Room Six – Miss McCloy

Friday 15 May

Kia ora e te whānau & Ruma 6,

Today is our last day of Covid-19 Home Learning. I just want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support through this time. It has definitely been a learning experience for us all, but I have loved receiving all of your emails. It has been great seeing what you have been up to at home and seeing what you have been doing on your home learning journeys. I am proud of how well you have all adapted to our new normal over the last few weeks. You have embraced home learning with PRIDE and you should be very proud of yourselves. However, the time has come where we are due to return to school and I am so excited to see all of you!

So, today… You have a wee maths mystery investigation to do and a wee writing activity for your whānau.

I just want to give you all some information about returning to school on Monday. I am sure Mr R will provide you all with lots more information anyway, but these are some important basics:

–  You need to bring a named drink bottle to school. The drinking fountains will remain closed.

– Please ensure that you bring a jersey to school and that you are wearing socks.

– You will be required to wash your hands and sanitise each time you enter and exit the classroom, as well as before you eat. If you have sensitive skin and you would like to bring your own soap and sanitiser to school – that’s fine. You just need to ensure that it is antibacterial soap. You also need to make sure that it’s clearly named.

– Parents are required to leave their children at the green gate each morning if they are bringing them to school. Afternoon pickups will be from the green gate as well. Mr R will be at the gate in the mornings, and Mr R and teachers will be at the gate in the afternoons to facilitate this. If parents do need to come onsite, they must come through the office and see Felicity (or someone in the office) and state your reason for being on site and sign in.

– Buses will be running as normal. But we will be very strict about ensuring that no one sits right behind the bus driver.

I know that you will all be super supportive as we start to navigate another new normal in our lives

I hope that you all have a great day and that you enjoy your last day of home learning. If you would like to have a ‘chilled’ family day and not do any home learning, that’s completely fine!

Have a great day!

Ngā mihi,

Miss McCloy

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Thursday 14 May 2020

Mōrena e te whānau,
Sorry my communication is slightly late today, I had to meet an earthquake company to sign off on my pool repairs and it took slightly longer than expected.
HAPPY LEVEL 2! I hope that you all have a great day. I am really looking forward to being back at school with you all on Monday!
I have attached my home learning table for today, but you will notice that it’s not too different to yesterday or the day before.
My hope is that you will do a wee bit of work of your choosing, but that you will spend time with your families, making the most of the last couple of days at home before heading back to school.
Over the last few days, I have sent through lots of different options for home learning, so if you are itching to do some home learning today, there are heaps of tasks to choose from. Or, you can be doing Studyladder or free writing,etc.
I am so excited because I am going into Room 6 this morning to get the classroom ready for Monday! Wahoo!
Keep in touch,
Miss McCloy.

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Wednesday 13 May 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,

I trust that you all had a great day yesterday… As it turns out, our day wasn’t so much rainy as it was ‘blah’ weather-wise! Hopefully the sun is out and shining today though.

Today, for home learning, you have two different maths challenges to choose from… or you can have a go at both…

The first challenge is a wee bit easier, and it’s called “The Place Value Mystery of the Thief at Gideon Gold’s Chocolate Factory’. If you are completing this one, remember that the < or > should be thought of as crocodile mouths and crocodiles always eat the biggest number.

The second challenge is called “The Mystery of the Spoiled Party Bags”. This one has some tasks that require you to know about parallel lines and right angles, so you may need to do some chatting with a parent or older sibling first, or maybe search up the maths terms on Kahn Academy first, if you are unsure what these terms mean. For the money adding (you will also see that the money is in pounds. This is because it’s a resource from the UK. Just pretend these are in dollars).
The answers are attached to both of the mysteries, so that you can check your results at the end. We did one of these at Bubble School yesterday and it was super fun! A handy tip is to cross out all of the impossible options for culprits on the grid of suspects as you go!
Feel free to use calculators!! It’s not a maths test, it’s just for fun!

I have not set a writing task for today as I thought we could stick with yesterday’s writing activities.

Your reading today is attached. There are different levelled activities about the Titanic. Choose which one you would like to read and then choose a couple of the activities from the bottom to complete. Don’t worry about the “text structure” part down the side though.

Ngā Mihi,

Miss McCloy.

Have a great day!

Ngā mihi,

Miss McCloy

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Tuesday 12 May 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,

I hope that you all had a great day yesterday. How exciting that we are moving into Level 2 at the end of this week. What is even more exciting is that we get to come back to school next week! Wahoo!

If you sent me an email yesterday afternoon and I haven’t yet replied, please know that I will reply to you today and I am not ignoring you!

I have sent you through today’s learning. It’s looking like a rainy day today, so I thought I would give you a relatively ‘light’ workload today; however, as always –  you have lots of options so you can do as much or as little as suits your whānau (e.g. you can top up my learning with Ministry pack work or extra Studyladder work or basic facts practice).

I hope that you all have the best day today and enjoy the rainy day.

Ngā Mihi,

Miss McCloy.

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Monday 11 May 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,

I hope that you all had a great weekend and that all of our mothers out there had a wonderful day yesterday. I went surf casting at the Wakanui Beach in the weekend and it was so cool! The sea was dirty and bit angry so we didn’t have any joy… well, unless you count copious amounts of seaweed as joy…

You will notice that today’s learning is just for today. I will be in touch tomorrow morning with learning for tomorrow. We will be going day by day this week.

Ngā Mihi,

Miss McCloy.

What’s happening today?

Reading and Writing – You have an option of two different Wonderopolis activities today! If these aren’t up your alley, feel free to read your own book on Epic! or at home, or do some free writing! Options, options, options!

Maths – Today you have a Figure It Out activity called Party to the Max to complete. There is also an extra activity called Head Cases that is a bit harder! If you aren’t wanting to complete these activities, you can be doing Studyladder maths, maths from your Ministry pack, or practicing times tables and/or division!

Have a great day!

