As a fun way to introduce the Niuean language to the class I decided to teach Room 1 two Niuean games that children play at the Niuean village sports day. Game one is a skiing game where the students are dragged across the grass while holding onto a long stick. The idea is to balance and stay on the coconut tusk with out falling.
The second game is a game just like javelin where the students must throw a stick called a "Sika" as far as they possibly can. The winner is the thrower who has thrown the "Sika" furtherest.
Every Wednesday Room 1 has the opportunity to have a professional speaker come into class and teach us about how to express our feelings. This term Room 1 and the whole entire school completed a school survey called the "Well Being At School" survey. This survey taught us a lot about our school and some interesting results about our classroom. What we learnt was a large number of
Room 1 students and students from around the school struggled to express their feelings. We are extremely lucky to have a special speaker like Mel Churton teach us about feelings and how our brains grow and mature. This week she taught us the different parts of our brain and what each section of the brain does. Room 1 was not only interested and engaged they learnt that female brains develop faster than male brains.
"SIPAIO" As the Room 1 teacher, I am extremely proud of the commitment and respect of the students in Room 1. They have thoroughly enjoyed learning about my Niuean culture. This week the class had learnt how to sing a song that every Niuean child learns when they are young. "Sipaio" is a fun vibrant song that translates to the movement of ones body when singing this vibrant song. https://youtu.be/ZL7ig8fba1A Please visit this link and listen to the beautiful voices of Room 1.