Constable Phil and Kirsty Barr helped the children of Pod 2 learn about how to safely walk on the footpath and cross the road. We learned about sneaky driveways and looking and listening before we cross!
PMP is a programme which aims to develop the child's perceptions and understandings of himself or herself in relation to her/his world, through movement/motor experiences. It aims to develop perceptions of height and space, the pattern and order of the child's natural world, the laws and limitations that govern the human body. Above all it aims to give the child confidence to manipulate him/herself in their world to suit her or his own best interests. PMP is seen as part of the programme of total experiences. It is not a physical education programme alone, or music, or fitness, or dance, or gymnastics. It is a programme that uses facets of all of the above in order to develop children's perceptions. The perceptions and judgments that are formed over time help determine how children react to their environment, to others, and to new ideas. Here are some photos of the children from Room 6 taking part in PMP today...
We fit SO MUCH into our day in Pod 2, it can be overwhelming when Mum's and Dad's ask us "What did you do at school today?"....Nothing OR I dunno...is an easy answer when we are so tired! Here are some different questions you can ask your child about their school day. Let us know some of the CRAZY answers your tamariki come up with!
1. What did you eat for lunch?
2. Did you catch anyone picking their nose?
3. What games did you play at recess?
4. What was the funniest thing that happened today?
5. Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
6. What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
7. Who made you smile today?
8. Which one of your teachers would survive a zombie apocalypse? Why?
9. What new fact did you learn today?
10. Who brought the best food in their lunch today? What was it?
11. What challenged you today?
12. If school were a ride at the fair, which ride would it be? Why?
13. What would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10? Why?
14. If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?
15. If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach theclass?
16. Did anyone push your buttons today?
17. Who do you want to make friends with but haven’t yet? Why not?
18. What is your teacher’s most important rule?
19. What is the most popular thing to do at playtime?
20. Does your teacher remind you of anyone else you know? How?
21. Tell me something you learned about a friend today.
22. If aliens came to school and beamed up 3 kids, who do you wish they would take? Why?
23. What is one thing you did today that was helpful?
24. When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
25. What rule was the hardest to follow today?
26 What is one thing you hope to learn before the school year is over?
27 Which person in your class is your exact opposite?
28 Which area of your school is the most fun?
29 Which playground skill do you plan to master this year?
30 Does anyone in your class have a hard time following the rules?
When we put vinegar and a small piece of alka seltzer into a film canister we got a fantastic reaction! Why does this happen? We noticed fizzling, bubbles, and the container launched into the air. When we put more vinegar into a container and less in another we had a different outcome. Samuel thought this was because of the amount of air in the containers!
Pataitai time is where the children choose learning activities to challenge and extend themselves. They are encouraged to pick stations where they can practise skills they need to get better at. We have lots of fun and interesting ways to inspire the children to practice their writing, reading, numeracy, science and art skills. We are learning to self manage our learning and choose stations that will challenge us. These are some of the new Week 5 stations in Pod 2! Please ask your children about their Pataitai time, and what they are learning!