Sunday, August 16, 2020

Exploring Rocks

 This week we were lucky enough to have the Rock Kit from the House of Science.

We started by looking closely at rocks/stones with a partner - what could we see?

There were many types of rocks, so we saw lots of colors and shapes.

Then we went on a rock hunt of our own.  We know that vulcanologists look at rocks, but we also learned that geologists study rocks too.

When we had found our rocks we washed them and looked at them closely with magnifying glasses.

In the Rock Kit were samples of fossils.  We spent time looking closely at these fossils (5 - 10 million years old!!), talking about how fossils had formed, and what was in them. 

Friday, July 31, 2020


We have had a very busy 2 weeks back at school, welcoming new children into our classroom, and starting our science inquiry.
We are beginning with exploring volcanoes.  Already after 2 weeks, children are engaged and confident scientists, gathering and interpreting data we have so far found out about volcanoes.
Whaea Georgia has also been helping us explore volcanoes, I think everyone has probably come home using the word vulcanologist!
We already knew many things about volcanoes.

And these are the things we would like to find out.

We studied lava closely, as that is possibly the most exciting part of a volcano!  We learned that lava is called magma inside the volcano, and lava once it reaches the outside.

Drawing a picture of a volcano and labelling it:

A group of volcanologists reading about volcanoes!

This is the volcano poem we published this week:

Painting the volcano ready to go on the wall

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Writing in a Play Based Classroom

Over the lockdown period, I attended online professional learning about supporting children's writing through play.
This has been a big focus of our school day. 
Children can choose from a variety of writing tools - pens, pencils, sharpies, clipboards, old exercise books, etc to write what they need to for their play.  Some of the writing has been signs, shopping lists, letters to Mum or Dad, etc.
Children are enjoying writing for a purpose in their play, this makes their writing meaningful and authentic.  Children choose to write by themselves, or with me to support.   There are specific stages of development that occur with children's writing, and writing this way enables me to see these and support the child to the next stage.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Coming to School on Monday

When you come to school on Monday, Mum or Dad, or Koro, Nanny, Aunty - whoever drops you off, will drop you off by the crossing.
Then Pippa, or Whaea Sheryl, or Mrs Bobsein, Mrs McKenzie, or Ms O'Neil, will take you across the road to the school gate.
Then you can walk bravely by yourself, and I will see you on the deck of Room 1!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

We will soon be back at school! I am looking forward to seeing all of you.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Stick People

Look at the awesome stick people that have been created!

Leaf Poems

Beautiful leaf poems:

Exploring Rocks

  This week we were lucky enough to have the Rock Kit from the House of Science. We started by looking closely at rocks/stones with a partne...