Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome back to Term 3 in Room 16. I hope that all families have had a wonderful holiday and the children are well rested and recovered from any illnesses that were around at the end of Term 2.
Term 3 Activities
Written Language – Instructional Writing, Figurative Language and Narrative Writing
Spelling – Switched on to Spelling –Stage 2
Reading – Key Into Series, Guided Silent Reading and Blooms Taxonomy Tasks
Maths – PR1ME Maths Programme
Big Idea– The Power of Words - Our words have an effect on people – Context: Leadership
Friday Rotation – Involving Dance, Drama, Music, Technology and Simple Coding
Health & PE – Fitness games and Cross Country training
Maori – Kapa Haka and Maori Language: Calendars, Te Marae, Classroom Objects and Following Instructions
Competencies & Values – Learning Logs – Goal Setting, Reflecting on Learning
With Cross Country this term it is expected that all students have appropriate clothing as well as appropriate footwear (optional) for running. This will mean that they cannot wear long trousers. Cross Country training will be compulsory and students will need signed notes from parents excusing them from physical activity if they are un-fit to participate. Cross Country training will begin in Week 1 so please ensure your child is prepared for this by having the correct gear at school every day.
Our students should be gaining confidence using the Scholastic Literacy Pro Programme and also see growth as their Lexile grows. Literacy Pro is designed to develop successful readers by evaluating their reading abilities and motivating them to read more at appropriately challenging levels. This will be used in the classroom this term and we encourage our students to use this as part of their reading at home programme. Please take an interest in this with your child. Have them read some of the text aloud to you and share their quiz responses with you. If you have any questions about this programme please do not hesitate to contact me.
The students of Room 16 will have a bi-weekly Home Learning Contract again in Term 3. The items listed on the contract with a J next to it are ‘Must Do’ activities and need to be completed and signed by a parent/caregiver.
The ‘Must Do’ activities each week are:
· Reading for a minimum of 15 minutes each Monday-Thursday
· Reading aloud to a parent/caregiver 2-3 times a week
· Including Literacy Pro as part of this reading at home
· Practising basic facts + - x ÷
When your child reads aloud to you they do not have to read a whole story and could be a variety of material from Literacy Pro, to a recipe or an article in which you are both interested. Once you have heard your child read, please talk to them about what they have read. Have them tell you the main points or maybe explain what a difficult word means.
Learning and practising basic facts + - x ÷ is very important for Year 5 & 6 students. Having fast recall of these makes learning Maths easier and gives students confidence when learning new concepts. Please get your child started with this and then encourage it to happen independently. Some students who have slower recall should practise 3-4 times a week and those who are accurate and faster maybe only 1-2 times a week. There are so many ways to practise basic facts but my advice is to keep the sessions short and vary it so learning them does not become boring.
· Using counters or dice
· Writing them out
· Times table poster or placemat
· Websites such as Hit the Button
· Basic Facts Apps for your child’s device
Other tasks on the contract will be suggestions of other learning your child could do at home. Some of these tasks will involve practising independence and also manual tasks to develop skills as a growing member of your family. Other tasks will vary and will be optional.
At the end of each students who have collected the required signatures for completing ‘Must Do’ home learning tasks will be rewarded.
It is expected that students have the required stationery at school every day and if certain items run out, break or go missing; students must organise to have these replaced as soon as possible. Please check that your child has everything they need.
· 31st July – ICAS English
· 1st August – Rhythm Interactive – Performance
· 7th/8th August – Conferences
· 10th August – Japanese Visit and Looking for Alaska Performance
· 14th August – ICAS Maths
· 20th August – NZ Playhouse Performance
· 21st August – Hamilton West Sports Exchange
· 23rd August – Kids for Kids Concert
· 24th August – Full School Assembly/Cross Country
· 30th August – Gymsports Festival
· 5th September – Netball Prize Giving
· 6th September – Hockey Prize Giving
· 14th September – Fraser High School Performance
· 18th September – Interschool Cross Country
· 20th September – Year 4-8 Disco
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.