Welcome Back to Term 3!

Welcome back to all of our families.  A special welcome to all our new families who have joined us this term. We hope you have enjoyed the first few weeks of the term. We look forward to an exciting term filled with fun and learning.


Driving Learning Through Children’s Questions and Interests

This year we are driving our learning through the interests of the children within our classes. To do this, we spend time getting to know each child by building relationships, observing and engaging with them during play; and setting up provocations for them to develop their curiosity.

So far this year we have used a wide range of prompts to ensure students are expanding their understanding of the world around them, asking questions, and testing their theories.




Celebrating Learning in Our Classes 


Room 2

For STEM, Room 2 helped baby bear make a bed for Goldilocks to sleep in. Students made a plan on paper first, looked at different materials to build their bed, then made a bed which would stand up. They had to make sure it was big enough for Goldilocks to fit, and strong enough to keep her safe while she slept.


Room 3 

In Room 3 we have been focusing on Science, and making observations about the experiments. Our first experiment was testing which oil made the best lava lamps. We learned that Soyabean Oil makes the biggest lava bubbles! In our next experiment we discovered that mixing milk, food colouring, and dish soap could make rainbows!

We are very excited to see what our next experiment will be!


Room 4 

Room 4 have been enjoying STEM lessons where Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills are learned and used.  Last week we designed new homes for The Three Little Pigs. Some homes were sturdy and could not be blown down by the Big Bad Wolf. Others were flimsy and had trouble protecting the pigs when the Big Bad Wolf huffed and puffed. We found out that one of the strongest shapes to build structures with is the triangle!


Room 17/18 

We did a dot to dot challenge for maths week. Two lucky Reception children won prizes for taking part. Well done, Abigail Brooks and Breanna Uilavai!


Room 19 

In Room 19, we wanted to make crystal snow flakes with borax but Mrs Yu forgot whether we have to use hot water or cold water to make better crystals!
We got 2 jars and in each jar we put 3 tablespoons of borax. Then we put 300ml of cold water in one jar and 300ml of hot water in the other jar.
The next day we found that hot water works much better to make borax crystal as borax get dissolved better in hot water.
We can’t wait to make our own crystal snow flakes.


Room 20 

Room 20 celebrated 100 days of learning this term. We had a big party and lots of fun activities on the day. We have also had a lot of fun solving maths problems during maths week. We solved all the problems correctly and collected clues. The clues led us to the office where we found lollies waiting for us.


Room 25 

Sticky, icky mud!!  Mrs. Wishy Washy’s farm animals all got stuck in the mud so Room 25 retold the story using oobleck in our new trays.  We mixed oobleck with cocoa power to and then got all the animals stuck.  Then we had to pretend to be Mrs. Wishy Washy and scrub the animals in the tub so they were all nice and clean again.  We have had so much fun using our new trays.


Tuff Trays 

New Furniture!

The Year 1 classes were really excited to be granted a new piece of furniture this term. Each class now has a ‘tuff tray’. They are being put to good use with lots of fun hands-on and creative activities like play dough, building materials and small worlds.


Cross Country 

Date: Wednesday, 4th of September      Time: 11:45am

Parents you are invited to join us for our cross country, please come along to cheer on your child/children in our run. 

Please send along with your child; 

  • A change of clothes to run in, including a t-shirt in your house colour if possible
  • Children can also bring a pair of sports shoes if they wish 

If you have any questions about the day please don’t hesitate to contact their classroom teacher.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Production Preparation- Costumes! 

This year Baverstock Oaks School will be presenting A Journey Through Storyland for the production. Year 0/1 will be performing The Enormous Crocodile. In preparation for this it is asked that each child (unless their teacher has specified an alternate role) choose a jungle animal to dress up as. In class we will make headbands, but each child will need t-shirt in the colour of their animal. Please bring these in as soon as possible so we can begin dress rehearsals for our show.  If you do not have a t-shirt in the colour you student wishes to wear Postie or Kmart are great options for budget-friendly tops. Thank you for your support with this, we are very excited for production!


