Tuesday, 20 February 2018


Our Inquiry is all about how we are Kaitiaki (guardians) of our place and what that means for us.  Before delving into the idea of Kaitiaki we started learning about Manaakitanga.  Manaakitanga is the process of showing generosity, care or support for others or enhancing someone else's wellbeing.  In Autahi we began exploring what manaakitanga means and looks like. 

We read some books about kindness, friendship and Empathy.

We talked about the idea of being a bucket filler.  Bucket Filler's try to fill others' invisible buckets (or enhance their wellbeing).  Bucket Fillers embody manaakitanga.
Our poem for the first week was the Bucket FIller's Pledge where we made a promise to try to be bucket fillers every day and we thought of 1 way we could be bucket fillers to others.

I will be a bucket filler by ...

 Last week we made Kindness Coupons for our friends in class and our family.  We came up with ideas of kind things we could do for others and made them vouchers.

We've found that doing kind things for others makes them feel good and makes us feel really good too!
Look out for us showing Manaakitanga at home! Tell us when we are filling your bucket!

Literacy--our reading and writing connections

This is the story we read last week in class
You can access it online here: Summer

 We read the story all week looking at the repeating words and focusing on "I, like and the."  We also talked about all the amazing things we love to do on a hot summer's day! 
Then we painted pictures of what we love to do on hot summer days.  Some of us liked going to the beach, swimming and eating ice creams!

 We also read this poem all week:
Again we focussed on the repeating words and had many discussions of what we like to do! On Friday we were word detectives and after a week of rereading our poem and reading our story we searched the poem for the words "I, like and the!" 

We also did some writing about what we like to do on hot summer days:

For some of us writing at this time in the year looks mostly like a picture with a few letters, for others its a string of all the letters they can hear and for others its a mix of small high frequency words that they can find in the room and sounds they can hear in other words!

We've also been practising the formation of the letters because sometimes we know what letter we need but we are not sure what it looks like or how to write it.  Every morning we start with our ABC song and we practise writing letters and shapes on our whiteboards.  We know that our brains grow when we keep practising so this is our brain growing time! It's cool because we are learning how some letters start the same way, like l,k,h and b.  They all have a tall stick to start.

 If you haven't seen the Pixelhouse Reader tab at the top of the blog, make sure to check it out here Weekly Story as each week I put up a link to the new story!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Global Play Day

               We celebrated Global Play Day on Friday 9th February. 388, 493 participants took part across the world. Our students enjoyed playing games with each other. It was interesting to see how they used their imaginations to invent new games.

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ~ Plato

We got to play inside, outside with our big buddies and with Tautoru.  We had so much fun exploring and meeting more seniors and Tautoru kids.

 We played in Autahi with our Year 5 buddies--these are the same buddies from last year who came to Rising 5s and hung out with us on a Wednesday!

  In the afternoon we mixed up into groups of children from Autahi, Tautoru and Mahutonga/Matariki and we came up with different games. 
We played Families and were deciding who was going to be whom in the game.

 We played Duck-Duck-Goose
 We were playing an Army Spy Game
 We decided to have a tire race--we were seeing which tire went furthest and came in first!
Overall, it was a fantastic day and we loved getting to reconnect with our big buddies, use our imaginations and show manaakitanga by being inclusive and considerate of others in our play!