Kaiako for Akoranga Toru

Term 1

Lisa Holmes [email protected]

Katrina Boal [email protected]

Welcome to Akoranga Toru

In our classroom we learn through play.  We believe the children need a strong social and emotional foundation to develop their learning growth mindset.  It is also important to strengthen their gross and fine motor skills to aid them with developing their literacy and numeracy learning.

The children begin the day with free play.   Through play we support them with their social skills and managing their emotions.  There are many opportunities for improving their gross and fine motor skills. Their play often links into literacy and numeracy.  The teachers are always available to support them with this learning.

Free play is important as it improves the children’s ability to plan, make decisions, organise, and problem solve, inhibiting unwanted thoughts and feelings.  This leads to them being self directed learners as they progress through their lifelong learning journey.

In our breakout room, we provide guided teaching sessions for reading, writing and numeracy.


Resources for our play based learning:

Do you have a broken appliance that you were planning to throw away?
We would love to pull it apart with the screwdrivers.
We also appreciate your recycled items for our modeling station – boxes, interestingly shaped packages or container etc.
Please bring these into school.

Akoranga Toru has:

2 full time Kaiako for Term 1 

3 full time Kaiako for Terms 2, 3 and 4

Kaiako emails from Term 2

  1. [email protected]
  2. [email protected]
  3. Lisa Holmes: [email protected]

Library day:

Friday morning – can you please ensure all THS library books are back at school.


Early Childhood Centre Portfolios

When your child starts school, we would love to see their Early Childhood Portfolio.  This gives us an insight into their social and emotional strengths and interests and helps us to create connections with your child and build on their learning journey.


Parent help

Thank you to the wonderful parents who have been helping in our classroom. We really appreciated your help.

You may be able to spare 10 minutes or we have some take home jobs.

Here are a list of ways you could help in our classroom:

  • We have a reading folder with a list of children who you could read with.
  • We have a parent help list on the whiteboard inside the door – laminating, cutting, sharpening pencils, etc.
  • Sort and/or put readers away in the bookroom.
  • Spend time with children during their play and discovery time.
  • Share a special interest or hobby with the children during play and discovery time eg. cooking, art activity, music, story reading.

Thanks so much for your wonderful support.



Thank you to those parents who support their child’s learning by getting them to school by 8:20am each day, this allows them to organise their resources for the day and be ready for the start of school at 8.30am.

Please remember that the teachers like to focus on the children in the morning. Parents can share essential information with us such as after school arrangements and we are happy to meet with you after school to further discuss your child’s learning or any other concerns.


Home learning

The children will bring home their book bag each day with a book to read.  Sometimes they will have the same book for two days to improve their fluency. It is important that their reader comes back to school everyday so they can read with their reading book.

You are welcome to choose extra books out of their rocket box which is under the table by the breakout room.

In their book bags they may also have some sight words to practice and some children with have the letterlands chart to help them learn their sounds.

It is important to keep homework positive and fun. If your child is too tired, read the story to them or try another time.

Please help them to bring their book bag into class each morning.



We use Seesaw to share and communicate with families.  Seesaw is an online platform for students and teachers.

Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture their learning in an online portfolio.

Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning journal. We’ll also use Seesaw to send you messages and reminders. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.  Learn more about what families see here.

Please talk to the teachers for sign up details.



Can be ordered from:  www.myschool.co.nz   Year 0/1  Room 5