A gloomy Week 8

Well the weather has certainly not been kind to us lately! We have been spending a lot of time inside, but as soon as the rain stops we put on jackets and venture outside for some fresh air.

While inside, one of our most popular activities recently has been the dominoes.  Some students enjoy building big long tracks and then knocking them down and watching them fall. Other students have been investigating building towers. We also watched a youtube clip of a massive dominoes display that happened in Melbourne in 2016 (and Liz was lucky enough to see in person!) - it took 15mins for them all to fall down!

As I mentioned above, as soon as the rain stops we have been doing our best to get out of the classroom and enjoy the fresh air..... and the puddles! Today Savannah pulled up her trouser legs and sleeves, and then had a truly fabulous time splashing in puddles in the playground. It did mean a change of socks when she came back inside too though...

And finally this week, on Wednesday we…

Bits and pieces from the last week or two

I couldn't choose just one thing to write about for this post, so here are a few snippets of things that have been happening.

1) Our new tea set! Steph found a tea set for a bargain price recently so bought it for our class. It was an instant hit with many of our students and there have been many tea parties, cooking sessions, doing the dishes etc this week. Thanks for the great new resource Steph!

2) We are often quite tired towards the end of the day so have been building some 'relaxation time' into our afternoon programme. Sometimes we enjoy the GoNoodle song 'Chillax' to get us to focus on breathing and stretching, but other times we get out the cushions and blankets, turn the lights off, and listen to some relaxing music for 10-15mins. Our favourite relaxation music are this ocean themed music video and this 'sleep music with ocean and jungle sounds' youtube clips.

3) We have been lucky to have good weather on the last two Fridays for our outing day de…

Ouruhia Domain

The weather last week was very wet, and as a result we had lots of inside lunchtimes.  By the time the sun came out on Friday the cabin fever was really starting to set in, so we made the most of our outing day and went to a park to burn off some energy.

Ouruhia Domain, on Marshlands Rd, is a fantastic playground. Set back from the road down a long driveway, it is very quiet and we often have the place totally to ourselves. There is a set of 5 swings, a slide, climbing rock, a spinning 'spider web', and also a great flying fox which was definitely the favourite activity for several of the students!

Lake and Johnandrew went straight to the flying fox and had a few turns each, bringing all the way back to the top afterwards and handing it on to the next person. Kereama stood nearby watching, but didn't want a turn when I asked. After about 10mins I asked him again and he said yes! I helped him get on and then checked he was ok then let go of the rope..... Wow Kereama I was so…

It's all about the cones.....

At morning tea time we take a box of sports equipment out to the playground with us. This week the favourite item in the box has definitely been the coloured cones. The fact that many of the students want them means that we have had plenty of opportunities to practice our sharing and negotiations skills!

Today I noticed that the cones are being used for a wide variety of things so I took some photos...

Then Lake asked me to make a video of him with the cones. Enjoy!

A Royal Wedding Tea Party

In preparation for Saturday's Royal Wedding, our class spent a bit of time during the week talking about the royal family, sharing our knowledge of them, and discussing who it is who was getting married on Saturday. Then to top it all off, and get into the wedding spirit, we made some delicious English treats, decorated our classroom, and invited some of our friends to our Tea Party - a great way to end the week!

Some of our decorations included Steph's beautiful tea towel with the Queen's picture on it, and a very precious photo belonging to Sophie-Marie's mum which is of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day. Thank you very much for sharing these with us.