Flat Bush

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

Enthusiastic Ninjas

Room 6


Term 3,  Week 10

Monday 21 September - Friday 25 September


This is the last week of Term 3! OMG! What a term we have had. I am so proud of all of our children's progress over the last few weeks. This week, I will be checking and testing: alphabet letters, word lists, reading and maths scores. In between all the testing, our tamariki will still be completing their normal literacy and math programmes. Unfortunately, we still have a lot of work to complete.

A heads up: We will be celebrating Mr Williams this week, as it is his last week.   He will be a Principal at Avondale School beginning this week Friday. They are so lucky, they will have gained a great leader. 

Enjoy the week ahead.

Ms Elizabeth Heather

Buddy Readers in Action

Our wonderful Principal Mr Avatea snapped some pictures of our children reading with their Room 19 Buddy Readers! This is a Tuakana, Teina initiative where our little people get a chance to read with our wonderful Senior kids. Every child in Room 6 has a buddy. Thanks Mr Avatea for the snaps. 

Principal's AWARD

Our very own Sumaringa has completed her Gold Card chart and has earned herself a Principal's Award. Well done Sumaringa!

Check out Cleo's Super Reading


Rahina te tekau ma wha o Mahuru - Ramere te takau ma waru o Mahuru

Monday 14 September - Friday 18 September

We are celebrating Maori Language week this week. Our beautiful tamariki were able to experience some Maori activities in the hall on Wednesday. Thank you Miss Young and your wonderful team for giving our children such a wonderful experience. Check out the Tino pai photos below. 

Top left: Ben, Cleo, Cruize, Eldianne, Izahbell
Bottom left: Sumaringa, Utanga, Presidan, Paul

Our Tamariki made Maori pendants with Ms Russell. Look at how excited they are!


It was raining on Friday during lunch time, so our tamariki began to build. Check out their proud pieces.


Monday 6th September - Friday 11th September

Tongan Language week

Our children spent time with Ms Russell and Mrs Togiatu creating patterns on stones and Tapa Cloth during their lunch hour. Our class loved it. Thank you Ms Russell and Mrs Togiatu.

Happy Father's Day!

Wishing all our Fathers a wonderful day today. 


Monday 31 August - Friday 4th September

Kia Orana

School starts back this week! Yes! I cannot wait to see our tamariki returning on Monday. But I can understand there maybe some uncertainty around whether or not your child will be attending school. Please have a conversation with your child about the choice you will be making as a family. You can let me know if you are needing some help. I always believe every decision you make as a parent is always the right decision. 

See you on Monday (fingers crossed). Please take care and I am only a phone call or a text away.

Ms Elizabeth Heather


Monday 24 August - Friday 28 August

Kia Orana 

No doubt you all are doing well. Parents, I will be calling and texting this week. Here are some activities for you to do with your child. Please go over it with your child first before completing it. Try to complete one language activity and one maths per day. If they can do it, then awesome. If they are unable to complete the activities, praise them for trying and stop.

Take care of yourselves and hopefully I will see our amazing tamariki on Thursday.

Ms Elizabeth Heather

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CRT - Kia Ora Rm 6.      Let the games begin      25/8/20

I hope you are all doing well during this lock down. Unfortunately we will not get the chance to catch up today for CRT so instead Mr Moiho and myself have decided to put forward a challenge for your class. Your class will be challenging Rm 5 in a side to side jump challenge. When we are back at school we will get together and see who can do the most side to side jumps in 1 minute. If you think you can master this, then you may just win the challenge for your class. If you can make a video and send it to your teacher even better: Check the video below for details.

Week 6 - Distance Learning activities

Language and Topic Study

Last week we looked at contractions, making words and word families. Well done if you completed them and good try to those who did their best.

Alphabet letters

Say the alphabet letters first, then add the missing letter. Goodluck!


















Alphabet match - say the letters and sounds













Sight words

Read the sentences first and put in the correct words. Don’t forget to use a capital letter and full stop.











1.  I _______ run fast

2. I’ll  _______ to the shop

3. The _______ dog is cute

4.  _______ can read a book

5. _______  pig _______ pink

6. _______ at my new shoes

7. The sun is _______ in the sky

8. Get _______ from the tree

9. Come _______ the house

10. Where is _______ ball?

Well done! How did you go? Was it easy? Was it hard? Could you spell the missing words by yourself?

Push and Pull

Before we went into Lockdown we learnt about things we push and pull in our everyday lives. We looked at preparing our food and cooking to help us. 

Is it a push or a pull? Can you remember?

      Push - away from you. Pull - towards you







Compound sentence. Use and, because, but, or

Read the sentences first. Then add the correct word and a full stop. 

