Pokeno School


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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