Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Room 14 Term 1

Hello and welcome back to our existing Te Rapa families and those joining us in the 2019 school year.  Our Year 5 and 6 team teachers 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! This term is already turning out to be action packed with loads of opportunities for learning and reflecting…and of course, CAMP.         

Term 1 Activities

Written Language – Recount and Persuasive, developing vocabulary to suit a task and proofreading and editing skills

Reading – Guided Silent Reading, Blooms Taxonomy Tasks, Recounts

Maths – Maths knowledge (basic facts, place value, fractions), PRIME Mathematics Programme

Inquiry/Big Idea Belonging and Citizenship: What are my rights, rules and responsibilities

Maori – Mihi and greetings

Arts – Portraits and visual art related to camp

Health & PE – Swimming and Triathlon, Fitness Circuits

Competencies & H.E.A.R.T.– Learning Logs – Reflection on learning

Assessment – Running Records, Journal Reading Assessment, Writing Samples, PAT’s, Basic Facts, IKAN


This year Room 14 will have ‘Home Learning Contracts’ which will be done over a fortnight and will begin in Week 4 or 5. This will consist of ‘Must Do’ activities which will have a ☺ next to them. The other activities on the list will be optional.

Those children who complete the required tasks, with signatures and evidence if required at the end of each week will be rewarded.

Math Homework could be set by your child's Math teacher as we cross group. Where there is no homework set it is expected that students are practising basic facts and/or using the prodigy math website. Students at our level need to be able to recall basic facts in all four operations with speed and accuracy.



Please make sure that your child has swimming gear at school every day. If they are not swimming they must bring a note explaining why it is they are not swimming.  If possible, I also ask that your child has a pair of goggles; these really help them to become much more confident in the water.  We ask that girls swim in one piece togs please. This year’s Syndicate Swimming Sports will be held on Friday 15th March.


On Wednesday 6th March our students will take part in a syndicate triathlon. All students will take part in the individual event as we are encouraging a ‘Have a Go’ attitude. They will swim 4 lengths of the school pool and then cycle and run around the council fields. It would be advised that they practise riding their bike on grass as this can be quite a challenge if they are not used to it. A notice will come out shortly with more information.

The top 3 triathletes in each category will then have a chance to compete in the Interschool Northwest Triathlon held at Te Rapa Primary on Tuesday 26th March.

Up and Coming Events for Term 1 

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

 If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards

Trudie Curtis