Week 9 - The Puzzle Pieces
A celebration of Te Reo Maori!!
Super Hero Story Writing
Week 8 in Room One - The Puzzle Pieces - Busy work with Marbles
We used Marbles to make art - didn’t we do well?
Look at our beautiful art and our fabulous stories about Marbles. We we were working on describing - what something looks like, feels like, is used for.
We built a Marble Run!
We have been exploring with marbles this week. We had fun learning how to play the marbles game and also experimented by rolling them down ramps and across different surfaces.
We then watched a video which showed how to make a simple marble run. The Puzzle Pieces decided that they would like to make their own marble run. Polevia, Preston and Indigo drew some designs. Then we used a large cardboard box and some wooden blocks to build our own version of a marble run. We’ve had fun trying out our marble run in different ways. We lent it up on an angle, kept it flat and took turns tipping it up and down. We rolled the marbles down and pushed them up.
Exploring with marbles helps us learn about gravity and force. SOme terms we talked about were slope, steep, pushing and pulling, resistance and friction. Friction is the force that slows objects down. By adding the blocks and experimenting with different levels, we discovered that the marbles either go faster or slower.
Watch some of our fabulous readers!! So proud of them all! Wednesday 9/9
Week 7 - Term 3.
Welcome back to school Puzzle Pieces! We had a lovely week catching up with each other! It's so good to be back after our second lockdown ended. Here's some pictures of the things that we have been up to this week.
We had a great time building roads and a town together. We used blocks and shapes to make houses, we added trees and shrubs and raced our cars around the tracks and in our parking garage. Preston and Akeem built bridges and we all enjoyed watching the cars fly over them. This was a great example of teamwork, cooperation and shared creativity.
During Maths this week, we practiced writing numbers from 1 through to 10, using the correct formations.
Peta enjoyed using the loose parts to build her Dad.
Buddy Reading with Room 20!
Room 1 and Room 20 learn from each other. The beautiful tamariki in Room 1 have been teaching the Room 20 tamariki about mindfulness.
We have been showing them how we practice mindful breathing and movement each day. We were also able to share with our older buddies why we do this and how it makes us feel. We felt proud being able to share our expertise with our older buddies.
Thursday fun day!! Thursday August 27, 2020
Making an inclined plane or a ramp.
Hey Puzzle Pieces! Remember making ramps in Room 1? We had lots of fun, building ramps using different materials and then tested them out by putting them at different levels in the classroom. Some were low, some were higher and this made a difference to how fast and far the items went when we let them fall from the top of the ramp. We used cars, small balls and marbles!
Can you build your own ramp using things around your house? I made some this morning and used books, a tray and my old camping bread board to make my ramp at different heights. I didn’t have any cars or small balls to use, but I did have Ruby’s cheese car (YES cheese car) that she made for a school project many years ago to experiment with. I also made a round shape by squeezing paper together, to make a comparison. The cheese car definitely went further and faster! I wonder why?? What was the difference between the two? What happens when your ramp is too steep?
Have a look around you house and see if you can make ramps? How creative can you be? Do you have a ruler, an old board like Mrs Boyd, some big books would work too??
How about then experimenting by pushing things UP your ramp from the bottom of the ramp? How else can you get your car or ball up the ramp?
Wednesday August 26
The Gruffalo - Click on this link if you would like to hear The Gruffalo story.
WOW - these photos are so cool - thanks for sharing these Ms Heather!! Looks like Aiza and Akeem had the best day today! The cake looks amazing!! Nice job team!
A note to Rm 1,
Today we made some breakfast and made a cake with Ms Heather & Ms Young. It was yum! We looked at forces of energy. We made some face masks using old socks and even had time to start a fathers day card. Today was a good day from Akeem.
Here are some pictures of us making our chocolate cake.
Here are some more pictures of us making the cake:
Here are some pictures of me making my mask:
Monday August 24
Happy Monday everyone! The weather means we will probably be inside for most of the day, but if you do get the chance, get outside for some fresh air and maybe (if Mum and Dad don't mind) splash in some puddles!!