Hatching Eggs

On Monday, August 19th we will be receiving chicken eggs.  We are excited to watch these eggs in our Lower B and Lower E awhina spaces for two weeks. We are not sure exactly when the eggs will hatch but we can’t wait to meet our new classmates! In preparation for their arrival each class has begun learning about eggs, hatching, and the lifecycle of chickens.


Year 1 Graduates

Well done to those children who graduated to their new  classrooms at the start of Term 3. Mrs Radue and Mrs Boggs were really proud of your learning over the past 10 weeks. We know you will continue to have lots of fun in Year 1.



Just a reminder that we start our day at 8.50am. Please have your children at school before this time, ready to start their day.  It is really important that your child comes to school on time everyday.  Before school the children are able to meet and play with their friends and also set their day up for learning.  If you are late, it is important that your child goes to the office and signs in.


seesaw Learning Partnership and Seesaw

We enjoy sharing your child’s day of learning with you through Seesaw. Please ensure you have signed up for this.  It is a great place to find out what we have been up to at school and what learning is happening.


Home Learning

Screen Shot 2018-02-09 at 8.40.34 AMWe have very busy days at school with lots of learning happening and we know that at the end of the day our Year 1 children can be very tired.  We want learning toScreen Shot 2018-02-09 at 8.41.19 AM be a positive and fun experience for you and your children.  Home learning in Year 1 is:

  • Reading book on Monday – Thursday, please write a comment in our reading log book and remember to return your book everyday to be able to get the next one
  • My Word Book – Bubble words to read and Essential Word Lists to spell
  • Counting and playing with numbers around home and when you are out and about
  • Talking about our learning at school and looking at Seesaw together

litter free


Litter Free Lunches

Please try and pack your lunch with reusable containers rather than tin foil, Glad wrap, ziplock bags and other items that we throw into the landfill.  There is an ongoing challenge between the classes across the school to have the lowest amount of litter in our lunch boxes and this year we are aiming to be top!



With the cooler weather, the children will be wearing their school jumpers.  Please ensure these are well labelled with their name. Please make sure that your child is wearing the correct uniform including socks and shoes.  Follow this link for more information about our school uniform – https://www.baverstock.school.nz/uniform/


Collecting resources

Year 1 are continuing to use different learning areas to learn, play and interact in.  We are always looking for new resources for our areas and really appreciate any donations of resources that you are not using any more.  If you have any of the following at home that you are no longer using or need, we would really appreciate them for our learning areas –

  • Cereal boxes, tissue boxes or any other junk modelling items
  • Odd buttons and ribbons
  • Fabric
  • Toys
  • Lego or building items
  • Craft items
  • Dress ups


Term 3 Dates

Here are some dates to take note of for the term, more information will be sent home during the term.

Eggs Arrive: Monday, August 19th (Lower B & F Awhina Spaces)

Cohort 4 Graduation: Monday, August 26th (9am)

Blokes at the Oaks: Wednesday, August 28th

Father’s Day Sale: Thursday, August 29th

Cross Country: Wednesday, September 4th (11:45am)

School Disco: Thursday, September 5th

Production: Wednesday, September 25th (6pm),  and Thursday, September 26th (6pm)

Last Day of Term: Friday, September 27th

Term Holidays: Saturday, September 28th- Sunday, October 13th (No School)

Term 4 Starts: Monday, October 14th


Year 1 Teachers

Lower B/ F

Room 2 -Miss Rush Naidoo – [email protected]

Room 3 – Miss Ashley Stratton – [email protected]

Room 4 – Mrs Lisa Nolan – [email protected]

Room 25 – Miss Clare Downer (Whānau Leader Lower B/F) – [email protected]

Lower E

Room 17 – Mrs Lynette Radue – [email protected]

Room 18 – Mrs Pauline Boggs/ Miss Catherine Hornsby (While Mrs Boggs is on leave) – [email protected]

Room 19 – Mrs Yvette Yu – [email protected]

Room 20 – Mrs Renee de Bruin (Whānau Leader Lower E) – [email protected]