Thursday, 24 September 2015

More fun with clay

More fun with clay
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Made with Shadow Puppet
We have enjoyed art in the afternoons this week. Have you made anything out of clay before? 

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Exploring Clay

Exploring Clay
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Made with Shadow Puppet
We have had great fun with clay this week. Take a look. 

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Friday, 18 September 2015

Friday Assembly

Assembly today (18th September) was a busy one for all of us at WBS especially for Autahi. We shared our "Greedy Cat" art and writing. Also many of us were role models receiving principal awards for showing Manaaitanga (respect) at school.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Sharing pizza!

We continued our fraction work today. Choosing a pizza topping then sharing with our classmates. Some of us cut our pizza in half whilst others cut our pizza in quarters.

We are learning that halves is when we make 2 pieces and quarters is when we make 4 pieces.  Can you tell us about where you see fractions at home?

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Big Shakeout is scheduled for: Thursday 15 October, 9.15 am

While we will take part in the earthquake drill at 9.15 am, this is a great opportunity to test our systems regarding emergency evacuation. This will be a bit of an unknown in reality..... phone lines will be clogged and email probably down BUT we can simulate the exercise as much as possible on this day.

Thanks to those of you who have returned your new Emergency Contact Forms. Some of you have nominated 5 'others' plus yourselves who can pick up your child/ren, some of you 5 in total. That's fine..... it was, in hindsight, open to interpretation. 5 or in some cases, 7, nominated adults go a long way towards great support in an event of an emergency. Thank you.

So what will happen on the 15 October 2015?

  • Parents will get a reminder email and text from the school office at two different times of the day leading up to the 2.30pm pick up.
  • This will allow us to check these systems at our end and also for you to double check you haven't got a new mobile number or email address lately!
  • If you are unable to collect your child yourself, you will need to contact someone on your Emergency Contact List.
  • Children will remain in class spaces at 2.30 pm.
  • Staff will be at both school entrances with lists of children's names and nominated contacts who can pick the child/ren up.
  • (If wet, we will let you know where.)
  • Parents' nominated contacts will see a staff member who will check the list and provide them with a WBS stamped piece of paper with the child's name on it.
  • This piece of paper will be taken to a staff member who is with the children in the class space and only then will the child be ticked off and able to leave.
  • We are in conversation with ECAT (After School Care) regarding their emergency systems and will let any parents whose children go to ECAT the lay of the land in plenty of time. 
As in the case of a 'real' emergency, please do not telephone or email the school. The staff will be too stretched. Just know that your child/ren will be looked after until you or a nominated contact can get to the school.If you haven't completed the forms, please do so asap. 

Monday, 14 September 2015

Finding halves

Maths time today we were learning about fractions. We learned how to cut a ball of playdoh in half. We said "cut it in the middle so the parts are the same (equal)."

Can you make a half at home? Please tell us how you did it in the comments. We would love to hear how you are finding fractions at home.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Buddy Writing

Buddy Writing

On Fridays during our transition times we are doing buddy writing. We each have a buddy and we get a chance to write together. A good buddy in someone who offers compliments and also suggestions on what we could do. We each get a turn to write and give our ideas. 

 A good buddy gives compliments:

- I like the way that you have...
- I enjoyed the part where...
- I like how you tried to...
- It's good that we have remembered to use....

A good buddy gives suggestions:

- How do you feel about adding?- Maybe we can come up with a better way to..

Giving each other feedback on our drawings and ideas
Working together on a picture plan. Lots of great sharing and talking.  

Miramar Community Trip

We did some reflecting on what we did and found out on our trip. Here are some of our thoughts:

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Day Trip to Miramar

Today we had a great walk, picnic and chat to all the friendly people in Miramar. We split up in groups to talk to different people in our community. At the "Pet Shop" they look after sick and healthy pets and at the "Chemist" they look after sick and healthy people.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Friday, 4 September 2015

People In Our Community

At assembly we shared our writing and art about the various people in our community...