Category: Fiona Griffin

My Special Person

Writing poems about special people in their lives was Room 15’s focus for writing. They decided to start with writing about their mums, and then wrote about their dads.

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Heroes of Handwriting

Room 15 uses the Handwriting Heroes method to learn how to form letters and numbers. Read more about 'Heroes of Handwriting'...

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A Smooth Start to School

An additional feature to the SIS programme are visits to the Pre-school Centres, Early Childhood Centres and Kindergartens by our New Entrant teacher, Fiona Griffin.

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1 2 3 4 5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive

Learning numbers can be fun, especially if you like fishing. Please read Room 15’s blog about Number Fishing.

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Super Soup

One cold morning Mrs Griffin brought into class and shared a pot of homemade soup. The students in Room 15 liked Mrs Griffin’s soup so much they wanted to make their own.

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Running to Mars

There is 54 000 000 kilometres between Earth and Mars. How long do you think it would take to run there? Room 15 decided to do just that.

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Help, I’ve lost my Marbles

Controlling falling marbles can be tricky. They are easily lost. Please read Room 15’s blog about gravity and how marbles move.

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Getting Ready To Write - Part Three

Getting Ready to Write - Part Three looks specifically at the phonological knowledge students need to write. As I mentioned in Part One, students require a strong knowledge of letter sounds and names to be able to write independently. This blog focuses on and provides more detailed information about the phoneme understanding students need to write.

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Steaming Into School Goes Online

Due to the distancing restrictions under Covid-19 we needed to be creative and innovative with how we would present Steaming Into School during Term 2, 2020. Our SIS Online sessions provided a unique link for our families to connect to Wairakei Primary School. 

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Getting Ready To Write - Part Two

The explicit teaching of handwriting is essential if students are to develop the skills of correct letter formation. Handwriting instruction supports students in producing legible, smooth and fluent writing.

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