What's happened at Ratapiko 2022?

Term 1

Our learning for Term 1 started with water safety. We had a great time learning and experiencing swimming in different bodies of water. We went to Fitzroy Beach for Beach Ed, Manganui Stream for river safety, the Inglewood Pools for deep water learning and had Jo from Swim Safe at our pool for focused life saving tips.

Our water safety unit was supported by the Water Skills for life programme.

At the Manganui Awa

At our pool with Jo

Emergency roll

Deep water practise

Buoyancy and heaps of fun (video doesn't play)

After Taranaki Anniversary, when the water was too cold to swim we ventured into our Mātauranga Māori, the land of voyages learning. We have explored the Pacific by: learning what countries make up the Pacific Islands, how far away the islands are from New Zealand, learning from our whānau who have links to the pacific, and how our Pacific ancestors navigated there way across the Pacific Ocean using wayfinding techniques. Wayfinding is the use of natural occurring phenomena - waves, stars, moon, the sun, land influences, clouds and birds.

Next term we are continuing this learning and will be creating digital presentations (robotics, scratch and coding) to share what we have discovered.

Henry sharing about life in Tonga

Sharing Chop Suey

Henry and Lincoln wearing their Ta'ovala

Our Enviro Work

We needed to weed after the summer holiday break and then the rest of the term was tidying and keeping our space fabullous.

Weeds galore!

Weeding

Planting new seeds

Seedlings planted

After the storm

Mindful garden tidy

Clearing the trees

Compost bin clean

Our first apples from the orchard

Planting our Spring bulbs

Moving the mulch still!