Ngā mihi,

Miss McCloy

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Thursday 7 May 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,

I hope that you all had excellent Tuesday and Wednesdays. It was great to hear from so many of you over the last couple of days and see what everyone was doing. I read some awesome stories, watched some fabulous home learning videos, saw some cool pictures and looked at some excellently calculated maths activities. The photos of the symmetry activities that I received were super choice too!

We have had an awesome week so far at Bubble School, although I do have super sore legs today after orchestrating a running race on the big field yesterday (I received new running shoes in the post and I wanted to show them off). I did come second though, so I’m pretty happy with that!! I think they definitely make me run faster.

I have decided to make the rest of your week’s activities pretty relaxed. There are a few options for reading and writing activities (combined) and maths activities. Please note that out of the four maths activities, two of them are ‘extra for experts’ activities for you to have a go at if you’d like to challenge yourself!

Please keep in touch. As I said on Tuesday – I may not always reply super quickly as I am at Bubble School as well, but I will email you back ASAP!

I hope you all have great days… and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of you awesome Mums out there! We all appreciate you and everything that you do for your families and our school. I hope that you all get spoilt rotten on Sunday!

Ngā Mihi,

Miss McCloy.

1.       https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/have-you-sailed-the-seven-seas

2.       https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/Is-an-Axolotl-a-Fish-or-an-Amphibian

3.       https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-happened-to-zealandia

4.       https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/where-in-the-world-is-machu-picchu

What’s happening on Thursday and Friday??

Reading and Writing – I have combined your reading and writing tasks for me for today and tomorrow. I have given you an option of Wonderopolis articles to read and complete… Or you might like to go onto the Wonderopolis site and find some of your own to read and complete!

I love, love, loved all of your awesome Yeti Crab responses on Tuesday and Wednesday. Very cool, Room 6!

Maths – Today and tomorrow for maths, we have two different Figure It Out activities… Arcade Adventure and Counting the Costs.

I have also included two activities that are slightly more difficult for those of you who want a bit more of a challenge. These are called Delicatessen Mathematics and Demolition Dollars.

Remember that you can also be doing Studyladder activities, practicing your basic facts recall (including your multiplication and division) or completing your M.o.E maths activities… Or doing your own thing!

Have a great day!

Ngā mihi,

Miss McCloy

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Tuesday 5 May 2020

Home Learning Week 3, Day 2 and 3.

Kia ora e te whānau,

Just a short one today!!!

I hope that you all had a wonderful day yesterday, learning from home. We certainly had a great day at Bubble School!

It was so great to hear from those people who emailed me yesterday. My apologies if I am not always replying promptly to your emails! But I love seeing your work each day!

I have attached today and tomorrow’s home learning activities for your child to complete, should they choose to. Remember they can be also completing work from their Ministry of Education packs, or home learning that is created by your whānau.

Ngā Mihi,

Miss McCloy.

What’s happening on Tuesday and Wednesday?

Reading – You have two reading activities. Follow the hyperlinks. I made one Tuesday and one Wednesday, because the Tuesday activity is specific to today! Email me with your answers to the Wonderopolis activities and with your #shedselfies!

Writing – Tuesday, you have a Pobble picture to do. You’re more than welcome to answer the questions, etc. But I want you to focus on using the Thank You picture to write Thank You letters to your mums as we lead up to Mother’s Day on Sunday!!!!!
On Wednesday, I would like you to complete the third activity of the Wonderopolis reading I have sent you. A new family of crabs? That’s breaking news! Imagine you’re a reporter. Based on what you’ve learned about the Yeti crab, write a story for an online magazine or newspaper to inform readers of the new discovery. What are the most important facts about the Yeti crab? What will readers want to know?

Perhaps you could have a look at some newspapers at home first to get an idea of how newspaper articles are written!

Maths – we are carrying on with Symmetry for the next two days. You also have a problem solving activity to complete. Most of these activities are drawing/arty based! If you don’t have a printer, you might have to do some extra drawing of your own! Handy tip for the sea symmetry if you don’t have a printer – put the piece of paper up to your laptop and trace the shape before you complete the rest of the picture!

Well done to those of you who have completed your Super Symmetry pod on Studyladder and your home learning pods from last week. I have unlocked Studyladder so that you can find your own tasks to complete too if you don’t want to complete any of the pods that I have set!

I have got a wee riddle for you though:

 

Place Value: What is the number?

  • The number has six digits
  • All of the digits are odd
  • The thousands digit is bigger than 3 but less than 6
  • The tens digit represents the month of July
  • The hundreds digit is the same as 270 ÷ 30 (You can work this out easily if you know 27 ÷ 3)
  • The ones digit is the number of angles in a triangle
  • The hundred thousands digit is 1/10 of 30
  • The ten thousands digit is 1/3 of the hundreds digit

 

Have a great day!

Ngā mihi,

Miss McCloy

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Monday 4 May 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,
I hope that you all had a lovely weekend and you were able to make the most of the sunshine. I went for a big walk, got out in the garden and washed the outside of my house – exciting times I tell you!!
Remember that your child’s learning activities were sent out on Friday, so there are no activities to be sent out today. Please continue to email me and let me know what your child has been doing though! Or they could email me.
I’ll be in touch tomorrow morning with Tuesday and Wednesday’s home learning.
If you have any questions about any of the activities that I have sent home, please get in touch with me!!!
Have a great day,
Miss McCloy.

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Friday 1 May 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,

I hope that you are all well and that you have had an enjoyable week in Level 3. We certainly have in bubble school!

I also have builders at my house, who started their work yesterday – I am so grateful that they were able to come to my house super quickly once they were allowed to start back at work, but I am feeling a bit sorry for my flatmate who is working from 11pm – 7am at the moment!!

Thanks to those of you who have continued to email me with your activities, to check in, and to let me know whether you have received your Ministry of Education packs!

