Pod 1 Portal

This is the place to keep up to date with Pod 1 events, information, homework and learning links.

There are currently four New Entrants / Year 1 composite classes in Pod 1.

The teachers are:

Wendy Dove (Deputy Principal) and Elizabeth Thomas wendydove@shellypark.school.nz

Room 1 – Vanessa Hales – vanessah@shellypark.school.nz
Room 2 – Wendy Dove / Elizabeth Thomas – wendyd@shellypark.school.nz
Room 7 – Derryn Chapman – derrync@shellypark.school.nz
Room 7a – Simmy Kaur – simmyk@shellypark.school.nz

Pod 1 environment is a play based  learning environment  which greatly assists children in their transition  between early childhood and primary school education. Class teachers will be very happy to talk to you about it. 

The children are permitted to enter the classroom at 8.30am every morning. Before that time, it is teacher preparation time.

If you are able to assist in or around the classroom in any way, please let us know.

Welcome back to school a reminder this is a Summer Term so hats need to be worn everyday. Pupils are encouraged to put on sunscreen at home before school and expected to wear the regulation school hat while outdoors.

Our Sun Sense policy is: If you have no hat you are to spend morning tea/lunch in the no hat zone

Habits of Mind:
This term will be focusing on two of the 16 specific skills for achieving greater success:

1. Persisting
Stick to it! Persevering in a task through to completion; remaining focused. Looking for ways to reach your goal when stuck. Not giving up.

2. Managing Impulsivity
Take your time! Thinking before acting; remaining calm, thoughtful and deliberative.

Children in Pod 1 will have regular homework. Phonics, Reading and Maths Basic Facts learning all need parent assistance. For tips on how to help with this, please read the cover of the Reading log and also the inside cover of the Homework notebook.

Other ways you can help are as follows:

Read to your children
Play word and sound games such as “I spy”
Talk about things you read in the environment such as street and shop signs
Encourage your child to read and acknowledge their success

Sing number songs
Practise counting forwards and backwards from any number
Measure in baking, sewing, building etc.
Talk to your children about how you use Maths in everyday life
Give your child opportunities to count in real life situations e.g. how many eggs are in the carton?

Encourage independence
Give your child opportunities to take responsibility, act as a leader and to organise themselves rather than waiting for your help. Little reminders are OK!

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Learning Links will be included shortly.

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