Flat Bush

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

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

Monehu is feeling the coconut. She said it was heavy and she could hear the coconut water splashing around inside it.

Akeem thought the coconut felt rough and was a bit hairy. He was excited to see what was inside.

Mrs Tito was hitting the coconut with the back of the knife. It made a funny sound as she hit it. It sounded more and more hollow as it broke open.

Mrs Tito is pouring the coconut water out of the coconut. We were surprised that it was clear? We thought it would look like milk! We had fun making predictions!

Christian was so excited to see the coconut flesh inside the coconut shell. Look how white and clean it looks. We are pretty keen to taste it. 

Caden is being a risk taker as he tries some of the coconut flesh. He tasted it but decided it wasn’t for him! Great job taking that risk though Caden.

During the holidays, Indigo made the most beautiful "wind chamber". We loved it so much, that we asked her if she could teach us how she did it. Today, Room 1 made their own wind controller, with help with our "teacher" Indigo. Have a look at the video below of Indigo telling us how she made it.

Indigo teaches us how to make a wind chamber!

Steps for how to make a wind chamber! By Indigo

First we went out and hunted for some sticks! Look at all the sticks we found. We had to find short ones and one long one.

Then we got some different coloured wool and Indigo and Mrs Tito helped us to loop the wool around the biggest stick. Look at all the colours.

Then we started to thread the beads onto the strings. We had to be very patient and take our time. It was fun choosing all the colours.

Here we are tying some colourful feathers onto our small sticks. We then attached the sticks to our beaded strings.

Look at Indigo! I think she is very proud of everyone. We all listened carefully and followed her instructions to make Room 1’s very own Wind Chamber.

Nice job everyone.

Come into Room 1 and see our fabulous art piece!

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 love drumming with Mr D. We get to play, listen, focus, repeat patterns and then create our own.

We are writing our names

Nice job Caden. I love the way you kept trying when you were writing your name! Great perseverance!

Nice work Monehu! You are great at forming the letters in your name!

Great job Karlsten. I love how you kept trying!

Caden is super proud of how well he was able to write his name! 

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!

It’s our first day together here in Room 1! We had lots of fun exploring our classroom and getting to know each other.

Here’s some of what we did.

We had fun talking about bubbles and then went outside and blew some bubbles in the sun. We did really well to take turns and share the bubble mixture.

We talked together about who is in our bubbles, then we drew our people and added their clothes. We were being very creative and making choices!

Indigo and Peta had lots of fun playing in our shop! It's lovely to see how well they shared and took turns! Nice job girls!

Monehu set out all the plates and cutlery to set up in the kitchen. She persevered until she was all set up!

Issac was pretending to do some cooking in our kitchen. He would like us to make some Gingerbread Men.

Mrs Tito took us for a Patch Play session. We were all great communicators, who listened well and took turns.

Indigo had fun pretending to be a cheerleader.  Great job Indigo making some good independent choices.

We did some counting and then used the rods to do some building. We were able to count out small sets. Issac and Peta were very persistent when building with the rods - well done!

Listen to a story

Stickman - Julia Donaldson

Charlie Cooks Favourite Book

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?

Do you have a box of containers like this at home? Ask Mum or Dad if you can use them to play a game?

Set the containers up on the ground. Use as many different sizes and shapes as you can.

Make up a points system for each container? Think about which one gives you most points and which ones would be hard?

Allocate the points to each container. If a container is big should it get more or less points? If a container is far away? If it is small? Agree with your players!

Find something to throw into the containers. Do you have a ping pong ball? What else could you use? 

Agree on a space to “shoot” from. Then agree who should first and what the rules should be. Should you keep getting points as long as the ball goes in? Who will keep the score? Is the first person to 100 or 200?

Ready set go! Oops i missed the first one. Never mind - I’ll get it next time. Whose turn is it now?

Perfect! Time to add my score to my score card. This is a great game for practising adding numbers together. If you need help ask your older brother or sister to help? Or maybe YOU can help a younger member of your family?

My paper ball works just as well as a ping pong ball. How creative can you be? What can you use to make a small ball out of?

Let’s think about our younger players? Can you think of a way to include them and make it achievable for everyone??

What else can you do with a pile of containers? 

Can you make something interesting with them? 

Can you build a tall tower? Maybe have a tower race with your whanau? How many did you stack? How stacked the most, the fastest?

Can you make an obstacle course for your cars or trucks? Can you make ramps or bridges??

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 count to 10

Writing numbers to 10


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.

First I cut out 6 small rectangular pieces of cardboard, each was about half the size of an A4 piece of paper.

Then I measured evenly, using a ruler, across the top and along the sides of each piece of card.

Then I drew some lines from one side to the other to make 15 small boxes.

Then I added numbers between 1 and 20. You can use a pen or pencil too for this.

I filled each box with a number between 1 and 20. Make sure that  the numbers are all mixed up. Do all 6 cards differently.

On another piece of card, draw up to 20 boxes and write the numbers 1-20. I used 2 cards for this.

Cut out the numbers and mix them up. One player is the caller each time. Keep the numbers face down.

If your number is called, put something on it. I used pegs. You could use buttons or beads - whatever you 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:

Monster Colours 

What Are You? 

Practice the alphabet and simple words

Alphbet Letters And SoundsAlphabet 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 lisab@flatbush.school.nz....

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!

What can you do with what you find around your garden?

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.



Maths Fun!

Grab your pile of clothes pegs off the line! Let's play, let's create, let's learn!

What can I do with a pile of clothes pegs?

Sort them

Count them

Add them together

Build with them

What else can you do with clothes pegs?

Measure with them

Stack them

Make repeating patterns

Make shapes

Have FUN!!

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

It’s nearly Anzac day whanau. Anzac day marks and celebrates the bonds and relationship between New Zealand and Australia. These bonds were formed during World War 1 and is about courage, sacrifice and mateship. We can live freely because of the sacrifices our soldiers made for us during war time. We wear the poppy to acknowledge these brave soldiers. Can you make a poppy using things from nature?

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