Today and Monday, the children have an array of activities. There were also a number of activities from Wednesday and Thursday that may not have been completed, so remember that they can always go back and do one of these if they wish. Our maths for today and Monday may be slightly tricky, so I have included videos to help explain the types of symmetry that the children will need to use. They will have learned about symmetry before, but we don’t always remember everything that we get taught, so sometimes we need a refresher! Let me know how it goes! Feel free to adapt activities to make them work for you. You don’t need to complete all of the activities on the Figure it Out if you don’t want to. Also, perhaps your child might just like to read and watch about the different types of symmetry and do their own symmetry exploration, rather than the Figure it Out activity. Again, it’s up to you!

Keep in touch via email. I hope that you have a fabulous weekend!!

I hope that you all have a wonderful day,

Ngā Mihi,

Miss McCloy.

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Thursday 30 April 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,

Welcome to Thursday 30th April! Thank you for all of your emails yesterday, it was great to see so many of you completing so many activities. I hope that you all enjoyed the ice cream and pyramid investigations.

Thank you to those of you who have let me know that you have received your Ministry of Education Year 6 home learning packs. I had a look through some of the packs from other levels today, and there is some great stuff in there! To reiterate what I said yesterday, remember that these are a blanket pack and that some of these tasks may not be appropriate for where all of our Room 6 children are at on their learning journey. So just make your learning journey work for you!

Yesterday was our first day of bubble learning at school and it was so lovely to see some of our Dunsandel School children again. Learning as we know it has changed a lot over the past few weeks, and learning at school has changed as well (for the meantime!). We appreciate your ongoing support as we continue to navigate our new normal at Dunsandel School.

Keep the emails coming – I love seeing what you are up to at home. I will be in touch tomorrow with your home learning activities for Friday and Monday.

Have a great day!

Ngā mihi,

Miss McCloy

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Wednesday 29 April 2020

Home Learning Week 3, Day 1 – 29/4/20

Kia ora e te whānau,

I hope that you all had excellent an Anzac Day and a great weekend. We were lucky that it was such a nice morning on Saturday morning for our early morning driveway commemorations. It was so great to see so many wreaths and poppies being made last week by our Year 6 whānau – well done. I went back to Christchurch on Monday so that I could drop Kev off for our teacher only day on Tuesday, and it was so cool seeing all the wreaths and poppies on my drive – especially in Dunsandel! It was a wee bit strange to be leaving my Ashburton bubble after having been there for so long, but it is also nice to be back at my own house in Christchurch!

Yesterday, we had a teacher only day at school. It was so great to see everyone again and we made some excellent plans for our time at school going forward. Mr R has been working hard to ensure that we have all the necessary health and safety measures in place for those returning to school in Level 3. Which brings me to my next topic – Level 3.

As you will know, myself, some of our teaching staff, Mr R and some children are back at school today as we have moved into Level 3.
There will be a slight change to how I run Room 6’s home learning.  I will be sending out home learning to you every second day, and the children at school will work through the home learning that their teacher has set for them. I will still be available to email throughout the day, and I encourage all of you to continue to email me as you have done throughout Level 4!

So tasks this week will be Wednesday/Thursday and then Friday/Monday.

I know that Level 3 has meant that some of you have returned to work and may not be as readily available to complete home learning with your child/ren, and that is totally okay! Remember that these home learning tasks are there for you to use, should you wish to do so, and this home learning journey is about making things work for your whānau.

Many of you have emailed me to let me know that your Year 6 child has received their home learning pack from the Ministry of Education, so thank you for this. It is up to you to use these packs however you wish. I will not be setting tasks from the resources in the Ministry packs. If your child chooses to work through some of the things in their Ministry pack, rather than completing my home learning tasks, that’s fine! Just send me an email and let me know what your child has been up to that day (or they can send me an email) if you would like to! You know that I love emails and photos of students’ work!

I do want you to remember that this is a blanket Year 6 pack sent out to all Year 6’s in New Zealand. There may be resources that your child finds too easy or too difficult. Remember that while we are all in the same Year 6 whānau, we are all on our individual learning journey and some of these resources may not be suitable for all New Zealand Year 6 students. If the resources are too tricky for your child – please don’t force them to work through them independently – you might like to use my home learning tasks instead or work with your child to complete their Ministry learning packs. As always, just email me if you have any questions J

I will write a letter to you tomorrow morning, but please know that these tasks are set for today and tomorrow. So please encourage your children to take their time with their mahi!

I hope that you all have a wonderful day,

Ngā Mihi,

Miss McCloy.

What’s happpening Wednesday and Thursday?


Maths/investigation –
You have two different maths investigations attached to this letter. Both are pattern based activities. Have a look at the both of them and see which one you would like to do (if you choose to do one!)
They also have extra ‘challenges’ which would be your ‘investigation’ work for the rest of the week, e.g. the ice cream ‘challenge’ asks you to find out about the ice cream, the pyramid ‘challenge’ asks you to find out some more information about pyramids, etc.

I have also included the answers, so try not to look at them until you have finished trying to work the problem out for yourself!

If these don’t seem like something that you would like to do, you can always continue on with your Studyladder “Home learning” Pod if you haven’t already finished this. You can also complete other set Studyladder maths activities. You also have your Year 6 maths learning from your Ministry of Education packs.
Remember that these activities are set for two days, so you might like to do a maths investigation today and Studyladder or some of your Ministry pack maths tomorrow, or one investigation today and one tomorrow… It’s up to you!

Writing: Today you will see that I have attached a Pobble 365 picture called ‘An Unexpected Adventure’. Pobble 365’s are a super cool resource for our children, as the pictures provide writing inspiration for free writing, but they also have questions to provide writing inspiration, and they have story starters for children who wish to carry on the story using their imagination! For those of you not wishing to use the Pobble picture, you also have the option of free writing completing a writing activity from the Ministry pack, or choosing a mindfulness prompt from the list here:

  • What is your favourite day of the week and why?
  • Write a description of your favourite place indoors or outdoors (maybe both!?)
  • Think of one person in your family and write about why you are so grateful for them.
  • Who is someone that inspires you?
  • What is a big change in the world that you would like to make and why? How might you do this?
  • How would you rate your weekend from 1 to 10? What are three things that happened in your weekend that you are grateful for?

