Term 1 Week 9
Nau mai, Haere mai ki Uenuku
It's been wonderful welcoming you all back onto school grounds this week. We love to chat and share news about your children and being able to do this in person this week has been fantastic. Please feel free to pop down if you have any quick queries.
We are pleased to have welcomed Owen, Aadhi, Pippa and Jack and their families to our Uenuku whanau.
Learning in Uenuku
The tamariki have enjoyed experimenting with objects to discover if they float or sink and learning about reactions by making a volcano with vinegar and baking soda lava. They particularly enjoyed the experience of observing the reaction between fizzy drink and mentos when they are combined. The effect can be quite spectacular!
We continue to learn about the sounds of the letters in the alphabet, blending them together to make words. The children use actions tapping their head, tummy and knees to show where they can hear a sound in a word (beginning, middle or end) and work out what the word is as they say the sounds quickly together. We have learnt about syllables (beats) in words - see if they can clap their name to you!
Our reading programme concentrates on shared reading in a group, discussing the texts, understanding new vocabulary, learning about different aspects of books and exploring fiction and non-fiction books from the library. We are lucky to be able to visit the library twice a week so that the children have lots of opportunity to bring books of their own choice home to share with you. Children may also bring home an individual reading book.
In maths solving number problems based on a short word story has been a focus. We have also explored the concept of length and height.
How can you help?
We thank you for remembering that we are a nut free school. We do have children with nut allergies so it is important to exclude any food items containing nuts from your child's lunch box. Food that is labelled 'may contain traces of...' is fine.
How can we help?
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