1. I bring my bag _______ book bag to school

2. We like to play ___________ it is fun

3. I like to play _______ it is cold

4. We have fun if we win _______ if we lose

5. The boy has shoes _______ socks

6. I will go for a walk _________ is sunny

7. We can read a book _______ write a story


Superhero Writing

Do you remember when I told you about the writing competition that Mrs Mayerhofler created? Well, here is a chance for you to practise how to write about a Superhero. Mrs Mayerhofler has also found some Superhero books for you to look through and read before you can write your own. 

Superhero Brainstorm

Think first before you draw a picture or write. Who are your characters? What happens in the beginning of your story? What happens next? What was the problem? Then? How did it get solved?  Lastly what happens at the end. 








At the end

What does the story teach us?

Begin writing your Superhero story. Once you have finished writing your story, don’t forget to give it a title. I can’t wait to read them. Have fun!

Here are some Super Hero books 


How many? Counting in twos, fives and tens around the home. I have done my own chart. See if you can do your own. Think about what you want to count, check, draw and count. Goodluck!
















Two elbows


Two knees


Counting on from the biggest number. Add on from the biggest number

You will need a blank piece of paper and a pen

3 + 5 = 

3 + 15 = 

4 + 9 =

4 + 19 =

9 + 2 =

19 + 2 =

2 + 7 =

2 + 17 =

5 + 4 =

15 + 4 =

Counting back.

You will need a blank piece of paper and a pen

8 - 3 =

8 - 5 =

18 - 3 = 

18 - 5 =

28 - 3 = 

28 - 5 =

13 - 4 =

13 - 9 =

23 - 4 =

23 - 9


Monday 17 August - Friday 21 Friday

Kia Orana Families

Here is some work you may want to complete with your child. This takes up to three days to complete. I do not expect you to do it all in one day or over the three days. I thought I would share some of the work we have completed over the past two terms. You will have to talk your child through it. When I give children any work, I go over it with them first. These activities below have been completed in class. If they can't remember doing it, don't worry, they do that to me all the time   Have fun with your child. If it get's too much for you and your child, just stop. 

Ms Liz Heather

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Language Study

You will need a pen and paper and your parent or an older sibling to help you. As you write out words, please try to say them first. 

1. Contractions - Making words smaller 

we’ll = we will

I’ll =

didn’t =

I’m = 

it’s =

we’re =

don’t =

you’re =

can’t =

haven’t =

do not

it is

can not

have not

did not

I am

we are

I will

you are

we will

Write the correct contraction for the underlined words

We are not at school today.    _________

You are very kind.                   _________

We will read a book today.      _________

I am reading to my sister.     _________

It is windy today.                    _________

I will see you tomorrow.          _________

2. What words can you see?










Write down as many words as you can using the letters above. The first one is done for you. 


3. Word Families

Say the word before you write them down. Say it slowly. Have fun.





b_ _

b _ _

f _ _

c _ _

d _ _

h _ _

h _ _

f _ _

k _ _

f _ _

h _ _

l _ _

m _ _

p _ _

p _ _

p _ _

s _ _

s _ _

r _ _

w _ _

w _ _

s _ _

ch _ _

4. Extra activities:

*Write as many words as you can in ten minutes. Ask your parent or older sibling to time you.

*Rewrite stories of Sina and the Eel, In the beginning, Tane and the three baskets of knowledge and Ina and Tinirau. 


We are revisiting the addition facts up to 20 and doubles. Complete the following exercises and practise them. Remember not all children are at the same learning stage. So try to listen to your child and help them. If you have counters, bottle tops or pegs, please use them if they need them. Again, if your child is unable to do it, or this will cause stress, then stop. Try to have fun. 

1. Addition work

Add to 5

Add to 10

Add to 20

1 + 4 =

1 + 9 =

1 + 19 =

2 + 3 =

2 + 8 =

2 + 18 =

3 + 2 =

3 + 7 =

3 + 17 =

4 + 1 =

4 + 6 =

4 + 16 =

5 + 0 =

5 + 5 =

5 + 15 =

4 + 1 =

6 + 4 =

6 + 14 =

3 + 2 =

7 + 3 =

7 + 13 =

2 + 3 =

8 + 2 =

8 + 12 =

1 + 4 =

9 + 1 =

9 + 11 =

0 + 5 =

10 + 0 = 

10 + 10 =

Doubles - Extra work

1 + 1 =11 + 11 =
2 + 2 =12 + 12  =
3 + 3 =13 + 13 =
4 + 4 =14 + 14 =
5 + 5 =15 + 15 =
6 + 6 =16 + 16 =
7 + 7 =17 + 17 =
8 + 8 =18 + 18 =
9 + 9 =19 + 19 =
10 + 10 =20 + 20 =

Kia Orana Enthusiastic Learners and families.

