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Friday, 9 March 2018

Welcome To Te Kakano

Wow, what a wonderful start to the year we have had in Te Kakano. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to ur blog. 


Let us introduce ourselves. We are Amanda and Jenny. Together we will be collaboratively teaching and caring for all the learners within Te Kakano. We will also be working closely with Geraldine Irvine in the Te Puawai hub.

Our class blog is a forum to share information about events and activities that are happening with in our environment. Our learners will help us to construct the posts and we hope that they will give you the required information and also allow for discussions between you and your child about their school day. We also will be using the blog to share useful sites, research and activity ideas that could support your child's learning at home.

We welcome comments and look forward to sharing these with our learners.




Farewell Hangi for Mr Ritai

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Getting To Know Our Big Buddies

Each new student to Te Kakano is matched with a Big Buddy from the Year 5 and 6 hubs.  One of the important responsibilities our buddies have is to support our students during break times and whole school events such as our Whakangahau.  They have done a wonderful job of helping our students settle in and feel comfortable within the school grounds.

We have had a lot of fun getting to know more about our buddies through play since the beginning of the year and we are looking forward to working alongside and sharing our learning with them during the year.  There is a wonderful display in our classroom of our students with their big buddies. Please feel free to have a look and talk to your child about their buddy. 


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.