Thursday, 20 July 2017

Welcome back to Term 3!

Welcome back! I hope you all had a well rested holiday and managed to stay dry and warm through all the storms!

This term is VERY busy! We have lots of awesome learning experiences coming up such as Book Week, Maori Language Week, Food for Thought Nutritionist visit, Touch Canterbury coaching and more.

We also have lots of upcoming events such as Cultural Festival, Book Week Costume Day, Winter Sports Tournament and more.

And of course, this term's big change, is welcoming our new Principal, Mrs Sue Elley, into our Belfast whanau. We've loved meeting her this week and having her out in the playground getting to know us.

We are looking forward to a busy but exciting Term 3! Watch this space for more :)

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Wizarding Week Term 2

This week we explored the wonderful world of Wizards! We learnt about famous wizards such as Merlin, we learnt how to write a recipe for a magical potion, we created our own wizard characters, we choreographed our own wand movements, performed magic tricks to our buddy class, learnt and did different science experiments and made magical SLIME!

We learnt heaps and had so much fun creating a MAGICAL ending to the term.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Play-based learning - our new afternoon initiative!

This term, we started exploring Play-Based learning in our classroom. It is still very new, however, we are already loving it and seeing a great change in how we work together. 
When we do play-based learning, we get to choose what rotation we want to do. At the moment, it is a little bit like Discovery Time, but next term, we are going to be taking more responsibility to manage ourselves and to play in different ways that we choose.
Here's what we have to say about it all so far...
"Play-Based learning has created a better class community. We are working more as a team now. We are learning great social skills such as listening to others, taking turns and using our manners. There are also thinking skills being developed too - such as creativity and critical thinking. Students are the most engaged I have seen them and they are always eager to explore new forms of play." ~ Miss T
"I love Play-Based learning because I get to play with different people in the class and make new friends" ~ Lochy
"I like Play-Based learning because I get to do things I like, like Lego or Art, not just Maths and Reading all the time" ~ Eric

A brief explanation about Play- Based Learning from Discovery Time NZ
"Play is an essential part of a child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. For many teachers and parents 'play' has attracted a negative 'time wasting' connotation but in reality play is a vital part of every child's development. 
"It allows them to test ideas, work through uncertainties, explore social interactions  and make sense of the world around them. Play has no predetermined outcome or time limit. It is not about an end product but about a process.  It's the exploration of ideas that is crucial.  Play is children's work.
Here we are in ACTION...