Sunday, 26 November 2017

week 7 term 4 2017

week 7 term 4 2017

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Tuesday 28 at 9.40am we will be going to Parkwood to visit our penpals

Week 8
Room 18
Room 15
Room 15
Room 15
Room 6

Saturday, 18 November 2017

week 6 term 4 2017

week 6 term 4 2017

We have been invited to attend a free art talk at the Mahara Gallery with Art Educator Paul Forrest.  Paul has extensive experience working with young people which he gained during his several years as Educator for the NZ Real Art Road Show.  This is an opportunity to access special places within our community.

We are walking to Mahara gallery on Wednesday  22 November leaving school at about 1pm. Parents are welcome to join us !

On thursday 23 November at 12 midday room 15 and room 16 are hosting Assembly- you are welcome to atttend.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

week 5 term 4 2018

week 5 term 4 2017

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On Friday this week there is a junior disco. Bring $2 per slice of pizza before Friday. 

Junior Disco is on THIS FRIDAY!!!  Bring your friends and come dancing in the hall at lunchtime.  Gold coin donation entry.  Glow gear and inflatables for sale from $1 to $3.

 Next week we are going to Mahara Gallery to be in a workshop with Paul Forrest. We are leaving school at 1.30pm and walking up to the Gallery.

 A couple of parents or more would be welcome!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

week 4 term 4 2017

week 4 term 4

 Kia ora whānau
 On the 8th November the whole school will be walking up to Whakarongatai Marae to commemorate Parihaka. We will be welcomed onto the marae by the tangata whenua, followed by a couple of speakers and then morning tea (children will take their morning tea). 

 We are planning on leaving at 9.30am from school, with powhiri starting at 10am. We will leave the marae at about 11.15am to return to school.

 You are very welcome to join us.

 If you do want to join us and would like to walk down with the children - meet in your child’s class at 9.15am.

 All children will need to be wearing their hats (sunscreen applied in the morning is a good idea too) and if girls have a skirt that would be great to wear (but don’t go out and buy one).

 Could you please indicate whether you will be joining us for catering purposes.

 Ngā mihi

Sunday, 29 October 2017

week 3 term 4

Week 3 term 4 2017

Southwards 31 October 9.30am bus leaving. Thankyou all for your support!

Photos to follow

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

week 2 term 4

week 2 term 4 2017

welcome back for our last term this year. It will go fast....9 weeks and 1 has gone already. 

We are presenting assembly in week 6 with room 16 and we are also swimming this term - week 8.
Make sure you have a read of the newsletter to see what we are up to this term.

This term our syndicate will be focussing on technology linked to transport and the history of transport. We are excited to explore the different means of transport and identify how transport has changed over time. As a team we aim to integrate learning opportunities through reading, writing and maths. This helps to create powerful learning connections.
 This term is a busy and exciting term.
We have a number of educational activities that are taking place this term. We appreciate your help. Your support makes these events possible offering our children amazing opportunities to learn outside the classroom.

Parihaka - Marae Trip 

We are acknowledging Parihaka Remembrance Day on Wednesday 8th November where the whole school will be walking to the Whakarongotai Marae. We will be leaving school at 9:30am and returning to school by 11:30am.

We have been invited to attend a free art talk at the Mahara Gallery with Art Educator Paul Forrest. Paul Forrest has extensive experience working with young people which he gained during his several years as the Educator for the NZ Real Art Road Show. Paul will talk to our children about art and art galleries and he also has several interactive activities to engage our students. We will require parent help.

 If you are able to assist in this event please let me know.  Friday 17th November 1:30pm - 2:30pm Room 15

Play Based Learning

 As a team we continue to be ongoing in our professional development of Play Based Learning. The benefits of play are immense. We have noticed that our New Entrant children are experiencing seamless transitions into school as the Play Based Learning approach is similar to those used in Early Childhood Centres. This “familiar approach to learning” ensures our children feel comfortable at school, developing positive social interactions with their peers and improving confidence. In recent observations in class, it was amazing to hear the high level of dialogue between children who were initiating role play and managing themselves to be problem solvers. In other instances children have been observed creating their own “maths” learning. This was evident as some students explored the speed and distance of an object moving across different surfaces. And in another instance, the learning of gravity through water travelling through pipes. The opportunities for learning through play are countless and initiated by children which means our children have ownership over their learning.

