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.


Year 0/1 Teachers

Lower B

Room 3 – Mrs Lynette Radue – [email protected]

Room 4 – Mrs Jackie Marriner – [email protected]

Lower E/F

Room 17 – Mrs Pauline Boggs – [email protected]

Room 18 – Mrs Lisa Nolan – [email protected]

Room 19 – Miss Ashley Stratton – [email protected]

Room 20 – Miss Zoe Webb [email protected]

Room 26 – Mrs Renee de Bruin (Whānau Leader) – [email protected]

Term 3 Upcoming Dates

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

Year 1 Parent information evening (Reading)Thursday, 6th August

School Disco: Thursday, 13th August

Sue Pine (Inquiry Maths) information morning: Friday, 14th August 9am in the hall

Keeping Ourselves Safe: Week 8

Year 1-3 Cross Country Day: Monday, 21st September

Last Day of Term: Friday, 25th September

School Holidays: Saturday 26th September – Sunday 11th October

Driving Learning Through Fairy Tales

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 3 & Room 4 

Room 3 & 4 are excited to continue to get to know their new students. We have focused on a wide range of activities to help students adjust to school, practice social skills, and learn the letter sounds. Room 3 & 4 will be using letter sounds to drive their inquiry.

Room 17

Room 17 made porridge just like the three bears. This week we read Goldilocks and the Three Bears as part of our fairy tales inquiry.

Room 18 

In Room 18 we have started the term learning about traditional tales. We loved hearing the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We thought it was funny when the wolf had his tail burnt at the end. On Friday we made collage art with Mrs Roberts. We enjoyed adding all of the geometric shapes to the paper and thought the bright colours were cool. Come by and have a look at our ‘Three Little Pigs’ art one day soon.

Room 19

This term Room 19 has been very busy! We have explored new mahi stations, practiced catching and throwing with Kelly Sports, and are learning about fairy tales.


Room 20 

Room 20 have been reading The Gingerbread Man for our fairytale over the past two weeks. It has been so much fun! We got to make gingerbread men with Miss Downer too which was very exciting. We have been enjoying our Kelly Sports lessons with our coach and have learnt a lot of new ball skills.


Room 26

Room 26 have been reading The Three Billy Goats Gruff over the past two weeks. We decided a problem in the story was that the billy goats did not have enough grass. We planted our own grass for the billy goats and are watching it grow. Welcome to the new children in Room 26 Milane, Jabriel, Lucy, Auston, Luca, Keon, Damien, Yarah, Amreen, Asees and Krystal.



Science Week

As part of Science Week Room 18 has enjoyed trying different experiments using everyday household ingredients. The Skittles experiment was a fun and very visual test that the children loved. Doesn’t it look beautiful! We used our senses and eagle eyes to observe the changes to the Skittles once we had added water. Some of us wore special glasses to help us observe the experiment like a scientist.


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