EC Global Citizens Parade!

All the students in the ECC have been learning about Chinese New Year over this past 1-2 weeks.  As a final celebration of their learning and to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year a parade was held.  The children all contributed in their classes by making a representation or symbol of their learning about Chinese New Year.

Please click here to see a glimpse of this event.

And weren’t these ladies just amazing!!

Click here for some of their performance.



Here Comes the Lion!

EC were fortunate enough to get up close and personal with a lion last week…A Chinese New Year Lion!  This allowed the children a chance to become familiar with the traditions of Chinese New Year as well as learn about the music associated with this event.  For some children this was the first time to be able to overcome their fear of this lion as in the past they had only been able to see it from a distance.  They learned it was really just a puppet and it was very friendly!

EC2 Learn about Chinese New Year!

EC2 classes were privileged to learn from parent experts about Chinese New Year last week.  They were involved in a variety of wonderful activities that allowed them to use all their senses!  A big thank you to all the parent volunteers on this day!

Circle Time in Nursery

What does happen during ‘circle time’ in a Nursery class?

Our three wonderful Nursery teachers Ms Naama, Ms Cheryl and Ms Jenny do an amazing job of gathering their class of 2-3 years olds together to focus on various skills, song and stories for a focused learning time – each day!!

See what this looks like and what skills children are learning as they participate in circle time each day.

Click on the picture below!

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Week @ A Glance 15th – 19th Sept

With a typhoon day thrown in the mix this past week it allowed teachers a chance to test our skills in dealing with emergency situations and then….get back to teaching!

Some of the wonderful learning opportunities that I spotted this week…

In addition see what is else is happening here…

* International Weeks were in full force with Ms Lindsay’s class making and using their own Australian Clapping sticks – click here for more information.

* A celebration of all cultures and countries in Ms Kylie’s class with one activity focusing on England – see the fine motor skills and math skills in use here as the children make their own King and Queen crowns.

* Even our Teaching Assistants have a chance to share their culture.  In Ms Rachael’s class children recognise that Miss Dodo is just as important, promoting inclusion for all.  See the concentration here as children listen to her story and also another student from a mixture of two cultures.

* Exploring all the senses in Ms Jenny’s class as the children learn about Japan and how to make sushi.  For Nursery children being able to touch, smell, hear, see and most importantly TASTE is a wonderful way to learn about another culture.  See how they made sushi here. 



Week @ A Glance 8-12 Sept

With this only being a 3 day week for students you might think “oh what can be done in only 3 days”?  Well, just take a peek below to see how packed 3 days of learning can look!

Oh and don’t forget the usual 5 day week teachers had full of professional learning – see the post here to explain more of what we did.


In addition…have you seen…

* How music in Nursery B, Ms Naama’s class benefits future learning.  Click here to see!

* The video Ms Lydia (EC1B) put together to share how her students have been learning about our ‘house, home, family and friends’!  Take a peek here!

* What social time looks like in EC2D, Mrs Neuman’s class.  For a photo snapshot take a look here!

Visit your child’s classroom website to see MORE!!

And all this in only 3…yes 3 days of learning!!

Week At A Glance 1-5 September

What a busy week of teaching, learning and developing young minds in ECLC.  Both teachers and children were involved in activities that developed their learning.  Teachers spent time in collaboration discussing our curriculum and how best to increase student learning – a valuable time for conversation and decision making.

An emphasis at this time of the year is helping children feel like they have a place in their classes which relates to the goal Belonging in the Te Whariki curriculum and also being a Global Citizen which relates to our school wide ESLR’s.  You will see evidence of this below.


Ms Ann in EC2 planned and implemented a wonderful shadow play that celebrated the Mid Autumn festival. Parents were then invited to view the children presenting the play.


Some teachers learned about Easy Blog Junior as a possible tool for Digital Portfolios – stay tuned for more information how this will be implemented in EC2 classes.


A wonderful display by Ms Lindsay and her EC2B class that depict their class name – the MONKEYS!! A really nice way to liven up her class entranceway and for children to view the efforts of their work.


In line with Te Whariki: Belonging and our school ESLR: Global Citizenship Mr Cruz and his EC1 class made link to their own home by drawing their own homes and displayed outside his room for all to view. Nice use of scraffitio as the medium!!


In this photo Ms Kylie is helping students in EC2C understand the correct way to open a book when they wrote their own books, making links to literacy and concepts about print – great scaffolding and an example of differentiation.


In this picture Ms Lindsay introduced her EC2B class to a new friend arriving soon via the ipad – an excellent example of helping children learn about Te Whariki: Belonging and the ESLR: Global Citizenship!


Ms Naama helped her students develop their sensory skills by drawing shapes in finger paint. Also involved in this learning was helping students helping to learn how to clean up after themselves once they were done!


Ms Jenny very carefully spent time with students teaching them how to use the classroom tools the correct way – in this instance, how to cut pictures with scissors. A lot of concentration involved and careful scaffolding by the teacher.


ECLC teachers spent time this week working on curriculum planning to help increase student learning and deciding how to best implement decisions made into their class.