Welcome to Room 5 where children learn through play. I create a warm, caring environment where children have ownership of their classroom.
Children direct their own learning during the day with a focus on developing the key competencies: Thinking, Relating to others, Using language, symbols, and texts, Managing self and Participating and contributing. Through their play, they are also learning Science, Social Science, The Arts, Technology and Health and Physical Education. This creates a smooth transition from early childhood and builds on the knowledge and skills they already bring to school. I teach reading, writing and math in small groups throughout the day.
Welcome to Room 3. We are trying to model our school values (P.R.I.C.E.) through a practice of “No Hands, No Feet, No Put-downs”. This means we try to do positive actions with our hands, like our work, high-fives, handshakes and helping others. Our feet are only used for running outside, making sure we find ourselves in the right place at the right times, and for playing sport. We use our words and voices to encourage and praise each other and others.
We’re a cool mixture of Years three and four, and for most of us it is the first time having a male, Mr. Roberts, as a teacher. Room 3 has signed up to a typing program as part of our handwriting learning. In our future we predict that we will need to type more than we write. It’s awesome because we can track our progress AND we can do the typing activities wherever there is Internet. There will be numerous opportunities this year, for us to showcase, adopt and even adapt different learning styles and models, and we are excited to develop those programmes to include all the students in our room.
In Room 4 children direct their own learning throughout the day. The focus is on the Key Competencies from the NZ Curriculum. These are: thinking, using language symbols and texts, managing self, relating to others and participating and contributing. I encourage the children to collaborate with each other, while persevering to complete activities they are working on. Throughout each day I teach reading, writing and maths in small groups while their self-directed play covers the curriculum areas of technology, science, social science, arts, and physical education and health. I foster a creative and caring environment where children can transition from the New Entrant class, with whom we often share a learning space. In room 4 children will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own belongings, this includes, clothing, reading, library bags and notices – etc.
Greeting from Room 2. It is my privilege to be teaching in Room 2 this year in a composite year 4 and 5 class. There are 27 children in Room 2 and assisting myself in running the morning programme is Mrs Linda Ford. We have an open, colourful, calm class environment that we are proud of and we all feel a strong sense of belonging. We are proud of who we are and where we come from and we have many opportunities in our learning day for us to challenge ourselves by choice. We have blended learning in Room 2 which means we spend half the day on devices and half the day working in books. In Room 2 we work together in teams of four. Together we have formed our own team name and team cheer to celebrate our successes throughout the day. We change our groups every 5 weeks so we get to know and work with other class members, however there are plenty of opportunities throughout the day to work with other class members other than our group or on our own. We are looking forward to setting ourselves goals for the year and setting criteria of how we will achieve them and when we will know we have. Our parents enjoy logging into our class see-saw app to check out what learning is happening throughout the day and their praise and comments is valued feedback which the class loves to read. We are proud of our school values and we strive each day to use them to better ourselves and the learning community. We have a super reward system where we colour in jellybeans when earned by carrying out our school values and when they are all coloured in, we get to select a mystery envelo pe that contains a class reward for everyone. We have cool medals that are awarded throughout the day to individuals or teams for using our school values too. We hope you come and check us out.
Welcome to Room 6, a Year 2/3 composite class. In our classroom we are continuing with elements of play-based learning, but we have now moved into self-directed learning activities that supplement our learning across all curriculum areas. This continues to encourage self-motivated and engaged learners.
We are so lucky to have Mrs Dee Karn in the mornings when we focus upon literacy in the classroom. This is supported with visits to the school library where we can choose books to enjoy at home and also to share in the classroom with our classmates. This is followed by Maths where we engage in a range of activities that help children to form connections across the curriculum. To start off our year we worked together to create a ‘Room 6 Treaty’ where we linked what behaviour we wanted in the classroom to the Westshore Values (P.R.I.C.E.).
Highlight of our day during the summer is our daily visit to the school pool – great on a hot Hawkes Bay day!
Welcome to Room 8, 2017. This year Room 8 is made up of 12 year 6 students and 13 year 5 students, Mrs Stacey Prasad who helps us from 9:00 to 12:00 and a fun loving teacher who adores superheroes (that’s me – Mrs Kris Robins).
This year we are encouraging our senior students to take on roles of responsibility. These roles include being a school Ambassador, House and deputy House Captains and being a Peer Support Leader. I am proud to say that each class member has put themselves forward for the opportunity to be a leader within the school. This is not as straight forward as simply volunteering. The students who applied to be Ambassadors had to write a short statement about the skills they could bring to the role and then presented their case to the whole school, including parents. Quite a challenge for anyone.
On the 24th of March, 23 keen students will be undertaking 3 hours of training with me at Pettigrew Green Arena in order to become a PAL (Physical Activity Leader). The students learn how to; run fun games for the juniors, set up equipment, referee games, solve simple disputes, and develop their leadership skills. I am very excited to be training so many students this year.