Tena koutou katoa,
Ko Becks toku ingoa, (My name)
Ko Hamilton toku kainga inaianei (Now live in)
Ko Tauwhare toku kura, (School)
Ko Hatea Toku awa (River)
Ko Mania toku maunga (Mountain)
No Whangarei ahau (where from)
Ko Slade toku Whanau (Family)
No reira, tena koutou, tena Koutou, tena tatou katoa.
A Little About me:
My name is Becks, I am one of 4 siblings, an older sister (Helen) and twin brothers Peter and Steven. I grew up in a place called Parua Bay, 30 mins east of Whangarei. My parents have a lifestyle block now near the school I grew up in. I was involved in hockey, swimming and surf life saving. I was a pool lifeguard, learn to swim teacher and Junior Surf coach. We were always told to follow our dreams and make them happen. From an early age I was going to be a teacher. When I moved to Hamilton to study the arts there was always a plan to follow with a teaching degree. After completing my Bachelor of Media Arts, I moved to the USA where I worked and studied again. After two years of living abroad I moved back to Hamilton to complete my Grad Dip in Primary Education, since then I haven't looked back. I love teaching and studying, making sure that my students have the best education.
Recently, My partner and I bought our first house, and puppy. So we are kept busy but make the time to go out on the paddle boards, taking the bikes out and travel. I look forward to meeting you all, please come in and say Hi.
Welcome to the class of 2020 in Room 6.
We are a fun, energetic class of 18, year 2 students. We are loving all aspects of our school and ready to take on the learning that this year brings.
Here is what we have been up to already....
We are lucky enough to have an amazing orchard of fruit around the school. We have brought the classroom outside, used our measuring skills to create delicious muffins and eat juicy plums.
Apple and Rhubarb muffins.
- 1 cups Brown sugar
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 Eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup chopped Rhubarb
- 2 Apples
- 1 cup milk with 1 tsp. vinegar mixed in.
- Turn oven on to 180 degrees. Line 18 hole in a muffin tin with muffin cases and spray with non stick oil.
- In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, oil and eggs, and beat well with a wooden spoon.
- Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together in a separate bowl.
- Chop the apple into small pieces and put into another bowl with the rhubarb and milk mixture.
- Using a wooden spatula fold the chopped apples and rhubarb into the brown sugar mixture. The gently fold the flour through until just combined. Don’t over mix or the muffins will be tough.
- Spoon batter into the lined muffin baking trays.
- Bake muffins for 20 – 25 minutes, or until golden.
Rhubarb and Apple muffins.
Elf on the shelf.
We have had a new enrollment into Room 6 over the past few weeks, Cocoa got her name from the class by each having a vote on what name they liked the best. Cocoa has been very cheeky from taking the teachers stickers, writing her own certificate, going for a swim, playing twister, escaping from the classroom. The students all loved coming back to class after the break and seeing what Cocoa got up too. It was beautiful to see the magic come alive and the students enjoy the last few weeks of the year.
I want to wish you all a lovely holiday. Merry Christmas to you all, be safe and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year. Keep up the reading and writing over the holidays.
Osmo is an amazing manipulative digital tool that enhances learning opportunities with game pieces to support. We first started with maths numbers and used this to support our maths programme in class. Students could use this individually or in pairs and work on the learning with that. The other tool was the coding app which teaches key computational thinking and skills with a hands on approach. This is always a hit and my kids loved using this one too. Find out lots more information here on the Osmo website.
Students have been introduced to the words and coding games using OSMO! It is a fun and great new way to include digital technology into their learning while still being hands on
See here for a video on how we use it in our class.
Production- What a fantastic show! Well done to Room 6 who got up and danced the best friends dance. The students loved getting all dressed up and face painted. I was so proud of the way the students preformed.
Calf Club day and the Flower Show.
What a fantastic day for all of the students. The students had a great time creating their sand saucers. We have some creative artists in our class. Well done to all the winners :) Below are a few photos of what we got up too.
Sylvie entered her lamb into Calf Club day (Cotton was her name) Sylvie and Cotton walked away with three trophies and lots of ribbons. It is a huge responsibility to have a lamb with daily interactions and feedings. Huge congratulations, looking forward to seeing how they get on at Group day this week.
Principal for the Day!
Liam was fantastic as principal for the day! Room 6 were lucky to have a visit from the kid principal. Liam talked with the kids, helped them with their work, offered support and feedback on their work, he even had some beautiful principal stickers that the kids were lucky enough to get. Room 6 may have asked for a bouncy castle and monster trucks, he said we needed to ask another day! It was worth the try.
ZERO WASTE.... ' X' girl visited Room 6 today, she shared valuable information with us on how we can make our lunch boxes rubbish free, from using beeswax wraps and reusable containers it was great to see some of the students already using these items. The students have a goal for tomorrow to reduce their rubbish in their lunches. We were amazed with how many landfills there are in New Zealand and that NZ creates 30 stories of rubbish every month in rubbish! We have made great changes in Room 6 with just recycling our paper and only sending away half a rubbish bin to the landfill. Next terms goal is to send none!
Ruben The Road Safety Bear.
On the 13.09.2019, Tauwhare School were lucky to have a visit from Ruben the road safety bear. The Junior school thoroughly enjoyed his visit and took away some very important messages to keep ourselves safe when near the road. With summer coming up and being outdoors this was a well timed visit. Here are a few of the different messages that we learnt..
GET DOWN.... GET LOW.... GET OUT
Firewise: The junior school were lucky to have a great session with Jason the fireman. The students had a great time having ago at getting out of the classroom as they would if there was a fire. We had been having a lot of conversations around what was a toy and what was a tool (eg matches etc) and what we should do if we find these around. The students were fantastic and very practical with their responses. Great work Room 6.
