Flat Bush

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Room 21-The Super Awesome Learners!

Week 7 Term 2 2020

Talofa dear Whanau. This week Flat Bush School is celebrating the Samoan Language Week. We have been learning how to greet, sing, and count in Samoan in class. Room 22 and Room 21 have been practicing a Samoan dance item and a poem of counting in Samoan to share with you. 

A special thank you to Miss Mokelei for teaching us this beautiful song and dance. Fa'afetai!

Also, a warm welcome to our new learner Jullian to joining our class this week. 

Have a good Queen's Birthday weekend!


Week 6 Term 2 2020

Kia Ora Whanau! Yes we are back to school this week. I am so glad to see our Super Awesome Learners. Everyone seems so happy and well. We also had a new super learner joined us. Let's welcome Tiarateina. She comes all the way from Katikati a little town close to Tauranga.

What a beautiful smile Tiarateina!

In week 6, we have talked about the bubbles we stayed in during the Lockdown. We have shared our stay home stories with each other, too. Please have a look at the work we did.

By Maleah

By Tioata

By Payne

By Tajshan

By Lazarus


Week 5 Term 2 2020

Friday 15 May 2020

Kia Ora Room 21, 

Finally, we are going to see each other in person next week. Are you ready to come back to school? Make sure you go to bed early this weekend and get up early to come to school before 8:55 on Monday morning. Room 21 is ready to welcome all of the Super Awesome Learners. Please make sure you read this Letter for more information about school reopens next Monday. 

Lusia has sent some photos this week. Check them out.

Looks like Lusia has had a great time at home playing and learning! You can keep sending me your photos from home and I will post them here. Our class page will be updated regularly in the future for our lovely Whanau to see what we are doing at school.  

Enjoy your weekend!

Mrs. Zhao

Teacher of The Awesome Super Learners


Room 21

Flat Bush School

Monday 11 May 2020

Kia Ora Room 21 whanau, 

I hope you had a great Mother's Day weekend. This week the government will announce when New Zealand will enter Alert Level 2. This means we have all been doing a fantastic job fighting the Covid-19 virus and hopefully, we will be able to meet everyone at school soon. Please keep doing all the good work, wash your hands, and keep the correct social distance. 

Week 5 we will continue our Distance Learning program. Click the link to find the Week 5 DL Activities. You can find some very interesting books read by our awesome Flat Bush School teachers and staff here. Or the books related to your learning pack activities here. Don't forget to use the chalks or crayons to make wonderful drawings/decorations for your driveway. 

There are two more activities below.

1. Once upon a time, there was a frog. He lived in a well. All he can see was the round piece of sky above the well. Occasionally, there might be a few birds flew pass the piece of sky. He was very lonely. One day, the frog wondered, what does it look like outside the well. Is it going to be as dark as here? Or is there more food? Or friends? The best way to find out is to climb up the wall to get out of the well. So he started climbing. The well is 12 meters high and the wall of the well is very slippery. Each day the frog climbed 3 meters but slipped down 2 meters. He did not give up! Could you please find out how many days did the frog use to get out of the well? 

2. Make a list of things you want to do with your friends when you come back to school. Or think about some interesting things you did when you were at home.

Last week, Kura's brother Antonio and William have sent me some photos. Let's take a look at what Kura was doing at home.

Good work Kura!

Don't forget to send your photos or work to cissyh@flatbus.school.nz 

Happy learning!

Mrs. Zhao

Teacher of The Awesome Super Learners


Room 21

Flat Bush School


Week 4 Term 2 2020

Friday 8 May 2020

Kia Ora Room 21! Time flies! It's Friday already. How did you go with your week 4 activities? Have you tried the Dress up game? How about reading the books from your learning pack? Or making a Mother's Day card? I'm sure you must have done some great fun learning activities at home。 Wanted more? Here we go!

Making jelly soap!


food colouring (optional)

1/2 cup of body wash or dish wash or hand wash liquid

1 cup of boiling water (please be careful with this and ask an adult to help you)

2 heaped tsp gelatin powder


1. Add 1 cup of boiling water and the gelatin powder in a large bowl and mix well. BE CAREFUL! The water is very hot so you will need an adult to help you.

