Flat Bush

(09) 274 8279 20 Flat Bush Rd Otara, Auckland

Tena koutou katoa,

Greetings to my Tiny Teddies and whanau!

I am so glad to be able to reach out and communicate with you all via the Flat Bush school website.

Hoping you are all keeping well in your bubble.

Welcome Back..

Week seven - Term 2:

Talofa lava everyone welcome to week 7 which happens to be Samoan language week!!!

Today we spent time learning a Samoan song as well as spending time creating some Siapo art together. This required us to use our scissor cutting skills and we had a discussion about lines of symmetry!

Talofa lava everyone....    

Today is Tuesday and we spent some time making hibiscus flowers and we spent some time working on our Samoan song with Mrs Tito...

We also learnt how to count to 10 in Samoan... 

Check out our hibiscus flowers below...

Talofa lava, 
On Wednesday, room 2 students learnt how to name colours in Samoan....

Check it out!!

Talofa lava everyone!

This week Room 2 students spent time learning a song as well as some simple phrases, colours and numbers. The song helped us identify body parts as we sang the lyrics of the song. The song we learnt is called Ulu, Tauau which is the Samoan version of (head, shoulders, knees and toes) Check us out..... 

Week six - Term 2:

Welcome to our first day back in Room 2, we had a great first day back and managed to complete a few activities together which were fun and a great way to re-connect back in the classroom.

Some of the activities we managed to complete today....

-Discussed some of the fun activities/adventures we got to do during 'LOCKDOWN'

-Drew pictures of our 'LOCKDOWN' bubbles.

-Do a class drawing of what we did during 'LOCKDOWN'.

-Blew paint bubbles and created bubble art

- Classroom play

Tuesday - week 6

Today went by super fast, we were really busy creating our families and discussed the meaning of 'family bubble' and how we will keep ourselves and our family safe in our bubbles.

We managed to fit in some 'Bubble -meditation'... zzzzzzz  zz zzzz!!

"I feel sleepy Ms Haynes" - Delijah

We had some fun 'free playing' with our class mates...

We had fun role playing with Ms Haynes - she enjoyed eating our yummy food made by chef Abish and chef Uriah..."mmmmm yummy"....

Thursday - week 6

This morning we started our day with a lot of noise in the hall, we are very lucky to have Mr D working with the junior school on Thursdays for the next 6 weeks.

We had fun discussing the importance of washing our hands and when we should wash our hands. We also had time to work on our scissor cutting skills today!

We watched a video about Corona virus (COVID19) and learnt about how and why it is so infectious and harmful. We then decided to design and create our own COVID19 virus bugs!

Friday - week 6:

Today has been a great day as we ended our first week together knowing we have had fun bursting our bubbles!

We have had so much fun together this week and making connections again with our friends - check out our LEGO building skills!

Week Five - Term 2 - Distance Learning Activities: Remember to keep it real and make it fun!

On the School website on the home page you would of seen that there is a timetable just to help with structure and routine, obviously life happens and sometimes we need to be kind to ourselves, if you don't get through the full day of activities - DON'T STRESS!

Distance learning activities (click on link)

This week we would like to make things easier for you with regards to our home learning tasks - you have the freedom to choose what you would like to do on the Distance Learning activities 'chart' located on the home page below the big daily timetable.

Pick a few activities that would suit you and your family.

If you would like to read stories read with someone in your bubble (no pressure, read for enjoyment).

Remember I am here to help you where I can, if you need assistance with learning activities or in need of food please let me know and I will see what I can do to support your needs during this time!

Some learning ideas to work on at home!

Learning the Alphabets
Have you been practising the alphabet? Do you know all the letters and the letters sounds? 
If you have forgotten here is a link learning the ABC you'll be learning the ABC with the lovely Mrs Boyd Crofskey - check her out, she is awesome.

 Sight Word Sentences
For this activity, select 4 words from your sight word list and put each word into a simple sentence. Remember it has to be words that have been ticked off, as these are the words you already know.  I have selected the words away, asleep, big and school.
1. Please go away from me.
2. My baby brother is asleep in his cot. 
3. I have a big fluffy cat.
4. I miss my friends from school.

Now you have a go!

Reading Comprehension
How are you going with your reading?  Here are a few reading links that some of the amazing staff at Flat Bush have put together. 
LISTEN to them READ and SEE if you can answer these questions on your own? 

Questions to ask yourself, while listening to the stories.

Who is your favourite character in the story and why?

Can you describe what the character looks like?

What part of the story did you enjoy and why?

What part of the story did you not enjoy and why? 

What do you think the author is trying to tell you? 

Have a go! 

Reading with Ms Young & Ms Heather

Story Time 

Extra activities you can do

1. Go outside and observe how many different birds you can see - draw a picture of a bird and label parts of the bird (ask an adult for some help).

2. Go for a walk with your family and count how many cars are parked along the side of the road.

3. Use the chalk from your junior learning packs to go outside a write your name and the letters of the alphabet. 

4. Learn math facts up to 10 using objects around the house to help you count.

5. Read a book of your choice with an older sibling or adult.

6. If you have a puzzle - build a puzzle with your siblings.

Keep busy and stay safe...

Room 2 Mother's Day card competition:

You could win yourself a hamper to gift to that special 'mum or carer' all you have to do is make mum or someone that looks after you a mother's day card and take a picture of your card and email me the pictures of what your card looks like and the message inside your card and I will pick the winner on Thursday - 7th May.

