Pod 2 Portal

Hello and welcome to our Pod 2 Portal

There are currently four Pod 2 classes operating for Year Two students.

The teachers are:
Room 4 – Cathy Wessels – cathyw@shellypark.school.nz
Room 5 – Sue Hayward – sueh@shellypark.school.nz
Room 6 – Smaranda Balais – smarandab@shellypark.school.nz
Room 7 – Suzi McKay – suzim@shellypark.school.nz

We welcome you to Pod 2 and invite you to participate in the classroom. If you are able to assist in any way, please let us know.

Classes open at 8.30 each morning, prior to this is teacher preparation time.

A reminder about uniform:
Hats are compulsory in Term 1 & 4
All clothing must be named (including shoes)
Shoes are to be worn to and from school
Please check details on the school website regarding uniform policy:

Term Information

Please check SchoolAppsNZ for notices and remember to read the newsletter each Tuesday.

How you can help at home

Home Learning:
How you can help at home…
Children in Pod 2 will have regular homework.
Spelling, 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 notebooks.

Other ways you can help are as follows:

Read to and with your children
Play word and sound games e.g. Junior Scrabble etc
Talk about the stories they read and ask them questions like “Why do you think…?”
Join the local library
Take time to with help your child make links between what they read and their own personal experiences.

Sing number songs
Practise counting forwards and backwards from any number (skip count in 2s, 5s and 10s)
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?
Discuss halves, quarters etc for fractions
Play maths board and card games

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!

Maths Links

Basic Facts

–> Fact Monster

–> Alien Addition


Place value

–> Number Detective

–> How Many Counters

–> Place Value Basketball


Counting on

–> Blast Off

–> Helicopter Rescue



–> Fraction Matcher

–> Fraction Fling


Patterns and Shape

–> Symmetry Sorter

–> Pattern Shapes

–> Shape Patterns



–> Fishing

–> Tally Chart Game

–> Fuzz Bugs Graphing



–> Measure It

–> Coconut Ordering

–> Telling the Time

Information Evening

Please click on the link to view our Parent Information for 2022

Parent Information


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