Sunday, 30 October 2016

Friday, 28 October 2016

Fun with Fractions

We have continued our learning about fractions this week. This time we have been exploring what a quarter is. A quarter has 4 pieces, and a half has 2. We can see that a half is bigger than a quarter. We have also been practising how to write a fraction.  Some of us explored using playdough, and other of us explored this by making a flag, and folding it into quarters.

Here are our flags:

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Spell-Write Online

Some of the children in Autahi are using Spell-Write online for the next 4 weeks. Inside of your child's word rocket they will have a note about it with a login. If your child has brought this home, please help them access their words online and practise. In 4 weeks time we'll be asking for some feedback, so give it a go!

Facts to and from 10 and finger patterns

Being able to visualise numbers in our head is a really important skill.  We are practising that by trying to instantly recognise our finger patterns to 10.  Our fingers also help us to make our facts to 5 and 10.  We have used these paper hands to work out our addition and subtraction facts to and from 10!

Monday, 24 October 2016

Gillian's Site

Please have a look at the site I have started making.  It is a collection of some of the videos we use for different learning areas and provides some home to school links!
Gillian's Site

Friday, 21 October 2016


We have been learning about a half. We know that a half has 2 parts and they must be exactly the same.

Growing Things

This term we are loving planting and watching all sorts of things sprout and grow. Last week we planted some beans, peas and sunflower seeds.

We put them in a sunny spot and made sure they had enough water. Nine days later and look and what has happened:


We were so excited to see they have sprouted and are beginning to reach for the sky. We spent some time doing observational drawings and labelling yesterday afternoon. If you look closely you can see the roots growing down and the sprout growing up. Some even have leaves on them.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Reading follow ups!

This week in reading some of us have been following up our reading with some activities.  

We read The Elephant's Trunk and created little brochures with facts about what an elephant can use its trunk for.

We learned elephants can use their trunks to do lots! They can even throw other animals in the air with them! We also went back over our writing with green pens and did some editing on our own. Some of the things we looked for were capital letters at the start of sentences, full stops at the end and making sure words that we could find in our story were spelled correctly in our writing.

Our group read the story, "Is that an Earthquake?" and in that story there are lots of silly rhyming sentences. The kids in the story keep thinking something is an earthquake and it winds up being something like the twins rumbling and grumbling! We came up with our own silly sentences about what could be making movements and sounds like an earthquake!


Friday, 14 October 2016

Transition: Autahi to Tautoru

It's transition time. Autahi students are coming through to work with our Year 1 and 2 students in Tautoru because they will be working together next year. We drew superheroes and gave them character strengths. 

Thursday, 13 October 2016

More planting

Some of our little shop seeds were ready for transplanting into bigger pots.  Because the original pot is biodegradable we just planted the whole thing into a bigger pot.  We are going to be observing them to see how they change!

Exploring hair styling

There were a few people really interested in opening a hair salon in Autahi so yesterday in the afternoon we created one.  Some people were customers and some were stylists.  We got to draw what we wanted to look like while the stylists worked on our hair.  We are going to do some more exploring around this.  We may need to do some investigating into what we may need for a hair salon.  

Monday, 10 October 2016

Game Creators

In the afternoons we have been having discovery time.  We used the bean bags, trays and lilly pads to make up a game.  We had to stand on the lilly pads, throw the beanbags and try to get them into the trays.  The different trays were worth different points.  We also had to keep track of our points.  We changed the game a few times.  It was lots of fun.