Saturday, 4 March 2017

Pukeko Update

Pukeko had another great week in week 5. We introduced the large loose pieces for the children to play with outside and they were a hit. There was much self directed learning as they explored the new equipment and what they were able to achieve with it. The large loose pieces include tyres, saw horses, PVC tubing, planks of wood and pellets. There have been many different uses for them over the week. There have been obstacle courses and rolling competitions. Some of the children have been experimenting with sound as it travels through the PVC pipes. Some of our girls created a stage with boats and a cave for a version of 'Moana'. The equipment has also been used to help solve a problem with our frisbee (you'll see).

Thank you to all of the parents that came in to help out in Pukeko last week. The children very much enjoyed having you working with them. Having parents helping out adds to children's interactions with adults that they are not familiar with. This means that they get practice building relationships and communicating with a wider range of adults. We had parents helping with PMP, alphabet knowledge, reading mileage and the Early Words program got up and running. We look forward to seeing you again this week. If you are interested in coming in to help out just get in touch and we can arrange it. The more the merrier.

We had goal setting interviews last week and it was fantastic to see so many of you. It was a nice process to go through and gave Jennie and I some good insights into the Pukeko children. The goals that were set in our meetings will be coming home this week. If you would like to catch up about your child's learning at any time please feel free to make a time and either Jennie or I will make ourselves available.

This week we will be starting to get ready for our Junior Sports Day later in the month. We will have the PALS teaching us games from the schools Sport Start resource. The children will learn a range of skills in skill based games that relate to many of the events in the athletic sports and sports in general. The games teach the children different ways to move, run, jump and throw. These games are designed to give children the skills they need to compete in traditional athletic sports when they become senior students. The Sport Start games have a high level of participation so the children are getting a great amount of practice at the skills being taught.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday morning for another great week. Check out some of the learning that went on last week.

Pietro and Soni exploring the new loose parts equipment making an obstacle course. It quickly turned into a pirate ship and Pietro was made to walk the plank.

Tyson and Levi playing in the time machine Levi and Frankey made. They travelled to the olden days when cowboys rode around on horses.

More outside play. Some of the girls (and Pietro) have been very interested in creating a show. 'Moana' was the story they wanted to tell. As the girls were taking part in learning groups those that were free sat with me and created the script for the play. Each day the stage, cave and boats were set up in anticipation. Once the story was completed and the stage was set they performed for the class. There was some great feedback for the group like speaking louder and not moving too far away from the audience. The singing was a favourite. 

Playing at having pets. Off for a walk.

The problem of the frisbee. It got thrown into the carpark and I watched as these guys tried to figure out how to get it back. Desmond suggested I go out the gate and get it for them but what is the fun in that? :-)

The ideas flowed. The PVC piping was used to try and bring the frisbee closer, a hoola hoop with a rope was tried.

They got it a little closer with the PVC and Grace thought she would attach put some sellotape on the end of a pencil. Tyson thought he'd give a racket a try. 

Then Desmond got all the way down on his tummy, reached out and...


Brooklyn experimenting with with sound, shouting down the pipe.

She extended the pipe with help and spoke to Grace around the corner.

Elsie discovered one of the pipes fit into the wooden circles we have.

Lucy comes along and says "It's a weight" and then the girls became weight lifters.

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