Great to hear from some of you last week. Sounds like you are doing lots of fun things at home! Remember if you need anything, please email me or text me on the number I've been sending messages on. Stay well everyone.
CRT - Kia Ora Rm 1. Let the games begin 24/8/20
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 2 in a star jump challenge. When we are back at school we will get together and see who can do the most star 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.
Super Hero Writing Competition
It’s time to get creative Puzzle Pieces!!
Who is your favourite Superhero? Why do you like that Superhero? What is their super power? Is it something to do with magnets, light, gravity or motion? Is it the way they move or the way they look?
Your challenge is to write a story about your Superhero. Can you write three sentences that tell us:
What my superhero looks like?
What their super power is?
What they do with it?
Your story might be one of the ones to win a prize in our writing competition!
Watch some of these stories on-line, to help you make your Superhero come to life!
Friday 21 August
Akeem and Aiza have fun at school!
On Friday, Akeem and Aiza spent the day in Room 1 with Mrs Boyd. We had such a fun day together. We enjoyed playing with the dress ups and decided to be super heroes! We talked together about what our super heroes special powers would be - Akeem decided his would be lazer beams that came out of his eyes and Aiza chose to have lazer hands that would be really handy when punching her enemies. Akeem thought that super heroes fight crimes - great thinking Akeem. We wrote a description of our super heroes - didn’t they do well??
Akeem read a book with Mrs Boyd about a naughty goat who goes exploring!! A word that keep appearing in the book was “when". We decided to practice that word. Here’s some pictures of Akeem learning the word “when”. He could also write it on the whiteboard by himself. Nice job Akeem.
Thursday August 20th - Week 5
Good morning everyone! Glad to see a cloudy but rain free morning (so far!). Make sure you get outside this morning and get some fresh air. Go for a walk around the block and see what you notice. How many people are out and about, can you hear the birds, are there many cars on the road? Notice how much cleaner and clearer everything looks after the rain.
See if you can see forces in motion when you are out walking. When we think about motion, we think about moving from one place to another. You are doing this when you walk, when cars drive down the road, when birds fly in the sky. What else can you see that is moving?
Thinking about Pushing and Pulling?? Have a look at these pictures. Which are examples of pulling and which are examples of pushing? Have a look around your house. What are some things that you push and what are some things that you pull? What are you doing when you turn something on, like the remote or a light switch? What about when you go to sit down on a chair, at the table - do you pull it or push it or both? When you roll or catch a ball - are you pulling or pushing? When you open the fridge or cupboard door are you pulling or pushing? What happens when you close them?
Have a good look around and see how many things you have in your home that you push and pull (somethings do both). Can you make a list to share when you come back to school?
Wet and Wild Wednesday
Good morning everyone! Here are some ideas for things that you can do at home today on this wet and windy day! Make sure you enjoy being together and have fun!
Play some card games - snap or memory card games
Play a board game with your whanau
Watch a family movie together
Do some baking or make a shared lunch together
Watch the Home learning TV channel together - Freeview channel 7
Read some books together - can you read a story to your younger siblings?
Do some of the activities in your learning packs or from the Distance Learning timetable shared here on-line.
Help someone in your house today - clean up your room, help fold the laundry, sweep or vacuum, dust the furniture
The Snail and the Whale Click on the link and listen to a story
Word Families - Click on the link and practice your word families with Mrs Boyd
Handwriting Letters - Casey Caterpillar - Click on the link and practice writing your letters c-s using Casey Caterpillar
Before and After & Counting up and back to 20 - Click on this link and practice counting up and back within 20 and before and after numbers to 20
Here are the word lists that we have been learning in Room 1. The Puzzle Pieces learn these words so we can find them easily in books we read and use them in the stories we write. Here are some ways to learn these simple words together.
Write them using a pencil or pen 5 times, saying the letters as you write.
If you have coloured pencils or felts, write each word using a different colour for each letter
Put the words onto flashcards - nothing fancy, any paper will do and learn them by sight
Use them in a simple sentence. I am in the car. I like to read my book. I can see the rain.
If you have some chalk (and it’s not raining) write them outside on the concrete
Find some of these words in the books you have at home and share them with your whanau
Magenta List Words Level 0 - 2
Red list words Level 3 - 5
Yellow List Words Level 6 - 8
Blue List words Level 9 - 11
Hi there Puzzle Pieces!!
