/10 
First we will focus on identifying and finding fractions of shapes and lengths (strings, paper etc.) then move onto finding out fractions of numbers - 1/4 of 12. Fractions is a fantastic concept to link with real life - cutting food into equal parts. 

This term our writing will link in with our Inquiry. We will be learning how to write factual reports on things tying into our Sustainability learning. 

Word Work & Spelling 
Our focus for Word Work throughout the first half of the term is on blends - 2 or more letters that make a sound such as /bl/
Can you please make sure your child has their pink spelling book kept in their book bag every day. Our aim is to have a new list of words to learn every week - first list went home today (to be learnt at home and school) and they will be tested next week. 

- Library day is on Wednesday 
- Hats need to be work this term - check they're clearly named
- Black school shoes must be worn to and from school
- Book bags to school every day please

Have a lovely week A2 and whanau

Miss M :) 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Week 10 - Term 3

Culture Festival Week!!

The last week of Term 3 is going to be celebrated with our Culture Festival! Children all across the school in many different groups have been working hard to show of their talents. 

Important information for the 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. 

On the night

Year 2 performers (that's us) go to B1 at 6pm

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 (no devices).
However, there will be movies on and drawing things in the rooms.

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

Drama: L3

Hip Hop: L2
Junior Choir L5

What to wear...
Year 2 item - Some children will be wearing a costume from the Sunflower show. These children know who they are. All other children need to wear plain bright coloured clothes please.

Peaches & Pickles Items - Hopefully you should have received an email from Peaches and Pickles regarding outfits for each group. Please let me know if you haven't and I will forward on to you. Children will be able to get changed in their holding room after they have performed their first item. Please make sure everything is clearly named - name and classroom. 

Please bring these outfits to school tomorrow (Tuesday) or Wednesday at the latest. 

Feel free to get in touch with me if you're unsure of anything - 


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Week 8 - Term 3

Check out our Motat photos here. We had such a fabulous time there. We were very lucky that the rain held off for most parts of the day. Thank you again to our parent helpers and to all children in A2 for such a tremendous day. Wasn't life so different 100 years ago!

This week is Te Reo Māori Language Week. We are learning to use more Māori kupu (words) and phrases like - He aha tenei? (What is this?)
Our Big Book story this week is called Tamure and the Taniwha. 

There are lots of Māori myths and legend stories availble on Youtube. Check out the link below to view the stores. 

Word Word & Handwriting 

Our sounds this week to learn are the long o (oa, oe, ow, o-e, o) and long u (ue, u-e, ew) 

For handwriting this week we are practising the formation of the letters l, t, i, j. 


Our writing is integrated with our Big Book - focusing on how a narrative has a Problem and Solution.
Remember to come check out the fantastic Grandma McGarvey writing. 

This week for maths we are using skip counting, repeated addition and our times tables for problem solving.

Have a lovely week A2 whanau

Miss M :) 

Monday, 4 September 2017

Week 7 Term 3

Motat Trip
On Wednesday we head off to Motat to learn about how life and houses have changed in Auckland. This ties into our 'Movement' inquiry for the term.
Please make sure your child has
- A packed lunch
- A drink bottle
-Full school uniform - including shoes
- A rain coat or jumper

Thank you to all of our wonderful parents who offered to help out on the trip. Unfortunately we couldn't take everyone.

This week we are focus on forming our lowercase letters - r, n, m, h, k

Word work 
We are focusing on the /ow/ (wow) /ou/ (house) sounds and /oy/ (toy) /oi/ (coin) sounds.

A2 are really into McGarvey books at the moment. We are in the middle of publishing some fantastic writing retelling the story Grandma McGarvey Goes to Sea.

From next week A2 and B1 will be buddying up to use the bikes. It would be great if we had some children bring their own bikes to school on Mondays so there's enough bikes for all.

Have a lovely week, 
Miss M 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Week 4 Term 3

Well done to everyone in A2 and across Year 2 who took part in the Production. The show was absolutely incredible. I'm very proud of everyone for their great success.
I hope all of our A2 family and friends enjoyed the show. 

Children in O1 were so amazed by and wanted to tell us what they enjoyed.

Congratulations Year 2.
It was brilliant - the actors, the band, choir and narrators. How long did it take to get all the acting, costumes and talking right? All the costumes like the cows, bees, bulls, butterflies and the sunflower all looked real. I liked when Mr Cronin looked like a cow!

Dear Year 2’s,
Congratulations! I loved it. I really liked the singing but I liked it all. Good work.

I liked it best when all the cows and the bulls danced to the music.

Congratulations year 2’s.
Guess what my favourite part was? My favourite part was when the bulls came on stage and the background music.

Great job Year 2’s. Who would think a bunch of 6 year olds could pull off such a good show!

Congratulations year twos for achieving. You’re cool. You are really brave year 2’s.

Daisy, I thought you were a good actor because you are an amazing cow. You were black and white.
I liked the lovely sun flower with green leaves too.

Dear Year 2’s
Congratulations for achieving a big goal and for stepping up and acting and singing and all the other stuff.

To Year 2 girls and boys and teachers, that was so so good. My favourite performance ever bro.
To year 2 - that show was great. My favourite part was when you sang ‘Good morning’.

This week is Maths Week!! We are taking part in the Survivor Series daily problem solving tasks (so we can find the treasure on Friday) and will also be putting our estimation skills to work. Whoever has the right (or closest to) daily estimate gets to go in the whole school draw to win a neat prize. Ask your child about their clues they have so far or the estimate they made. 

In maths this week we will also be looking at multiplication and will be linking this what we already know. For example, 3x5 can be solved by skip counting  5,10, 15 or by repeating addition 5+5+5. 


This term we are focusing on narrative writing. We will be looking at what authors include in their stories (characters, setting, problem & solution) and zoom in on each area. This week we are focusing on describing characters physical appearance & character traits in our writing. 


We are linking our reading with our writing focus by identifying the characters, setting, problem and solution in our readers. Ask your child about the story elements in their book. 


Our Inquiry focus for the term is Movement. We are looking at why people move and how, what houses looked like in the past, now and around the world. This week, we're looking into our own movement - who has moved house, towns or country and what our houses look like, how old they might be and what they're made of. 


- Whole school cross country training - Monday & Wednesday (weather permitting) 
- Library day is on Wednesday 
- Full school assembly on Friday at 2.20pm
- Check in meetings next week on Tuesday. See below reminders about the meetings- 
  • 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. 

Have a lovely week everyone
Miss M :)