#08 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 9 o Paengawhāwhā 2021

Kupu o te Wiki – Hoa / Friend

Hoa is a kupu/ word that can be easily added to sentences we are all familiar with by adding the particle, “e” beforehand.

E hoa (Eh hor-ah)


Kia ora e hoa (mā) (Key-ar-or-rda e hor-ah (mar) Hello/thanks friend(s)

Note: If you would like to address more than one person, just add the kupu mā (Mar) on the end : e hoa mā (ear hor-ah mar).

Kei te pēhea koe e hoa (Kay teh pear-hair qweh eh hor-ah?) How are you friend?

E hoa kei te pēhea koe? (Kay teh pear-hair qweh eh hor-ah?) Friend how are you?

E hoa, kōrero mai (Eh hor-ah, core-rdeh-rdor my?) How are you friend?

Kei te pēhea koe e hoa

The Needs of a Young Person

The pyramid below explains the needs of a young person/child/student from the foundation level up to a thriving creative, problem solving, leadership level.

As we meet each level from the foundation up, students grow and thrive as independent learners and individuals.

Covid Science Experiment

A recent article in Stuff about a lesson delivered to intermediate students that has been developed by Mr.Science to model the spread of viruses between people.

Fun Science Activity

The lesson is engaging using the magic of vinegar, water and blackcurrant juice to magically show who has contracted the “virus” during the lesson. The lesson could be tailored to suit any level and is a way to engage students in science in a fun and hands on way. It’s an adaptation of a Nanogirl activity that tests for acidity and alkaline liquids using purple cabbage.

The article is well worth a read and the lesson plan can be found on the Mr. Science website here.

Another great science resource for kids is Nanogirl Kids Zone. It’s full of fun videos and activities for kids to get them interested in science at a young age.

Professional Reading/ Viewing

Place- Based Education

One pedagogical response to education needing to be more connected to the real world and authentic experience is Place-based education. Place-based education is a term that can be seen as synonymous with community and community-based education. An interesting video of how place-based education and indigenous knowledge support academic knowledge can be seen in this video.

Pioneer Museum, Silverdale

When last did you go to the local Pioneer Museum? A visit over the Easter weekend proved to be both informative and entertaining. The site has been beautifully recreated into a village of old. The grounds were a buzz with children of all ages playing old fashioned games. The local history, including the history of our schools, has been preserved in a genuine and authentic way. If you haven’t visited the Silverdale village, do yourself a favour, take the children or grandchildren for a great morning out.

Ending Streaming in Aotearoa

In 2020 Hana O’Regan spoke to our Kāhui Ako about striving and thriving for equitable learning in Aotearoa, with particular reference to streaming or ability grouping. CORE Education have endorsed a recent publication from Tokana Te Raki – Māori Futures titled Ending Streaming in Aotearoa. Follow the link here to the full article and here to CORE education and their response to this. The graphic below is taken from the publication and captures well the key themes to Māori success in our kura. 

Literacy Resources – Free!

Teachers are always looking for free and new resources. Follow the link here to a free TPT resource for a full list of the NZ high frequency sight words from Magenta through to Gold. While it is NZ specific, the words are basic, common words that students will come across in texts during reading and writing.

Top Teaching tasks have many free resources available to download. If you sign up you are then able to access the Free Library. Follow the link here to a free download for reading prediction discussion starters.

Follow the link here to the free download Reading Response cards.

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