Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Relationships are a source of learning, empowerment and identity for all of us. This is reflected in the concept of whanaungatanga. A fishing interest grew from seeing live Mullet swimming in the estuary and catching sprats on our weekly nature programme down at Kiteone beach reserve. This interest continued to grow with children creating representations of their ideas of fish using art materials, using books to research, gutting and smoking Mullet, having Jayde's Dad, Cam come and fillet fish he had caught, making fishing lines at the carpentry table, singing fish songs and the children preparing battered pieces of fish fillets to share and enjoying at the family Fish and Chip night. These experiences provided the children with many learning opportunities where they could work together, share their knowledge and learn from others, which provided them with a real sense of belonging at their kindergarten.
Cameron, Caleb and Carys fishing.

Preparing the fish for smoking- This provoked many questions.

The amazement of what had happened to the smoked Mullet.
Sofie, Kafka, Lily and Cole crumbing the fish for the Fish and Chip night.

Paige - the Master chef!

Zoe paints a dolphin.
Carys paints her fish.

Noah, Lola and Jayde enjoying the sensory experience of the Snapper.

Cam filleting the fish with Meg, Paige and Jayde looking on.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Caterpillar study

With the donation of a small swan plant and the eye of one of the teachers spotting the first young caterpillar, a group of children showed a keen interest in learning more. The following video expresses the different ways the children problem solved how best to care for our precious new caterpillar. Their interest then ignited a larger study into the life cycle of caterpillars which is ongoing.

"Butterfly Meg"

Jono notices the caterpillars can make letters with their bodies 

Savanah and Eva explore being a butterfly

Lola makes a protective sign "don't touch
the caterpillar'

Carys explores the shape of the butterfly through
representational art

Jayde and Paige keep a watchful eye
on the caterpillars progress

Molly creates a protective sign

Eva joins in

Zoe creates a butterfly at home and brings
 it in to share in the news circle

Jono explores the life cycle of a caterpillar through puzzles