2. Pour the liquid soap into the bowl and stir to mix.

3. Add food colouring (optional)

4. Pour the mix liquid into a container. It can be muffin cases, cupcake molds, a takeaway container, or you can just leave it in the bowl.

5. Wait till the liquid cools and put it in your fridge until it sets.

6. Take the soap out of the molds and wash your hands with it! If you are using the bowl or a large container, cut it into the size and shapes you like. 

It will be a good idea to make a few colourful body wash jelly and shampoo jelly as a Mother's Day gift.

Let me know if you have tried this! 

Stay Safe!

Mrs. Zhao

Teacher of The Awesome Super Learners


Room 21

Flat Bush School

Wednesday 6 May 2020

Happy Wednesday everyone!Earlier this week I have received some photos from our Super Awesome Learners. It is so great to see your happy faces. You are working hard on your learning and helping others in your family. That is SUPER AWESOME! Check them out!

Oazrra Has made a bracelet using the pipe cleaners from the learning pack. What a creative idea! She has also been doing her Maths work. Well done Ozarra!

 Here comes Tajshan in his Spiderman's suit. Have a look at what he has been doing at home. 

What a hard-working superhero! He has also joined a little learning group!

Tajshan is reading the Greedy Cat book. 

There is a worksheet for this Greedy Cat book in your learning pack. If you don't have the book here is a link to listen to our fabulous Flay Bush teachers reading it! 

Now let's look at this photo. Can you tell who this is?

Yes, this is the lovely Lusia! She is doing the activities from her learning pack. Good job Lusia! What a nice learning space! 

If you want to see yourself on our class webpage please send your photos to cissyh@flatbush.school.nz I will post them here for other Super Awesome Learners to see.

Also,  don't forget this weekend is Mother's Day. Miss Haynes is holding a Mother's Day Card competition. The Winner will win this wonderful prize.

The runner up will get some special soap hand made by Miss Haynes. You can find some coloured paper in your learning pack and use those to create your Mother's Day card. Take a photo of your card and send them to my email. I will pass them to Miss Haynes. Good luck!

Have fun learning!

Mrs. Zhao

Teacher of The Awesome Super Learners


Room 21

Flat Bush School

Monday 4 May 2020

Welcome to Week 4! Hope everyone had a great weekend. Have you been trying to play the string games? How did you go with your handwriting practice? Now we are in May, the 5th month of the year. It is a bit cold and wet to go outside so this week you can do some indoor activities. Below are two ideas you can try at home.

1. Dress up!


--Things in your bedroom and wardrobe. E.g, your own clothes, socks, towels, pillowcases, bedsheets, etc

--A clock or a timer

--Pen and paper


--Write the name of a job or animal (nouns) on a small piece of paper. E.g. doctor, firefighter, tiger, etc. Fold the paper so you can't see the words. Put them into a container.

--Draw a piece of paper out of the container. Check what word is on your paper.

--Now you have 10 minutes to use the things in your bedroom to create an outfit that matches your word.

--Let your audience guess what or who you are. 

--Take some photos of your fashion show and send them to me!

You can also invite more family members to play and make this game a family competition. 

2. Dance Party!

Turn on the radio or turn the music Channel on TV. Have a dance party in your bedroom or in the living room. Try some new dance moves and see who got the best ones!

Have fun learning!

Mrs. Zhao

Teacher of The Awesome Super Learners


Room 21

Flat Bush School


Week 3 Term 2 2020

Wednesday 29 April 2020

On Tuesday this week, the junior school teachers have been working very hard to put a new learning pack together for your Distance Learning program. Make sure you choose one or two activities to do each day. Below are some extra activities you can do at home.

1. Te Ao Kori-Whai (String Games). You can play this game by yourself or with a partner.

         Equipment- one piece of string (or cotton, wool, thin ribbon)

         Click this link to see how to play by yourself and this link to see how to play with a partner.

2. Handwriting. Practice writing the alphabet letters (both capital letters and lower case letters) and numbers in the air and then on a piece of paper. Make sure you form the letters and numbers correctly and leave a finger space between the letters/numbers. Think about the size of your letters, have you made it too small or too big?