By now, we are well into the first of three days of Level 3, lockdown. Didn't that suprise us all?? Please stay home and stay safe inside your bubbles! Enjoy spending the next few days together and get outside for some fresh air when you can. I am going to miss all the Puzzle Pieces and will be looking forward to seeing you as soon as it is safe to do so!! Sending love and hugs to you all - remember "we are the Puzzle Pieces and we care and look after each other at all times!" See you soon team, love, Mrs Boyd-Crofskey xx
If I can help in any way of if you have any questions please email me at:
Something new to explore in week four!
Week 3, Term 3 The Puzzle Pieces are busy, busy!
Congratulations to Akeem and Braxton for being awarded certificates for Writing this week!! Nice job boys! I am super proud of you.
This week, we have been learning about how things move. We have been been experimenting with pushing and pulling. We built ramps in the classroom and made estimates about how fast and far our cars would move, dependent on how high we put our ramps. We also used small balls to push with a partner and experimented with how hard we had to push to get the ball to go the furthest. To continue to consolidate our learning, we went into the playground and climbed and swung and slid - all ways that we use our bodies to push and pull.
We have a lovely relationship with the children in Room 20. We have a tuakana teina relationship, whereby we support and learn from each other. The room 20 children come and read with us every week. We also share our reading with them. We also have a lovely group of children who come and play Engage games with us each day. We are lucky to have each other!
Week two, Term three 2020
We had a super busy week in Room one this week. The Puzzle Pieces were doing lots of learning around measurement and in particular using different things to firstly estimate then check how long or short things are. We really enjoyed using the blocks to find this out. We learnt that to estimate is to make a guess and then to check, is to count the blocks later to see how well we did this. We also practiced measuring each other and made a line from tallest to shortest child in Room 1! That was a lot of fun, estimating, checking and confirming.
Some of our clever children have been learning about building word families. We use words we know and add letters to these words to make new ones. We use the words from our readers and from our bank of words that we already know. When we are doing this we are looking, listening to sounds, writing and reading. We then were able to put some of these new words into a sentence and become authors! We are super proud and excited to share these new words with the other Puzzle Pieces! Nice job Puzzlers!!
Wow - look at Monehu’s fabulous letter that she wrote for her Mum and Dad. Monehu did this all by herself! I bet her Mum and Dad are super proud of her!!
Welcome to Term Three, 2020, Puzzle Pieces!
I hope you all had a fabulous holiday break? Great to see everyone back and ready to continue learning in Room 1. We have four new Puzzle Pieces, which brings our class to a total of 19 students. Welcome to Fraser, Jasmine, Quezon and Odin! We are all enjoying getting to know you and hope you are having fun learning with us?
Check out a beautiful video that I received from Akeem! I'm so pleased to hear how much you love school Akeem! We love having you in Room 1 and I love you too!!
This term we are learning about Angitutanga - Success. This is a science topic based on forces and change. We will begin this topic in Week 2.
Week 1 has been all about learning about Matariki. Matariki is the celebration of the Maori New Year and the star constellation the seven sisters. Matariki is also about celebrating new life, growing crops and sharing food together. To celebrate this special event we made a boil up to share. We cooked chicken, potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, kumara and cabbage. We prepared all the vegetables by peeling and chopping them, then added them to the chicken. It was very yummy and lots of us showed we were risk takers, by having a try. Great team work!!
Here’s some other images of more wonderful learning during Week 1, by the Puzzle Pieces! Enjoy
Week 12 Term 2 windup!
The Puzzle Pieces make a scarecrow!
We had been talking about how we could keep the birds and bugs off the plants in our garden!
We had also recently read the book “The Scarecrows Wedding” and got the idea to make our own scarecrow to be a kaitiaki of our vegetable garden.
We originally wanted to make both Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay from the story, but ended up making just Harry! Check out the process below!
Here’s how we made Harry O’Hay!
Welcome back to school Karl - we missed you!!