Remember that because your tasks are set for two days, you could do a Pobble today and a writing prompt tomorrow, or free writing today and choose a mindfulness prompt for tomorrow! Whatever you do – email it to me so I can read it!

Reading: Today I have attached a StoryBytes free sample about Batman.
There are three different levels of Batman stories that you can read (you can read one of them or all of them – it’s up to you). The first story is the easiest of the three and the third story is the hardest. Down the side of each story there are some story structure questions – read these! You don’t need to write down the answers to the questions – maybe you could just think about the answers or talk to someone in your bubble about the answers.

There are also some ideas for follow up activities for you to do after you have read the text. Have a read through these… are there any activities that you want to do? If you choose to complete one, email me with your work!!!

If you don’t wish to read about Batman, you can always read a story or article from your Ministry pack, read a story from Epic! or read a novel from home. Lots of options, as always! I would love to know what you choose to read, what you thought of it and whether you learned anything new though!

Have a great day!

Ngā mihi,

Miss McCloy

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Friday 24 April 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,

Another Friyay! Today marks the end of our second week of home learning! Wahoo! We have had another successful week. Next week may look a little bit different for some of us who are returning to school; however, I will continue to send out the daily home learning tasks to everyone. If your child is returning to school next week, they will complete their home learning tasks still – they will just do them at school!
It has been such a great learning week for our Room 6 whānau – I hope that you have all enjoyed learning about Anzac Day as much as I have!
Remember that Monday is a public holiday as we observe Anzac Day, so you won’t have home learning to do on Monday. As we have a teacher only day on Tuesday, you will not receive home learning on this day either.
Through correspondence with some of you, I am aware that some children in our Room 6 class have received packs from the Ministry of Education. Feel free to have a look through these over the weekend. On Tuesday, our staff have a teacher only day and we will be discussing how we integrate these learning packs into our home learning programme. Because these packs are blanket year 6 packs, some of the resources that your child has been provided with may not be appropriate for them in terms of where they are at with their learning. Be assured that we will be discussing this on Tuesday, so I will be in touch with you on Wednesday morning with more information regarding these Ministry of Education packs. Please continue to email me and let me know when your Room 6 child has received their pack.
I hope that you all have a wonderful long weekend and that you enjoy your Anzac Day,

Ngā Mihi,

Miss McCloy.

What’s on today?

Maths – continue on with your Studyladder “Home learning” Pods if you haven’t already finished them. You can also complete other set Studyladder maths activities.

ANZAC ACTIVITY (reading and investigation) –
Today I have created an Anzac activity board for you to explore – most of it is just reading, listening and watching. I have included two optional ‘making’ activities for you, should you wish to complete them. Just wee arty Anzac activities – Make a wreath and make a window poppy. I know that some of you have already created wreaths though! I know that some of you are on farms where no one will ever see your windows etc… A really cool thing that I have seen some families in Ashburton doing, is they’re sticking wreaths and poppies to their roadside fences or mailboxes! I also saw a family who had made a paper wreath today and they were in the process of sticking it to a piece of wood and hammering it into the grass outside their farm on the road. It was so cool to see! So if you want to make a wreath, a sign or a poppy… DO IT! If you have a big driveway, like I do, get creative and display your mahi to the world!

Have a great day! Have a great weekend!

Ngā mihi,

Miss McCloy

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Thursday 23 April 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,

Did you all have a wonderful Earth Day yesterday? I did! I picked up the rubbish on the roadside like I told you I would! I also walked to the supermarket instead of using my car (I regretted this slightly when I made the return 3km trek with two heavy grocery bags!

Thanks for your emails yesterday! I don’t think I have ever seen so much baking as I have over this last two weeks! I also received some awesome photos for the PRIDE at home page, and some excellent school work (as always).

Thank you to those of you who promptly filled in Mr R’s survey regarding whether or not your child/ren will be returning to school when we go back to Level 3. If you haven’t done so yet, you will need to go back and find Mr R’s email from the 21st of April and click on the link!

I hope that you all have a wonderful day,

Ngā Mihi,

Miss McCloy.

What’s on today?

Maths – continue on with your Studyladder “Home learning” Pod if you haven’t already finished this. You can also complete other set Studyladder maths activities. Some of you may have new pods added to your set tasks.
During this time, it might also be a good idea to continue practicing your multiplication and division facts if you are still learning them. Maybe you could ask an adult or someone in your bubble to write down the problems to a times table family or division family that you think you need to do some work on, and then you write the answers. There are also lots of online times tables and division practice sites – just get on Google and do some searching!

ANZAC ACTIVITY (reading, writing and investigation) – Today I have sent you a document called “Animals in the War” – because I always think that the types of animals that went to war, and reasons they went, is fascinating! The instructions for this activity are included in the document. There is also an optional writing activity included in this if you would like to complete it!

Remember that you can always go back and complete any learning tasks that you haven’t done yet, if you are looking for more/different work to do!

Have a great day!

Ngā mihi,

Miss McCloy

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Wednesday 22 April 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,

HAPPY EARTH DAY!! That’s right, today is World Earth Day. The theme/focus for this year’s Earth Day is climate action. This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. That is pretty cool.

How can we do our part for Earth Day whilst at home in our bubbles, you ask? Well, we can do plenty, actually. We can’t go on big rubbish clean up missions to the beach or anything, but we could do some gardening at home! We could also pick up some rubbish that we find while we are out on our bubble walks. This is what I’ll be doing today – people throw lots of rubbish out of their vehicles as they drive down our road, and so today I am going to put on some gloves, grab a bag and go and pick up some of that litter so that it’s off the roadside!

If that’s not your thing, or isn’t something that will work for your bubble, but you would like to do something for Earth Day, you can simply be involved by going online and researching Earth Day 2020! You might find some activities that you can do from home in your bubble!

Thank you so much for all of the awesome mahi that you all did yesterday! It was another great day receiving photos, school work, emails to say hello, activities, etc. You are all fantastic and doing an amazing job on your home learning journey!