If you can, ask someone to take photos of you learning at home or photos of your work. Then email them to: cissyh@flatbush.school.nz

 I will post them on this page. 

Have fun learning!

Mrs. Zhao

Teacher of The Awesome Super Learners


Room 21

Flat Bush School


Thursday 23 April 2020

Ozarra-Learning at home is fun!

Check out what Ozarra is doing at home.



Week 2 Term 2 2020

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Dear Room 21 and Whanau,

I hope you have all had a great start for the Distance Learning Program. We will continue to update our pages to support our Tamariki to learn at home. You can find 4 or 5 activities from this link to do each week. Please email me some photos of your children learning or playing at home. I will share them on this webpage with the rest of our class and their Whanau. 

This week you can try to make some playdough at home. This is the recipe. 


1 cup flour

2 tsp cream of tartar (optional)

half cup of salt

1 tbsp cooking oil

1 cup water

food colouring (optional)


1. In a large bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar) and mix well.

2. Mix food coloring with your water first. Then add the vegetable oil and water with food coloring to a large pot. Mix together.

3. Cook over low to medium heat until very warm.

4. remove the pot from the stove.

5. Add the dry ingredients to your pot and mix well.

6. Once the dough is not too hot to touch, knead the dough for 5 minutes to make the dough soft.

7. Store in an airtight container or a bag.

You can make letters, numbers, animals, and many more creations with your playdough now! Don't forget to send me some photos of you making and playing with it! Have fun!

Keep learning. Stay safe and be strong! Miss you all!

Mrs. Zhao

Teacher of the Awesome Super Learners


Room 21

Flat Bush School


Week 1 Term 1 2020

Monday 13 April 2020

Kia Ora! The Super Awesome Learners and your wonderful Whanau.

Welcome to Term 2, 2020. This is Mrs. Zhao. I hope you are all well and happy. 

Term 1 was a busy and short term. We have had a few changes to our class. First, we moved from the lovely CSI to the beautiful new classroom. Then we joined the Junior School and became a Year 2 class. 

In week 8, the nationwide lockdown has been announced by the government and our school was closed and we all have to stay home in our bubbles since then. You probably wondering what Mrs. Zhao is doing within her bubble. Well, there are 7 members in our family. My two children and their grandparents, Mr. Zhao, meself and Da Tou (our family cat). We have been doing lots of cooking, cleaning, and gardening. Of course, the two little ones have been doing some learning at home like you guys. Sometimes Mr. Zhao and I would go for a long walk and try to count the Teddy Bears. If you have a chance to go for a walk around your block, don't forget to count how many Teddy Bears you can spot. Here are the ones from our window. We also played some old fashioned games that I used to play when I was little. It was long before the digital devices were invented. Guess what? My kids love them more than iPad and TV! Maybe you can ask the adults in your bubble what they have played when they were at your age. They may teach you, too. We have also made some Easter Eggs for our Egg Hunt. Check them out! Term 2 will start on the 15th of April. It is important for our young ones to keep learning. There will be some useful tips on our school website and as well as on this class page to help our learners to maintain their learning. We are trying our best to keep it simple and fun. There are many ways you can help to keep your kids learning at home. The Ministry of Education has sent out some educational resources to homes to support our children's home learning. Also, the 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. 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.

Please don't feel you have to be a full-time teacher for your Tamariki. Remember, keep it simple and fun. Use the resources you have at home. Here are some activities you can start with your tamariki this week.

1. Draw a picture of the bubble they are in and label the name of each person.

2. Plan a meal and make it with an adult. They can do some maths problem solving while making it, e.g. calculate the amount of each ingredient, measure the ingredients, record the cooking time. In the end, draw a picture or take a photo of the meal.

3. Play some games with someone in your bubble. You can choose to play a board game, or Simon Says, or design your very own fun games.

4. Do some physical activities at home. This will help you to keep fit. You can find more information from the Physical Activity page.

If you have any questions, please email me at cissyh@flatbush.school.nz, feel free to let the children email me their home learning stories, tell me their family bubble, photos, and even just to say hi!

Keep learning. Stay safe and be strong! Miss you all!

Mrs. Zhao

Teacher of the Awesome Super Learners


Room 21

Flat Bush School

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