26.7.17

Welcome back to eveyone after the holidays.  I hope everyone had a lovely break.  It’s been great to catch up with the children returning to my class, and a big welcome to Daytona who joined us at the end of term 2. Children are already bringing home readers and many will have words from their levelled readers to learn. I will be checking these this week and updating any that need new words.  Green words are the last of the basic sightwords to learn.

Please note it is important they bring their bookbag every day.  Your child can be responsible for putting it in their bag each night after they have read their reader.Making time to listen to them read each night is important to help them develop their reading skills. Learning to recognise and read the words/sounds on their word rings will also help.

Spelling words or those working on sounds will be tested each Friday starting from week 2.  Your support with their learning is much appreciated.  Learning letter sounds is very important to help build independence with both reading and writing.  For those learning spelling words, many of these words they recognize during reading and with learning to spell them, builds confidence at writing time.

Just as a reminder, the New Zealand Maths website https://nzmaths.co.nz/ has a section for students and families with maths ideas, video and the like to help you support your children’s maths learning https://nzmaths.co.nz/families if you get a chance to look at the website it  also gives ideas for activities you might like to do together https://nzmaths.co.nz/maths-our-house  or https://nzmaths.co.nz/year-1-tasks.  Relating maths to our everyday living is important so that children can understand why we need to learn about maths and how much a part of our everyday life it is.

We look forward to another busy term! Thanks also to those parents who were able to come to our learning expo and/or Rimu’s assembly on the final Friday.  The children are always proud to share their learning with you.

15.5.17

Welcome back for Term 2.  The weeks are already speeding by rapidly! We are continuing on with our theme of Sustainability, looking this term at Reduce with a focus on reducing risk and staying safe.  We will be looking at different aspects of safety and the people who help us to stay safe, such as the volunteer fire officers, St. Johns ambulance, the lifeguards and so on.  We will also be looking at how young people can develop skills to later join some of these groups, for example “penguin” and cadet groups for St Johns, nippers in surf lifesaving.

Book week this week is a lot of fun.  There are lots of books to see and share. Teachers are changing rooms for ten minutes after morning tea to share stories with all the age groups. After lunch Rimu has Manuka big buddies coming in to help them by listening to them read their reader, check their sight words, go over spelling words or alphabet names and sounds and for Manuka children to read to them.  A big “thank you” to our big buddies who are doing a marvellous job.

On Thursday, we have a visit from the Helensville librarian who is coming dressed up ready to share stories with the children.  On Friday, we are having our character parade in the morning, around 8.45, weather permitting it will be outside! At 10.00 Rimu join with Karaka for a treasure hunt. What a busy week for all!

21.3.17

The children now have their second spelling list to learn.  Inside their spelling book cover is glued the steps for learning words, particularly words they find more difficult.  They have these words for a week to practise.  They do not have to write them each night, spelling them orally is fine as they get to know them.  Please tick of each night that they have had a go at practising.  On the Friday, I will test them on their spelling words.  Any that they are unable to spell will remain on their list, with the new words added.  Gradually as they develop their skills further, the words will get a little harder, and if they are coping well I will give them more words to learn than the three or four they are currently getting.

We will be continuing to swim Tuesday to Thursday weather permitting until the end of term.  It is probably a good idea to include a jersey or fleece for them to put on after swimming.  They are encouraged to get out of the pool if they get cold.

The children have been having a great time creating their models for technology challenges on Fridays They have worked as a whole class to problem solve, in small groups and individuals.  There will be some photos uploaded soon, so keep an eye on this space!

28.2.17

The children really enjoyed Harold’s visit, and learnt about the basic food groups, and how our food makes it into our blood and circulates around the body.

Swimming sports are tomorrow and Rimu will go down to the pool at about midday ready to have their races start at about 12:10, as long as the morning events run to time.  We will be having an early morning tea and lunch so there is time for food to digest. The children have had fun practicing their events and are keen to race tomorrow. If possible, your children could wear clothes that match their house colour, as they will sit in their house groups.

While we do not have a separate homework sheet, the children need to read their reader Monday to Thursday and share their poem with you on Friday.  They will also start to bring home a reader that they have chosen on Fridays.  The children also have words to learn on a ring in their bookbags. These are words they will come across in their readers so support with learning these will help their reading.

21.2.17

Don’t forget to check out the children’s “love-a-bull” at the A & P show on February 25th.  The children did a great job!

This week of course we visit “Harold” on the Life Education mobile classroom which you will see parked at school.  It is quite exciting for those visiting the first time as it has all sorts of things inside to see and do during the teaching sessions. We are focusing on health and nutrition –  why we need to eat a variety of food and how it helps with energy.  I am sure the children will be keen to share their experiences with you.  Rimu will be having two sessions, Thursday and Friday morning.

We are also practicing our swimming sports races for Wednesday next week.

The New Zealand Maths website https://nzmaths.co.nz/ has a section for students and families with maths ideas, video and the like to help you support your children’s maths learning https://nzmaths.co.nz/families if you get a chance to look at the website it  also gives ideas for activities you might like to do together https://nzmaths.co.nz/maths-our-house  or https://nzmaths.co.nz/year-1-tasks.  Relating maths to our everyday living is important so that children can understand why we need to learn about maths and how much a part of our everyday life it is.

Term 1 2017

Welcome back to everyone after the holidays.  I hope everyone had a lovely break.  It’s been great to catch up with the children returning to my class, and a big welcome to Fionn who joined us at the beginning of the year. Children are already bringing home readers and will have words from their levelled readers to learn.

How can parents help to reinforce their learning? 

It is important they bring their bookbag every day.  Your child can be responsible for putting it in their bag each night after they have read their reader.

Making time to listen to them read each night is important to help them develop their reading skills. Learning to recognise and read the words/sounds on their word rings will also help.

You child can help you write shopping lists, “to do” lists, keep a little scrap book for any interesting events or places they go to.  They are welcome to bring these to school to share.

Practical maths such as measuring ingredients for baking, telling time – on the hour and then the half hour both analog and digital time. Playing board games and card games are fun ways to involve maths and logical thinking. Counting forwards and backwards will help them with addition and subtraction.

We started working on our themed bull today for the Helensville Show.  We are doing love – a – bull. Our bull will be covered in hearts.