We are aware that a couple of our families have received hard ‘learning’ packs from the Ministry of Education. Please let me know if you have, because I will factor this in when setting home learning tasks! Just send me a quick email letting me know if your family have received one of these!

What’s on today?

Maths – continue on with your Studyladder “Home learning” Pod if you haven’t already finished this. You can also complete other set Studyladder maths activities.
During this time, it might also be a good idea to continue practicing your multiplication and division facts if you are still learning them. Maybe you could ask an adult or someone in your bubble to write down the problems to a times table family or division family that you think you need to do some work on, and then you write the answers. There are also lots of online times tables and division practice sites – just get on Google and do some searching!

Writing – As we have some people still working on their lockdown letters and others on their gratitude lists, I won’t set an actual writing task for today. Free writing is a great option for you today, if you would still like to do some! If you do some free writing, remember that I would love to read it!

ANZAC Day – Carry on with your Morse Code activity from yesterday if you haven’t yet completed it! I had so much fun cracking the Morse Code word puzzles that were sent through to me by some of our Room 6 people yesterday.

I have attached an ‘extra for experts’ activity today for those people who got their Morse Code activities finished yesterday. Make sure you let me know whether you enjoyed this activity or not! You do need a torch for this activity, so if you don’t have one, you might be able to make morse code words with sounds instead.

Reading: Today, you have an Anzac Day reading activity to do today. You will be reading a wee excerpt about The Anzac Poppy that I have written for you (I did lots of researching to make sure that I had the right information about this, so hopefully I do!). I just want you to read this, and then have a chat with someone in your bubble about what you have learned about the red poppy, or you can email me and tell me!

As a wee optional, interest activity, I have also attached two different School Journal articles with topics relating to Earth Day. One is called “The Plastic Free Challenge” – this is the easier text to read. This article is about a class of Motueka South School students who watch a video about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and decide they want to do something to help solve the plastic problem.

The other is called “Designed for Good” – this text is a wee bit trickier. It is about three men who want to design and create a sustainable pest trap that will reduce pest numbers and help our native wildlife.

You don’t have to read these articles if you don’t want to, but I thought that they were super interesting and some of you might like to read one, or both of them!

Have a great day!

Ngā mihi,

Miss McCloy

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Tuesday 21 April 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,

I hope that you are all well this morning. Thank you so much for your communications yesterday and for all of the work that you sent through to me.

As you will know, yesterday, Jacinda Ardern announced that we will be moving to Alert Level 3 on the 27th of April at 11.59pm. This will be another journey that we will navigate together as a community, but I know that we will work together to make our journey back to ‘normal life’ as smooth as possible for ourselves and our tamariki. Remember to stay kind and cool, people. We have got this!

I was blown away by how many people got their ANZAC Day Fact Hunt finished yesterday! Ka pai! I also saw some mouth-watering photos of ANZAC biscuits and read some new ANZAC biscuit recipes! Talk about delicious!

Thank you to those of you who are still sending in your Lockdown Letters and “What’s in a name?” activities! Remember to keep them safe for when we return to school.

It was also great to see so many of you logging into your Studyladder yesterday. Remember that the tutorials in the Home Learning POD are there to help! Please also remember that you can repeat activities if you want/need to!!

Just quickly – I forgot to give you the answers to the brain teasers from last Friday! Here we go:

  1. I’m not alive, but I have 5 fingers. What am I? A glove
  2. Feed me, and it will give me life. But give me a drink, and I will die. What am I? Fire
  3. What travels around the world while staying in the same corner? A stamp

What’s on today?

Maths – continue on with your Studyladder “Home learning” Pod. You can also complete other set Studyladder maths activities.
During this time, it might also be a good idea to continue practicing your multiplication and division facts if you are still learning them. Maybe you could ask an adult or someone in your bubble to write down the problems to a times table family or division family that you think you need to do some work on, and then you write the answers. There are also lots of online times tables and division practice sites – just get on Google and do some searching!

Writing – today, your writing task is an ANZAC Day/Lockdown inspired gratitude list. I have explained what I would like you to do on the sheet attached. Be prepared to do lots of thinking!!!… and then lots of writing if you are like me who ended up writing 15 things that I am grateful for!! If you are still working on your Lockdown Letter, I would like your letter to be completed first, instead of starting a new writing activity!
Remember, this is just an option! You might choose to do your own ANZAC Day writing instead!

ANZAC Day – Morse Code! FUN! I have attached a fun Morse Code activity that you can complete if you would like to! If you can’t print this sheet out, you can just write your answers on a piece of paper and take a photo of the words that you have written in Morse Code and then send them back to me! You don’t have to copy out the whole Morse Code table!!! Just write the words and then put the Morse Code beside them!
If you want to know a wee bit about Morse Code, this is quite a good video to explain it to you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy8BaMs_JuI

Reading: Head on over to Studyladder and complete some reading activities, read a book on ReadON or Epic! or read some of your novel from home! Free reading choice, but remember that it’s important to read each day!

Have a great day!

Keep in touch!

Miss McCloy

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Monday 20 April 2020

Kia ora e te whānau,

Welcome to week 2 of home learning! I’d just like to start by saying a massive thank you and well done to all of you for your participation, co-operation and communication last week as we began our ‘learning from home’ journey. I loved seeing all of the work that you completed last week, and hearing from your families. The photos I received were choice too! Remember to keep sending the photos through so that I can see what you have all been up to and Mr R can add the photos to our PRIDE at home site.

Thank you to those of you who sent through your “What’s in a name?” task and your Lockdown Letters. I loved reading these! If you haven’t sent yours through yet, please make sure that you do – I know that some of you are working through the tasks at paces that suit your whānau, and that’s completely fine.

