Weekly update

Term 2 Week 4

Here are some of our scientists investigating ways to turn liquids into solids, by making jelly yum!





O2 are learning how to share their learning with their whanau. Each tamariki has made a GOOGLE SLIDE presentation showing what they know, what they are learning and what they are proud of in Reading, Writing and Maths. We would LOVE to see all our whanau there for us to 'show off'!Please make an appointment to come and share their pride and excitement. If you have not already done so got to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the code: k23pp . 

We are also continuing our Inquiry into change, chemical change, states of matter and will shortly be 'taking off' on our own discoveries. Please talk plenty with your tamariki so that they can share any experiments we have done. 
Term 2 Week 3

Most of our learning time this week will be directed towards preparation for our student led celebrations being held on 24th May.

All students are preparing a powerpoint presentation on Google slides. The aim is for each of them to be able to lead a presentation in which they share what they have been learning so far this year. They will be able to talk about:
what they can already do
what they are learning to do
what their next learning step is
some work which they are really proud of
all within the learning areas of Maths, Reading, Writing and Inquiry.

As I mentioned last week, I view these celebrations as a wonderful opportunity for the tamariki to demonstrate some ownership of their learning and have their achievements recognised. I understand the pressures of daily life and the difficulties many parents may have attending these functions. Please be reassured that even if you are unable to make it on the day, all students will still get a chance to give their presentation to either myself, management or some classmates, so that they don't miss out.



Term 2 week 2

This week we will be starting to prepare for our student led celebrations, happening on May 24. This gives the children a real forum for showing ownership of their learning by being able to say what they can currently do and what their next learning steps in each area need to be, as well as providing them with an opportunity to celebrate some of their best work.

Our Literacy focus for this week is going to be retelling a Maori myth/legend in our own words. We will be identifying the myths mentioned in the Moana "You're welcome" song, researching them and then retelling them in our own words by identifying the main ideas and sequencing them.

For Maths we will be finishing up our work on place value and moving on to work on addition and subtraction of single and multi-digit numbers.

In Inquiry we will be continuing our Tuning in activities. We will be making jelly and slime this week as well as finishing our examination of the three (or posssibly four!) states of matter. We will be learning to make predictions and hypothesise whilst examining both physical and chemical changes.



Term 2- week 1

A warm welcome back for all of the tamariki in O2 and their whanau.

First of all a new term means a new topic for Inquiry. This term we will be investigating the concept of change. This is really exciting for me as it will provide lots of scope for the children to conduct their own investigations as well as lots of scope to learn more about science. Just some of the cool experiments we have planned are baking powder and vinegar eruptions and making our own slime.

In Writing we will be examining how our intended audience affects the way we write. After Monday you can ask the children about it because I will have played my trick on them by then!

For Reading we will be focussing on summarising and retelling fictional texts which will require us to be able to isolate the main points of a story and sequence them.

Our Maths work this week is going to be on place value because we isolated this, in our reflecting at the end of last term, as being the kind of Maths knowledge we would need for Inquiry.



Week 11

Whew! What a busy term. For the last week of term we will be focussing on completing work, sharing and presenting it and reflecting on what we have learnt.

On Tuesday we will be sharing and presenting the results of our personal Inquiries within our Vertical Learning Community. What an incredible variety of topics we have been investigating such as; fossils and crystals, natural disasters, aeroplanes, supernovas and predators. Some fantastic work has been produced by the students and they thoroughly deserve the chance to share it. The next step will be to reflect on what we now know about the Inquiry process, what we would do differently next time and how we could take our work further, especially how we could integrate more Maths into our investigations.

With Natalie we will be continuing to build our basic facts and place knowledge and increasing our Reading mileage. We will also be focussing on our spelling words and word work (long "e" sound this week).

On Thursday we are riding bikes again. This has been a real success for the term with at least three students learning to ride independently this term. What a joy to see the sense of pride and achievement on their faces.

Week 10

For the last two weeks of this term we will be running a full inquiry programme. Students are going to be given the chance to demonstrate what they have learnt about the Inquiry Cycle by using it to devise and follow an investigation of their own into a topic of interest for them. Each day the children will get the chance to show what they have learnt about their chosen topic by electing to do some work in either our Maths, Art or Construction zones. Next week the children will get the chance to share their learning with the other classes in our Vertical Learning Community.

We haven't got to my surprise in writing yet but it is coming, so watch this space. We are currently finishing and printing our thank you letters.