Room One - The Puzzle Pieces, are practicing their relaxation and breathing techniques. This practice helps us to be calm, to focus and relax. We like to do this most mornings when we first come to school. Click on the link below and watch us in action.
Week 11, Term 2, 22 - 26 June
We have started our inquiry in Room 1 this week. We are learning about how to be the kaitiaki or guardians of our spaces at school. We were very keen to plant our garden and we have talked about how we have to look after our plants, so that they grow up strong and healthy. We know that we have to water them and watch them carefully so that the slugs and snails don't eat them. We wondered what else we could do?? We read all about scarecrows and decided that we would like to make two scarecrows to protect our plants from the birds. We thought about how to make them and decided to have a "try" with some boxes to make a model first. Here we are choosing our boxes and starting to put our plans into action. We are super clever and careful when using the glue gun!!
We also learnt a song about scarecrows and would love to share it with you! Look how clever and talented we are! Go the Puzzle Pieces! Click on the orange box and enjoy!
Week 10, Term 2, 2020
In the beginning retold by Room 1.
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.
We have also been learning about Matariki. Here are some pictures of us making some Matariki stars:
Monday week 10, 15 June
Today we spent time talking about Rongo, who is the Maori god of Agriculture. We made the connection between Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and how we plant, then look after the gardens within our school. We are lucky to have our own little garden next to our classroom, which until today had some flowers and herbs in it. We decided to plant some broccoli and sugar snap peas, which we are really excited to watch grow and then eat. We also visited the school garden and talked about how the plants looked, felt and smelt. We rubbed the herbs between our fingers and some of us were brave enough to taste the parsley - well done risk takers! Our next job is to carefully look after our plants and keep them healthy and well watered!
So much learning going on!
Week nine in Room 1 - The Puzzle Pieces are busy, busy, busy!
We love to read!!
We learn to take turns and to follow rules by playing games together!
Having fun with maths and shapes!
Using things in nature to make shapes and then art pieces!
Week 8 Term 2 2020
Why play with Loose parts??
Loose parts are natural objects or materials, which provide children with endless opportunities to build on their play. Loose parts offer children:
Opportunities to create and expand their play skills.
Materials that support their play and development.
Children enjoy exploring and playing in their environment by manipulating and creating experiences with the materials they have access to. This is because it provides many opportunities for children to be curious, creative and make meaning of the natural world around them.
Access to a variety of transient materials during play and exploration aids in the following:
Fine motor development
Gross motor development
Language and vocabulary building
Room 1 - The Puzzle Pieces, plant their garden!
Thanks to Indigo and her lovely family, we were able to plant our Room 1 garden box and start to add to our herb and flower garden.
Gardening is a great activity for our children because it encourages them to become responsible for something other than themselves. They need to give the plants care and attention and will be rewarded with flowers they can enjoy and vegetables and herbs they can eat. Growing vegetables not only teaches children the hard work that it takes to grow them, but they get a sense of achievement knowing they are eating food they have grown themselves.
Additionally, while planting our garden, we were able to think about Mahi Ngatahi - Working as a Team - we worked together to plant and water our plants. We will continue to work together and care about our garden and each other by Manaakitangi - caring for each other and other living things around us. We also talked about Whakawhanaungatanga - working for each other and developing our relationships and connections. This is important as we go forward as a class whanau and support and connect with each other.
Week 7 - 25 May - 29 May 2020
This week has been a celebration of all things Samoan! We are VERY lucky to have our resident expert Mrs Tito in our classroom and she supported our learning perfectly this week. We have learnt to count to sefulu (10) in Samoan - tasi, lua, tolu, fa, lima, ono, fitu, valu, iva, sefulu. We learnt the colours in Samoan also and sang a very lovely Samoan Song. We also heard the Samoan story Sina and the Eel and got to feel, smell and taste the coconut flesh and drink the coconut water.
It is so important that our children get to experience cultures and traditions that may be different to our own. People often live in communities where their neighbors look like them, practice a familiar faith and have similar cultural roots. Introducing our kids to new people, traditions and religions means actively seeking out information and learning opportunities. Also as we learn more about other cultures, we are pushing ourselves beyond our comfort zone and broadening our understanding of the world. Our children will become more tolerant and accepting of diversity, the more they learn about others.
