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Let’s play outside!

Child: Nusayba Date: July 2013 Written by: Teacher Eunjoo Kia Ora/ As salamu alaykum Nusayba and whānau, Nusayba, today I have noticed that you were really having a great time outside on the playground. In the morning you rode a yellow bike with your friends, Ebado and Steven. When you tried it the first time you looked a bit scared but

you did not give up. Steven showed how he rode his bike fast and you worked hard to catch up with him. In the afternoon, when I took a few balls from the shed you grabbed one and went to a basketball net. You tried to shoot the ball into the net but it did not get in even though you worked hard several times. I slowly approached you and took a ball. I bent my body and slowly stretched my body and arms so I could throw the ball in the net. You seemed to observe me carefully and then you showed your movement as I did before. When you succeeded in putting the ball in I clapped my hands and said “Ka pai! Nusayba Well done you did it!”. You were also cheering for yourself by clapping your hands with a big smile and you said to me “Teacher Eunjoo, look! I did it”. You looked like a professional basketball player as you continued practising your basketball skills until you mastered your skill.

What’s happening here? This learning story shows us that Nusayba, you have a strong sense of mana whenua or belonging outside settings at the centre. While playing, you assured me that you know you have a place in the centre and feel comfortable with the routines and the outside setting. This enables you to gain confidence and control of your bodies. According to our curriculum, Te Whāriki, children develop a capacity to pay attention, maintain concentration, and be involved where their emotional well-being is nurtured (Strand1: Goal 2). The activities such as riding a bike with your peers and playing with a ball by yourself were a great opportunity for you to become actively involved, pay attention for a sustained period of time and develop working theories while being playful. I really appreciated the determination that you displayed while engaging in this experience and I was so impressed that you continued to develop your learning skills. Ka pai tō mahi! In addition to the above, we can also see that your learning disposition, ‘taking an interest’ enabled you to enjoy a new challenge and learn through observing your peer’s and my actions. Here clearly your working theories can be seen for making sense of physical worlds. Nusayba, I am so happy to see your positive learning positions grow while playing outside with and alongside your peers, and on your own as well. We can see that you

were enjoying yourself through your smile, facial expressions and the clapping of your hands.

What’s next for Nusayba’s learning step? Nusayba, your well-being and sense of belonging in the over two classroom has been strongly observed. Our teachers will continue to support you as you further explore the over two classroom environment. In doing this we will ensure that you have access to appropriate resources and experiences that further support you on your journey to becoming a confident and competent learner.

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