Thursday, 9 March 2017

Weekly Update


What a wet week we have had in the North Island this week! It has been a shame that we have missed out on a few outside playtimes but it hasn’t stopped us learning inside the classroom.



Maths – for our maths work next week we will be looking at how to use the numbers that we know. This will take the form of practical and oral work, usually there will be some singing involved somewhere too! Studies show there is a huge link between maths and music so by combining them we are sure to learn even more.



Reading – We will keep up to date with all our reading activities and bringing our reading books home every night. Some of the reading activities this week will involve using our eyes to notice what is around us.



Writing - This week’s activities will include writing about our classroom and the things in it. We move onto looking at the sounds ‘ch’ and ‘j’.



Inquiry - Our writing and inquiry continues to be about ourselves and our community. We will look at the things in the classroom and school around us that we know and are familiar to us. The term ‘community’ (whanaungatanga) is being used a lot by the children now and we like to think of B2 as being our school family/whanau. This week we will be inquiring into what makes a perfect classroom. The children will be given the opportunity to ask some of the older children in our vertical learning community what they think. The children will then design what they would like to see in a classroom.


Te Reo Maori – We are now all able to greet each other in the morning when doing the role and give our name. This is an awesome achievement. We will be looking at how to ask people how they are feeling next week.


School Values – ORCA – The symbol of the orca is very important to Whangaparaoa School and is carried with us everywhere, every day on our uniform.


Each letter of the ORCA stands for a different value:
O – Ownership
R – Respect
C – Collaborate
A – Achieve
We continue looking at these values and how we can take them on board in our classroom. This week we have been thinking about the story of the Empty Bucket. Everyone has an invisible bucket above their head it is up to us to fill them by doing kind and caring things for others. We have a class bucket that we are trying to fill whenever someone does something nice for us.

Home books this week contain a little maths challenge – if you would like to have a go at this with your child. Please don’t feel you have to do this, it is not homework, just something fun which you may like to do. Next term I will be incorporating some spelling words into your home books if you wish to learn these with your child.

Swimming togs – for Tuesday and Thursday please.

Many thanks for your continued support

Libby and the children of B2

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