Karori Normal School



Rōpū Kōwhai Home Learning Information


Term 2


Week 5 - Home Learning (Monday 11th May - Friday 16th May)


Kia Ora whānau,


We hope you are all well.

Wasn’t it fantastic to listen to Mr Kelly’s story on Tuesday! Look out for another Zoom with a surprise story reading celebrity this week!


We are unsure of what will happen in regards to Level 2 or 3 this afternoon but we will continue our home learning regardless.


Below are some ideas for this week’s home learning. Once again, these are only ideas - there is no pressure to complete activities. This applies to our Zooms as well. 


  • Want to become a Vet?  Check out how to do a Teddy Bear check with Zoo vet

  • We're going on a bear hunt read and acted by author Michael Rosen.  He also has some funny poems that he reads (maybe for the adults!)

  • Make a repeating pattern. You can draw, paint, use items from your house, you can use your body to make shapes or movements, you can make a pattern with words.

  • You might want to try a science experiment: Science Experiments for Kids – Making science fun for kids

  • You could make your own bubble mixture with Suzy Cato and Kath Bee by watching them on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rigij5vBST8

  • Go out in the garden or during your daily walk and see if you can name bugs or plants

  • Design and build your dream bedroom out of something at home - will it have a slide, a secret cave or maybe a pet mini dinosaur in it?

  • Host a tea party for your family

  • Learn a new card game/play a game with those in your Bubble.

  • Find a picture of you as a baby.

  • A view from my window -take a photo of the view and what you can see from one of your windows.

  • Have an alphabet scavenger hunt

  • Here are some new stories to listen to  Story time

  • Online Storytime with Baz-Vic Books’ Baz reads a selection of books from Gecko Press


https://youtu.be/Rh1DYo3vcQo 


We understand that the juggle in homes may be quite challenging at the moment. These activities are designed to support you and are not an obligation. Be kind to yourselves!

We miss you, take care!


Love Team Kowhai


Week 4 - Home Learning (Monday 4th May - Friday 8th May)


Dear Parents and Caregivers,


It is hard to believe this is week 5 of home learning!

It was fantastic to see those who could make it to our Team Kōwhai Jump Jam Zoom. There were lots of smiles and fantastic moves! We will be having another team Jump Jam session this week so look out for the invite.

Below are some ideas for this week’s home learning. Spot the links to resources made by some of our amazing KNS teachers and support staff. Again, these are only ideas - there is no pressure to complete activities. 


  • Try dancing along with this class who are doing our Jump Jam Witch Doctor song

  • Mother’s Day on 10th May: You could draw a picture for your mum, make a card for your mum, listen to ‘My Mum’ by Anthony Browne.

  • Make a card for someone who is an ‘essential worker’ to say thank you

  • Explore these fantastic Kapa Haka and Te Reo Māori resources made by Hemi and Adrienne who the children will recognise from school

KNS Year 1&2 Kapa Haka during Lockdown 

Te Reo Māori - Kei te pehea? Junior  

Jack and the Flumflum Tree, by Julia Donaldson






Oh Hogwash, Sweet Pea! by Ngāreta Gabel

Monkey Puzzle, by Julia Donaldson

A Squash and a Squeeze, by Julia Donaldson

Five Minutes Peace, by Jill Murphy

A Quiet Night In, by Jill Murphy

The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt



Please get in touch with us if you need anything or have any questions, as always we are here to support you. As soon as we have the next update in regards to Level 3 being lifted or continued we will be in touch.

We can’t wait to see you all again really soon! 



Team Kowhai


Week 3 - Home Learning (Friday 24 April - Friday 1 May)


Dear Parents and Caregivers, 


We thought we would send our next home learning a bit early so we could include some fun ANZAC activities you may wish to try. We’re sure the juggle of working from home and supporting children to not drive you and each other crazy continues. Perhaps you are finding routines that are working for you and your family - nice one! We are missing you all! Please get in touch with us if you need anything or have any questions, we are here to support you. 


Optional Choices this week:


  • Do some baking and share the recipe and pictures with the Teacher eg Anzac Biscuits

  • Make some ANZAC poppies this week to hang on your window for people walking past to see.  Take a photo and send it to me. Use whatever you have at home to make them:

    • Use cardboard to paint or colour/make poppies. 

    • Paint a field of poppies. 

    • Paint poppies onto rocks or write messages for ANZAC day. 

    • Make Paper plate poppies with felts. 

    • Try making tissue poppies.

    • Egg carton poppies.

    • Draw poppies with chalk outside.

    • Make a poppy wreath.

  • Listen to some Anzac stories online this week on youtube.  If you go to YouTube and type the name of the book you will be able to listen to the story.  Some great stories to listen to would be:

    • “Anzac Ted” by Belinda Landsberry. Anzac Ted is a lovely story about a teddy that goes to war. The story is told through the eyes of a young boy who knows the real reason that Anzac Ted looks worn and old: he has been to war. 

    •  “The last Anzac” by Gordon Winch. This story is about James and his father visiting the last surviving ANZAC, Alec Campbell, in 2001. The video also provides background information and photos about ANZAC Day.

