Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Pukeko Update

We hope you are all having a happy easter and are not over indulging. In week 8 we had plenty of play outside with water, woodwork and the large loose parts. All children are happy and keen when they are taken to Te Kohanga for academic group work. There is a lot of conversation in the groups and the children are very focused during this time. We are proud with the progress children are making this term.

There is also much progress being made in play. Children are becoming more aware and sensitive to the needs and wants of others. They are listening to each other more and are beginning to take on the ideas of others. When children are becoming unsettled they are getting opportunities to practice self calming skills with support from us. The class is growing steadily and these skills will help the children cope as new faces and personalities are introduced.

Over the next 2 weeks we are going to be practicing for the Cross Country every day. Please make sure your child is wearing running shoes and this makes it much more comfortable for them to run in. We have had a whole week of fundraising for the Cross Country (Adidas School Fun Run) and so far we have raised $431 dollars. Pukeko has raised almost half of that ourselves. WELL DONE! The money raised is used to subsidise swimming at the end of the year. Keep up the good work.

Here is and interesting article for you to look at.


All of the children have made a start on painting their pukekos which they sketched over the past couple of weeks. The concentration and care many of the children are taking is impressive. Clearly they want to make a quality piece of work. We have also created pukeko headbands for the pukeko stomp we are practicing for our assembly in week 10. Some children will be coming home with words to practice next week as they will be presenting the assembly and sharing some of the learning we have done over the term.

On Thursday we got out the imagination playground for children to experience and the imagination, creativity and experimentation was so cool to observe. The conversations were excited and animated. 

The children are choosing to practise their skipping and they have a little competition going as to how many skips they can achieve individually. The number currently is upward of 30.

This is another example of the persistence that we are seeing in Pukeko  where
children make their own choices, have the time to follow through and the motivation  to complete their plan.
Our mice are demonstrating persistence. Watch to the end!!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Pukeko Update

This week has been very settled. The children are well into the swing of how our space works and many are beginning to become more creating in their play. The most exciting thing last week was the opening of the new bike track around the back field. We were the first to walk around it in the morning and the first to go on it with our scooters as well. Before we went out we discussed how to stay safe on the track when lots of people are on it. There had to be a 6th thing to remember because all of the ideas were so good. 


Xavier came for a couple of visits this week and made a very cool tow truck out of the mobilo. He also got along side some other great mobilo builders. There was lots of talk about how things were being made and the job they did. 

Nicole was asked by this group to try and get some group skipping happening. They were trying for a good 10 minutes. We will persevere and there will be team skipping.


Over the next couple of weeks we will have a focus on the Arts. We are going to be working on readers theatre around the book 'The Swamp Eggs'. We will create masks and maybe costumes to go with it. Also we will be learning the 'Pukeko Stomp'. You will have the chance to view our progress at the Pukeko lead assembly. Date and time TBA.


We spent a lot of time doing our final sketches of Perky the Pukeko and we will look at painting him next week. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Pukeko Update

We started dance with the dance instructors this week. All of the children are super focused and eager to learn the dances. It is so much fun watching how hard they are trying to get the moves right. When they make a mistake the just move on and have another go.

We also continued on with the Pukeko, reading some non-fiction books and stories to the children. We had a go a sketching a Pukeko using Perky Pukeko as a model. Here are our first attempts.

Casey and Zac got creative and created a map for their play on a large piece on corrugated cardboard.They were able to talk me through it very clearly. They pretended to be super-alien, spider-man and Captain America and planned to trap The Joker(alias Mr T) using  weapons they made from the engineering kit and cardboard tubes! THE JOKER SURVIVED (this time)!

Jared drew a LARGE castle outside with an attic for old toys and then he went inside and built another castle with the foam blocks for his cars. He explained in great detail all the parts of his outside castle  and what you could do in the castle and then told me a long story about how the cars could operate on his block castle inside.

Tobias built binoculars from the tubes and straws while Casey, Zac and Michael  worked with the engineering kit.

Mr Kingston brought over a HUGE tube foe us to investigate. Yagana, Rocki, Sophie and Joseph began experimenting to see what they could post, how fast it would go down and what happened when they varied the height of the tube-Science in action!

We were lucky to have New Zealand Playhouse visit us this week with a mash up of Little Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood. Pantomime at its best!A great example of innovative thinking-3 actors, minimal props and a very interesting plot.