Welcome to Room 7
Room 7 is made up of Year 0-1 children. Myself, Jo Pickett is the teacher of this room. I have been involved with Tauwhare School for over 5 years. Within these 5 years I have been a Reliever, Teacher Aide and a Permanent Teacher. I have a boisterous 5 year old boy, named Blake, who I also teach in Room 7.
I have a real passion for helping children learn. Every child has the right to express themselves and I love capturing their interests and incorporating them into learning through play, whilst also maintaining the basics of Reading, Writing and Mathematics into our everyday programme.
Tauwhare's mission is 'Accomplished learners striving for success in tomorrow's world.' This is what I base my teaching around. Setting children up to become independent and confident thinkers to overcome any obstacles they may encounter.
If you would like to know more about myself or Room 7 please feel free to email me;
Term 1 2020
Space Coding -Unplugged
Working in Peers, we explored this coding activity that was purchased off TpT for $3.75.
Firstly, I talked about the expectations;
Then, using white board pens, the children drew an arrow in each square to direct the Alien to the Spaceship;
Next, using the arrows that come with the resource, I modelled what needs to happen with the children's involvement;
Lastely, the children placed their own Alien (see at the bottom of the arrow resource) somewhere on the board and then had to use the arrows as well.
All children thoroughly enjoyed this activity and we all had great fun trying to get the Alien home to his spaceship.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I look forward to 2020!!!
Term 4 2019
How amazing was production? Madagascar! All children were on form and looked so cute in their little costumes. Room 7 were Penguins, Hippos, Lioness's and Zebras. Thank you so much to all parents for supplying your childs costume. Also, a massive thank you to the parents that came and helped me with face painting and other bits and pieces. Really appreciate it!
Room 7 had so much fun. Some of the activities were;
Sack racing, Moon hopping, balancing balls, throwing vortex's etc
In Room 7 we like to Thread. There are many items we can thread, such as, beads, string and pipe cleaners.
We are lucky enough to have a wood work table that the children can build on. We have big hammers, saws and nails. Best of all we have hard hats that we get to wear when we are building!
We love to dress up! We have pretty dresses, iron man costumes and handbags, plus many more items.
Many hours are spent being creative and dressing up. Family play is a hit in Room 7.
Term 3 2019
Get Out Fast!!!!!!
On Tuesday (27.08.19) we had Jason from the Hamilton Central Fire Station come and talk to us about being Fire Wise. This is a program that we teach every year to make children aware/remind them of how to be safe in the event of a fire.
Room 7 are seen in the photo to the left, getting down low and getting out of the classroom fast. Jason and Julie.M held up a black blanket to mimic what smoke would be like. The children crawled under it, out the door and ran onto the centre of the field which is the schools safe meeting zone.
I have encouraged the children to have a discussion at home to find out where their families safe meeting zone is.
Ready, Set, Go!
Room 7 blew my socks off with how well they ran! I am so proud of them as they tried their best. It is a big paddock and most of them managed to run the whole way. The photo to the left is the 5 Year old boys lining up on the start line and doing their stretches.
These were the results for Room 7
5 Year Old Boys
5 Year Old Girls
6 Year Old Boys
6 Year Old Girls
Zoe and her dog Salt, came to talk to us about Dog safety.
When patting a dog for the first time -
1. Ask the owner if we can pat their dog.
2. Have your hand in a fist with your thumb tucked in and let the dog sniff your hand.
3. If the dog is okay with you, you pat them on the chest.
"Chest is best"
We learnt these cool sayings to protect ourselves
"See a lone dog - leave it alone."
"If a dog is running free - stand like a tree."
"If you fall - roll into a ball."
Term 2 2019
Room 7 children had great fun this term, learning all about Tennis! We had a guy come in and teach us skills that will support us for when we play tennis.
Here are more photos.
Hula Hooping Pros!
Term 2's days began by being active! Room 7 enjoyed Hula Hooping with myself for the first week and then the other weeks they went and experienced;
- Jump Jam
- Large Ball skills
- Circuits on the outside of the field
- Folk Dancing
- Dance/Tai Chi
Being active in the morning sets the children up for being energised for the rest of the day.
Be Careful near the road!
Road Safety Week!
We were very lucky to have Constable Allister come in and teach the Junior syndicate all about road safety. We practiced how to cross the road at a pedestrian crossing in front of our classroom first before we went out onto the road and crossed the real one.
This is what we learnt;
Monday - crossing the road
Tuesday - sneaky driveways
Wednesday - dangerous car parks
Thursday - Road signs
Friday - Safe helmets and seat belts
The children had so much fun on Friday as they were allowed to bring their 'wheels' (bike, scooter etc).
Click on the link below to see the photos of what we got up to.
Room 7 have been learning about unplugged coding with a lady called Julia. For this activity we had to give our 'robot' instructions to get to the elephant without running into the hippo. We were only allowed to give simple instructions such as 1 step forward or turn left/right. The children took turns at listening and following instructions. We had a lot of fun!
See below the link to all the photos.
Term 1 2019
Brushing our Teeth
On Monday the 1st of April, Room 1 had 'forgotten' how to brush their teeth. It was Room 7's mission to write instructions on how to brush our teeth. Lucy modeled the instructions to Room 7, which was successful and then after we had written our instructions we went to Room 1 and read them aloud to the senior children to see if they could follow the instructions to brush their teeth. Jessie was the senior model and she also successfully brushed her teeth using our instructions.
See below the photos of this process
Big grin Kyle
Sarah has little chickens at her house and she very kindly brought them in so that everyone could have a hold. They were so soft. The children were very gentle and nurturing to the chickens.
See the link below to check if your child had a hold.
What order should we put our Rainbow bottles in to make a rainbow effect?
"Wow! there is a Rainbow in our sink!"
'Tip out' ' Light'
'Fill up' 'Dark'
We took turns to add a colour to the little glass bottle. We had to discuss how much we would add and what the amount did to the shade and density in the bottle. If we had too much, we needed to tip some out and if there wasn't enough colour we had to add some more.
See below the link of your child participating
Rocky Shore Trip
On the 28th of February the whole of Tauwhare school, traveled by bus, out to Raglan. We went to Whale bay and looked at the sea creatures that were nestled in and around the rocks.
We found Star fish, Crabs of all sizes and colours, Sea Weed and lots of other sea creatures.
It was such an enjoyable day and the children gained a lot from this experience.
Please click on the Link to see other photos of the trip.