I hope that you all had great weekends and that you were able to get out and enjoy the sunshine. I spent my weekend running, walking, reading, doing te Reo Māori learning via Zoom with my friend Virginia, fencing with my father and sheep work. I finished off my Sunday with a BIG Zoom meeting with all of our family and friends (we do this every Sunday afternoon). My cousin, Rebecca, has had a baby girl during lockdown, so we enjoyed seeing her, Tim and baby Oakley via Zoom video yesterday afternoon! So, it was a very productive weekend here in my bubble… although I don’t think I’ll be giving up my day job anytime soon to become a professional fencer! Kev had a lazy weekend enjoying the sunshine and chasing bugs around the garden!

So, what’s on today?

Maths:

I have created a Studyladder POD for each of our maths groups to work through this week. You will find this POD in your set tasks and it is called Home Learning Week 2 (or a variation of that). You will have a range of activities in your POD, so work through them at your own pace. There may be some multiplication, division, subtraction or addition work, depending on your group’s tasks. Before we entered lockdown, we had all started learning about Fractions. You will notice that in your POD, I have included some fractions activities. These may be easy for you, or they may be activities that require a bit more practice, OR there might be some new learning for you. I have included tutorials for each of the learning tasks when there was a tutorial available for you. Make sure you watch the tutorial before you do the practice activity for that learning task. If you have any questions, ask someone in your bubble for help, or don’t hesitate to email me! Remember that you also have others maths activities on Studyladder that you can be working through as well. I will be monitoring your progress on your Home Learning PODS.

ANZAC Day activities:

Next Saturday the 25th of April, it is ANZAC Day. So I thought that this week, our reading, writing and investigation activities should be based around ANZAC Day, as we would be learning about it this week if we were at school.

Many of the activities will be paper based, so you have the option of printing the activities out and writing on them, then taking photos of your work, if this suits you. If you don’t have a printer, you can just write your answers on a piece of paper or in an email and then send it back to me!

You have an ANZAC Day Fact Hunt to do today and tomorrow (Reading and Writing). I will also be setting another activity tomorrow for those speedy bees who get the ANZAC fact hunt finished today.
You will need to find the answers to the questions on your own, so you might like to talk to someone in your bubble, or do some internet researching – jump on Kiddle and search “ANZAC day”. YouTube also have some awesome videos for children if you google “ANZAC day for kids”.

Optional Activity:

Bake ANZAC biscuits! I know that lots of you have been doing baking at home, so I thought it might be a good opportunity for us to bake ANZAC biscuits! (completely optional of course – don’t rush out to get all the necessary ingredients if you don’t have them). Following recipes are great practice for reading and maths, as well as teaching you the important skills of following instructions! I have included a recipe that you can use, but you may have your own recipe that you use! I can’t wait to see all the photos of your delicious baking!!!

I hope you all have a great day!

Don’t forget to email me!

Miss McCloy

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Friday 17 April 2020

Term 2, Week 1, Day 3

Kia ora koutou,

Welcome to FRIYAY! Day 3 of our home learning journey. I hope that you are all well. I went for a lovely walk in the sun yesterday after school and I decided to join in the lockdown toy spotting fun and take some photos to share with you of the soft toys that I found along the way. Do you have a soft toy in your window at home? Or have you been out on a bubble journey and seen some soft toys? Send me your snaps!
Great job to all of you for your work yesterday!

So, what’s on today?

I thought we would start with a couple of fun brain teasers to get us going for our Friday morning mahi! You might like to try to solve these yourself and then quiz your bubble members and see if they can work the answers out! I will give the answers out on Monday!

  1. I’m not alive, but I have 5 fingers. What am I?
  2. Feed me, and it will give me life. But give me a drink, and I will die. What am I?
  3. What travels around the world while staying in the same corner?

Maths task:

We’re going to have a bit of addition and subtraction fun with emojis today!

I have attached an activity that I would like you to complete – give it a go on your own, or you may need to ask a whānau member for help to get started. There is an example to show you what to do! If you can’t print it out, that’s okay – just do it from your screen. You could write the title of the activity on your own piece of paper and write the numbers for the problems and the answer on a piece of paper and then send me a photo of it!

There are three pages because there are three different levels. The first page is 2 digit addition and subtraction, and the second page is 3 digit addition and subtraction and the third page is 4digit addition and subtraction. You can choose which page you do, whether you do two of them, or whether you do all three! You might need another piece of paper to solve the problems using algorithms.

The answers for each sheet have been included as well, but try not to look at them until you have worked out the problems, or given them your best shot!

HAVE FUN!

Writing task:

Your writing task for today (and over the weekend if you’d like to do more on it) is to carry on with your letter. Let me know how you are going with your letter – if there are lots of us still working on it by the end of today, then we will keep the task for Monday as well!

Reading task:

You don’t have set reading activities today, as I want you to focus on your letter and your investigation task (if you haven’t already sent it to me). Remember that you can be reading books at home, on Epic!, ReadON and completing literacy Studyladder activities that I have set for you.

Investigation Task:

Thank you to those of you who have already sent through your “What’s in a name?” activities! I have had so much fun reading these and learning all sorts of information about your special names! Remember to send these to me by the end of today J

Other:

Passion Projects! Yay! Well done to those of you who are carrying on with your passion projects over this time and logging your passion project time on our William Pike Challenge Hub!
Check out this cool photo that Olivia took of her dog for her new passion project: photography.

Have a great day! Enjoy your learning tasks today. Have an awesome weekend! I can’t wait for Monday already! Yippee!

Miss McCloy.

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Thursday 16 April 2020

Term 2, Week 1, Day 2

Kia ora koutou,

Wow! I was so impressed yesterday with all of the hard mahi that you put into your first day of home learning. I was very lucky because I got to read lots of lockdown stories, I received some super cool book reviews, I had many wonderful photos sent to me, I saw a great Newscast approach to publishing writing and I also got to spend my day talking to all of you and your parents. Very cool. Great job to all of you!

I know that the maths Sudoku challenges were tricky! Here are the answers to those Sudoku challenges.

Today – 16/4/2020

Today, you have a maths challenge and a writing task. You have a writing task that I want you to spend the next two days on – really take your time with it. You also have your ‘What’s in a name?’ activity to complete by tomorrow (Friday) at 3pm. I didn’t set a specific reading task today, because I want you to focus on your writing, maths and investigation task. But if you would like to complete a reading task – get on Epic!, Studyladder or ReadON and keep reading! OR read a book from home!

