Pukeko Nest Term 1 2017

Kia Ora Whānau, It is great to be writing our first Pukeko Nest Newsletter of 2017. We hope you and your family have had a relaxing summer holiday filled with many happy memories even if the weather has been rather disappointing! It was lovely to be greeted by so many happy eager children this morning. We welcome you all back and especially wish to extend a warm welcome to all our new children and their whānau. It is exciting to have Ava, Victoria, Ben, Breanna, Blake, Skyla, Chloe, Carter, Alex, Kaitlyn, Louie, Neve and William join us. We look forward to getting to know you and your whānau further! We are lucky to have Wiki Brown join our Pukeko Nest team this year. The Pukeko Nest is made up of three homegroups. Matthew Boyce has the older children while Wiki Brown and Ann Gain have the new children. Our priority is to ensure that the social, emotional and intellectual needs of all children are met. This means that, within this collaborative environment, the children are grouped accordingly and may see more than one teacher throughout the day. Please make your first contact your home teacher. Each Wednesday we are lucky to have Kellie Simms releasing Matthew for his Beginning teacher release and every 2nd Tuesday releasing Wiki for this term. We have an exciting first term planned for our young tamariki including a hub trip to Spencer Park and a flower show later this term.

Throughout the year we will teach the children how to learn by talking to them about how to use an open mind and how to stretch their brains. This growth mindset talk will be integrated into our daily programme. Pukeko Nest is a community we encourage children to learn from one another ( tuakana teina) which promotes learning from one another. We have issued lanyards to our role models so the children can easily identify who to look for for additional guidance and support. This term we will be focusing on Reciprocity and in the junior school specifically we will be learning about Gabby Get Along as our Key To Success. We will be integrating our learning into many curriculum areas as we grow into a supportive and positive community of learners. The children all have a buddy within their home groups and will also be assigned a Year 8 buddy in the next fortnight. These children will remain their buddy for the year and will meet twice weekly to work on the children's literacy, mathematical skills.

Literacy - Phonics: Our day begins with phonics. We learn our letter sounds and then how to blend them together. We then begin our Writing. The children follow a structured writing programme based around the Literacy Learning Progressions and work towards class and individual goals. We publish your child’s work often and post it on the blog or email work home. It is such a thrill to see how the children progress.

Reading takes place after morning tea which involves a group of children reading a book with the teacher in a guided reading session. They have must-do activities to complete when they are not with the teacher. Once they have completed their must-do they have the opportunity to choose their own reading/language based can-do activity. Please fill in a reading log, the title of the book and signing that it has been read at home.

Mathematics: We will begin this term by building on our number knowledge and learning games that will support their learning. We will be working on solving authentic word problems which support children to apply their knowledge in real life. We will work in flexible groupings so the children can share their knowledge and understandings with each other. Towards the end of the term we will be focusing on statistics. In connection with our Social Sciences Unit on Relationships, we will be gathering information about our classmates and looking at ways to describe, sort, compare and display our findings.

Communication: Below is the link to our hub blog. Our blog is a wonderful way for you and your family to keep up to date with the learning occurring in our hub, notices and updates. The Pukeko teachers see this as powerful way to share in the successes of your children and help create a community of learning.There is an option to have an email sent to you when a notice, or learning has been uploaded to the blog. Please select the box ‘Follow By Email’ on the Blog page if you would like to have this feature. Please note this does have a slight time delay (usually a few hours after a blog).

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