Pokeno School

Fonterra milk in schools

Week 4, Term 4 2017

Fonterra Milk in Schools

We were very lucky to have visitors from Fonterra come and speak to us about the Fonterra Milk in Schools Programme. We not only learnt about how the milk got to us at Pokeno School. We learns what happens to the milk cartons when they leave our school too! 

We learnt that the milk cartons are taken away to another country on big ships. 

From here, they are pressed and heated. 

They are made into books for school children, roof tiles and boats. 

This is why it is so important for us to DRY OUR MILK DRY! 

Te Reo - Days of the week 
Week 3, Term 4 

We have really enjoyed singing our new days of the week song. We have had discussions about why learning languages is important, in particular Te Reo Maaori. 

goodbye connor!

Week 8, Term 3 
We are sad to see Connor and his whaanau move South. We enjoyed our last day together with a shared lunch and some photos! 

Red, yellow and pink and green

Week 5, Term 3

With all of the rain, we have been seeing beautiful rainbows outside our window. Today we sang the rainbow song as we looked at the bright colours. We also talked about how rainbows are formed, we had some very interesting suggestions. 

Winter Billy

Week 5, Term 3 

We were very lucky today! We had a visit from Winder Billy, a little baby goat (kid). After looking at him and having a pat, some students got to feed him milk. From here, we wrote our own stories about our visitor. 


Week 7, Term 2

Matua Paul (X-MAN) came to see us in Room 1. 

He bought lots of his friendly friends (worms) with him. He taught us that the worms eat all of our fruit and vegetable to make new dirt for us to grow more fruit and vegetables. 

"Can you hear me?"

We used our Room 1 recycling bin to help us understand what recycling is. 

Matua Paul put a large pile of rubbish (glass, paper, soft plastic, plastic, cardboard) on the floor. After we had sorted it all, there wasn't much 'real' rubbish left! We had recycled most of it.

Matua Paul showed us easy ways of making new and fun games out of old things. Here two cans and a string were made into a phone. 

We played games and activities which involved sorting the correct recycling into the correct place. 

Matua Paul showed us his puppets. They were all made from recycled materials! This as inspired us in Room 1 to reuse and recycle old things into new things. 

Look what we have!

We found a praying mantis in Room 1 (it is still a mystery how it got inside...). This became the focus of our learning. From here, we made a house for the praying mantis, using sticks, dirt and grass from outside. 

From here, the Room 1 children asked if they could write a sign for the praying mantis. We called it the 'bug home'. It was a great learning experience with lots of talking involved. 

Grandparent's Day 

Week 5, Term 2

We really enjoyed having all of our special visitors join us on Grandparent's morning. We spent the morning reading together, creating hats, singing and laughing! From here, we enjoyed the book character parade and a shared morning tea. 


Term 2, Week 2

Our letter of the week is 's'. Today we made slime using cornflour and water. This was a great oral language epericnec, we came up with words to describe what the slime felt like and like looked like. Some of these words were hard, weird, funny, yuck, pink, colourful, bright and gross.

Groups to five
Term 2, Week 2

Today we made groups to five. We used chalk and drew circles on the mat to represent adding two groups together. We found out that there are many different ways to make five. The tamariki thought that it was exciting that 5 + 0 = 5. Next step: use numerals (1,2,3,4,5) to write our groups to five.

5 + 0 = 5


Ready to bounce the ball to the half way point!

It was hard to balance our feet on the ball while we listened to instructions. 

Practicing the 'Candy Cane' move!

Room 1 and Room 2 ready to learn some basketball skills!

Looking for the base lines, the side lines and the half way line!

                                                     Writing for a purpose Week 8 

Term 1

Room 1 wrote thank you cards for parents who helped us during Junior Tabloids 

We used letters found in magazines to write our covers. 

We drew a picture inside and then wrote a thank you message inside the card 



Room 1 and Room 2 have been enjoying work with the new whiteboards. 

It is great to independently work at our own pace. Here we are writing our CVC words, these are consonant, vowel, consonant words, for example cat, bed, big, pot, cup.

We can even practice our HF words (or sight words) on the whiteboards.

We can also practice our handwriting, writing lower case and capital letters from the alphabet. 

Jolly Phonics 

In Room 1, we use the Jolly Phonics Programme for learning our letter sounds. We sing the Jolly Phonics song daily and work on each sound one at a time

  • The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.
  • Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds.
  • Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.
  • Each sound has a action that goes with it, this helps the children remember the sounds while doing the actions. 

To the left, you will find the order in which Jolly Phonics teaches the letter sounds.

Below is the Jolly Phonics song we sing, encourage your child to make the correct sounds with their mouths while also doing the actions for each letter.

Learning the alphabet
 Term 1 Week 2 10/02/17

The tamariki of Room 1 have been working very hard on learning the alphabet. Today they worked on an matching activity. The learning involved was having to recognise letters, say the names for these letters and also the sounds they make. Alongside this, it also proved tricky to pick up the small letter cards which helped with fine motor development. 

Welcome to Room 1 - Term 1 Week 2 10/02/17

We are beginning the year learning how to be SUPER LEARNERS. We have learnt that learners TRY hard, keep PRACTICING and make MISTAKES. When you are supporting your child learn at home, you can talk about this too to help them!

Superhero Song

To get ourselves ready for a learning day, we enjoy singing this song. 

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