Kia ora whānau mā,

We had another awesome Play afternoon in Papatūānuku today! For those of you who are new to our whānau, Play afternoons are a time where our junior school tamariki (children) can strengthen lots of social skills, fine motor development, creative thinking, explore their imagination, pursue their interests, and enjoy learning through play. Each teacher in our team sets up a provocation/station in their classroom or around the kura (school). All the children are free to roam around and find something they wish to engage in.

Today, as always, there was a beautiful mixture of ages in each class. Play gives us the chance to spend time together as a junior school whānau & we always love seeing the way our kids interact with each other. The weather wasn’t too kind to us today so our Play rotations were mostly indoors. We had ‘Make and Create’ stations in Waka Huia & 2Meke, duplo, Lego, & blocks in Waka Iti, dress ups and imaginative play in Pīwakawaka, playdough with loose parts in Tohora Nui, and an exploration of ice in Harakeke where we were thinking like scientists!

Enjoy looking through some photos from today – I wonder what your child was interested in this week? I’m sure they’d love to tell you all about what they got up to.

Mauri tau,

Ngā Kaiako O Papatūānuku

The Teachers of Papatūānuku (the Junior School)

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play IS serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood” – Fred Rogers