Hello and welcome back to our existing Te Rapa families and those joining us in the 2019 school year. I hope that you have all had a wonderful time with your family and friends over the Christmas holidays and have enjoyed the summer sun as there has been plenty this summer! As a team we look forward to starting the year. This term is already turning out to be action packed with loads of opportunities for learning and reflecting…and of course, CAMP. Joining the teaching team in Room 15 will be Mrs Tania Wood. Mrs Wood will teach on Thursday’s in Room 15 as well as a number of other days.
Written Language – Recount, Persuasive Writing, Developing Vocabulary to suit a task and proofreading and editing skills
Reading – Guided Silent Reading, Blooms Taxonomy Tasks, Recounts, Inference, Character Profiles
Maths – Maths knowledge (basic facts, place value, fractions), PR1ME Mathematics Programme
Inquiry/Big Idea – Belonging and Citizenship: What are my rights, roles, rules and responsibilities
Maori – Mihi and greetings
Arts – All about me art and visual art related to camp
Health & PE – Swimming and Triathlon
Competencies & H.E.A.R.T.– Learning Logs – Reflection on learning
Assessment – Running Records, Journal Reading Assessment, Writing Samples, PAT’s, Basic Facts, IKAN
Camp: Depart Tuesday 19th February at 7.30am and arrive back on Friday 22nd February at 2.30pm
Year 5/6 Triathlon: Wednesday 6th March Postponement Date: Tuesday 12th March
Class Photos: Wednesday 27th March
Year 5/6 Swimming Sports: Friday 15th March
Northwest Swimming Sports: Tuesday 19th March
Northwest Triathlon (Interschools): Tuesday 26th March
Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences: Wednesday 10th April and Thursday 11th April
As part of our ‘Positive Behaviour for Learning’ school wide programme we will continue to focus on ‘Te Rapa H.E.A.R.T.’ this term. Te Rapa H.E.A.R.T. incorporates the school values we already have and is part of everything we do at school. This term we will continue to develop our understanding of each aspect of H.E.A.R.T.
H = Honesty
E = Excellence
A = Aroha
R = Respect
T = Teamwork
A major goal for the students in the Year 5 and 6 Syndicate is to work towards becoming an ‘Independent Learner.’
This encourages them to take charge of being ready to learn and also helps them to monitor their own learning. This learning will help to ensure that they will be prepared for future years of learning.
Criteria for being an Independent Learner:
I ask myself these questions frequently, ‘Do I know what I am supposed to be doing?’, ‘Am I doing it?’ The independent learner would answer ‘Yes’ to both questions on a regular basis.
I plan my time carefully on a task so that I can ensure I get it finished.
I look after all of my own learning resources, if I misplace one it is my own learning that suffers.
I am ready to start at the beginning of the day with a clear and organised desk as well as a clear and organised frame of mind.
I know the best way to learn is to ask questions of others when I do not understand. The person that sits and stresses about not knowing will never know.
I work quickly and quietly on set tasks so that I can maximise my own learning but I am also conscious of others learning needs.
I set realistic goals and work hard to achieve them as I can see that education plays a very important part in my future.