Saturday, 29 April 2017

Pukeko Update

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful break and everyone got a chance to explore and relax. Mrs Watson and I have been in at school over the past week getting ready for the term. We are very excited to continue on with the journey we are all on this year. We will be welcoming 3 new students that have been visiting with us over the last few weeks of term 1. Also new to our class is Cameron (from outaskool). He is part of our teacher aide team and will be working in our class to help support the children's learning.

We will be continuing on with PMP and The Early words program with the help of our parent helpers. Remember that if you are interested in helping out in Pukeko please let us know.

Last term we had some electronic equipment that the children very much enjoyed taking apart (the deconstruction urge) and we are wondering if anyone has some old equipment to donate to this part of play in our class.

In the last week of term 1 we focussed on fundamental skills. Before children can be successful academically they need to have developed some fundamental skills. Examples of fundamental skills are
  • Movement
  • Language
  • Auditory Sequential Memory
  • Visual Sequential Memory
  • Talking and Listening
  • Sequencing
Throughout term 1 we assessed the children in regard to these skills and now have a clear idea of their next steps. This term in the classroom the children will take part in play, academic groups and the Building Blocks Program. The Building Blocks Program will support children to develop the fundamental skills they need to succeed academically.

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