Thank you to our families who came out to Flat Bush School yesterday to grab their child a learning pack. A total of 9 families out of 20 came out to grab a learning pack and a food bag. If you were unable to make it, don't worry as there are some Distance Learning ideas on the home page.

For the remainder of this week and next week, I will put up some learning activities for our learners to complete if you wish. 

On a personal note, my Father turned 71 on the 17th August. All he wanted to do was have some food with his family, listen to island music and talk about his upbringing in Rarotonga.

From my family to yours please take care.

Kia Manuia

Ms Elizabeth Heather

  Happy Birthday to 

Jonathan & Sarah  

Jonathan and Sarah turned 7 years old. These two vibrant learners are amazing thoughtful people in our classroom. I hope you both had an awesome day with your loved ones.


Monday 10 August - Friday 14 August

Kia Orana Room 6 Learners and families.

You would have received a text message from Mr Avatea stating Flat Bush School is closed till the end of the week. It is a shock, but I believe we are a lot stronger than we think. Until we know any more information, please keep yourselves and your families well and safe at home. If you would like to get a hold of me, my email address is elizabethh@flatbush.school.nz. 

Please ensure your phone numbers are updated in order for you to receive direct messages from the school. 

Thinking of you all

Ms Elizabeth Heather.


Monday 3 August - Friday 7 August

Kia Orana

Te epetoma o te reo Maori Kuki Airani. This week is Cook Island Language week and we are so excited! Our tamariki will be learning some Cook Island phrases, songs and stories. We look forward to posting some pictures of our learning this week.

Ka kite, e te Kia Manuia

Ms Elizabeth Heather

Imene Tapati - Click on the link

Cook Island Donut

Our classroom were treated to some Cook Island donuts. They saw how ingredients can turn into a mixture to make donuts. We talked about pushing down onto the mixture to form a donut shape. We also found out we use energy, heat to make our food. The children enjoyed eating their donuts, which consisted of using lots of force by pushing and pulling.


Rm 6 has been working on their fundamental movement skills. They have learnt some new games, spatial awareness and change of direction during FMS. Here are a few pics:


Term 2, Week 11

Monday 22 June - Friday 26 June

Kia Orana e katoatoa

Thank you Miss Young for helping our Room 6 learners create these Matariki Stars. They look fantastic. 

CRT Room 6 - Myths and legends

In the beginning retold by Room 6.

Walt: Make a video, retell a story, Use art work to create different pictures to match the words of the story, Use a loud clear voice, Change voices to be like the character.

Matariki. We have also learnt about Matariki. We have made some Matariki stars for Rangi the sky fathers cloak.

Term 2, Week 10

Monday 15 June - Friday 20 June

Kia Orana e katoatoa

This week and last, we have been learning about Kaitiakitanga - Guardianship. We have learnt about the old Maori Gods and their purpose. The children may have come home and mentioned Rangi and Papa and their children. I have made it very clear that these are old stories. 

We will be linking what we have learnt to our own learning and we will be thinking about what we can control or take care of as learners. Keep checking in for updates.

Ms Elizabeth Heather


Term 2, Week 9

Monday 8 June - Friday 12 June

Kia Orana

Over the past two weeks we have been learning about 'Sequencing our stories'. We found out that if our story is not in the correct order, the story changes. Check out our pictures below of us talking and agreeing with each other of what picture comes first, next, then and last. 


Each Thursday we have Drumming with Mr D. The children learn to listen to instructions (carefully), count beats and keep in time, memorise a beat and focus, participate and move expressively when drumming. We love drumming! 


Term 2, Week 8

Tuesday 2 June - Friday 5 June

Paul and Cleo made King and Queen crowns


Izahbelle being creative


Ben made the word 'can'


Eldianne made the word 'can'


Dressed up for Samoan Language Week


Miss Maggy is dressed up too but you can not tell



Term 2, Week 7

Monday 25 May - Friday 29 May

Talofa Lava

It is Samoan Language week and in class we have done a couple of things to honour our Samoan community. We have written stories about Sina and the Eel, we drew pictures about our story and we made Sapasui (chop suey).

Sina and the Eel

Before we wrote our stories, we spoke about the story in parts. We had to brainstorm our thinking before we could write.

In the beginning....
At the end....

Here is a picture of one of the many brainstorms.

We were then confident to rewrite stories of Sina and the Eel by ourselves. Click on the buttoned links to listen to our stories. Enjoy.