Please enjoy our video of all our learning this week!
Samoan Language Week - Version 1
Samoan Language Week Performance - Version 2
Fun with a coconut
Steps for how to make a wind chamber! By Indigo
Working hard Wednesday
In Room 1 we play hard, work hard and learn as we go. Today was all about learning to write our names using the correct formations. We looked at what our names look like, practised writing them on the whiteboards and during publishing and also went outside and wrote them using large pieces of chalk. Then we got to draw pictures - it was fun! We also were learning about patterning today using two colours to make a repeating pattern. We used the rods, counters and other maths equipment to make patterns across the floor! Making and recognising patterns is an important skill to develop as it helps us to see relationships and make predictions. Patterns are everywhere and they are at the base of all maths learning. Maybe you could make some patterns at home? They can be colours, shapes, sizes - the options are endless. Have fun!
We were also listening to patterns today and then repeating them, when we went to drumming with Mr D. Mr D shares the patterns with us while we are listening carefully, then we play them back to him. Drumming is a great opportunity to practise our listening skills, to learn about the relationships between what we hear and what we do, while also being a lot of fun. A great idea is to practise this at home too. You can do clapping patterns or make simple beat patterns for your child to repeat back to you.
We are writing our names
Welcome back everyone! It was so lovely to see all the beautiful children and teachers back at school today. I am so pleased to open Room 1 today with a new class of fabulous students!
Listen to a story
Week 5 - Hello whanau! WOW week five already! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and enjoyed celebrating Mother's Day with your Mum or special person yesterday? What were some of the fun things you did? Ruby made scones and we had them with jam and cream - yum! Then Brennah gave me a facial - it was lovely. We went for a big walk together and watched a movie. I had a great day. The best thing was that we were all together.
How have you been getting on learning at home? Have a look at the distance learning activities that have been shared for this week. Hopefully you have also been able to do some of the activities in your learning packs? I can't wait to see what you have been doing when you get back to school. Stay well everyone.
Here's a fun game you might like to play with your whanau. Think about who you are playing with and make it easier for those younger members of your family and maybe challenge those who are older than you - a great chance to practice Atawhai - we help others and Arohatia - we encourage others! Think also about what skills you are using when you play games like these? Are you problem solving? Are you challenging yourself? Are you being creative in your play? Do you wonder about how to make the game different or more interesting? Did you chose to set this game up to suit you? HAVE FUN!
Lets make a pin-ball type game at home. The idea is to get your ball (or something similar) into each container, to score points. Who can get the most points?
What else can you do with a pile of containers?
Week 4- Tena Kotou Tamariki! Welcome to week four. Hoping you all had a fantastic weekend and are staying safe inside your bubbles? Did you hear the rain last night?? It was really heavy where I was. I'm so pleased as Auckland was getting very low in their water supplies and our grass has been brown! Let's hope for more of the same! Hope you are enjoying your learning packs and learning from home! I miss you all! See you soon I hope.
Here's some maths activities for you to do! CLick on the buttons to watch and learn together.
Let’s make a bingo game, that you can play with your bubble. I used cardboard from an old box, but you can use paper, or card that you might have at home.
The winner is the first person to cover all their numbers. Remember to call out “BINGO” if that’s you. This is a good game for learning numbers to 20, to practice taking turns and following the rules! Have FUN!
Week 3 - Hi everyone! Week 3, Term 2 has just come to an end. I hope you have had a busy week, learning, playing, helping, exploring and challenging yourselves in your bubbles? Did you manage to get your learning packs this week? Your teachers have put together some activities, games, art experiences and books for you, to compliment what you are learning at home. We love seeing what you have been doing at home, so please keep sharing this with your fabulous teachers and we can put it up on our pages, then all of Flat Bush can see how clever and fabulous you are.
Click and Listen to some stories:
Practice the alphabet and simple words
Alphbet Letters And Sounds - Alphabet letters and sounds
Have an awesome weekend everyone! Lots of love Mrs Boyd
Tena Koutou Junior Whanau,
Hello one and all! Hope while you are reading this, you are all well, healthy and happy inside your bubbles?
