Tēnā koutou whānau,

I hope you have been enjoying this beautiful weather and have had an opportunity to cool off! I know it’s roasting at my house!

Our class name is Tekau and it means the number 10. We decided on this name because we are all in Room 10 together and we think this name might help us as we practice counting and learning about ’10 and’ numbers.

This week we are going to start our literacy collaboration. Rooms 8, 9 and 10 will be learning and playing together during the first block. During the week, children will have explicit literacy teaching and learning that meets their specific needs and they will also have an opportunity for learning through play.

Children may not be bringing home readers yet, and when they do start bringing them home regularly this will not be every day. Remember reading to your child is an incredibly important and rewarding time. Also, when your child does bring a reader home, this is their opportunity to show you how amazing they are and so this text should be an ‘easy’ read. If the text is too challenging this adds unnecessary pressure on both child and family. If you find yourself in this position please let me know!

Just a few reminders:

  • Swimming: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – 1.30-2.15. Please help your child to pack their swimming things into a seperate bag (this helps to keep everything together when we get changed)
  • Library: Tuesday – 2.15-3.00. Please help your child to pack their library books so they can exchange them for new treasures.
  • Morning Routine: Classrooms at RSS open at 8.30 in the morning. This is when the first bell rings. Before this time teachers are busy setting up for the day, having meetings and sourcing resources. Before the 8.30 bell children are supposed to be playing on the front courts.
  • Brainfood: During our literacy collaboration children will be able to eat their brainfood as they get hungry. Please help them to find success with this by packing brainfood in a seperate named container.
  • Pōtae: Terms 1 and 4 are ‘hat’ terms. As part of the school sun smart policy children need to wear a wide brimmed hat to play outside. Clearly naming the hat really helps the children to manage them as they are easy to find. Clear naming also helps the missing hats to find their way back to us.

Harper is so excited! Her tower kept falling down but she didn’t give up. She showed wairua by trying again and again!

Sarina, Alexis and Ariya are showing manaakitanga as they together. They are practicing listening to each others ideas.

Great manaakitanga boys. Thanks Riley for helping Elijah when he was hurt.

Becky is looking closely. She is using her senses to notice things about the sunflower.

Thomas and Finn are listening to each other and trying lots of different ways to make the cars go fast down the ramp. They are showing manaakitanga as they listen to each other and explore ideas like scientists do.