Preschool News

Preschool Moon Rocks and Wellbeing

This week Preschool farewells 3 tamariki. We would like to thank Teddy, Ruby and Isabelle for their contributions to Preschool and know they will have a wonderful time starting school in Term 4. We have been reflecting and sharing our space inquiry learnings. We filmed our first movie 'Is the Moon Really Made of Cheese?' Students made props, costumes, had lines to say (with the occasional prompt from teachers) and sang and danced to some favourite space songs. To finish the inquiry they painted some magical moon rocks!
The wellbeing strength Preschool have been reflecting on this week is spirituality.  We have taken time to think about what this means, feeling the warmth of 'love' in our hearts, taking some time to be silent and listen to the sounds of the trees and birds in our playground, thinking a little about our own uniqueness and mana atuatanga. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (24/09/2020)

Preschool embrace Te Reo Māori

Ka kōrerotia te reo Māori, e akoria te reo tuatahi, i te Kōhanga mō te wiki o te reo Māori. This week Preschool have been embracing te reo. At 12pm on Rāhina, they joined the 1 million Kiwis participating in Te Wā Reo Māori, the Māori Language Moment. They read Pukapuka i te reo, and sang their favourite waiata Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi and Tirama Tirama.
Ms McConnell asked the class why they wanted to participate in Te Wā Reo Māori, and they said, "because we only know a little bit of te reo Māori and we want to learn more words and count to 100 in Māori". Watch a cute clip of Preschool singing.  See more images in the Preschool media gallery. (17/09/2020)

Preschool Space Day

Preschool's planned trip to Space Place was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, but this didn't stop them celebrating space with their very own Space Day! Ms McConnell jumped in her red rocket and flew to the moon bringing back some special 'moon dust' which was very smooth and soft to touch. Each student chose a planet to learn some 'fun facts' and decorate. They created space art, played race to the Galaxy in zoomy hovercrafts (aka hoola hoops), decorated 'moon biscuits', sung space songs and rhymes, read books and had lots of space fun!
We simply had to share this wonderful photo of Helen and Judith at mat time rocking their space helmets! See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (10/09/2020)

Learning the letters 'X' and 'Y'

Each week Preschool focuses on a letter of the alphabet and the week's activities support their understanding. For 'X' our students enjoyed creating their own 'x-rays' tracing around their hands and adding bones. Isla brought in an x-ray she had taken at the hospital and it was interesting to see inside her. The letter 'Y' yarn threading challenge was tricky, learning to thread the yarn in and out, around and up and down. Students were very proud of the finished products. Well done Preschool! See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (03/09/2020)

Author visits Preschool

This week in Preschool we were very lucky to have award winning author Matthew Cunningham visit and read his book 'Abigail and the Birth of the Sun'. Abigail is a curious girl who asks BIG questions. We invited Year 1 students to join us and together we thought of some 'Big Questions' to ask Matthew, 'Why is the moon out during the day?' and 'What is stardust?'.  Thank you Matthew for visiting, it was fantastic to hear about how you write stories. Our students are inspired to write their own stories about the 'big questions' now too. See more images in the Preschool media gallery. (27/08/2020)

Conservation Week in Preschool

This week Preschool said farewell to Lourence who is off to Karori West School, we wish him and his whānau all the best. Seeing nature through new eyes has been the focus of Conservation Week for Preschool. They went on two virtual field trips to visit the Kakapo in their natural habitat on Cod Fish and Anchor Islands and the Penguin colonies on Antiopodes Island. Heading outdoors for a conservation hunt and using the iPads students took lots of photos of all the things they could see, leaves, bark, moss and even a spider web. As a surprise Ms McConnell had hidden her fluffy friends Kakapo and Penguin in the bushes much to the delight of our intrepid explorers! See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (20/08/2020)

Letterland Dress Up Day

Preschool had a fabulous Letterland Dress Up Day, celebrating all the letters of the alphabet. Each student chose a letterland character, there was Bouncy Ben, Clever Cat, Firefighter Fred, Golden Girl, Harry Hat Man, Quarrelsome Queen, Red Robot, Talking Tess, Vicky Violet, Fix it Max and Zig Zag Zebra. What fun waving to the senior girls and staff as they walked and danced along the corridors, sharing their learning with the wider school. They also enjoyed alphabet aerobics, a treasure hunt searching for the 'letter of the day' and a Letterland dance party, jitterbugging to their favourite letterland songs. See more images in the Preschool media gallery. (12/08/2020)

Little Dribblers are back

This week Preschool welcomed back Little Dribblers. They had such fun getting out on the field and practicing football skills, balancing on a ball, dribbling, moving the ball and even kicking the ball behind them! They also had some running races, "On your marks, get set and GO!" running so fast in the same direction! Continuing with our space inquiry, we watched the space crew 'Dragon' returning to earth from the space station. The astronauts were wearing their special space suits and we saw what New Zealand looks like from way up in space. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (06/08/2020)

