Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Classroom Connections

Term 3 is an exciting term for Room 4 as we continue together on our learning adventure, full of magical experiences and discover. 



Our Technology Inquiry entitled “Animals in Action” involves the students in designing an enrichment toy or enclosure for a zoo animal. This follows on nicely from last terms “Animal Antics” Inquiry. Students can draw on any prior knowledge and information and apply it to this technology project. The big idea is ‘Enterprise’ and the students will follow the process of Technological Practice which is thinking, planning, making, testing and evaluating when designing and creating the enrichment toy or enclosure.

Our term... 

In Mathematics this term we are continuing to focus on addition and subtraction, developing understanding of real life contexts and knowledge activities to help our recall of basic facts, place value and fractions. We will continue to play knowledge games as a whole class and as part of the Mathematics group rotation. The strand focus for this term is “Position and Orientation”.

For Writing we will be continuing to write about our personal experiences and describe people, animals and objects. We will be learning to write more and to expand on our ideas to included who, what, where and when.  We will use the descriptors to help develop details in our writing: Number, Colour, Size, Shape, Doing, Position and Texture.  We will be working on adding interesting details to our writing including adjectives, verbs and conjunctions. “The Solar System” is a key topic this term we will be learning about and connecting to our writing.

Reading: Shared and guided reading daily – focusing on retell of main ideas with supporting details and comprehension of fiction and non-fiction texts.

This term we will be training and participating in the school “Cross Country” for P.E.  It is important that we remember to bring suitable clothing for this on Thursdays.  After the “Cross Country” is completed we will continue to focus on “fundamental skills” and “winter ball skills” such as; kicking, striking, throwing, catching and jumping.

In the DMC this term we are able to now log on and off the computers and we will be looking at the programme “Microsoft Word”, learning to create and save a document and add an image from “google images” to it. We will continue to use computer programmes: Kidspiration, Kidspix, Reading Eggs and Paint.

Michelle Middleton