    • “My Grandad marches on Anzac Day” by Catriona Hoy. This story is about a little girl waiting to see her Grandad as he marches in the Anzac Day parade. This story explains the importance and significance of Anzac Day in simple ways that children can understand.

  • How we can all still celebrate Anzac Day together on Saturday

https://www.standatdawn.com/home 

  • Have a go at this awesome experiment https://youtu.be/rqQSlEViNpk

  • Ask someone at home what they are really good at and get them to teach it to you.

  • Choose a number between 1 and 20.  Find and count that number of items around the house.  Write that number.  Make sets of that number at home.  What comes before and after that number? Paint or collage with nature that number.  Find a letterbox when out walking with that number on it. 

  • Create some footpath chalk games with your family? You might see other people playing on them during their walks.

  • Get out the family photo albums and find out something you didn't know about someone in your family

  • Listen to Mum, Dad, Grandma, Grandad’s  favourite song from when they were your age

  • Practise tying your shoelaces, it will be so handy for when we get back to school

  • Create your own PMP rotation out of things in your house - remember you will need to balance on something, crawl through something and do some activities that mean your arms and legs have to cross over your body. Maybe designate someone at home to be Elaine.

  • Start a diary of lockdown - add photos of the things you’ve seen, draw pictures of your favourite things to do during lockdown. This will be a precious item for the future.


We will do a couple more Zoom sessions next week. Remember these are optional and can be overwhelming for some. Feel free to opt in and out as suits you and your child. We are aware that some of these times may not suit due to work schedules etc so please be kind to yourselves. 




Week 2 - Home Learning (Monday 20 April - Friday 24 April) 


Kia Ora whānau,

We have reached week 3 of our home learning and week 2 of Term 2. How are we all doing? Life has certainly sent us some challenges over this time but we are all a little tougher for it. Some of our staff have been pondering all the things that we are grateful for right now - check out this video to see what we have to say  https://youtu.be/CP6HacG1EpE. What are you grateful for? Let us know.

A wee reminder that the links we have sent over the past few weeks have lots of valuable and fun activities to return to this week if you fancy. 


Optional Choices this week: 

  • Try some Cosmic Kids  Yoga

  • Skip, hop, jump and walk heel-toe to some music that you love

  • Draw a picture / make marks and tell someone about it.   Try some of these if you like. Art for Kids

  • Have a look at the Lunch Doodles by Mo Willems - author of our favourite Pigeon books and creator of Piggy and Elephant! Here are some more activities and readalouds from authors the children might know. 

  • Try this  link to some free audiobooks read by David Walliams

  • What creatures can you find in your house or garden? Draw, paint, make one of the creatures. What can you find out about it? What questions do you have about it?

  •  You could write some facts to share with us.

  •  Could you design a home for this creature?


A reminder of possible  links that you can revisit

  • Choose an activity from  Sunshine Online  Literacy and Maths.  (if you have access to a computer).  Our school Username: karorinormal Password: school 

  • Try Gonoodle for some action songs we use on wet days.

  • This is the link to the Mindfulness activities we use daily in Team Kowhai.

A reminder of the possible daily tasks you could do (if you fancy)

  • Help make breakfast, lunch or dinner – peeling bananas, measuring porridge oats, spreading jam, making and cutting sandwiches – these are all great for strengthening fine motor skills, increasing confidence in themselves as capable learners and you can also discuss measurement and fractions. Processes such as making a sandwich also require sequencing.

  • Help with baking – lots of measurement, sequencing and fine motor coordination needed.

  • Do a job around the house e.g. fold the washing, put matching socks together, lay the table, tidy your room, make your bed, do the dusting etc.

  • If you can, you may just want to play outside, bake, paint pictures, play board games or watch movies.

  • Practise tying your shoelaces.


Today we will have an announcement in regards to any changes to New Zealand’s level status. We will be in touch as soon as we have more information. We are desperate to see you all back at school when it is safe to do so. Please let us know if there are any other ways that we can support you. 


Kind regards

Lisa and Team Kowhai

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Term 2 Week 1 - Home Learning (Wednesday 15 April - Friday 17 April) 


Hi everyone,

Welcome back from what was a particularly unusual holiday! We hope you are having a fun and enjoyable time in your bubble. You can let us know how the teddy bear and Easter egg hunts have been going via Seesaw. We know that you are likely to have created your own bubble rhythm by now and we are hoping that you are managing to balance the craziness of life. A reminder from us, as the ‘school term’ officially starts today carry on as it feels comfortable for you and your family. 

In addition to those activity options sent to you before the holidays you may be interested in:

  • Follow this link  https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/ to find TVNZ learning and resources. Watch from home on channel 7, sky 502 and Māori tv. The junior learning is predominantly at the start of the day. NB:There is a link at the bottom of the homepage that will give you lots of ideas for learning through play.

  • Childrens stories to listen to on the Radio New Zealand website

  • Have a scavenger hunt in your garden. 

  • What day is it today? What day was it yesterday?  What day will it be tomorrow?  

