A day at Ridgway School for a new entrant
The current 'usual' run of the day in Kōtare, Ridgway School as at Term 4, 2019 - this will change as our year progresses.
It's lovely when the children arrive at school from 8.30am (teachers will be in the room from 8:30am). This allows plenty of time to:
Move their photo on to the attendance board
Put their lunch box and drink bottle on the shelf in the corridor outside Room 4
Bring their book bag into the classroom and choose a new browsing book to take home for the night, and then read through the caterpillar words for the teacher to assess any new learning
Show their parent something that they've been doing, e.g. a wall display, their latest piece of story writing
Listen to a parent read a story
Go outside to play with friends until the bell goes
When the bell rings at 8.55am the children say goodbye and leave their parent and come quietly to the mat to sing a welcome waiata or two, and to also say a karakia. The roll is taken at this time - if your child arrives late to school, after 8.55am, please inform the office.
The class go out for daily fitness at 9.10am, either on the pavement outside room 5, on the courts by the adventure playground or down to the field.
Then it's reading groups time, maths and writing lessons. During this time the children have a fruit or veggie snack break - usually around 10am.
Reading may be small ability group reading sessions, a whole class book and language activities. The children are taught how to manage their books, the equipment and their behaviour during routines at this time.
Maths takes various forms: whole class, small groups working with a teacher, children using concept related activities using materials/games, or on an iPad, or groups of children working independently.
Morning-tea is from 11am. The children wash their hands, put on a hat (compulsory in terms one and four), eat a couple of items of food in the classroom then head out to play in the areas around the buildings or down to the field. There are teachers on duty at break times, wearing high visibility vests. The office is always manned at this time.
A bell rings at 11.25am giving the children a few minutes to walk back to class and if needed to use the bathroom and to have a quick drink. Once inside, they have a phonics lesson.
Library day is Friday, and during this time children go to the library to return and select new books. They can have up to 3 books for a maximum of two weeks.
From 12.40 - 12.55pm Kōtare children eat their lunch inside and then go out to play with their friends. We discuss who they might be playing with, and they choose where they might like to spend their time: the field, the bank, the sandpit, the adventure-playground, the courts, the climbing stumps, the library, the garden.
A bell rings at 1.35pm, and the children come back to class for the afternoon roll and a story.
The afternoon programme varies and can include topic discussions, art, music, P.E. kapa haka or assemblies. This term we go to the bike track on Wednesdays at 1:40pm or Fri 9.30 - 10am. Many children bring their own bike or scooter and helmet and we welcome parent help.
Book bags (also called journal covers or reading pouches) and any notices for parents are put into school bags before children go home. Every day your child will bring home at least one book and a word caterpillar; please read the book with your child or listen to them read. Make reading a fun experience, e.g. when your child gets stuck on a word just tell them what it is rather than asking them to work it out. Word caterpillars have five commonly used words written on them. The intention is - seeing and reading the words regularly makes them easily recognisable.
Parents/caregivers wait outside the classroom by the tables immediately outside Rooms 4 and 5 to collect their children after school. If it's raining parents can wait in the shelter outside Room 1 until their child is dismissed from class. Allow plenty of time to find a park, even if it means parking further away from the school and walking to it. Always cross safely at the pedestrian crossings and park legally at all times. Please don't risk your safety or that of children because of bad weather or because you are in a hurry.
R-cards are given out throughout the day to encourage or reward Ridgway's school values: Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Respect and Resilience. We also run a marble jar whole class reward system.
Parents are encouraged to read the Kōtare weekly email, the school newsletter, and also to check the calendar on the school website regularly to keep up with school events.
We share children's learning and progress on Seesaw. Parents download the app or visit the website and sign up with our class to connect with their child's journal.
If you have any concerns about your child or their learning, do email me. I am happy to chat, or book an appointment with you.
Nga mihi nui,