Happy Fathers Day to all of our dads! The students in Room 6 had a lovely time making their dad's a short video which was sent to them on Sunday. Such lovely feedback from the parents about the videos. What a moment to treasure. See our video of all the students.
Cross Country: Room 6 had a great time at cross country and with all of the hard training that they did prior to the big event they did so well. I am so proud of them all. Students were told at the beginning of the term that if they train as if it was the race they will succeed. Well done to all of the runners.
6 Year Old Boys
3rd Kyle (Room 7)
6 Year Old Girls
1st Laura.S (Room 7)
7 Year old girls
Week 5: We have been learning and exploring "Lions" this past week, the students all wrote fantastic stories and reports about Lions. Room 6 has been working on publishing their own work and here are a few of them. Above, Joe created a fantastic lion using shapes and no prompts. Well done Joe.
The BIG king of the Jungle.
Lions can jump high. Lions can hunt for their dinner. Lions hunt zebras. Did you know that lions are the strongest animal in the world? Did you know that lions are the king of the jungle. They have got strong and spikey teeth to help them eat their food. Lions like all kinds of meat. They like to eat people, so watch out.
Week Three/ Term 3
We had a very busy week in Room 6. We have been learning about similes and taking what we learnt with Julia (Digital Technology) to create an animation for our stories.
Check out some of our similes:
The baby lamb is jumping like a deer. The baby lamb is as playful as a little brother: Liam O.
The elephant has big ears too, its ears are as big as car tires. - Sylive.
The baby lamb is like a hungry bear eating fresh green grass- Ivan.
All About Me
Although we are just little people, we are going to grow up some day. Come on a journey with us to see who we are and who we would like to become when we grow up....
We have discovered lots of interesting things about who we are and what we like to do.
Harvesting the Veggie Garden
Room 5 invited Room 6 to have a day of harvesting and cooking some produce from our own Veggie Garden at school. We harvested corn, cherry tomatoes, courgettes, capsicum and spring onions. Take a look at our yummy corn chowder and Courgette slice.
Whale Bay - Rocky Shore visit
This year we had the privilege to visit Whale bay in Raglan and learn all about the wonderful sea creatures that live in Rock pools in New Zealand waters. From Purple Rock Crabs to Sea Stars and Neptune's Necklace... we discovered a world of wonders and our excitement was uncontainable. Back at school the students in Room 6 created their own Rock Pool and used air dry clay to form many interesting rock critters.
During the first few weeks of the year, we had lots of Monarch Butterfly activity in Room 6. Kind parents donated some Swan plants and little did we know that there were little Caterpillars already eating away at the juicy leaves. Very soon we had about 30 caterpillars munching away at the Swan Plants until there were only twigs left. The children had a wonderful opportunity to see the whole lifecycle in action and the newly hatched butterflies were welcomed every morning with great excitement.
Google Drive : Learning and experiences around butterflies
We were inspired by the many rainbows we see outside at this time of year and in our writing we used similes to describe the beautiful colours of the rainbow.
Google Drive : Rainbow art and writing
Shared Book : I am a Smarty Pants by Joy Cowley
Room 7 came for a visit on "Step In day" and we enjoyed sharing the wonderful creativity of author Joy Cowley. Take a look at our art and explanations on why we are so "SMART"!
Part of our Mathematics this term included doing some Statistical Investigations. We discovered that we can group the same objects together, count how many we have of a specific object and also create a Tally chart to show our findings. Our graphs included pictographs and bar graphs.
Google Drive : Statistics
Pink Day at Tauwhare School
Room 6 had a wonderful day supporting the"Anti Bullying" campaign. We dressed up all in pink, made some flags with positive logos on them and participated in our very own parade.
Room 6 has been very busy exploring with different colours of food colouring. We have read the story of Matariki and learnt how Tangotango and Wainui had to make a plan to settle their daughters who were annoying the other starts by whizzing and swooshing around them.
Google Drive : Matariki Artwork showing the 7 stars of Matariki
Room 6 has studied different legends and myths around Maui. The students created Cartoon strips and artwork around "How Maui slowed the sun."
Google Drive : How Maui slowed the sun
On Friday 29th June 2018, Tauwhare School celebrated Matariki by performing to our whanau and friends of our school showcasing our learning around Matariki.
Google Drive : Matariki celebration : Whole school Performance
Room 6 has been learning all about shapes during our Geometry Unit. We had heaps of fun finding shapes in the world around aus and decided to create these colourful talking robots using our Chatterpix App on the i-pads. Take a look...
Ruben the Road safety Bear
We have learnt how to cross the road safely at the pedestrian crossing.
Holding hands with an adult is always a good safe way to cross the road.
Wear bright colours and make your seatbelt click!
Wearable Arts Parade 2018
Throughout Term 3 Room 5 and 6 have been engaging in cultural studies around two Ethnic tribes from Africa. The Masai that live in Kenya and Tanzania as well as the Zulus that live in South-Africa. As part of their learning the girls did some cross stitch and bead work and created beautiful neckpieces, headbands and bracelets. The boys did cross stitch on their leg flaps and made shields along with head bands. We celebrated as a whole school by participating in a Wearable Arts parade that was enjoyed by all.
Flower arrangements and Veggie creations
During Calf Club Day this year all the non-participating students created flower arrangements and Veggie"animals". What a fun filled morning. Everybody jumped in and brought some flowers from their own gardens and there was no shortage of colour and fragrances in the air. The judges surely had their work cut out for them! Take a look