So, what are your tasks for today?

MATHS: Your maths task today has been attached as a separate document. I found this super cool activity for you to complete, called “How much is a word?”. You may need help from an older sibling or adult, and you might like to use a dictionary too!
I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

I have also included an extra revision activity, which is just times tables and division practice! If you don’t have a printer, you can write some of the problems down on paper and then answer them

Writing Task

Yesterday, your task was to just write about your lockdown time so far – anyway that you wanted! I was so excited to read all of the stories that I read! Thank you for your hard work on these stories.

Today and tomorrow (Friday) and over the weekend if you need it, I would like you all to write me a letter. You can either write it on paper and keep it until we come back to school to give to me, or you can type it and email it to me. I will keep your letters and I will post them back to you this time next year (yes, when you have left Dunsandel School and you’re off in the big, wide world). The topic of this letter is the current lockdown that we are in. I know that you wrote about this today, but that is great practice for you in writing this letter.

In this letter, I would like you to include:

  • How you are feeling about the lockdown at the moment
  • What you have been doing so far
  • When do you think this lockdown will end
  • The worst part of your lockdown so far
  • The best part of your lockdown so far
  • What are you missing the most about your ‘normal’ life?
  • When the lockdown is over, who do you want to see the most?
  • When the lockdown is over, what do you want to do the most?
  • When the lockdown is over, what takeaways will you eat first?

**(also include anything else that you would like to! Remember that YOU will be rereading this letter in a year’s time and you might just keep this letter for MANY years to come!)**

Each question/prompt above should be a new paragraph (new overall idea) (Miss two lines when writing on paper, or push enter twice if typing on the computer).
We only just started to look at paragraphing before lockdown started, so I don’t expect your paragraphs to be perfect!! Just give it your best effort! Here’s a wee guide to help you to paragraph your letter:

I want you to include each of the above questions/prompts in your sentences, e.g. for the prompt ‘how are you feeling about the lockdown at the moment?’ I would like you to start your sentence with “At the moment, I am feeling ______________ about the lockdown, because __________________. But I am also feeling __________________ because…”

Put lots of ‘feelings’ and details into your writing – take your time! I will be posting this letter back to you next year, so it will be a cool wee memento for you to keep about the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown. Imagine if you were a grown up in many years to come, and you found this letter that I had posted back to you 2021 when you were Year 7. What would you like to remember about this time?? I you put lots of information into your letter, it might help you to remember some things that you had forgotten about your time in Covid-19 lockdown.

Ask a parent or older sibling to help you set your letter out correctly! It needs to include the date (e.g. 16th April, 2020), Dear/To Miss McCloy, and your full name at the end.

I am so excited to read your letters!!!!!!!

Reading: If you would like to, you could read a book from home, ReadON, Epic! Or complete a reading activity on Studyladder! No specific reading task today, because you have lots of work with your Lockdown Letter, What’s in a name? investigation task and maths task.

Remember that you can carry on with your Passion Projects today as well!

Happy learning today whānau, lots of mahi to do, but I know that you will do a great job!

Keep in touch and send me lots of emails and photos!

Ngā Mihi Nui,

Miss McCloy

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Wednesday 15 April 2020

Home Learning Term 2 Week 1, Day 1

Kia ora e te whānau!

Happy Term 2! I trust that you are all well and that you have been navigating your way through our ‘new normal’ as best you can and that you are enjoying life in your bubbles. My cat, Kev, and I are down in Ashburton staying with my whānau during this lockdown period and we have certainly been making the most of this strange situation. My days have been filled with te Reo Māori study, school work, lots of walking, biking and yoga, daily Press Sudoku puzzles, chopping firewood, gardening, building a fence, Netflix and waiting in lines at the supermarket. Among many other things of course! It has been so nice to receive emails from some of you with photos of your bubble activities, so thank you for that! I hope that you all had a great Easter – this is the first Easter in many years that I haven’t been in Twizel, so that was a bit odd; however, the Easter Bunny still managed to find me this year, so that was pretty great!! Fortunately, I haven’t had the Tooth Fairy come to visit me just yet though!

I just wanted to quickly touch base and let you know what our plan is going forward for today and the rest of our lockdown period. Yesterday, you will have received an email from Mr R, giving you some more information about what these next couple of weeks will look like in terms of your child(ren)’s learning from home. He was correct in saying that these are definitely unprecedented times, and we are all learning to make our way through this as best as possible.

Each morning, I will be emailing you between 8:30am and 9:00am with your child’s learning tasks for the day. There will be a daily writing task, reading task and maths task. I will also include an ‘investigation task’ to be completed over the course of a couple of days.
Each day, I will have a wee summary table that will look like this:

Following this summary, there will be more detailed explanations.

As Mr R said in his email, your child will not come to any harm from taking a break from formal learning, so if your child doesn’t get all of the set learning tasks completed each day, please don’t worry. Although I would love to see the children’s work each day, it is also not mandatory to do all of the tasks that I set every day. There is also lots of flexibility, e.g. I might set a maths task for the day, but your child may choose not to do that task and may instead go on Studyladder and complete some set learning tasks on there. That’s completely fine. Your child might also choose to complete one of Mr R’s writing activities that he has posted on the main page of our Learning From Home section of the Dunsandel School website instead of the writing task that I have set, and that’s fine too.

On our Room 6 page on the school website, you will notice that before the holidays, I included a ‘reading activities’ link under the reading section of our page. This link will take you to a list of generic novel study activities that your child can complete using a novel that they are reading at home, or a book that they are reading on Epic! or another online site. It is totally okay if they wish to do these novel study questions, or if they would like to spend 15 – 30minutes (approximate times) reading a book from home instead of completing my daily reading task.

