Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to Term 3 in Room 16. As you would expect, lots happening.
A major goal for the children in the Year 5 and 6 Syndicate is to work towards becoming an‘Independent Learner.’

We want to encourage our children to take control of their own readiness to learn and to help them to monitor their own learning.  This is to ensure that they will be prepared for future years of learning.

An Independent Learner would do these things:

Ask 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.

Plan time on a task carefully so that I can ensure I finish it.Look after all personal learning resources.  If I misplace something it is my own learning that suffers.

Is 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.

Know the best way to learn is to ask questions of others when unsure. 

Work quickly and quietly on set tasks to maximise my own learning but is also conscious of the learning needs of others. 

Set realistic goals and work hard to achieve them as it is clear that education plays a very important part in my future.

Term 3 Activities

Written Language - Narrative and Poetry

Reading – Focus on comprehension and structure within Narrative, Poetry and Play texts

Maths – PR1ME Mathematics Programme

The Arts - Everyone is an Artist - a focus on Visual Arts (Papier Mache, Chalk Pastel and String Art, Tiki Art and Aboriginal Dot Art)

Maori – Kapahaka, Maori Language – The Body/Clothing, Food, Instructions and Calendar

Arts – Friday Rotation involving Dance, Drama, Music, Science, Technology and Simple Coding

Health & PE - Large Ball Skills 

Literacy Pro

Year 5 and 6 students will continue to use the Scholastic Literacy Pro Programme. Literacy Pro is designed to develop success for all readers by evaluating their reading abilities and motivating them to read more at appropriately challenging levels. This will be used in the classroom and we encourage our students to use this as part of their reading at home programme.

The children are initially tested on this programme. This gives them a Lexile Rating (word recognition and understanding) which helps to ensure they are reading material appropriate to their ability. Once students have read their story, they take a comprehension test to see if they have understood what they have read. All of this takes around 20 minutes.

Classroom teachers will continue to monitor the use of the programme and students will take tests throughout the year at school which moves them up a Lexile Rating when they are ready.

Your involvement in supporting your child with Literacy Pro at home is crucial to their reading development. Please talk to them about what they are reading, their success and struggles as well as setting goals for improving Lexile Rating. We will be happy to discuss your child's Literacy Pro progress with you over the course of the year.

We are subsidising this for each student and ask you to pay $10.00 towards the fee which gives them access to the programme for 12 months.

PRIME Mathematics Programme

This year our team will be using the PRIME Mathematics Programme during cross-grouping. The PRIME Mathematics Programme is sequential, revisiting concepts and building on these so your child is confident to move to the next step. The programme builds a solid foundation in Mathematics, developing a conceptual understanding with a strong focus on problem solving.

The programme is aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum and will support your child to meet the expected curriculum level.


This year Room 16 will have Home Learning each week. This will consist of ‘Must Do’ activities which will have a ☺ next to them. The other activities on the list will be optional.

Within the homework will be Reading at home. It is expected that your child will read at home each night, record this in their reading log on the Home Learning grid and have it signed by a parent or caregiver at the end of each week.  Reading each night is about encouraging reading mileage and helping your child to develop vocabulary and comprehension knowledge. Part of the homework will be having your child read aloud to someone each week to practise this skill. It is important that this is being completed by each child to support their learning at school.

Learning Basic Facts will also be an important part of the homework. The number of times per week your child practises these will depend on their ability to recall basic facts in all four operations with speed and accuracy. Some suggestions of ways to learn these are:

  • Using dice or counters

  • Apps that can be downloaded onto your child’s device

  • Flashcards (can be purchased from $2 shops or printed off the internet)

  • Time tables poster

  • Writing them out or practising with an adult

Pr1me Maths homework will be set by the Maths teacher.

Along with these two focus areas there will be other optional activities. Some of these activities will link to class work and others will not. In some weeks, there will be a little competition within the optional tasks.

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


This term, we are very excited to be preparing for our production ‘The Bigger Picture’. Many of our students in Year 5 & 6 are already part of groups rehearsing for this show. The Production will take place at The Clarence Street Theatre on Wednesday, 25th and Thursday, 26th September. There will be a number of practices during students break times but this will also become part of our in class Arts focus for Term 3. When students are not rehearsing for our show, they will re-join their class for a range Arts activities. We will continue to update you via the school newsletter with more information about ‘The Bigger Picture’.

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Please ensure that all stationery requirements are at school as soon as possible. The sooner we have stationery items in class the sooner we are able to have everyone working to their full potential. 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.

Important Dates for Term 3

  • Wednesday, 31st July and Thursday, 1st August - 2pm Finish

  • Wednesday, 31st July and Thursday, 1st August - Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

  • Monday, 5th August (pm only) and Tuesday, 6th August - Sports and Cultural Photos

  • Wednesday, 7th August - Hamilton West Sports Exchange held at Te Rapa Primary School

  • Friday, 23rd August - Full School Assembly

  • Tuesday, 3rd September - ICAS Digital Technologies

  • Wednesday, 4th September - ICAS Science

  • Wednesday, 4th September - Netball Prize giving, 3.30pm in MPR

  • Tuesday, 10th September - ICAS Writing

  • Wednesday, 11th September - ICAS Spelling

  • Monday, 16th September - ICAS English

  • Tuesday, 17th September - Interschool Cross Country (team to be confirmed)

  • Wednesday, 18th September - ICAS Maths

  • Wednesday, 25th September - Production Evening Performance #1

  • Thursday, 26th September - Production Evening Performance #2

  • Friday, 5th July - Full School Assembly