Our word work focus this week is going to be the long "a" sound. We will be looking at the different spelling patterns for it and also the rules around when to use those patterns.

In Reading and in our Library time we are going to be looking at non fictional texts, in terms of their structure and language features as well as where to find them, in support of our Inquiry.

For Maths we will be examining what Maths knowledge is related to our particular topic, what knowledge/skills we may need and also ways we could demonstrate our subject knowledge through Maths.

Week 9


First of all a belated thank you to all the lovely students who thought they would show their appreciation for me at the Gala by soaking and sliming me! This is my son spending the money that I gave him to have his third go! Before anyone asks, no that is not my own outfit.

This week is mainly about finishing those activities we began last week.  In Maths we will be looking at different ways that we can display the data which we have collected. Then we will be making our graphs and presenting what we have discovered.

Our word work for the rest of the term will be on short and long vowel sounds. This is based upon the pseudo-word spelling assessment we did last week.

In Writing I am going to play a trick on the students as a lead in to our next topic. I'm not going to tell you what it is until after the event in case any parents feel that they would be unable to keep it quiet! Suffice to say I will get a chance to do some excellent acting and we will be thinking about audience and purpose.

Natalie our Learning Assistant will this week be continuing to support those who need extra mileage in Reading and Maths as well as helping to get the spelling programme up and running. This is in addition to all the other help and support she already gives the class.


Week 8

This week in Maths we will be launching our own statistical investigations within our Vertical Learning Community. This is with the intention of furthering both our sense of belonging as a community and also our understanding of Whanaungatanga. The Mathematical knowledge we will be developing will be involving the collection, analysis, organisation, interpretation, presentation and communication of data.

At the beginning of the week we will be completing a pseudo-word (made up words) spelling list in order to identify where the best place to begin our word work proper from. In addition, the students will be learning how to set up and run (testing each other) their own weekly spelling lists.

In Reading we will continue building our sight vocabulary and decoding strategies in order to work towards fluency. For those who are already fluent we will be developing our comprehension by focussing on endings. We will be discussing and sharing our thinking about the endings of the stories in our readers and composing our own alternative ones.

For our Writing this week we are going to be writing letters. Letter writing is a bit of a dying art and we want to ensure that it is something which students both understand the purpose of and are capable of doing. The Year 4's will be writing thank you letters to those staff at the Leisure Centre and at school who made their swimming lessons possible. The Year 3's will be writing letters of thanks to others who have made this term so enjoyable for them (not me!). This writing task will lead neatly into next weeks which will involve developing a sense of purpose and audience when writing.

Our Learning Assistant Natalie will this week be starting to have regular short meetings with those students who need extra mileage in Literacy and Maths in order to embed those skills, strategies and concepts which they need in order to move on.


Week 7

Week seven already! The most exciting thing happening this week is the start of our Learning Assistant, Natalie Sweet, who will be working in O1 and O2 for the rest of the term. She is a qualified Early Learning Educator and will be a real asset to us. She is going to be helping out with group work, admin tasks and giving support wherever needed. This will free me up to provide much more targeted learning for those who could do with either some extra support or some extending.

Our Writing tasks from last week will be on going for this week. We will be aiming to finish them, so that we are equipped with the skills that we may need for our Inquiry. With that in mind we will be learning how to use google slides for presenting our information reports on the Indian Holi festival.

We will be maintaining a word work focus on Capitals and full stops and beginning to introduce some work on blends and short and long vowel sounds.

As always, a primary focus in Reading is decoding unfamiliar words. Even with fluent readers this is an issue, especially because they will be encountering more text specific vocabulary. We will be revisiting the decoding strategies we learnt in order to become fluent readers, such as:
Sounding out
Looking for familiar "chunks" of words we already know.
Looking for clues in the illustrations.
Re-reading.
Reading on and seeing what makes sense.

Our Maths focus beginning this week will be statistics. This is because it should integrate well with our Inquiry into Whanaungatanga. We will be starting this on Tuesday, with an investigation into lollies and how many of each colour there are in a packet. Yes we will be eating the evidence afterwards so please if there are any Smartie allergies let me know! The next step will be for students to launch their own statistical inquiries.


Week 6

Our primary focus for this week is going to be Writing. As with last week we will be integrating our Writing with our Inquiry. We will be continuing to write a recount of our favourite activity related to Whanaungatanga and introducing a couple of new writing tasks. As we are moving into the Finding Out stage of our Inquiry Cycle we will have to think about ways to organise and assess what we have found out and to also start thinking about how to present it. The new writing tasks are set with an eye to the skills and knowledge that the students will need for this.

