Room 2 loves variety

22:31, Apr 12 2011
Room 2
Back row: Teacher Jayjay Thompson, Leroy Leif Simon, Edward Baah, Sarayah Heremaia, Pou Lemusu, Sandra Kingi. Middle row: Dupri Tokoa, Royd Maamaloa, Kensington Fifita, Jadaleigh David-Simon, Aletheia Fifita, Wallymei Turner, Perenara Bell-Morrison, Kaitati Robertson, Tyrese Tumai. Front row: Denise Tualau, Emma Tualau, Mary-Jane Harding, Taiala Lopamaua, Faith Tualasa, Christine Kasio, Destiny Sao.

It's still the first term of school for many of the students but our Class of the Week is already covering all the bases.

The kids in Tamaki Primary room 2 enjoy the variety of subjects they cover every day.

The concept of whanaungatanga is their social sciences topic at the moment.

This is all about building relationships, according to the year 1 and 2 students.

Aletheia Fifita, 5, says it is important to make sure you have a good relationship with your mum and Emma Tualau, 5, says getting on with your dad is just as important.

Teacher Jayjay Thompson has been teaching her class about Maori customs and protocols at the same time.

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They are learning the six main parts of a marae and how to say a pepeha.

Emma and Faith Tualasa, 6, say their favourite part of the topic is the pepeha – the way you introduce yourself in Maori.

They have also been learning about taniwha.

Pou Lemusu, 6, points out that some of these mythical creatures can fly. They may look scary but Wallymei Turner, 6, knows they are not. "They can also help you," he says.

Nga toi, the arts, is another popular part of the day. Taiala Lopamaua, 5, has enjoyed learning to blend primary colours to make secondary colours.

Back row: Teacher Jayjay Thompson, Leroy Leif Simon, Edward Baah, Sarayah Heremaia, Pou Lemusu, Sandra Kingi.

Middle row: Dupri Tokoa, Royd Maamaloa, Kensington Fifita, Jadaleigh David-Simon, Aletheia Fifita, Wallymei Turner, Perenara Bell-Morrison, Kaitati Robertson, Tyrese Tumai.

Front row: Denise Tualau, Emma Tualau, Mary-Jane Harding, Taiala Lopamaua, Faith Tualasa, Christine Kasio, Destiny Sao.

East And Bays Courier