Monday, February 27, 2017

Here Comes The Mail!

In K2M we started writing letters to friends as an authentic learning task. 
We even have our own K2 letter boxes! 
The children loved writing letters and loved getting one back even more!

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Giraffe On The Move- Writing from K2M and K2B

Giraffe On The Move!

Photos from Auckland Zoo #giraffeonthemove Twitter

K2B and K2M used these photos for writing inspiration. Imagine driving down the road and seeing a giraffe peeking out of a truck at you!

Here are some of our stories....

Nikhil- The giraffe went to Australia on a boat.
Eva- I was climbing up and locking the giraffe in.
Cooper- The giraffe is going on a boat to Australia.
Lucas- I saw a giraffe.
Jaxon- I saw a truck with a giraffe on it.
Samuel E- I want to climb up the giraffes neck and pat his head.
Hannah- The giraffe went to Australia

Relic- The giraffe is going to go to his new home.
Joshua- The giraffe went on a truck.
Marcus- The giraffe is going on a boat to a new home.
Neena- The giraffe went on a boat to Sydney. He found a new family.

PB4L Week 5

Congratulations to Tina, Samuel and Tayte on receiving PB4L certificates today for last weeks focus of mat manners- keeping our hands and feet to ourselves. Great role models! Well done!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

PB4L Certificates Week 4

Well done to Una, Eva and Kaea who were the hard working children from K2 who received PB4L certificates for last weeks focus on 'Listening and Following Instructions'. Great work girls!
This weeks focus is 'Keeping Our Hands And Feet To Ourselves'. See the PB4L tab to learn more about our school wide PB4L (Positive Behaviour For Learning) Programme.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Newsworthy Moments

Here in the K2 spaces we have been learning how to speak in front of an audience.
Although this can be a little scary for some of us, it is easy when you have an interested audience!

Here is Grace who attended a fun run with her Mum, Dad and Nana last weekend.
Grace said her favourite moment was when she heard her name being called as she crossed the finish line!

Grace proved to be a great role model. She looked at her audience and used a clear and audible speaking voice to share many details. Naturally there were lots of questions.

It was great to see how confident we are at asking quality open ended questions ( How long did it take to finish your race? Why did you have a number on your shirt? Why do you like running?!)

Super work on building your speaking and listening skills K2 children and thank you Grace for sharing your special moment with us.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Segmenting and Blending

Here is an activity which helps us with Reading and Writing.
This is where we listen to the sounds in words and we write them down.
Breaking words into familiar chunks helps us to read them.
These can include - di-graphs, blends, little words inside big words and word endings
Here are some examples...




We also got to use our brand new whiteboards, markers and erasers which made the learning fun.
It was a great way to improve our handwriting too!

Come and look at our Word Garden!

K2P were amongst the children who have been reviewing their instant recall of basic words.
To make this fun, we planted some word flowers in the garden.
In order to pick a flower one of us had to say the word and put it into a sentence.
To make it extra tricky we turned the cards over and played memory. I soon noticed there are some competitive souls in K2P!

This was a great game for taking turns as well as encouraging children to learn how to read all those words which appear frequently in their readers

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Reading Rotation

Reading Rotation

During Week Two we began exploring some of our Reading Activities which will support our Reading Programme. 

In order to ensure we were all doing the right thing at the right time we decided to focus on the following criteria:
- Stay with our group
- Work together
- Stop when we heard the rainstick and wait for instructions

We provided a selection of reading activities which aimed to support our wide range of ages and abilities.
These included Poems, Book Corner, Writing Station, Imaginative Play, educational puzzles, ICT, Alphabet and Sound games, Oral Language Activities and Word work.
As the Term progresses we will explore more activities which will support our children's growing Literacy needs. 

The children were engaged and enjoyed the opportunity to work with each other!

Parents and caregivers: you will be pleased and perhaps surprised to know that the tidying up was exceptional!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Today we had our first session with Counties Manukau Sport who are here to offer us a 'have a go' hockey programme for 4 weeks. We need to remember to wear (or bring) covered in shoes on a Wednesday to help protect our toes.
In our first session we learnt how to hold the hockey stick and practised dribbling the ball (like it was stuck to the end of our stick with super glue!). We even had time to have a little game of hockey. The teachers were so impressed with everyone having a go and persevering with this new skill.