Weekly Updates

Term 2

Week 4

Reading
This week we are reading the big book 'Farmer Duck'. We will be looking at punctuation, particularly question marks. We will be thinking about how we can use our voice to make reading a story more interesting. We will also be talking about antonyms; word that have the opposite meaning i.e. cold / hot...

Writing
Our writing this week will be linked to our inquiry work last week. In groups the children have come up with questions for their Wonder Wall. This week they will be looking at one of their group 'wonderings' in a bit more detail.

Word Work
We are looking at the sounds 'ar', 'er' and 'ir'. We are continuing to 'break and make' words on our white boards.

Maths
Our focus this week is multiplication and division. We are practising counting in 2s, 5s, 10s both forwards and backwards.

Inquiry
We are continuing to link our inquiry with writing (see writing). We will also be having some sticky fun with cornflour too!

Maori
Our legend this week is 'How Maui Found the Secret of Fire'. 

Production!!!!
This week we will be starting to practise our production! We will be putting it on in the last week of this term. I will send out the exact days and times when they have been confirmed (but pencil in Tuesday pm and Wednesday am). The children were asked to name 2 things they might like to do and they have been given one of their choices. 

Helpers!!!! We would very much appreciate any help that you have to offer! Anyone who might be able to sew a couple of costumes or paint some stage sets??? Once we know who you are, and what you would like to be involved with (and what time you have available) we can put some teams together! Just pop in and see me or send me an email. Thank you :)



Week 3

Reading
This week we will be sharing the big book 'Another Mother'. We will be looking at matching animals to their mothers, punctuation, prediction and using contractions. 

Writing
We will be looking at speech bubbles and using speech marks in our writing this week. We will also be beginning to write in our special independent writing books; these are themed i.e. Princessses, Dinosaurs, Star Wars, Mermaids... The children will be able to select which book they want to write in. 

Word Work

This week we are focusing on the digraphs 'th', 'sh', 'ph' and the vowel sound 'e'. We will be practising breaking up words and making them again... We call them 'Break and make' words. 

Maths
In Maths this week we are looking at doubles and halves to 20. We have lots of games and problems to solve using doubles and halves. Our aim is to be able to know these really well. 

Inquiry
We continue to look at 'change'. The children will be choosing an animal to research and study. They will be looking at how this animal changes from the moment they are born until they are fully grown. 

We will also be carrying out a 'magic water' experiment using red cabbage...  if you have a handy red cabbage in your kitchen, then ask your child to recreate it with you!

Maori
We will be looking at transport and colours.

Week 2

Reading
Reading books will continue to come home each evening. We are are reading 'The Hissing Bush' as our shared big book. 

Writing
We were lucky enough to have a furry visitor come into our class last week! A beautiful golden retriever! The children have written about Trixie's visit and have been thinking about good ways to start their writing. 
We will also be linking our writing to our Inquiry. This week we will be making popcorn! 



Maths
We are continuing to work in our maths groups this week. The focus will range from addition or subtraction or multiplication.

Maori
We will be sharing the legend 'The Fish of Maui' and continuing to use vocabulary relating to emotions.

Inquiry
Our Inquiry focus this week is all about change. We will be thinking about what makes popcorn pop. We will also be looking at animals and how they change.

Have a lovely week :)


Week 1
Welcome back for another fun packed term! I hope you all enjoyed a good break.

Reading
We are continuing with our reading books and these will come home each night. Some children will have words to learn also. We are focusing on comprehension, so when you read with your child ask them lots of questions and discuss what is happening in the story / text.

Maths
We are working in our maths groups this week. Ask your child and see if they can explain to you what they are learning to do. If you want to see what your child is covering, feel free to pop in and ask :)

Writing
Today we talked and wrote about what we did over the holidays. We will be looking at what a question is and how to ask interesting questions. We are also lucky enough to have a furry friend popping in to visit on Wednesday! I'm sure this will generate lots of interesting questions!

Inquiry
This term we will be looking at 'change'. To start us off we will be making bread and looking at how the ingredients change from separate parts into a yummy loaf!! If there is anyone who can't eat bread then you are welcome to send an alternative snack in for 'tasting time'!

Maori
We will be looking at feelings and emotions i.e. happy, sad...

Library is still on Tuesdays. If your child attends Quest then they will have the opportunity to change their book at lunch time or with another Year 2 class later in the week.

Show and Tell will continue on Fridays. If your child has something they wish to share with the class, then this is the day to bring it in :)

Have a good week.




Week 11
Today we concluded our inquiry into designing a perfect park. We used our stationary boxes and transformed them into amazing parks! Feel free to pop in and have a look at them! They will be coming home this week, so if your child wants to add more to it then they can do!

On Tuesday we are teaming up with our wonderful Vertical Learning Team. We are walking around each other's classrooms and sharing our work and achievements.

We are still aiming to swim on Tuesday as it looks like the sun is going to shine. This will be our last session.

We will be visiting the library on Tuesday afternoon, as usual.

