Friday, 18 October 2019


This week we have been exploring patterns. We made some patterns with our bodies and learned that patterns need to repeat. Check out some of the patterns that we made using these trains. Can you see what the patterns we have made are?

Welcome back

We are back into the swing of things in Autahi this week.

We sang songs at Kapa Haka

Went looking for patterns around our school

Started a new challenge to play with a new person every day to move up the mountain

We are all so excited to be back at school and diving straight into our learning.
Keep checking into the blog over the term as we showcase lots of the things we are doing around the classroom and get a closer look at some of the amazing activities we have coming up.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Porridge and Problems

Porridge and Problems

We all know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, right? But did you realise that it's full of problems? 

Goldilocks skips off into the forest without telling her Mum where she's going. Imagine how worried her Mum was! Then, she barges into the Three Bears' house without asking. She helps herself to their porridge and breaks Baby Bear's chair. No wonder the Bears are upset when they get home and discover her sleeping in Baby Bear's bed!

Thinking and talking about the story, it was clear to us that Goldilocks needed to use her Bravery and say sorry to the Three Bears. Maybe Goldilocks should fix up Baby Bear's chair or make extra porridge for the Bear Family?

We acted out what Goldilocks could do and say, and how the Bears could show Forgiveness (that can be hard too, especially when somebody has gobbled up your breakfast). We had an awesome time taking turns to share our plays. 

We have also been writing letters from Goldilocks to the Three Bears, saying sorry for the mayhem she caused in their home. 

It's great to know that, when things have gone wrong, we can dial up our Social Intelligence and Judgement and find ways to put it right.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

So what does 'Play' actually look like?

We talk a lot about our passion for play based learning in Autahi. 
We believe that some of the best learning comes from the ability to explore, interact and play within our surroundings. 
Here are a few examples of what we mean - these photos were all taken on one morning during our Discovery time.

Here are Juno, Alice and Samuel playing with the dolls house. 
They were playing 'families' and had set the whole house up together.

We were busy planting tomato plants for the school fair. 
On the other side of the room Margot and Mira decided to find a gardening book, look up tomato plants, draw pictures of them and write a list of all the things they would need to grow. What a lovely connection to our learning.

Raife and Dante were playing a game of "Roll the Dinosaur" together. 
As I walked past, Raife informed me (and Dante) that the title of the game was actually incorrect! One of the dinosaurs on the dice was actually a dimetrodon, and they came before dinosaurs. Wow!

Everyone loves creating marble runs with this wooden set, and believe me, it's not as easy as you think. 
Greer, Marcia, Amber and Ava made this amazing marble run using almost all of the pieces (with a bit of teamwork and perseverance too!)

Rowan also wanted to make a marble run, so he improvised and created a marble maze using the small blocks instead, just as much fun!

Meanwhile, brothers Cam and Finn were busy making amazing creations out of the blocks.

And let's not forget about the art table, an area of lots of inspiration and play for everyone. 
Lexi had created a circle pattern picture with the left over circles from out dot day last Friday, what a clever way to use them!

So, as you can see, there is a lot of rich and meaningful learning going on during our 'play' time, and that's why we call it 'Discovery'.

If you would like to read more about the research behind play based learning, please have a look at Carl's blog from last year Learning Through Play

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

It's not a box!

When is a box not a box?

We read the story 'Not a Stick' by Antoinette Portis and used our imagination to think of what else the stick could be. 

Then we thought about a box...when is a box not a box?

When it's a...

Jack and the Beanstalk

When you read Jack and the Beanstalk, what do you think about? 

Are there any problems with this story? 
What kind of character is Jack? Is he an honest person stealing from the Giant? Did he listen to his mother when she asked him to do a job for her?

There are lots of questions and problems around this story and in Autahi we have been thinking about and unpacking what these are for the last two weeks.

We also changed the story to have a new land above the clouds...

We finished off by creating some beautiful art with ourselves as the main character.

Puppet Theatre

We have a new Puppet Theatre in Autahi.
We love making up stories to perform, and we also love being an audience!

If you'd like a turn to make a show, put your name on the board.