I am here at home inside my bubble too! My bubble is my husband Glen and our two daughters Brennah and Ruby. We are really enjoying being together and have been finding lots of ways to keep ourselves entertained. We have been doing lots of socially distanced walks, playing games both inside and out like cards, board games and table tennis, done lots of cooking and housework together and loads of gardening. It's been a quiet time, which has been really lovely. I have read lots of books and yes I will admit to have watched some television. I'm so looking forward to the new Education channels that will be starting on April 15th - have a wee look and let me know what your favourite show is. I would also love to know what you have been up to? You can email me a quick note, a letter or picture or even a photo to my email address email@example.com....
I really miss going in to school each day, seeing all your happy, smiling faces and seeing all the other fabulous teachers and staff. I also miss seeing my extended whanau, like my Mum and Dad and my nephews and neices, but have tried to stay in touch via phone calls and face time. I can't wait to get together with them after the lock down to give them huge hugs and to share food and laughter together. What is your whanau planning for the end of the lock down?
I hope you are all getting lots of opportunities to play together? Remember all the games and things you like to do with your friends at school - maybe you can play these with your family too? This would be a great time to learn some new games or you could even make up a game or activity to share with your friends and teachers when you get back to school?? Use things around you like things you find in nature (acorns, twigs, feathers), bits and pieces in the garage, balloons or balls, or ask Mum and Dad if you could use some plastic containers or recyclable things like milk bottles (give them a rinse out first) to create a cool new game. Then teach the game to your family, send me a picture or write down the rules to your game - let your imaginations run wild! I can't wait to see what you come up with?
Take care of yourselves everyone, be kind to yourself and everyone in your bubble, take some time out to relax, be calm and stay well. Sending lots of love to you all until I see you when we are back at school. I'll be so ready for my hugs and catch up's with each and everyone of you!
Mrs Boyd - Crofskey xxxxxxxxxxx
Hi again everyone,
It's Easter Sunday and today we decided to do some art using things we found around the back yard. We went out together and collected some things from nature like flowers, acorns, twigs, seed pods, monkey tails and leaves. Have a look and see what you think? Which one is your favourite? My challenge to you is to have a look around the garden at your house and see what you can create? Send me a photo of your art piece to my email if you can? I would love to see it! Remember to ask Mum and Dad before you pick any flowers - they might be special ones! Happy Easter everyone! Love from Mrs Boyd
Hey Flat Bush Whanau,
Today, we had more fun exploring with things in nature. We used the same natural items we had used for our people and added some leaves. Our plan was to make animals. How do you think we did? Which one is your favourite and can you tell what they are? I think that the chicken is my favourite and yes I did that one! My challenge to you is to have a hunt around your garden and see what you can find, then make an animal too. Take a photo if you are able and email it to me. Lots of love from all in my bubble!
Looking for something fun to do???
How to make bubble mix at home
You will need:
50ml dish washing liquid
300ml cold water
1. Place the washing up liquid into a container.
2. Carefully and slowly add the water and gently stir them together. Try not to make any bubbles at this stage.
Try and leave your bubble mix to rest overnight - this will make your bubbles last longer. You can add some food colouring to make the bubbles colourful if you like? Just add a couple of drops!
To make a home made bubble blower
Do you have any paper clips? Straighten one out, then carefully twist it to make a circle shape at one end.
Straws work too. Loop one straw around to make a circle, attach that to another straw.
Pipe cleaners are great if you have any. Twist one around itself to make the circle shape at the top.
Can you find any dried flax fronds in your garden? Carefully knot a circle at the end of a flax frond.
Have you got any plastic bottles? Ask an adult to help you chop the bottom off the bottle and remember to blow out!!
A card board inner from glad wrap or paper towels can work too.
HAVE FUN! ASK FOR HELP WITH WIRE OR CUTTING!
Grab your pile of clothes pegs off the line! Let's play, let's create, let's learn!
Here's Ruby and I playing SNAP with some playing cards! Guess who won this round? Yes you are right - Ruby! Better luck next time Mrs Boyd!
Anzac Day Art - Monday 20 April