Please just flick me an email at the end of each school day and let me know what your child got up to during their day, or they could email me and let me know what they have been up to each day, which would be awesome! Please send me lots of pictures of what you are up to during our ‘lockdown school days’. Remember that your child can still be working on the Passion Projects for the William Pike Challenge, and these will ‘count’ as learning tasks for your child’s school day, should they wish to work on that! (this comes under ‘other’ on our daily learning summary table).

I would love for the Investigation Tasks that I set to be completed if possible, because I would like for them to be displayed in our classroom when we return to school. However, if your child doesn’t have the stationery required to complete them, then just let me know, and we can alter the task to suit your family.

You can also adapt all the learning tasks that I set to work for you and your whānau as well. Please email me if you have any questions or feedback about our learning tasks.

Happy learning day whānau!

 

 

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Friday 27 March 2020

This turned up on the William Pike Challenge Facebook page today – great stuff Claire!

Friday 27 March 2020

Kia ora e te whānau!

I hope that you have all made a pleasant start to our lockdown period. I know that these are unprecedented times, but if we all stick together (not literally!), stay kind, stay connected, stay positive and stay safe, we will come out the other side of this quickly and get back together super soon at Dunsandel School. To all of the essential workers who continue to work throughout out this pandemic lockdown to provide services to our nation – everyone is super grateful for everything that you are doing!!

It has been awesome to see so many of our tamariki exploring our online resources and completing online learning – ka pai tō mahi for all the Studyladder learning and epic Epic! reading. From communication with whānau, I know that lots of different home learning has been undertaken over these past few days on top of the online school learning, which is great!

Today marks the end of Term 1 for 2020 (our official holidays are Monday 30th March – Tuesday 14th April). Although it has come to an end a wee bit differently than we all expected, it has been a wonderful term and I just want to quickly take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to all of the children and whānau for making our first term a positive, successful and enjoyable one. These holidays will be an awesome time for families to spend quality time together. Remember that we are all learning to navigate our way through this unfamiliar time, and we are all finding our new ‘normal’ for the next few weeks.
So, looking forward to the next two weeks of holidays… remember that when your children look back on their lockdown time during the Covid-19 pandemic, they will not remember the maths lessons or the spelling words… instead, they will remember the quality family time – the time spent reading together, cooking together, knitting, making up games, walking or biking, the adventures, playing board games or cards, building forts or tree-huts or castles, movie nights or mornings or afternoons or whole day marathons, creating dances or songs, or completing jobs around the home – whatever it is that you are doing as a whānau… that’s the important stuff.
Of course, your child can still complete some of the online learning tasks that they have been set should they wish to though! Passion projects are also an amazing thing for the children to continue with if they are looking for something to do!

I will send out another email closer to the start of Term 2, where we will continue with our home-based learning journey. Until then, please continue to keep in touch via email to check in and say hello.

I will leave you with this: ‘He waka eke noa’ We are all in this together. Kia kaha!

Arohanui,

Kate McCloy.

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Hello everyone!

I hope that you are all well and that you are staying safe.

Further to the email that you will have recently received regarding home learning for your child during this time, I am going to explain what I have set up/organised for the children to work through. Remember, that this work is here should you choose to complete it. It is not mandatory that your child completes all of this work by any means! There are also a number of options for children’s work, so don’t feel like your child has to complete all of the options!

Study ladder

Your child has their own Studyladder account with their own log in. Most children know their login details, but please email me if your child is unsure of their log in details. Your child has been set some revision and learning activities for maths. They have also been set some reading and science activities to work through, should they wish to do that. I will be monitoring their activity on Studyladder and tweaking and adding activities occasionally. Aside from the tasks that I have set the children, there are also sequential programs that the children are able to work through without being set by the teacher (they can select the grade/year level for these programs) – for all curriculum areas – so feel free to do some exploring on this website! When your child has maths activities that they need to work out before entering the answer, e.g. creating an algorithm or long division, they can either do this on paper OR there is a wee pencil icon on the top right of the screen (beside the home button) when they are working on a ‘pod’ – if they click on this, a wee note pad for working out answers will pop up!

Epic Books!

Epic Books is an awesome resource for online reading. I have created a roster for our children! They will be able to log into Epic! Using the class login code. I have emailed all of you the class code for your child to use. If your child wishes to use Epic! I would like them to spend the next few days exploring Epic for themselves. During the holidays, I will be setting tasks and assignments for the children for the beginning of next term, but they are still able to log in and do their own thing too! Logging in using the class code is fairly straightforward, but if you have any queries just get in touch with me.

Novels:

On the website, I have included some generic novel study questions for your child to complete, should they wish to, using a novel from home. For children reading novels at home, it would be a wonderful idea to get them summarising the book as they read (on post its, in an exercise book, on scraps of paper, or on a device) so that they are continuing to develop and consolidate their summarising skills for reading like they have been doing with their class novels. When your child is summarising what they have read, they need to think about retelling what they have read in their own words, and making it short, brief and to the point. A good guideline for summarising is remembering to include who, what, when, where, how and/or why.

Reading Questions

Writing

I am not setting any specific writing activities throughout this period. It might be a great idea though for your child to keep a diary/journal during this time. Mr R has put some writing ideas on the website too. But Pobble365 is a great resource for finding writing inspiration. The Pobble 365s also include questions, story starters and other activities to complete around the picture. There are lots of writing ideas to be explored on here too! Or… if you are looking for other ideas – just Google writing ideas for children or writing inspiration for children and you will find lots of great ideas online! There are also lots of great apps that you can download for spelling.

William Pike

While we are at home over the next wee while, it would be a wonderful opportunity for the children to carry on with their passion projects, or perhaps even start a new one! Communication from William Pike is that we are shouldn’t worry about the community service or EOTC aspects of our WPC at this time. But yay for Passion Projects!

If you have any questions or concerns over the next few weeks, please don’t hesitate to contact me between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Please also email me to check in and say hello, I will miss all of the children over this time!
I hope that you and your whānau stay safe during this time. I look forward to seeing you all back at school soon.

Ngā Mihi,

Kate McCloy.