We will be writing an information report on the Indian Holi festival, which has just taken place and we will learn to use graphic organisers both for note taking and to organise and plan our reports.

Word work for this week is going to be using Capital letters and full stops (it's amazing how quickly this gets forgotten!).

In Reading we will be learning the comprehension strategy of summarising. We will begin with a pictorial, film strip summary of our readers, in order to understand the features of a summary and then we will move onto a written one.

In Maths we will be looking at place value and subitising. In subitising the aim is to identify groups of objects within larger groups in order to work out the total amount. The real learning occurs when we discuss and evaluate the different strategies used and begin to uncover some of the big overriding ideas in Mathematics. The beauty of this is that the discussion is student lead and they learn from each other.

Week 5

Week 5 will see us in O2 focussing on setting up our Reading programme. Children will be coming home with readers and are expected to read them at home. We will also be reading Gangsta Granny by David Walliams as our class book. Remember the three best ways to become a good reader are to:
Read!
Read!
Read!

Students will start becoming familiar with the Reading Rocket (displayed in class) aligned with their Reading level and we will be discussing what they think they can already do and what we feel they need to do, to get to the next level.

In inquiry we will be wrapping up the tuning in part of our Inquiry Cycle by finishing our I see/think/wonder charts and also firming up our wonderings to make a wonder wall out of them. We will also be integrating our Writing into Inquiry this week by writing a recount of one of the activities we have done which related to Whanaungatanga.

We will also be introducing the second phase of our inquiry cycle, Finding Out. In this stage we start to investigate the questions about Whanaungatanga which arose from our wonderings. To learn how to find out we will be asking ourselves questions like:

What do I need to do?
Where do I need to go?
Who could I talk to?
How could I investigate this?
How will I record/document what I find out?
What skills do I need to learn/use to find out?
What will help me learn more?
What do I need to organise?

Quick reminders are:

Swimming-Monday, Friday.
Water fight- Wednesday lunchtime (optional).
Bike track opening- Wednesday 2.20pm.
Bike lessons- Friday 11.00 am (whanau welcome to come and join in).
Mufti-day- Friday, donations of treat items, boys-savoury and girls-sweet please.





Week 4

This week, like the rest of the school, we will be focussing on setting up our devices, getting logged onto our school gmail accounts, changing passwords and beginning to familiarise ourselves with google docs.

In addition we will be relating the work we have been doing on Whanaungatanga and making connections to the Inquiry Cycle and its first stage: Tuning in.
We will be asking questions like:

What do I think, feel and know already about this?
Do I have questions at this stage?
What are they?
What do I wonder about this?
How can I show what I think about this already?
What am I expecting to find out about this?
Why is this important to learn about?
What does this remind me about?

Quick reminders are;

Swimming- Monday, Wednesday lunchtime (optional) and Friday.

Mufti-day on Friday- donations of bottles please. Alcohol to be handed in at the office, otherwise soft drinks, condiments and pickles etc can be handed in at class.



Week 3

This week in O2 we are going to continue our work on making connections between our school motto, mission, vision, values and the kind of learning community we wish to build, with a particular focus on being a good digital citizen.  We will be doing this through a variety of group and individual activities covering: outdoor physical activities, whole class discussions and collaborative group work (involving writing, art and role playing).
We will also be easing into our Maths programme and working on our handwriting skills.

Powhiri

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

This week we are going to continue building on our understanding of Whanaungatanga and will be looking to make connections between ourselves, each other and our learning journeys'.

We will be mainly focussing on:


  • Activities aimed at building our classroom culture which involve- collaboration, trust and sharing.
  • Investigating the concept of a treaty and making connections between various forms of treaties- Treaty of Waitangi, classroom treaty and the Student Responsible User Agreement.
  • Unpacking and examining the Student Responsible User Agreement to ensure that we all understand what  a responsible user of a device would look like, in terms/language which we can all understand. 
Welcome to O2 - 2017

Our School focus this term is Whanaungatanga which is all about connectedness and relationships.



  • Being part of a community which promotes a sense of belonging and contribution
  • Building lasting relationships
  • Making choices that enable us to build a learning community
  • What makes our school and our community unique?
  • What makes our school and community great?

Week One 

Before we look at our greater school and community, we will be getting to know ourselves as learners and what kind of class culture we want to create in O2.

In reading, writing and maths we will be revisiting where we are at and what our next learning steps are in these core areas.

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