Preschoolers exploring space

This week we welcomed Max to our Preschool, he is already part of our Preschool whānau joining his older sister Isabelle. We are also saying farewell to Dominic as he heads off to school, we will miss him but know he will have a wonderful time at primary. Preschool's inquiry focus this term is exploring space and we have been sharing our wonderings and asking big questions, like "Why is the sun hot?", "How far away is the moon?" and "Are aliens real?" We are excited to try and answer these questions and learn more about space during the term. Students had fun putting spreads and toppings on 'Toast Animals' as part of the letter 't' week. See more photos in our Preschool media gallery. (30/07/2020)

Team Preschool

This week it has been all about 'Team Preschool' as our youngest students focused on the character strength of Teamwork.  Their biggest achievement was running the cross country in awful conditions, they were so proud of themselves and each other as no one gave up, reaching the finish line and splashing through puddles along the way. They've also completed some fun team projects, the Matariki poster, team Jiggle Jam and team-baked a cake to celebrate Teacher Aide, Philippa Gordan's one year anniversary at Preschool. Ka pai! See more images in the Preschool media gallery. (02/07/2020)

Balloon Rockets

This week in Preschool we say farewell to Saud and Azzam, we will miss them and wish them all the very best in their future adventures. With a focus on Matariki students have been learning how to weave whetu and thinking about their hopes and wishes for the future. Some wished to fly in a rocket, so as part of our science focus we made balloon rockets that took off, some went fast along the string and some went whizzz in circles. It was a lot of fun and students were curious about why the rockets moved differently. Curiosity is our strength this week.  See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (25/06/2020)

Making Paper and Matariki Stars

Finishing off their 'Looking after our Planet' inquiry, Preschool students have learnt how to make recycled paper this week. They enjoyed the process of ripping used paper into small bits, mixing it with water to create a pulp then squeezing it out, before pressing it flat to dry. They have also begun to celebrate Matariki by making whetu that will shine in the Matariki window. These are wishing whetu for all their hopes and dreams! See more images in the Preschool media gallery. (18/06/2020)

Baking is back!

Baking is Back! Yes, with the announcement of COVID-19 level 1 also came the excitement that we can bake again and our Preschool students were thrilled. Starting with pikelets, they measured, mixed, added eggs and cooked some delicious treats to share. Level 1 also means our students can explore again with playdough, gloop and messy play, and with the sun shining over the sandpit there is nothing more fun than mixing water with sand. It's been a great messy week! See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (10/06/2020)

Bouncing Eggs

This week Preschool students finished their bouncing egg experiment. The raw eggs had been soaking in vinegar all week. It was amazing to see and feel them, they were all soft and slimy and didn't feel at all like a normal egg shell. When rubbed the colour came off and we could see the yolk inside. One of them had expanded and we couldn't get it out of the shell. Finally it went pop and out it came, it felt rubbery and students took turns bouncing it. Then they asked Ms McConnell to "bounce it higher" and ... it went splat .... egg everywhere! It was very funny but also very messy! See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (04/06/2020)

Recycling and carton creativity

This week in Preschool we said farewell to Margot S who has transitioned to Marsden Primary and welcomed Isla E and her family.  As part of our inquiry focus we have been looking at recycling and reusing old objects we no longer need. So this week has been all about boxes, boxes and more boxes! Working in groups we talked about what we could build, and some fantastic ideas were shared, a bouncing robot, a car and a rainbow unicorn. Using old boxes and cartons collected during lockdown, students set about building something new from their imaginations – what fantastic teamwork and amazing creativity! They have also enjoyed being scientists, investigating what happens to an egg when we add vinegar? Apparently it will bounce... we are looking forward to seeing the result in a few days. See more images in the Preschool media gallery. (29/05/2020)

Preschool create Teabag Garden

This week in Preschool we welcomed two new students, Flavia and Louie, and their whānau. It was lovely to see the rest of our students back, they've enjoyed seeing all of their friends and rediscovering everything on offer – the sandpit was missed by many. The topic focus this term is exploring the sustainable development goals, looking after people, animals and the environment. Students have created a teabag garden, planting seeds in some reused tea bags, it will be exciting to see the seeds grow bigger and bigger. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (21/05/2020)

Preschool get Musical

Preschool's inquiry focus this term is investigating sustainable development goals, with the focus on recycling. Students created musical instruments using recycled materials, tins, wrapping and tissue paper, bottles, boxes and more from around the home for our Preschool band. They have been practicing super hard with drums, shakers, maracas and guitars during daily mat times, playing some favourite tunes. (07/05/2020)

Environmental Art

With a focus on looking after our environment - our land, animals, community, people, places and things, Preschool children have been exploring and making lots of observations in their gardens and when out on bubble walks in their community. It was lots of fun making some autumn art, collecting leaves and rocks from outside and making patterns and pictures with them – hedgehogs, leaf people, and even some autumn leaf trees. (29/04/2020)

