Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Dear Zoo...what am I?

We have been reading the book "Dear Zoo" by Rod Campbell. 

In this special book, the animals are hidden behind different things and we have to guess what they are.

We made our own 'pop up' animal cards and wrote some clues about them....can you guess which animal we chose??

Come into class to read and see some more....

Toy Measurement

Every Tuesday in Autahi, we have Toy Tuesday, where we are able to bring a toy to play with and share with our class.

This week we decided to measure our toys from the biggest to the smallest.

We had to do some careful measuring, by putting our toy next to the ones on the mat already and seeing where our toy fits.

When we were finished, we noticed that we had created something....a graph!

We noticed that some of our toys are very small, some of them are very big and lots of them are the same size!

Friday, 29 November 2019


This week we noticed some new neighbours that had moved into our gardens. We saw lots of caterpillars had moved onto the swan plants in one of the gardens in the school.

We decided to explore who these new friends were and had lots of fun doing it. We explored making 3D shapes to make our own caterpillars.

We did some research and found out the life cycle of a caterpillar. This inspired us in our writing.

And we even created some very hungry caterpillar art to add to the story.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

ASB sports day

Last week we went on a trip to the ASB centre for a day of sports. Over the day we had a chance to try floorball, gymnastics, dodgeball and futsal.
It was a good chance to practise some of the skills we have been learning at school and try out some new things we haven't done before.
We needed to dial up our bravery and teamwork so that we could make the most of the new experiences. Most of all it was lots of fun. Check out some photos from the day.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Taking action in our Inquiry

Taking action: our inquiry (part two)

As Kaitiaki of school, we have been keeping an eye on the garden, sandpit and drains.

In the garden, we found that the strawberries are growing very well. We are worried that birds might eat them before we have the chance. We plan to take take action by adding some netting to the beds. 

We were also excited to find that we have some stripy Monarch butterfly caterpillars feasting on the swan plants.

Everyone had a good look but, because we are Kaitiaki, we didn't try to pick up the caterpillars: we would be very sad if we squashed one!

It will be fascinating to watch them grow fatter and eventually turn in to chrysalises.

Meanwhile, the Kaitiaki of the drains have been checking for rubbish. We have found a lot of pencils and, on Friday, eleven plastic fish from the sushi boxes. These things are not biodegradable so won't break down if they get into the ocean. 

We have also found lots of figs that are falling out of the fig tree. What can we do with them? We don't like to waste food at Worser Bay School, but these figs aren't ready to eat yet. This is a problem for us to try to solve.

We have also been keeping the sandpit neat and tidy. The Kaitiaki have been finding all the sandpit toys from around school and making sure they are in the right place, ready to play. On Monday, they worked extra hard and used their Perseverance to move all the tyres out of the sandpit.

Ka rawe  mahi, Kaitiaki mā!

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Rocket Lab Buddies

We are very lucky in Autahi to have some amazing buddies come in from Tautoru to help us with our reading and Rocket words.

They come in twice a week.
They listen to us read our stories and help us when we get stuck.
They help us practise our rocket words, reading them and writing them on to a whiteboard.
Then they read a story to us!

The more practise we do, the better we get!

Taking Action!

We have chosen an area of the school to be the Kaitiaki of and we are taking action to make sure they are ready for play!

We are Kaitiaki of the Gardens. We go around and check that there is no rubbish in the gardens and that they are watered.

We are Kaitiaki of the drains. We make sure that the covers are on the drains and there is no rubbish inside or around them.

We are Kaitiaki of the sandpit. We make sure that the sandpit toys are in the sandpit and that it is clean and ready to play in.

When we were outside, we noticed some problems....

We are going to have to think creatively about how to solve them.