Welcome Back to Term 4!

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. We have encourage the students to follow their passions and  allowed them to be the leaders in their learning.

Celebrating Learning in Our Classes 


Room 2

We went to Butterfly Creek and had so much fun learning about dinosaurs and butterflies.
We got to go on a train ride and meet a crocodile called Goldie.
He was so big and very lazy!
He refused to eat the white rat the keeper was trying to feed him.
We think that maybe he is enjoying being spoilt.
Here are some photos of our trip this term.
It was a good experience!!


Room 3 

This term Room 3 is continuing our passion for building. No matter what the challenge is we are up for it! We have enjoyed building puzzles, LEGO creations, and even houses with wooden blocks. As you can see we are very safe builders and always wear our hard hats!


Room 4 

Room 4 has enjoyed celebrating Diwali this term! Diwali means rows of lighted lamps. It is a festival of lights and Indian people celebrates it with joy. During this festival, people light up their houses and shops with candles. Rangoli is a colourful Indian tradition where decorative designs are drawn outdoors on the floor near the entrance of a home, to welcome visitors during festivals like Diwali.

Room 17/18 

In Room 17/18 we are always looking for exciting ways to help children improve their fine motor skills. For example, we used eye droppers, bottle tops, small containers and water on trays. The children had to use their fingers to squeeze the droppers to suck up the water from one container and transfer it to another container. This is always a very popular activity that requires focus and perseverance. Well done children!


Room 19

Room 19 has been enjoying having different science experiments. One of our favourites is the rainbow we made with Skittles. We made a rainbow pattern with Skittles and put them around on a plate. Then we poured warm water. It didn’t take long to make rainbow water!

Room 20 

Room 20 enjoyed a wonderful Grandparent’s day this term. We had many special grandparents visit us and join in with our morning. We decorated biscuits with pink and blue icing and added sprinkles too.












Room 25 

In Room 25, Dinovember has started!!  Some dinosaurs have appeared in our classroom and now everyday are doing different things!  One morning we got to school and some had disappeared but we found them in the library!  We are all very excited about what they might get up to next.  We are enjoying writing about their mischief and thinking about what they might do.



Butterfly Creek 

This term we were lucky enough to go on a trip! The children learned about animals and dinosaurs at Butterfly Creek and had a lot of fun. Thank you again to the parent helpers whom were able to attend the trip, we greatly appreciate your time and support!

Click the photo below to watch a video made by Room 3 of our day at Butterfly Creek:


Grandparents Day 

Thank you to all the incredible grandparents whom were able to share the day with us. We really appreciate the time you have taken to share your knowledge with us, and help us with our learning.

Click the photo below to listen to why Room 3 loves their grandparents!

International Food Festival 

Congratulations to our Junior Kapa Haka, Junior Pasifika, and Junior Dance who performed at the International Food Festival! A big thank you to all the families whom attended the event, and those whom helped at a food or activity station. The day was a great success!


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 4 Upcoming Dates

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

Year 1 Athletics Day: Wednesday, November 27th (11:30am-1:00pm)

Parent Helper’s Morning Tea: Monday, December 2nd (11:00am-11:20am)

Year 1 Christmas Concert: Wednesday, December 4th

Cohort 6&7 Graduate: Wednesday, December 4th

Reports: Friday, December 13th (check with your teacher to see if your student will be receiving a report this term)

Prize Giving: Tuesday, December 17th

Last Day of Term: Thursday, December 19th (PLEASE NOTE SCHOOL ENDS AT 12:30PM)

School Holidays: December 20th, 2019- February 2nd, 2020

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Monday, February 3rd, 2020

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]