Thursday, 7 September 2017

Baby Birds

Our birds are parents again.  The mother bird lay five eggs but unfortunately only three hatched.  Mrs O'Dowda took the birds out  of the cage to give them a bath this week.  They are all different colours.  When we are quiet in class we can hear them.  Some of the children like to read to them.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Loose Parts

Loose Parts are an important part of our Play Based Learning.  The term loose parts refers to the 'stuff' we play with:

"As long as materials can be moved, redesigned, put together, and taken apart in a variety of ways, they are classified as loose parts"
Simon Nicholson (Founder of the idea of loose parts). 

"Loose parts were made for intelligence building.  Say you need to make a motorway-overpass in the clay bank.  To start with, you don't know what you are going to do, nor how you are going to do it.  All you have to go on is an idea in your mind and the materials available.  As soon as you look at the loose parts, intelligence gets to come out and play.  You plan, trial, construct and engineer with the loose parts, and before long you have the overpass in operation" from The Sacred Urge to Play by Pennie Brownlee and Kimberley Crisp.

In Te Kakano we are trying to build up our resources of loose parts especially for outdoor use.  As you can see from the photos below we have some tyres and rope but need more loose parts to create with.

Large Loose parts such as:

saw horses, pipes, guttering, planks, tree trunk rounds, wooden pallets, wood offcuts, crates etc...

We are also keen to get some more small loose parts for our inside environment. These would include materials such as:
paper rolls, mens ties, milk bottle tops, pipe cleaners, coloured stones, natural materials such as pine cones.

Please see one of the teachers in Te Kakano if you have something to donate and we will see if it is still needed.

Here is a link if you are interested in finding out more about loose parts: Loose Parts: Who is doing the thinking?

At the end of this post is a free ebook that has lots of great examples of loose parts. There is a copy of this book in Te Kakano. Please feel free to ask to have a look.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Maths Agents

We are Maths Agents!!!

Every day we check in to our special maths boardroom.  In the boardroom we have special maths missions that we need to complete.

 We have our own agent number that we need to pin on our clothes when we check into the boardroom.

We have a maths challenge that we have to try and work out each time we come to the boardroom.  

This week we have been looking at the ways we can add one and take away one from a number.  This concept also helps to consolidate our before and after knowledge.

We work in a range of different groups to help challenge our maths learning.

When we have finished our mission,  we check back out of the maths boardroom and come back to our Te Kakano classroom.

Our Whakangahau Presentation

Here is our Whakangahau presentation on cooperation and collaboration. 

Please click on the blue headings to take you to any links such as videos and slide show.

 Below is the King's Speech play.

Friday, 4 August 2017


Come and see Te Kakano's Whakangahau (assembly). It is on Monday the 7th of August in the hall at 12.30 pm. We would love you to come.
We will be sharing our learning on the meaning of collaboration and co operation.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Using Drama in the Classroom

Using drama in the classroom is a wonderful way to use our imaginations.  Today we played a game called 'Set the Scene'.  After listening to the story the Three Little Pigs we each had to pretend to be a character or object in one scene of the story then freeze into that position.  We used our faces and our bodies to show what we were were without talking.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Visit to the Locals Cafe

What an adventurous and fun 'Friday Surprise Day' we had on the last day of term.  Mrs James and Mrs Johnson took us on a surprise trip.  We all had to put on our jackets and walking shoes and off we went on a mystery walk.

It was a little cold and wet but we didn't mind as we walked up towards the school gate.

We had to walk up the big hill on Tukapa street but we all persevered.  Where were we going?  Ava thought we might be going to her house.

Wow we are here!  We have come to the Locals Cafe.

Robyn who owns the cafe is Mitchell L's mum.  She has kindly let us visit her cafe.  It is very busy inside so we are going to try to be very quiet.  Robyn is showing us around the kitchen where they make the food.

This is one of the cooks.  They were very busy cooking the delicious food.

This lady washes the dishes.  She uses a very hot dishwasher.  Her job is very important otherwise there would be no clean plates to eat from!

The people that make the coffee are called baristas.

We looked at all of the food in the big fridges and saw an enormous mixer that mixes the ingredients up.

YUMMY!!!!  We each got a warm bagel, a hot chocolate and a chocolate fish to eat.

When we left we said a big thank you to Robyn.  Robyn gave us a pen each and some note pads so we could play cafe's back at school.

When we got back to school Kairangi wanted to write Robyn a letter to say thank you.  Great idea Kairangi.  Lots  of the other children decided they wanted to play cafes!

Asher is being the customer and Noah is taking his order at the table.

Autumn and Romeo decided to be the baristas.  Mmmmmm that coffee and hot chocolate smells good.

Lawrie and Asher are  ready to take orders with their note pads.

I wonder what Kairangi is ordering?  Jake is busy on the till.

Asher is now the cook.  He is flipping the food over in the kitchen.

Giuliana is sitting in the cafe enjoying a lovely hot chocolate.  What a nice way to end our day.