Sleepover, the Event.

The sleepover was a huge success. The general consensus was that the children want to do it again. Thank you to Ms Connie for staying with us until 6pm and to Mark Redlich for being our extra chaperon. These are the videos we took. Below is the documentation which Alex Thomas, our expedition coordinator, asked us to document for him. It was easy to do because the sleepover is packed with academic and social learning opportunities. We wanted to share it with parents and wonder what else you would add from your perspective.

Park time with the MS students

Torch Tag

Pajamas in the playground

Key Concepts

Form: What is a sleepover?

Function: How will we (the children) organize the event?

Connection: How can we use our maths skills to prepare for the sleepover?

Perspective: How can we consider the needs of individuals and the group?

Responsibility: How can we take care of our possessions. How can we look after ourselves and others?

Reflection: Is our planning working? What are people feeling? Why is this?



Thinking Skills

Application I can apply my taught maths skills to make decisions about what we will eat.

Evaluation I can make a clear judgement about what we need based on people’s feedback.

Dialectical thought I can think of what I need and what others need to have a successful experience.

Social skills (all the approaches to learning) I can accept responsibility for the planning of the sleepover and respect others point of view. I can cooperate within a group to solve any conflicts. I understand I might have different roles to play.

Communication Skills I can share my ideas and actively listen to all group members.

Self Management Skills I can organize my own belongings and make safe decisions. I can make an informed choice. I know how I should act and self-monitor myself.

Research Skills I will use my data handling skills to form appropriate questions, collect and organize and act on the data.



Maths Data handling to work out food lists. Question, tally and graphs. Division, how many packets of bread and pizza to buy.

Language Formulate questions which generate accurate data. Use of social language.

Self and Emotional Self-help skills developed throughout the year, especially PHSE UoI 2 about physical and mental well being and the interconnections between them.

Learning Experience

  • Being away from home overnight and understanding the feelings this gives you.
  • Organizing their own possessions
  • Creating their own sleeping space
  • Repacking their possessions
  • Making their own snacks (onigiri and sandwiches)
  • Working out supplies needed
  • Making their own breakfast


Sleepover is here!

Sleepover day! The children bounced into the room. There weren’t so many parents around as the children quickly waved them goodbye. The bags were taken to the loft and the children took themselves to assembly. After assembly the children made their own sandwiches and onigiri. A group of children prepared fresh fruit salad for breakfast, it smells amazing. The classroom have had a very thorough “Friday Tidy”. The rain has stopped and we are ready for sleepover. We will share photo’s and video on Monday.

Sleepover begins on PhotoPeach

One school. Gr1 make a poster for outside the Gr12 IB exam room.

IMG_7438The  Grade Twelve’s have been mentoring the Grade One’s this year. They worked with Grade One to help them understand community action when the children decided they wanted to support the homeless of Yokohama. They stood side by side as they made 529 onigiri. The seniors even included them in their prank day.

So we invited the children to do something for the seniors, we wondered whether they would like to make a big poster to hang outside the IB exam room. The children instantly said yes, and came up with lots of ideas.

They decided to include words of encouragement

Good luck with your job.

Do your best.

Just try.

Nice job.

You are on fire.

Thank you

I love you

I hope you pass your exams

This is for you.

Hope you finish.

Poster for the Gr 12 students

Food lists for the sleepover.

The children made their first list of food for the sleepover, it included steak, pancakes, curry and chocolate fountains. Reia asked who would cook the food for us. We informed the children they had to make all the food themselves. Isa sunk her head into her hands and laughed, “It’s going to be a disaster!” The lists were modified. The general consensus was a “Sunset Snack” would be needed. We suggested a cold watermelon, everyone agreed this sounded delicious.

The list is long and includes sandwiches and onigiri snacks for the park. It was interesting that the children make a connection back to their service learning food, onigiri.  The food for dinner is pizza and breakfast is fruit, cereal and nutella sandwiches (Owen said his brother got to eat this at his sleepover in kindergarten).

These lists have already provided many authentic links to our taught curriculum, from writing lists, organizing data and explaining their thinking to others.

The next stage will be calculating how much food we need. Lots of mathematical commutation here.

How much milk is used per serving of cereal?

How many slices of bread will people eat for park snack?

One School. When Grade Nine Learn To Lead.

Do you want to dance or read in the library?

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Post By Donna Saito

Are you ready for the Grade One Sleepover?

The children are very excited about the sleepover and have waited very patiently to start the planning process. Today we started the planning process, and there was a surprise! The children are very excited to be sleeping in the ICJC building (next to the gym). We used this last year and being in our own “house” was very exciting to the children.

Your child will need to pack

  • 1 teddy bear or night-time toy
  • I book (optional)
  • pyjamas
  • sleeping bag
  • small pillow
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • hair brush or comb
  • face cloth
  • wash bag to put wash things in
  • full set of extra clothes
  • Clean underwear
  • flashlight

The children are excited about managing their own belongings and routines, “just like grown-ups!”. It will be easier for the children to look after their belongings if they are clearly labeled. The children should practice packing and unpacking their bags by themselves, several times, so that they know exactly what they have in their bags, where to find everything and how to fit it all in. (Sleeping bags can be particularly tricky.) This will help the children feel a sense of control and independence and will ease anxiety. We talked about how everything has to fit in one overnight bag and the importance of “packing light”. While we have discouraged the children from bringing big suitcases (for space and storage reasons), it is important that the bag is big enough for children to fit  ALL their belongings inside easily.

Sleepover unplugged

We proposed that the sleepover be ‘unplugged’, with no electronic devices, after much debate the children have agreed. As someone said, “Anyway how would I connect to the wifi?”

The children made their first lists in pairs. We came back together and one group read their list. The other groups ticked off  if they had the same item. This was a great tool for working together.

Come and be a Senior! Playing Pranks with Grade Twelve. One school, One Spirit.

The Grade 12 students had their last day of school and wanted to do some fun pranks. They asked the grade one children if they wanted to go to their homeroom tutor period. Unbeknownst to their tutors they suddenly found most of grade one in their sessions. The grade 12’s were wonderful with the children, they were supportive: fun loving and caring. They all went of together. May the most striking point in the whole event was the trust and respect the children had for each other. The grade one students thought it was a very funny idea. They got right into the spirit of the day and wanted to ‘crash’ their leaving BBQ. As one of the grade 12 students said… “only 11 years to go.”

Thank you to Cari Barbour for the photo entitled “You do know your children have been kidnapped.”

I know let’s make onigiri again. A sustained commitment to others.

Vivienne added her name to the agenda. She proposed we make ongiri again for the homeless shelter. She noted that the people must be hungry again. The children counted the money they had raised. They think they have enough to make the onigiri. The children will contact the Chiku Centre group, in the high school.

This initiative has resonated with the children. It started with seeing someone asleep in the park and ended up with making over 500 onigiri for the shelter.  The children are compelled to continued action and realize their important, but one off action, has not solved the issue.

The onigiri being given to people at the Chiku Centre

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