Some of the activities students in Aratiatia Community have undertaken to 'make their mark' in Term 2. All these activities promote hands-on learning using fine motor skills and many have required manipulation of tools we wouldn't otherwise use.
International Friendship Day
Marble Run 10
Marble Run 09
Marble Run 08
Marble Run 07
Bike Day 2
She showed us how to check the front and rear brakes, make sure the wheels are tight and the chain is ok.
Some girls in our class were very scared of riding their bikes because they might fall off. Whaea Cath and a few of our parents helped the girls to become more confident and by the end of the lesson were riding by themselves, and going down hills confidently.
Bike Day 1
Ohaaki team were very fortunate to have Whaea Cath come to talk to us about bike safety, how to ride a bike and the cyclist road code.
She told us about how to put on a helmet properly, check that it doesn’t have any cracks in it, and what hand signals to use when we are on the road with our bikes.
Whaea Cath talked about what to look for to make sure our bikes are safe to ride.
Boys Campfire Sculpture
On Wednesday afternoons the junior school have discovery time. We have been focused on creating purposeful play opportunities for our tamariki. Teachers have been learning about the importance of learning through play and have been implementing the ideas from this professional development into discovery time. We want to allow our children time to be creative and learn through play.
Reporter Club 2018 Our Caretaker Anaru
Wairakei Primary School has entered our school caretaker into the National Caretaker competition. We have been heard on the radio talking about our caretaker and why he should win the national competition.
Flynn and Danidu
Hands-on tasks make our hands strong.
Addison shares her finger puppets
Supporting fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination at Wairakei Primary School. Hands-on tasks build our resilience.
Layne and Ihaka’s friendship bracelets
Increasing our eye/hand coordination and fine motor skills helps us improve our handwriting. We are making our mark.
Return to editingKids Bike Taupo
As part of our Inquiry ‘Mark Making - Making a Mark’ to develop better handwriting skills, we have been working on our gross motor skills. Ohaaki Team decided to have a bike day and invited Whaea Cath from KIds Bike Taupo.
Calligraphy in 日本語 - Wairakei Primary School
There are many ways to 'make our mark'. Japanese calligraphy is one way.
Room 4 started learning about how to use their bodies to make music. This will be our focus for the term. We practised our hands, feet and voices to create sounds. We also learnt how to do the hand jive – that was lots of fun! Then we got into groups and started making up our own routines to share.
Room 6 School Assembly
We have been very excited to be the assembly hosts. We decided to dress in disco clothes to enhance our dance performance. We practised every day, morning and afternoon. We focused on counting as we realised the dance moves were in a pattern of 8, 4, 4, 8, 4, 4. This really helped us with our timing. We also worked hard on having sharp, strong arm movements and remembering to dance on the balls of our feet as this made us lighter, so we weren’t thumping on stage.
We were very pleased to have such a wonderful parent turn out to support us, it made us feel very proud of all our hard work.
In Room 1 we are doing descriptive writing around a special person and I am doing mine around my mum. We have to write 4 paragraphs and the first paragraph is about what my mum looks like. I have made a video to show you what I wrote.
Max Reading his Raining Diamond Story
We are learning to add adjectives to our story writing to make our stories more interesting. We brainstormed ideas on the board and then set off to write our stories.
Check out some of our athletes competing at the 2018 Ironkidz in Taupo. Some of our school leavers from last year even made an appearance.
You’ve Got Food On Ya Face
Room 5 has been learning the song ‘You’ve Got Food On Ya Face’ (YGFOYF) by New Zealand performer Kath Bee. It is a really catchy song with very tricky, tongue-twisty lyrics. That meant we had to practise a lot, both as a class and with a buddy on a device. We had to repeat those hard parts lots of times. We learned to open our mouth to make the words clear. We also made our own moves for the song which meant we had to listen to the meaning of the lyrics.
Chengdu school flute item
Chengdu No. 7 Primary-Middle School, China, Cultural Exchange to New Zealand schools February 2018
Yuko and Kengo visit Wairakei Primary School 2018
Yuko and Kengo from Japan visited Rooms 5 and 6 at Wairakei Primary School. Here are the highlights.
2017 Final Prizegiving Slideshow
Angus Science Club Interview
This blog post is brought to you by Finn, Fletcher, Izzy and Onyx new Wairakei School Reporters. We are part of the new Reporters Club at School. We are training to be school reporters, reporting on events and learning around the school. We interviewed Angus Martin and he told us about the science he has done.
Nick and Fergus Robotic Hand
Room 3 has been reading The Wild Robot by Peter Brown as part of our Chapter Chat and Twitter Chat activities. It is a wonderful story about a Robot who learns to understand and speak animal languages on a deserted island.
Wairakei Estate Planting Day 2017
Pet Day test run 2017
Finn and Fletcher open their letter
We were excited to get a letter from the Animal Sanctuary in Auckland who received over $200 from our Dare to Care inquiry. We didn’t expect a thank you but it was a real buzz to know our money has gone to a worthy cause.
As part of our Term 4 inquiry we are to ‘Face a Challenge - Create a Challenge’ This week we were set a challenge that involved a team of 4 having to stack cups in a pyramid using the equipment provided.
Te Huka Team Airport Trip
On Monday 25th September the Te Huka team went to visit the Taupo Airport. We have been learning about flight this term so a trip to the airport was a great celebration to end our inquiry.