Learning @ Home

Preschool has been busy exploring and learning at home. With it being letter 'H' week, there were many items to share. Hose, Hurricane ball, Hats, Hooks and even their Houses! Easter meant we were able to share some Easter activities and think about what Easter means to us.  Easter pancakes with delicious fruit are a lot of fun to make and eat. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (20/04/2020)

Programming Beebots

With transport as our inquiry focus we began some travel planning for our friends 'Bee' and 'Bot'.  This included planning a path and directions, programming our instructions and seeing if they were able to travel in the correct direction.  'Bee' and 'Bot' would often go in different directions, so we needed to correct them and off they went again. We will continue creating different paths, roads and tracks for them in the coming weeks.

Our letter of the week is letter 'e' ... egg, elephant and earmuffs are some of our letter tree objects this week.  We also had a great time with Egg carton artwork making some eggapillars and some elephant handprints. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (12/03/2020)

Bike Day

Preschool have been continuing their investigation into transport this week, with Bike Day. All the children brought in their wheels and most importantly their helmets which they decorated with colourful streamers that flew behind them in the wind. With a wiggly path to follow, one by one, our students went scootering and biking across the courts, some fast and some slow and it was exciting to see the level of confidence increasing as the day went on.
An important message was keeping ourselves and others safe when on our wheels and road safety has been an area of discussion over the week. Students practiced on our 'pretend' pedestrian crossing, looking left/right/left, recognising different road signs and what they mean.... "Twinkle, twinkle traffic light... standing on the corner bright". See more photos in our Preschool media gallery. (05/03/2020)

Sun, Sand and Water, the perfect combination!

This week we welcomed Junyi and Ruby to our Preschool whanau along with their families.  We have enjoyed getting to know you all this week. The letter of the week is 'C' and so we took part in some 'Cooking' mixing together a delicious batch of 'Chocolate Cupcakes' to share during our picnic lunch under the tree.  With the sun coming out this week we have enjoyed more time outdoors, including mat and lunch times. Water introduced into our sand play has been a lot of fun, mixing some mud pies, squishing our feet and hands in the water which felt 'cold' and constructing a big river with a dam to stop the water running.  This was a team approach and required the diggers, dump trucks and spades as the tamariki worked together to direct the water in the right direction.Our continued focus on transport is ongoing and with our fire evacuation last week 'fire trucks' have become a topic of discussion for the tamariki.  With sirens and fire engines being included in our dramatic play. See more photos in our Preschool media gallery. (27/02/2020)

Preschool brainstorm the Letter 'B'

It's Week 3 in Preschool and the letter is 'B'. There are so many words that begin with the letter 'B'. Book, Bunny, Ball, Blue, Banana and Bus. With the blue dough we made beautiful butterflies and boats. Another 'B' word is Baking, and this week we used, baking soda, butter, baking powder, bananas and bowls to beat our delicious B cake. We have also begun our inquiry focus - exploring Ngā Waka - trains, planes and cars.  Some of the questions the tamariki have asked are, "Do sea planes have wheels?" "Why do planes have a pilot?" and "How do planes fly?"  We will be answering all these questions during the term. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery. (20/02/2020)

Treaty and Letter 'A'

This week Preschool has been focusing on 'relationships and friendships',  what does it mean to be a good friend? We spent time thinking about this in relation to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, writing our own Te Tiriti o Marsden Preschool, sharing, listening and thinking about what we can do.  "Look after our plants and birds and Pippa the Cat" was one suggestion and also "Be nice to other children" and "Look after our families".  Every student signed our agreement with a handprint. The letter of the week is 'A'. Lot's of words begin with A, including Anzac Biscuits which we made and shared during our lunch kai. We have had four new tamariki settling this term and our older Preschoolers have demonstrated their kindness as they manaki our new tamariki into the Preschool whanau. See more photos in the Preschool media gallery.  (12/02/2020)

Term 1, 2020

Week one in Preschool has been busy with the focus of Whakawhanaungatanga - building relationships and a sense of belonging within the Marsden Preschool Whānau. We welcomed three new tamariki this week. Using the story the Rainbow Fish we talked about making new friendships and what it means to be a good friend to each other. We then created our own rainbow fish to display on the preschool walls. Many of our learning experiences have focused on introducing and remembering the preschool routines, kai times, meal times and activity time. Today we have been baking some delicious biscuits and making some Chinese lanterns as we discuss Chinese New Year, the year of the Rat, while also talking about Waitangi Day and writing our own preschool treaty. (07/02/2020)

Contact Preschool

Feel free to contact me with any queries regarding Marsden Preschool:
Helen McConnell, Head of Preschool
p: (04) 476 8792 ext 840