Sapasui with Room 6

I didn't take a photo, but the children designed their own place mats to eat on. They drew pictures of the ingredients needed to make a Sapasui. You can see their place mats in the pictures.

We need....

Vermicelli, rice, oil, soya sauce and salt


Mixed veges


Garlic, onion, meat


A big pot


What we did

1. We fried the garlic and onion in the big pot.

2. We added the meat and salt to flavour

3. We then add the moist vermicelli to the pot

4. We added the mixed veges

5. Keep stirring

6. We added soya sauce


Sumaringa turned 7 on Sunday 24th May. Happy Birthday Sumaringa. We hope you had a wonderful day.


Term 2, Week 6

Monday 18 May - Friday 22 May

20 May

Kia Orana

Today we talked about how we are missing our friends and decided to write letters to them. We spoke about adding questions to our letters and telling them how we feel. 

There are more messages to come. We are still working through the rest of the letters to our friends and I am hopeful we will be able to post the rest tomorrow. (A typical letter writing lesson takes two - three days). 

Here are some finished messages to our friends below. They read out their letter and showed how brave they were. I am so proud of what they have done. 

Ms Elizabeth Heather

p.s: Please excuse the background noise. We made these videos over two days, during lunch eating break and just before the end of a learning block. 

A special message to our friends

Click on the buttoned links

Keeping ourselves safe at School

Yesterday we spoke about keeping ourselves safe at school. We came up with a few ideas. Here are some pictures below. 

18 May

Kia Orana - Welcome Back!

It was great to see some tamariki back at school today. We were able to catch up and see what we have been up to. It sounded like the children missed being at school and couldn't wait to come back. Here are some pictures of what the kids did today.

I will keep our page updated each day. I am looking forward to seeing our tamariki this week. 

Remember the children are to bring a packed lunch, a water bottle and their book bags back to school.

Take care and whatever decision you make today is the best decision.

Ms Elizabeth Heather

In the morning

Are you ready for school?


Term 2, Week 5

Monday 11 May - Friday 15 May

14.5.20 Kia Orana

How are you all? Parents, you have all done a marvelous job supporting your child's learning at home. I have not seen the children since 23rd March. That was such a long time ago. Well the anticipated wait is nearly over. A reminder school will re-open on Monday 18th May at 8.55 am.

What to bring to school on Monday?

1. A packed lunch and a drink bottle.

2. Children's book bags and school reading books. All books given by the government can stay at home.

3. Something the children would like to share while they were in lockdown - a piece of work they have made, coloured in or written about, a recipe or a photo. I will be sharing photos from the website from Sarah, Jonathan, Cleo, Majoris, Sitiveni, Paul, Lizahn and Izahbelle.

I am looking forward to seeing our Enthusiasic Ninja learners on Monday.

Bye for now and take care

Ms Elizabeth Heather


Happy Birthday to Izahbelle who is turning 7 on Thursday 14th May. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Come and see what our Tamariki have been doing at home

Lizahn's Happy Bubble


Lizahn you have a fabulous smile. Your lunch looks delicious. I can't wait to see you next week Monday - Ms Heather. 

Majoris' Learning Bubble

Majoris worked on some Math addition and subtraction  problems


She worked on naming objects with colours



Majoris helped prepare the pancakes and put it on the plate


Majoris learnt about rugby


Majoris helped Dad and her brother to cook the pancakes


Majoris enjoyed some colouring too


Majoris you are a STAR! Thank you for sharing your Maths work and your cooking skills with us. We are looking forward to talking with you about how you made those fabulous pancakes. Keep up the amazing work - Ms Heather 

Sarah is determined

Sarah's Dad writes:  Sarah continues to work on her learning pack and she completes online activities. We enjoy playing Fish and matching words most nights. She is excited to learn sign language. Sarah is excited and can't wait to return to school.

Thank you for sharing your learning with me this week Sarah. I really like how you have continued to work so hard throughout lockdown. You should be so proud of yourself. I know I am very proud of you. Sarah I cannot wait to see you on Monday. Keep up the wonderful work - Ms Heather

11.5.20 - Kia Orana 

I hope all our Mums had a great day yesterday and they were able to relax. This week, is Week 5 and Distance Learning at home is still preferred. Today, we will hear from our government and see if we will be moving into Alert Level 2. Once we find out, I will make contact.

A special mention to our families who have kept us all updated by sending photos of their children while learning from home. When your child returns to school, they will be receiving a Gold Card. A huge thank you and well done!  

  Cleo, Jonathan, Sarah, Majoris, Izahbelle, Paul, Sitiveni   

In particular, Cleo, Jonathan and Sarah have kept us updated each week. You three will be receiving extra gold cards and a prize   

Have a great week and take care.


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