Wednesday, May 26, 2010

'Go Fish' Tongan Style

 At our First Language Group on Friday, the children used some of our 'Tongan Colour Cards’ to play a game of ‘Go Fish’. This is a great way for them to practise all the colour words that they have learnt. We now need to make some cards for all the other languages that our wonderful children can speak.

Friday, May 21, 2010

A Trees Life

This week in our ESOL Groups we have been looking at the life cycles of trees.
First, we read the book’ A Trees Life” together and then went for a walk around the playground to look at the big and little trees. We also looked at different types of seeds and how plants disperse their seeds: either by wind, water and animals.

Now we know all about a tree’s life cycle and can put all the words and pictures in the right order.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How to Draw a Tree

Mrs Barr has been teaching the Room 3 children about procedural writing. They had to write some instructions for drawing a picture using Kid Pix. Once they had finished writing their instructions they had to try them out on their classmates. Fili wrote some instructions for drawing a tree, which he tried out on Mrs Mac. Great instructions Fili.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


We have been collecting and looking at seeds. There are so many different kinds: big, small, colourful, prickly, shiny, soft, hard, long, tiny, rough and spiky. We found flower seed, vegetable seeds and tree seeds.
We especially liked the seeds that could fly through the air like helicopters. We had fun throwing them up in the air and watching them spin to the ground.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Samoan Language Week 2010

Take part in Samoan Language Week from 30 May to 5 June. The 2010 theme is O le Tātou gagana Sāmoa I Niu Sila – Our Samoan language in New Zealand. The aims of Samoan language week this year is to promote learning, raise awareness, and promote initiatives. k2010.php 

Saturday, May 8, 2010

How to make a Bird

The children in Room 7 have been learning about Procedural Writing. First they read the PM Reader ‘Making a Bird’, then they each followed the instructions and made their own bird. The next day they worked in their writing groups and wrote some simple instructions to show how they had made their birds.
The ESOL children learnt the verbs: colour, cut, fold and paste and the nouns: wing, body beak and eye.
They were all very proud of the wonderful birds they made. 

Colours from Around the World

Amanda is putting some finishing touches to her Tongan Poster. 
Amanda's work

In our First Language Group this term we have been learning about colours. The children have been busy making posters for their classrooms showing the colours in their home language.
We are so lucky to have so many wonderful bilingual children at our school.
Faalagi, Peiai and Venus know all their colours in both Samoan and English