Kia ora Papatūānuku whānau,

We had another awesome Play session as a Junior team last week. We usually hold these once a fortnight, but with Queen’s Birthday falling on a Monday it looked like we were going to miss out last week. The tamariki (children) and kaiako (teachers) were excited that we managed to fit in a ‘catch up’ Play session on Thursday instead!

We had a variety of indoor rotations/provocations due to the cold weather. Students enjoyed colouring in and being creative using art materials in Harakeke, in Tohora Nui there was an array of natural resources available which were gathered from around our school. Lots of amazing collages were made using leaves! In Pīwakawaka there was a ‘make and create’ station set up with heaps of random boxes, cellotape, glue, scissors, florist wrap & other loose parts. Children made many interesting things including picnic baskets, rocket ships and marble runs! 2Meke had a variety of provocations including a massive roll of brown paper which everyone drew stories on. Waka Huia was a space for innovation and mahi tahi (team work) as we worked together using cardboard boxes, sparkles, buttons & our imagination.

We are looking forward to the next Papatūānuku Play time where we can continue to strengthen those across-class relationships that we treasure, while engaging in rich and authentic learning experiences.

“Play is the work of children” – Jean Piaget, Pioneer of Child Development.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Team Papatūānuku