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This blog has been designed so we can share your child’s learning with you, and your extended whānau. You will also find all up-to-date news and notices for your information. George, Hannah, & Lou.
On Thursday 15th December the Pukeko Team will be leaving school at 10:30am to have our break up day at the Botanical Gardens. Please let me know if you are available to help supervise a group of children. We need a ratio of 1:6 to meet health and safety requirements. Please ensure your child is wearing their school uniform and has their togs, towel, sunscreen, hat, lunch and drink bottle on this day.
If you are wanting to join us please meet us by the paddling pool at 11am. The bus will leave at 2:30 to return to school.
Just a reminder we have swimming in week 7 and 8. Please ensure that your child has labelled togs, goggles (if needed) and a towel in a swim bag daily.
Pukeko Kidd are leaving at 10.30am and will be back by 12pm.
Pukeko Mottram are leaving at 11am and will be back at 12.30pm.
Pukeko Drury are leaving at 11.30am and will be back at 1pm
Pukeko Joyce are leaving school at 12pm and will be back by 1.30pm
We have been learning about plant germination. Each home group was lucky enough to have their own New World Little Garden to plant. We had a lot of fun talking about it and planting our plants. We are very excited to see them grow.
Last Thursday in writing Pukeko Joyce and Pukeko Kidd did a scavenger hunt for writing time. We had to find things like a smooth leaf, a small stone and a bumpy leaf. After we did the scavenger hut we worked with a buddy to write about our experience.
The Pukeko children have thoroughly enjoyed creating Maui and the Sun artwork this term. The children were learning to use Maori designs and patterns in their artwork whilst fine tuning their sketching abilities. They also used crayon and dye to create the finished products. Pukeko Mottram self-reflection was a valuable experience.
Here's what we thought of our work...
Mat P “I quite like how the circle is big but I think next
time I could make it more even.”
Malakai “I like my mouth because the points are good on the
mouth. I want to improve my circle because it’s on an angle.”
Aliah “I really like how I did the flames and I think I need
improve on making the circle even.”
Cooper M “I like the colours I have used because they’re my
favourite colours. Next time I think I could change the eyes by making them
Flynn “I like that I did use the colours for the sun. I think
I could improve on a mistake in the circle.”
Tuari “I could improve the circle on mine but I love the
colours I have used.”
Mikayla “I really like the flames on mine, next time I need
to draw my circle in the middles or down a little bit.”
Molly “I like the circle because it’s in the middle, next
time I could do the flames more in shape.”
Sophie: “I like the circle because it’s in the right place.
Next time I could do my flames more far apart.”
Cara” I think I could improve the flames by changing the
shape. I like the teeth because I’ve done the teeth sharp.”
Neiva “I like that I have a good circle on mine. My next step
is to make the flames the same size."
Alexi “I like the Maori designs that I have done on the cheeks
because it’s like a snails shell. I like the eyes too. My next step is to not
smudge the flames."
Ruby “I think the mouth is really good because I improved it.
I also like the patterns on the cheek because it looks like waves. What I have
to work on is making the two eyes the same shape."
Georgie “I like the mouth on mine because it has a pattern in
the middle. Next time I’ll try to a circle better.”
Daisy “ I really like the eyebrows mine because they are like
a hook. I think I’ll make it a bit rounder next time.”
Kaia “ I like my flames because they look like they have lots
of fire. I need to work on making my mouth more scary.”
Tilly “I really like the koru on my suns chin. I think my
nose is a bit too wide and one of my eyes is bigger than the other one.”
Chloe “I like how I did the flames. I think I could have
improved my circle and made my patterns bigger.”
Jada “I loved using the dye. Next time I want to improve my
patterns by making them the same size and using the same colours”.
Brooke “I like how I did the circle the right size. I think I
need to make the flames the same size and I could change where the patterns and
how big they are.”
Cooper C “I like how I did the koru patterns as they’re the right
shape. Next time I will make my circle a bit bigger.”
Quinn “I really like how I’ve done my Maori patterns – I have
lots of them. I think I could improve on making my circle rounder.”
Eloise “I really like the patterns and how the circle is in
the middle. I think I need to keep the flames next to each other next time.”
Sienna “I like how I’ve done the Maori patterns as they are
the right size. I think I need to improve the flames by making them bigger.”
Abby “I like the patterns I’ve use d down the nose and on the
cheeks but I don’t like the flames because of the shapes.”
Alex “I like the koru patterns because they are the right shape. My
next step could be to make my circle rounder.”
Please come and see our wonderful work displayed in the Manawa.
This term on a Friday the children have been learning how to work as a group to solve a range of maths word problems. They have the opportunity to manipulate materials and record their thinking in a variety of ways. The idea of Gallery walks is to move around each problem and spend 5 minutes figuring out a a solution. There are a range of answers using the numbers available or children can come up with their own number sentences. This allows them to work in a small supportive group and gives them the confidence to find other ways to solve a problem.