  • Make a weather chart.

  • Make up a dance to your favourite song.

  • Send a picture of you doing something at home or something you have made to your teacher. If you would like to, you could add a caption or a voice message with it.

  • How is the view from our window changing? Have a look at this beautiful book ‘Window’ by Jeannie Baker. You might like to talk about your view or draw it.

  •  What leaves can you find? Describe them / draw them.

  • Writing option: In Autumn …

Just a reminder of these links that we sent last time:

  • Choose an activity from  Sunshine Online  Literacy and Maths.  (if you have access to a computer).  Our school Username: karorinormal Password: school 

  • Try Gonoodle for some action songs we use on wet days.

  • This is the link to the Mindfulness activities we use daily in Team Kowhai.

A reminder of the possible daily tasks you could do (if you fancy)

  • Help make breakfast, lunch or dinner – peeling bananas, measuring porridge oats, spreading jam, making and cutting sandwiches – these are all great for strengthening fine motor skills, increasing confidence in themselves as capable learners and you can also discuss measurement and fractions. Processes such as making a sandwich also require sequencing.

  • Help with baking – lots of measurement, sequencing and fine motor coordination needed.

  • Do a job around the house e.g. fold the washing, put matching socks together, lay the table, tidy your room, make your bed, do the dusting etc.

  • If you can, you may just want to play outside, bake, paint pictures, play board games or watch movies.

  • Practise tying your shoelaces.


We miss you all and we hope you are safe and well. It's lovely to see what has been happening through Seesaw and What's App but remember there’s no pressure. Your next learning plan will be with you on Monday the 20th of April. 

Arohanui

Lisa and Team Kowhai


Term 1


Wednesday 25 March

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

 

We hope you and your families are well. Please understand that all of this is optional.  Some of our amazing tamariki may be scared, anxious or missing friends and family members. You may also have lots of other events happening in your lives. You know your child best so will be able to decide what is best for them. At the end of all this your child’s mental health will be more important than any academic skills.

We would like to ensure that we have contact with you on “school days” so keep an eye on the Seesaw app or your emails for a daily check in from us.

 

Every child’s development and needs are different so here are some options for you to choose from if you wish.

 

  • Set up your own picture timetable (draw pictures for things you want to do on pieces of paper or card.) You can put the events in order each day.
  • Read one of the books sent home to yourself, a teddy or someone in your house.
  • Listen to a story - someone reading to you is always best but there is also Goodnight Kiwi or https://www.storylineonline.net/ . There are also lots of free books available for children to listen to on Audible.
  • Choose an activity from  Sunshine Online  Literacy and Maths.  (if you have access to a computer).  Our school Username: karorinormal Password: school 
  • Try Gonoodle for some action songs we use on wet days.
  • This is the link to the Mindfulness activities we use daily in Team Kowhai.
  • Practise writing / writing your name / making some letters  (use chalk, paint, paint brush and water outside or playdough etc.)
  • Draw a picture for a friend or family member who is not in your house. You could photograph this and email it to them or save it for when you meet up.

 

Possible daily tasks (if you fancy)

 

  • Make an Easter basket.
  • Help make breakfast, lunch or dinner – peeling bananas, measuring porridge oats, spreading jam, making and cutting sandwiches – these are all great for strengthening fine motor skills, increasing confidence in themselves as capable learners and you can also discuss measurement and fractions. Processes such as making a sandwich also require sequencing.
  • Help with baking – lots of measurement, sequencing and fine motor coordination needed.
  • Do a job around the house e.g. fold the laundry, put matching socks together, lay the table, tidy your room, make your bed, do the dusting etc.
  • If you can, you may just want to play outside, go for walks, bake, paint pictures, play board games or watch movies.
  • Practise tying your shoelaces.

 

You will have seen that we have sent home books, an alphabet card and some ideas for outside play.  These are just for you and your child to enjoy together if you wish (no pressure). Also in this pack we have sent home a Seesaw code to enable you to post photos from home. 

 

Your next learning plan will be with you on Wednesday 15 April.

Kia Kaha

Stay safe and we will be in touch soon.

 

Kind regards

Lisa

 

Tuesday 24 March


Hi Parents and Caregivers,


We hope this email finds you well and you are managing to stay safe under these circumstances. Yesterday we sent home books, an alphabet card and some ideas for outside play.  These are just for you and your child to enjoy together if you wish. There is no pressure to do any of this as they are just some ideas. We intend to email you a plan tomorrow with further information around choices for home support.  A reminder that anything included in the plans we send is totally optional. Also in the pack we sent home is a Seesaw code to enable you to post photos from home to your teacher.


If your child was not at school yesterday (Monday 23 March) they will not have received  books, an alphabet card and ideas for outside play. If you missed out because of absence and would like to collect these items for your child you are able to come to Room 6 tomorrow between 9 and 10:30am.  You will be invited into the classroom one at a time to collect them. Please be aware of physical distancing when waiting for collection.


Kind regards

Team Kowhai

Lisa, Helena, Maria, Jo and Kath