Sunday, May 10, 2020

Term 2, Week 5

Talofa lava, Kia Ora, Malo e lelei,

welcome to week 5 of Term 2. I hope you are all doing well. Today we will hear whether we will move into Level 2 and what that means for school. We will keep you all up to date with what decisions are being made.

Here are the learning activities for this week.



Listen to this story and answer the questions below:

1. What were all the things Crispen the dragon breathed (instead of fire)?
2. Why did Crispen feel out of place and why did he go to the cave to hide?
3. What did you notice about all the different things Crispen breathed?
4. How does the story end?


Create another part of the story about the "Not so typical dragon" and write about what Crispen would breathe.

For example: Crispen was playing on the field with his friends, when Barry accidentally kicked the ball into the river. Crispen felt a tickling in his tummy. He felt something bouncing in his stomach. He opened his mouth, but fire did not come out. Out came soccer balls.

Remember to send photos to Miss Toder via facebook messenger or via email I would love to see the work you're doing. 

Have a great week everyone :) and I will stay in touch regarding schooling at Level 2.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Week 4, Term 2

Kia Ora,

welcome to week 4 of term 2. I hope you are all doing well. I am very excited about all the wonderful work you have been doing over the past weeks. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into teaching your children at home.

Here are the tasks for this week:


Listen to the story and answer the following questions:

1. Why did the girl say the wolf wasn't a real wolf?
2. What should the wolf do to become a real wolf?
3. What happens at the end of the story?

What have you been doing to be helpful at home? Write a story or a list of things, for example washing dishes.

Keep working on the learning pack from the Ministry as well :) have a great week everyone.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Week 3, Term 2

Hello everyone and welcome to Week 3, Term 4.

I hope you are all keeping well and are continuing to enjoy the learning packs the Ministry of education has dropped off. Here are your challenges for the week.


Listen to the story about the bad seed and answer the following questions. 
  1. Why was the seed bad?
  2. What did the seed do to be bad?
  3. Why did he change and become better?
  4. What do you do to be good, foe example, wash the dishes or clean your room?
Pick a different seed from the book 'The bad seed' and write some descriptive sentences about them. What do they look like? What do they act like?

Keep up the great work and share your learning with Miss Toder.

Have a great week everyone :)

Monday, April 20, 2020

Week 2, Term 2

Kia Ora everyone,

weeks 2 of term 2 has started. I hope you have all received your learning packs and that you are enjoying the activities in them :)

I am excited to hear about all the wonderful things you have been doing at home. Some of you have even sent me photos :) I would love to see the work you have been doing, so of you would like you can email me photos of your learning, for example a photo of your writing.

This week I would love to see a photo of a piece of artwork you have made, a photo of writing you have been doing and a maths problem you have solved. Have a go at this one:

Miss Toder was counting the cows on the paddock behind her house. She saw 37 cows in the morning. In the afternoon there were only 13 cows left. How may cows were taken to the milking shed?


Blake and Ella have been practicing their origami skills. Blake made 7 rockets and 2 cars. Ella made 8 flowers and 3 envelopes. How many pieces of origami did Ella and Blake make altogether?

Send me a photo of how you solved these problems. My email address is
You could also make the spaceship :)

I am looking forward to speaking to you again this week.

Kia Kaha

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Lockdown Learning Activities

Hello parents and whānau who have students in the Junior School area (Rooms 6, 5, 4, and 3).

We hope you and your tamariki are all well and enjoying being together as a family at home during these new and testing times. 

We are currently waiting for the Ministry of Education to get your child/children’s packs posted. Once they have done so, we will ring you all and help support you and your tamariki with this work. 

In the meantime here are some ideas you can be doing with your children at home:

This post will also be added to our class blogs for you to refer to:

  • The Netherby School reading challenges (posted on facebook). 
  • Have your child read to you for 10 minutes. Discuss the book, ask them questions about the story. 
  • Listen to Stories Online 
  • Read to your child and ask them to retell the story.  
  • Record your child telling a story on a device and send it to your teacher. 
  • Read poems, recipes, articles.
  • Draw pictures about the stories children are reading.
  • Create story maps about the stories you have read (we do this in storytelling). The idea here is to retell the main events from the story in order.

Kia ora, Parents and Whānau, thank you for supporting your child's maths learning at home during the lockdown period.
Here are some tips for supporting your child when they are working on their independent math activities.
If needed, you can read the problem to your child. 
Please do not feel that you need to help them to solve the problem, let them choose the tasks they can do by themselves.
When they have finished the task, ask them to explain how they solved rather than focusing on if the answer is correct. Remember there are lots of different ways of solving problems which might be different to how you were taught maths at school.

Rooms 5 & 6 problems solving questions:
  • Miss Patrick wove 5 kete and her sister wove 7 more. How many kete do they have altogether?
  • You are helping mum to hang out the washing. You use 9 pink pegs and 4 green pegs. How many pegs have you used altogether?
  • Lily has helped her dad to plant vegetables in their garden. She planted 8 spring onions and 6 carrot plants. How many vegetables did Seini plant?
  • Choose a piece of paper or newspaper in your house. How many of those papers will cover the top of a table?

Rooms 4 & 3 problem solving questions:
  • You go fishing. In the morning you catch 3 fish and then you catch another 7 more fish. How many fish did you catch altogether?
  • Myles had scored 6 points and his teammates scored 18 during their rugby game. How many points did they score altogether?
  • Charli-Kaye had 10 bracelets and Eva had 12 bracelets. How many bracelets did they have altogether?
  • My mum has painted 18 patterns on her tapa. Agnes has painted 7 more patterns than mum. How many patterns did Agnes paint?
  • Andrew helped by folding the washing. There are 8 towels, 2 tea towels, 17 T shirts, 3 pairs of shorts. How many items have you folded?
Extra number knowledge:
  • Skip count in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s
  • Say the number before up to 20.
  • Say the number after up to 20. 
  • Check number formation is correct. 
  • Count all the bears around your neighbourhood

Discovery/PE/extra curricular ideas:
  • Learn how to tie their shoe lace
  • Skip 20 times forwards and 20 times backwards
  • Baking 
  • Draw the shadows of animals
  • Make an obstacle course around your property that you need to hop over, go under or go through.
  • Make something for ANZAC day that you could use at your gate.
  • See how many different birds are in your garden
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Create a piece of art for someone in your family or your neighbour
  • Te Reo:Find colours around your house and use the Te Reo words.
Be mindful - Balance:
  • Take time to relax in the garden, walk around the block with the family or lay on the grass and make pictures out of the clouds.
  • Sit and listen to music that makes you feel happy.
  • Blow bubbles and watch them float up into the sky. Think about all your worries floating away from you.
  • Have a family meeting and talk to everyone about how they are feeling.

Here are our email addresses if you need to contact us directly

Term 2, Week 5

Talofa lava, Kia Ora, Malo e lelei, welcome to week 5 of Term 2. I hope you are all doing well. Today we will hear whether we will move in...