Saturday, 22 July 2017

Term 3: Week 1 Learning

Welcome back to a big, fun and exciting term. This term for our Inquiry is Movement of Time, where we will be inquiring into our place and time; personal histories; home and journeys. From the children's interest, we will be exploring homes, moving and migration. We have planned a VLC Trip in Week 3, where the children will be exploring the changes that have happened around the Hibiscus Coast and Silverdale Area. We will be exploring this on a Bus with a range of different stops around the area. We also hope to take walks around the neighbourhood to gather information about homes, building and changes that have happened.

Orewa 1960's to Now 2010's

If you have, or can get your hands on some materials like planks/pieces of treated wood, pallets (Cut up Please), spare nails etc the kids could use to create a building project on our classroom carpentry table please bring them on in. If you would like to come in and help with building with the kids please let me know as it would be greatly appreciated.

Also over the holidays, I have been busy with my family making a frame of a house which the children will be working on throughout the term. (I will bring this in, in week 2).

This week we will be celebrating being at school for 100 days this year. We will be incorporating this into our Writing, Reading and Maths.  For Writing, we will be writing our own Poem about 'On the 1st day of school, I could.......... On the 50th day of school, I could........ On the 100th day of school, I can.....) This is a great chance for the children to see the progress that they have made over the year so far and reflect on their successes. We will be displaying this work around the room. We will be working with numbers to 100 and counting to 100 each day.
In Maths for our Strand this term we will be exploring Time; Telling the Time, am, pm, O'clock and Half Past, parts of the clock, putting time into order and time line. We will also be looking at Transformation; reflection, rotations, translation.

  • Library Wednesday 
  • Year 1's Teddy Bear Picnic on Wednesday; Please Bring your Teddy into class on this Day

  • Sunday, 16 July 2017

    Week 10: Maths

    Over this week we have been learning about Area. Get your child to tell you about what they are doing in this video. 


    Sunday, 2 July 2017

    Term 2 Week 10:Learning

    Last Week of Term

    This week in Writing we are working on retelling a story they have heard. On Monday I will read them the story 'The Magic Hat'. They will need to retell the story in their own words with detail and in order, seeing if they could change one thing in the story. This is great for their oral language skills, understanding and creative thinking. We will be publishing these stories and putting them up in the class with some art to go with it.   

    For Maths we are going to be working with B3 and B4, focusing on our Strand Measurement and also touching base on Probability. We will be working in mixed ability groups and taking the opportunity of getting outside, and for the children to talk about what they are doing with each other. 

    In reading, we will be working on retelling. This will link in with our writing and comprehension. Along with this, we will be revisiting the Big Books that we have read this term and talking about what we looked at in them. 
    Some of these areas are 
    • Exploring Language: The language that they have used in the book 
    • Thinking Critically: Questions about the book and the story 
    • Vocabulary: The text that they have used
    • Punctuation: Capital Letters, Question Marks, Exclamation Marks, Commas, Speech Marks
    • Visual Information: Unpacking the pictures and what's on the pages 
    • Processing Information: Oral, Written, Visual  

    Library Wednesday 
    Assembly Friday
    Last Day of School Friday 

    Sunday, 25 June 2017

    Term 2 Week 9: Learning

    Wow, two more weeks until the school holiday start. Hope you are all looking forward to some well rested, and family time with the kids. This week we will be continuing with our VLC sports. Where we have each teacher taking a skill in a different sport and the children move around the different stations. The children have loved this and it has been a great chance for them to meet new students and work with children from different year levels.

    For reading this week we are working on the different strategies for sounding out unknown words. We will be talking about, using the pictures for clues, reading on to help decode unknown words, and stretching it out and chunking the words. Remember the children have in their Communication Books this template, to help support you when working with the children at home on reading.

    This week on Monday we will be heading out on the Bike Track to keep building the confidence of the children on them. We only have 3 students left in the class to learn to ride a 2 wheel bike, and our goal as a class is to teach them by the end of the Term. Also, we will be playing green light, red light, where the children will be practising starting and stopping.

    In Writing, we are going to be working on making our own book. We will be focusing on sequencing our writing, understanding what it is to be an Author, and be creating a Title for our book. We will be illustrating our books. When reading to the children this week, unpack the book with your child, talk about the Title, Author, Illustrations and message behind the story. 

    Bikes on Monday (Bring your Bike if you want and make sure you have Shoes) 
    Wednesday Library 

    Monday, 19 June 2017

    Week 8: Bike Track


    Term 2: Week 8 Learning

    Week 8 is going to be a fun week. For writing the children have really enjoyed writing about bubbles so we thought we would take it further and write an Acrostic Poem about Bubbles. We will give the students a word to start with each letter to help support them to write their poems. We will continue working on using those WOW words that we put together last week. Along with this, we will be focusing on, the children to go back and check their own writing by underlining words that they think looks wrong. 

    In Maths as our warm up, we will be exploring equal sharing of objects. We will be working with word problems around this, and will be working in mixed ability groups. Along with this, we will be working on counting to 100 and knowing the numbers that come before and after. 

    This term we have been working on Ball Skills. So far we have worked on kicking, dribbling, rolling and passing. Last week and this week we will be working on bouncing a basketball and continue working on passing. We will be talking about having our hands up for a target for our buddy to pass to, and what part of our hands we use when bouncing a ball. Take the opportunity of getting outside with your child to practice these skills. 

    Bikes Monday Afternoon
    Library on Wednesday 
    School Assembly on Friday at 2:20 pm

    Week 7: VLC Sports

    On Friday as a VLC Team, we got out to learn some different ball skills. All the children had a fabulous time and really enjoyed working with different children from different class and year groups.