Sunday, 24 September 2017

week 10 term 3 2017

week 10 term 3 2017

 er endings
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.


S and es endings

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.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

week 5 term 2 2017

week 5
 Letter K
Keeping Ourselves Safe website is below for those who want to take a look at the classroom programme.

 cross country training will continue this week for the big day on Tuesday week 6. There will be a competitive race and a fun run for those wanting to enjoy their new found fitness!


Thursday, 18 May 2017

week 4 term 2 2017

week 4 term 2 2017

PINK shirt day on Friday

come in and see our Lizard writing and painting!
letter Bb

this artical was taken from the New York Times.

The Importance of Recreational Math

"Recreational math” might sound like an oxymoron to some, but the term can broadly include such immensely popular puzzles as Sudoku and KenKen, in addition to various games and brain teasers.

The qualifying characteristics are that no advanced mathematical knowledge like calculus be required, and the activity engage enough of the same logical and deductive skills used in mathematics.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

week 3 term 2 2017

week 3
 We have a short day on Thursday...2pm finish. Have you got the signed pick up form back to me?

Tuesday 16 we are hosting a team from Foxton Wildlife Trust. They are bringing a variety of lizards, eels and weta  for us to view. There is a gold coin donation required for the session...whanau are welcome to join us as well.

 exotic leopard gecko
 we learned gecko's do not blink...they lick their eyes.
Skinks are smooth while gecko's have a soft fabric like feel...a bit like velvet.There are more than 99  species of lizards in NZ.

 North Island tree gecko-Duvaucel’s gecko was aggressive!There are at least 39 species of gecko in New Zealand. However, only 18 of these have been formally described, and further discoveries of new species are still very likely as we learn more about them.
 here is the Duvaucel’s gecko,

 letter Hh

Thursday, 4 May 2017

week 2 term 2 2017

week 2 term 2 2017

Letter l

we are looking for any small disused electrical appliances for our tamariki to dismantle ...if you have any please bring them in!

The syndicate newsletter is out for this term....this should give you an outline of term 2. Let me know if you do not have one yet.
Matariki will be one of our main events.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

week 1 term 2 2017

welcome back for term 2- ready,set, go.......

letter of the week is Nn


This term we will be thinking and learning about Matariki.

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June. For many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the 'eyes of god' (mata ariki) or 'little eyes' (mata riki).

 Watch this space for our school events celebrating matariki

We will also be learning about keeping ourselves safe.

Cross country will be happening on week 6. - June 6
so I've been out fishing over the break ...some great trout fishing in the South Island back country....looking forward to hearing what the children have been up to!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

week 10

week 10 term 1 2017

Farewell for Sue Brown Monday 10 April 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm School Assembly/poroporoaki at 2:00 pm for all students, staff, BOT and invited guests. Unfortunately because of restrictions due to the size of the hall, we will need to reserve this first part of the ceremony to invited guests only. 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm The second part of the event is open to all parents and other colleagues who would like to attend. This adult/staff farewell will also be in the hall. Drinks and some food will be available.

letter uU

Saturday, 25 March 2017

week 9 term 1 2017

week 9 

Letter tT


Check out SEESAW....our class feed on your phone. An introductory video is on week 8 of this blog.

Gym continues on Thursday - 9.20 am and leave school at 9.10am- thankyou to those who have been transporting children and helping at the sessions. Thankyou also to all those who are providing a booster seat. 

video video


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Saturday, 11 March 2017

week 7 2017 term 1

week 7

Puss n Boots (NZ playhouse performers) Date: 22nd March - School Hall. Cost: $4:50. Money to classroom teachers. Time: 11:20am. This show will be offered to year 1-6 students. 

Powhiri Invitations will be sent to new families to attend a Powhiri on 12 April at 10.30 am. 

Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP) Is a programme designed to help children in their early years of schooling to better cope with the demands of classroom learning. It concentrates heavily on perceptions and language but also aims to develop memory, hand/ eye coordination, spatial awareness, body rhythm and balance. It also improves fitness and confidence. All of these attributes are needed in the formal setting of the classroom. Children are often required to sit still on the mat, a high form of balance, to track words across a page, to follow a set of instructions etc. PMP aims to give the children the skills they need for this and more.

letter fF

Saturday, 4 March 2017

week 6 term 1 2017

week 6

Gymnastics at Memorial Hall begins this week on Thursday.At this stage we do not have enough transport for our 9.20 am session ...leave school after roll call. Can you help?

I am on a course Tuesday and Wednesday so if you could let my reliever know would be appreciated for Thursday morning.

letter s