On Thursday we will be doing some baking. If anyone has any spare flour, eggs or butter that they wouldn't mind donating then that would be fab! (Don't go out specially and buy some!! Just if you have some spare in your cupboards!) Any wonderfully appreciated donations would need to be brought in on Wednesday as I will need to go shopping on Wednesday evening :)

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Easter break.

Week 10
We are continuing to share our book "Good Manners at Play, Home and School'. Hopefully some of our conversations are spilling home too! The children are also continuing to consider how they could fill each other's buckets.

Reading
Our shared big book this week is 'Cass the Colour Robber'. We will look at vocabulary, contractions and rhyme. We are reading the 'Magic Faraway Tree' as a class.

Writing
Today we had the pleasure of some rabbits visiting! We had lots of fun playing with them and finding out more about rabbits.  The children wrote about their experience. For the rest of the week, our writing will be linked to our Inquiry.

Inquiry
This week we will be starting to use our empty stationary boxes to create a model of a playground. If you have any bits and bobs at home i.e. bottle lids, lolly sticks, tin foil, cotton wool, wool / string... that you would be able to donate then that would be fab! The children will be writing signs and information to accompany their playgrounds.

Maths 
This week is a consolidating week. We will be recapping some of the things we have been covering this term and carrying out some assessments.

Maori
Our Maori legend this week is 'Pania of the Reef' by Peter Gossage.  We will continue to practise the vocabulary we have been looking at over the past few weeks.

Show and Tell - if your child has something that they would like to bring in and share with the class then this will take place on Fridays. 

Library - Tuesday afternoons

Swimming - We are hoping to keep this up this week!! Fingers crossed!

Week9

This week we will be looking at the story 'How Full is Your Bucket'
'Each of us has an invisible bucket. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it is empty, we feel awful'. 'Felix begins to see how every interaction in a day either fills or empties his bucket. Felix then realises that everything he says or does to other people fills or empties their bucket as well' (from 'How Full is Your Bucket' by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer).  We will be thinking about ways that we can fill each other's buckets. Ask your child to think of ways this could apply to home life too. 

Reading
We will be looking at comprehension, rhyming and sequencing. We will be sharing books about pets. If you have any good pet books that you would like to share then please feel free to bring them in (just remember to put your child's name in it :)

Writing
This week we will be thinking about  how using our senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell) can help us make our writing more interesting. We will be tasting crisps and jelly  (if you would rather your child did not taste these items, could you please let me know).

Maths
Our focus this week is statistics. We will be finding out which pets we have and what our favourite jelly and crisp flavours are. We will spin the Super Hero Wheel and see which one is spun the most! As a class we will use tallies, pictographs and bar charts to share our findings. We will come up with questions and discuss what we have discovered.  

Inquiry
We are continuing with our playground designs. We will be interviewing children from our Vertical Learning Team to find out what they would like to see in a playground. 

Maori
We are continuing to practise asking someone their name and answering (we are doing this daily at roll time). We are carrying on learning the days of the week and looking at colour names.


Swimming is on Tuesday and Thursdays. 


Library - Tuesday afternoons.



Week 8

This week we are thinking about self control. We are talking about what it means and how we can develop it in ourselves.

Reading
Our Big Book this week is 'Mrs O'Malley in Alligator Alley' by Jill Eggleton. We are looking at comprehension, rhyme and punctuation.

Writing
We are currently in the process of painting our favourite animals and will be writing descriptions to go along side these. We will be talking about bringing our animals to life through our words as well as our illustrations. We will be using adjectives and wow words. These will be up on display, so come and check them out.

Maths
We are continuing to look at money. We will be looking at money problems.

Inquiry
We are continuing with our research into our perfect playground. The children have researched and made models out of play dough and paintings. This week they will be thinking about questions they would like to ask other children in their Vertical Leaning Team (Years 1 to 6) about what they would like to see in a playground.

Maori
We are looking at the Maori story "How Maui Found his Mother'. We are still practising asking each other our names and answering.

    Ko wai to ingoa?  Ko _____ ahau.

We are continuing practising the days of the week too.

Swimming will continue again on Tuesday and Thursdays. 

Library - Tuesday afternoons. 


Week 7

We are looking this week at what having good manners means. We are reading some books and sharing ideas. We will be highlighting good examples.

Reading
Our Big Book this week is 'Zoom Zap!' by Brenda Parkes. We will be focusing on sequencing, rhyming and punctuation.

We are continuing with our group reading. Children who are on levels 1 to 14 will bring home words to practise. These words are the set that they need to know before they can move on to the next colour band. Feel free to cut them up and make games with them; they are your child's to keep.

Children who are reading at levels 1 to 11 should be bringing home a new book on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Thursday all the children carry out a comprehension activity based on the book they took home the previous night. No new book is given on Thursdays. They are encouraged to read for fluency and pace and can practise clapping the full stops too.


Writing
For  our writing this week we are looking at acrostic poems using their own names. These will be displayed along side their painted pictures of themselves which are now completed.