Runner up will get some soaps!

My email address is: Caitlinh@flatbush.school.nz

Or you can PXT me your pictures of the mother's day card.

The winner for the Mother's Day card competition goes to Delijah!!!!!!

Whoop whoop - Will give you the hamper when we all reunite back at school - thank you for the effort you put into making the cards..

A special thank you for my card you made me, I loved reading it and seeing the pictures of it. xx

Please note: You can complete your work in your work books we sent home in your take home packs, you can also keep your work in a safe place and bring it all back to school when that time comes. Please feel free to take a photo of your work and send it to me by email - no pressure at all ONLY  if you would like to.

Keeping busy ideas:

Build puzzles - Cameron loves to build puzzles especially when he has been sent to his room for some (alone) time - I often go check on him and there he is lying on the ground building his puzzles.

Draw pictures and colour them in.

Make playdough (check out Room 1s page for an easy recipe) and make shapes, roll long snakes and create letters to make your name.

Clean your room....

Write a note to your friend and ask an adult to go with you to place it in their letterbox.

What my family and I have done during Week 4:

On Monday we heard a loud knock on the door and we were surprised as we weren't expecting any visitors due to lockdown, much to our surprise it was a package addressed to Cameron (my son).

He was super excited as this was his first ever package to come via the 'postman' as he likes to call the courier driver.

Thanks to his Daycare for organising this resource pack for home 'fun' during this unprecedented time and a huge shout out to the Ministry of Education for providing our NZ children with home learning packs.

We have been playing games together and the memory  game is our favourite game to play!

We have been reading books together today - Tuesday, as it has been raining!

Remember to chat about the pictures as you read as this help with understanding the story and exposes our children to new vocabulary!

We have also made more yummy choc chippie biscuits the recipe is below!

Check out these yummy cookies....

Shout Outs: 

Please email me more pictures of your work and some of your daily activities you enjoy doing at home!

I want to say a big shout out to Emmanuel and his family as they have grown vegetables spending time together in the garden as well as sharing some of his home learning with me.

I want say a big shout out to Delijah and his whanau for sharing photos of his awesome home learning efforts.

I am truly grateful for the correspondence I am receiving from Delijah and his family!

Check out his Week 2 Photos...

I would also like to say a shout out to Florida for completing some of her week 1 tasks and sharing them with me via email I am supper proud of your efforts!

We are also very lucky to have TV channels to help educate our children during the day throughout the week.

Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV and Māori Television will start education programme broadcasting for early learners and students (Years 1–10) from 9am on Wednesday 15 April.

Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV will be shown, free to air, on TVNZ channel 2+1 and on TVNZ on Demand as well as on Sky Channel 502.

It will run from 9am to 3pm on school days with programming for children and young people aged 0 to 15, as well as for parents. 

Home Learning TV will initially be on air for one month – with provision to extend beyond that depending on the COVID-19 situation.

What have my own children been up to during week 3:

Tuesday and Wednesday I went to school and did some school work - preparing take home learning packs.

Holly has been amusing herself with her school work and tik tok dancing, I have also asked her to help me prepare dinner a few nights and she baked us a yummy carrot cake!

Yummy Veggie Pasta!!!

Cameron has been showing an interest in shadows, so one night we decided to turn the lights off in the living room and we got the torch out and had fun making shadows on the wall.

Try making these shadow animals using your hands with your family if you can?

Please check the school website for home learning activities...

If you need help please don't hesitate to reach out, most of you have my number and email address I am always happy to help you.

I will be reaching out and making contact so please charge your phones and turn up the volume on your ring tone.

What have my own children been up to during week 2:

Well this past week has come and gone by so fast....

Holly has been keeping busy with her own school home learning.

Cam and I have been busy with craft by preparing and creating a home decoration for Anzac day, as well as just simply playing games and reading books together!

In between it all we have been keeping up to date with the COVID 19 news updates and watching the home learning TV which is pretty interesting!

We also made more cookies.... Yes that is right, more choc chip cookies they taste so good and my family love to eat them!

We found an easy but oh so yummy Choc chip cookie recipe - I thought I would share it with you all.


1 cup caster Sugar (I just used normal sugar)

2 cups plain flour (sifted)

200g butter melted

1tsp vanilla essence

1tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

1 egg

1/2 (half) cup of choc chips


Please Note: Before you start, ask an adult to help you with the oven you will need to use the oven to bake your cookies the temperature will need to be turned on to 160 degrees fan bake and you will be baking your cookies for 15-20 minutes ask a grown up to help you put your cookies in and to help take them out.

1. Add the sugar and melted butter in a bowl and mix together - a wooden spoon works fine.

2. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt together into the bowl of sugar and butter.

3. Add the vanilla essence and egg into the bowl then add the chocolate chips.

4. Mix the ingredients altogether in the bowl until you get a cookie dough texture. 

5. Roll the cookie dough into $2 coin size balls and place them on a baking tray that has been lined with baking paper press them gently with a fork just to flatten them a little (not too hard).

TIP: Make sure they have plenty room to spread because these cookies spread out (I placed 6 balls the size of a $2 coin on one tray).

Bake them in the oven for 15 minutes at 160 degrees fan bake, if you like them a little bit crunchy leave them in the oven for 3 more minutes.

Stay safe whanau, keep working on those activities at home in your bubble - keep it real and most of all have fun doing them together!

Have a great week everyone - missing you all.

Speak to you all soon 

Nga mihi

Caitlin Haynes 


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