Kia ora whanau,
It is hard to believe it is already Week 5 of Term 4! We have had a very eventful couple of weeks and we love seeing the children bursting into school with big smiles, energy and enthusiasm.
We are so proud that every child participated in the Junior Athletics Day recently. This involved competing in the sprints, the high jump, the gumboot throw and the bean bag toss. The children demonstrated eagerness, dedication and a wide variety of techniques! They were also incredibly calm and patient, as evidenced when there was an unexpected fire drill halfway through their events.
Here, we have captured some of the action and some of those magical moments:
'Bears in the Night' and 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' have been the focus for shared reading this past week. The children have explored a range of vocabulary, including prepositions, e.g., The bears go out their window, down a tree, over a wall, under a bridge, around a lake, through the woods, and up a hill, where they are spooked by an owl.
The children have enjoyed actively joining in with the stories and predicting what happens next. They have been practising retelling the story in their own words and then sequencing the events.
During Learning Through Play, the focus has been obstacle courses and some children have represented parts of the bear stories and the vocabulary involved. It is wonderful to see the children taking risks with their ideas and working collaboratively on their creations.
Over these final few weeks, the children will be introduced to their new learning spaces for 2022. We will be visiting the Kahikatea team teachers on several occasions for introductions and some little activities with the teachers.
We look forward to catching up with you all next week.
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou,
The Koru teachers: Elizabeth, Nicola, Tracey, Chelsea and Stacey.