Our Term Ahead Important Dates; 

Week 2: Monday 23rd October - Labour Day 

Week 3: Tuesday 31st October - Southwards Museum 

Week 4: Wednesday 8 November - Parihaka

 Week 5: Mahara Gallery Visits 

Week 6: Mahara Gallery Visits 

Week 6: Swimming Begins

 Week 8: Tuesday 5th December - St Lukes Trip 

Week 9: Monday 11th December - Syndicate Picnic

 Week 9 : Friday 15th December - Last day (12:00pm finish)

Calendar Art
 Kapanui PFA have organsied Calendar Art and our children’s art looks amazing. Please support our PFA & our school by placing orders. These calendars, dairies and cards make very special gifts.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

week 10 term 3 2017

week 10 term 3 2017

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powhiri this week at 10.00 am Wednesday for all our new students.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Monday, 4 September 2017

week 7 T3

week7 T 3 2017

Nathan Mikaeri-Wallis - a very interesting interview for you to listen to from RNZ. Talking about play and the importance of becoming a learner in the early years.


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Monday, 28 August 2017

week 6 T3 2017

week 6

Parents and Friends Association Present: Entertaining with Ruth Pretty The evening will feature a cooking demonstration by entertaining local food hero Ruth Pretty and you will enjoy a welcome drink, light supper and the chance to win amazing spot prizes and raffles. You also take home recipes and lots of tips and tricks to help you in the kitchen this spring and summer. So be in to win and enjoy a great evening out - book your tickets today at the school office or online at

Monday, 21 August 2017

week 5 term 3 2017

week 5 T3 2017

Letter Q

Visualize And Make Connections To Strengthen Your Brain!
When we think of maths we use 5 brain pathways and 2 of them are visual.
It helps our brains to think of maths visually, not just in numbers.
You can draw a picture of ANY mathematical idea!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunday, 6 August 2017

week 3 term 2017

week 3 Letter Vv On Wednesday this week at 9.45 am we are going to visit our penpals at Parkwood. You are all welcome to join us for the short walk and the visit. We will be returning to school by 11am.Our class have written and delivered one set of letters this term so far.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

week 10 term 2 2017

week 10

this is the link to the Maths Eyes holiday Competition
Powhiri on wednesday for new children to school...Leo in our class.

some maths ideas for home over the holidays

Snap Itgroups. Each child makes a train of connecting cubes of a specified number. On the signal “Snap,” children break their trains into two parts and hold one hand behind their back. Children take turns going around the circle showing their re- maining cubes. The other children work out the full number combination. For example, if I have 8 cubes in my number train I could snap it and put 3 behind my back. I would show my group the remaining 5 cubes and they should be able to say that three are missing and that 5 and 3 make 8. How Many Are Hiding? In this activity each child has the same number of cubes and a cup. They take turns hiding some of their cubes in the cup and showing the leftovers. Other children work out the answer to the question “How many are hiding,” and say the full number combination. Example: I have 10 cubes and I decide to hide 4 in my cup. My group can see that I only have 6 cubes. Stu- dents should be able to say that I’m hiding 4 cubes and that 6 and 4 make 10.

Multiplication Fact Activities

fwfpic3How Close to 100? This game is played in partners. Two children share a blank 100 grid. The first partner rolls two number dice. The numbers that come up are the numbers the child uses to make an array on the 100 grid. They can put the array anywhere on the grid, but the goal is to fill up the grid to get it as full as possible. After the player draws the array on the grid, she writes in the number sentence that describes the grid. The game ends when both players have rolled the dice and cannot put any more arrays on the grid. How close to 100 can you get? Pepperoni Pizza: In this game, children roll a dice twice. The first roll tells them how many pizzas to draw. The second roll tells them how many pepperonis to put on EACH pizza. Then they write the number sentence that will help them answer the question, “How many pepper- onis in all?” For example, I roll a dice and get 4 so I draw 4 big pizzas. I roll again and I get 3 so I put three pepperonis on each pizza. Then I write 4 x 3 = 12 and that tells me that there are 12 pepperonis in all.