The children will also be focusing on using full stops and capital letters. They will be thinking about how to use them correctly and what their purpose is.

Maths
In maths we are looking at money. Perhaps when you are out shopping this week you could ask your child to hand the money to the shopkeeper and to look at any change they get.

Inquiry
We are looking at designing the perfect playground for our community. The children are researching different types of playgrounds and what they would like to see included. They are making models out of play dough, painting or drawing pictures, looking through magazines and on the internet (with adult support).

Maori
This week we are looking at how to ask someone their name and how to answer if asked. We are also looking at the days of the week.

Swimming will continue again on Tuesday and Thursdays. 

Library - Tuesday afternoons. 


Week 6

This week we will be continuing to look at ORCA (Own, Respect, Collaborate, Achieve) and talking about how we 'own' our own behaviour. We are thinking about what it means to show 'respect' too.

Reading
Our Big Book / shared book this week is 'Sloppy Tiger's Picnic'. We have made some paper plate tigers which are on display! We will also be looking at rhyme, full stops and capital letters and sequencing a story.

We are continuing with our group reading and will be bringing our reading books home each night.

Writing
This week we are looking at picture prompts that tell a story. We will be thinking about how to add more detail when we tell or write stories. These will be displayed in the classroom.

Maths
We continue with our daily Calendar Maths. We are also looking at using a number line to make jumps and to solve addition and subtraction problems We will put our knowledge to the test later on this week when we try our hand at problem solving!

Inquiry
We will be continuing to think about who we are and how we fit into our community. We will carry on with our paintings of 'ourselves'.

Maori
We will be looking at how do ask someone their name and how to reply when asked. We will be reading 'How Maui Slowed the Sun'.

Just a reminder that... our library day is Tuesday and there is no water play at lunch on Wednesday. 



Week 5

Wow, we've reached week 5! This week will be another fun packed week in B1. We will be thinking about our school value... ORCA (Own, Respect, Collaborate, Achieve) and talking about what it means to us as an individual and as a part of a community.




      

Last week, we had our first visit to the library! I hope you have all enjoyed sharing your books. Our library time has changed... it is now on Tuesday afternoon. 


      
Our swimming sessions will continue to be on Tuesday and Thursday with our 'water play' lunch time being on Wednesday. This week if your child has a water gun or water bottle and enjoys water fights... bring them in!! 


                                    



If anyone has any concerns, please feel free to email me  crhodes@wgp.school.nz 😀

Week 4

Last week we had a fabulous time learning all about the Chinese Lantern Festival. We learnt about why it is celebrated and made our own paper lanterns. I hope the children entertained everyone with the Dragon Dance song that they brought home in their poem books.

This week we will get to visit the library! Our library day is on Mondays. The children will get to borrow two books which need to be brought back the following week.

We will be continuing with our swimming programme on Tuesdays and Thursdays and our water slide day is on Wednesday,  so don't forget towels and togs! :)

This week we will be learning a dance. It is very exciting as the aim is for all the children in the school (and staff!) to learn it! If you want to practise it at home, here is the link 
Logo te pate - Dance   Have fun!!

Reading books will continue to come home each night and we will be learning a new song about ourselves called 'Good to be Me'.

Have a lovely week


Week 3

Kia ora te whanau,
As you would have read in yesterday's newsletter Whangaparaoa Primary will be having a powhiri next Friday to welcome all our new tamariki, whanau and nga kaiako to our school. A traditional part of a powhiri is to share kai afterwards. We will be doing this in our VLC - Vertical Learning Community.  Our first social gathering so it's exciting.
Our community think it would be best to have half of us bring food this time and are sure that there will be another occasion later in the year for others to provide the kai. 
Next week we ask that O1, O3 and B1 bring a small plate of food to share with our VLC please.
If your child has allergies please let us know or provide something for them.

We would welcome anyone who would like to join us and meet other parents in our VLC.

Nga mihi nui
Ruth Osborne, Graham Fox, Jan Ramsey, Leah McNee, Caroline Rhodes and Libby Fletcher

Week 2

It has been wonderful getting to know all the children in B1 and their families over the past few days. We had a fantastic day on Friday and I'm sure we are going to have great year!

This week we will be looking at The Treaty of Waitangi and making up our own Classroom Treaty. A lot of our focus will also be getting to know each other. Don't forget to bring in the paper bags with 4 items about yourself inside.

I will also be spending some individual time with each child, hearing them read and talking about books. This will enable me to group the children for week 3. There will be no reading books coming home this week.

Our Maths focus this week will be to learn to play some of our maths games and we will start on our Calendar Maths / Mat Time Maths,  first thing in the morning.

SWIMMING!! :) -  This will start on Thursday this week. Could each child bring their togs, goggles and towel in a named bag. We will begin by looking at the safety side of swimming in the school pool; how to get in properly and behaviour in the pool. We will also play some games and activities to enable me to see where everyone is at in the water. AND of course enjoy cooling off!! Our swimming days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

HATS - Can I remind everyone that all children must have a school bucket hat to wear outside this term :)

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.


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