Math Cards

Many parents use ‘flash cards’ as a way of encouraging the learning of math facts. These usually include 2 unhelpful practices – memorization without understanding and time pressure. In our Math Cards activity we have used the structure of cards, which children like, but we have moved the emphasis to number sense and the understanding of multiplication without any time constraints.
Number of Players: 1 or more
Material: one deck of math cards (see handout)

Task Instruction

  1. The aim of the activity is to match cards with the same numerical answer, shown through different representations.
  2. Lay all the cards down on a table and ask children to take turns picking them; pick as many as they find with the same answer (shown through any representation).
For example 9 and 4 can be shown with an area model, sets of objects such as dominoes, and the number sentence. When students match the cards they should explain how they know that the different cards are equivalent.  This activity encourages an understanding of multiplication as well as rehearsal of math facts.
the link to print the cards is below

Pepperoni Pizza

Number of Players: 1 or more
  • 2 dice per player
  • 10 or more snap cubes per player
Pepperoni Pizza

Task Instruction

  • Ask students roll a dice twice.
  • The first roll tells them how many pizzas to draw.
  • The second roll tells them how many pepperonis to put on EACH pizza.
  • Then they write the number sentence that will help them answer the question, “How many pepperonis in all?”
For example, I roll a dice and get 4 so I draw 4 big pizzas. I roll again and I get 3 so I put three pepperonis on each pizza. Then I write 4 x 3 = 12 and that tells me that there are 12 pepperonis in all.

Zoe's reading work

Ollie's reading work

Lake's writing

Saturday, 24 June 2017

week 9 term 2 2017

week 9 term 2 2017

from Jo Bolar
Number-line representation of number quantity has been shown to be particularly important for the development of numerical knowledge, and students’ learning of number lines is believed to be a precursor of children’s academic success.

Mathematics classrooms should be places where students believe:

Everyone can do well in math.
Mathematics problems can be solved with many different insights and methods.
Mistakes are valuable, they encourage brain growth and learning.
Mathematics will help them in their lives, not because they will see the same types of problems in the real world but because they are learning to think quantitatively and abstractly and developing in inquiry relationship with math.
Lettter U


Matariki Celebrations at Kapanui Thursday 29 June

 Open classes throughout the school from 11.20 am.

 Stay and have lunch with your child/ren in their Whanau groups.

 A Whanau Hui will be held in the staffroom at 5.30 pm bring your family and shared kai. 


Sunday, 4 June 2017

week 6 term 2 2017

week 6
letter i I

Cross country
Remember fancy dress/ whanau colours and cross fingers for good weather!
The planned timetable for Tuesday 6 June is:

Cross Country Timetable

10.30am - morning tea

10.50am - whanau
11.00am - down to park
11.30am - Year 1 Race - Boys & Girls
11.40am - Year 2 Race - Boys & Girls
11.50am - Year 1 & 2 Fun Run
12.10pm - Year 3 Race - Boys & Girls (1 lap)
12.20pm - Year 4 Race - Boys & Girls (1 lap)
12.40pm - Year 5 Race - Boys & Girls (2 laps)
12.45pm - Year 6 Race - Boys & Girls (2 laps)
1.10pm - Year 7 & 8 Fun Run/Walk (2 laps) - Boys & Girls
1.15pm - Year 7 Race - Boys & Girls (3 laps)
1.25pm -Year 8 Race - Boys & Girls (3 laps)
2.00pm - Finish and return to school

These times are approximate and will depend on how slow or fast the runners are. We will try to keep to the timetable as close as possible.