Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Dear Parents and Caregivers


Welcome back to Term 4 in Room 16. I hope that you have all had a wonderful break and are ready to go in the final term for the year. We continue to encourage children to be independent learners. I am starting to see this in many of the students in Room 16 as they have worked through the year.


Term 4 Activities

Written Language – Advertising, Persuasive Writing, Figurative Language and Poetry

Reading – Guided Silent Reading (Non-Fiction and Fiction) and Blooms Taxonomy Tasks, Novel Studies

Maths – PR1ME Mathematics Programme

Big IdeaEnterprise - Consumers and Market Day - Entrepreneurs have a plan to be successful in their business

Health & PE – Athletics, Swimming (when weather permits), Puberty and Hygiene - more information to come later in the term

Maori – Kapahaka and Maori Language - Legends, Instructions and Classroom Objects

Competencies & Values – Learning Logs – Goal Setting, Reflecting on Learning


Homework: Learning Contracts

The students of Room 16 will have a biweekly Home Learning Contract again in Term 4. 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

·         Flashcards

·         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 fortnight students who have collected the required signatures for completing ‘Must Do’ home learning tasks will be rewarded.



With Athletics on Thursday 15th November (Postponement Date is Tuesday 20th November) this term, children will begin practising the different events that will take place from Week 1 of the term. Children will rotate around each activity they will compete in on Athletics Day in the first 4/5 weeks of the term to ensure they are exposed to each event before athletics day. Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing to take part in these activities.

This year there is the introduction of an 800m race at the Interschool event. We will be running this separately on Monday 12th November at 1.30pm. This will be for those students who wish to run the event, it will not be compulsory for 2018.

Those children who make it into the Interschool team will compete on Tuesday 4th December at Porritt Stadium.

More information will come early in Term 4 regarding timing of the day and indicating if you are able to help out on our Year 5/6 Athletics day at Te Rapa Primary School.



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.



Swimming will begin in the later part of Term 4, weather dependent. Further information will come home as we get closer to summer.


Sun Smart

With the weather hopefully warming up during Term 4, please encourage your child to bring a hat to school to wear outside during playtime and lunchtime to ensure they are Sun Smart! There is sunblock available for students to reapply when they need to during the day.


Up and Coming Events for Term 4

Parent Camp Meeting for Term 1, 2019: Thursday 18th October, 6:30pm in school Staffroom

Year 5 & 6 Athletics Day at School: Thursday 15th November    Postponement Date: Tuesday 20th November

Book Fair: Week 6    Book Day: Wednesday 21st November

Whanau Evening: Wednesday 28th November

Year 5 & 6 Disco: Wednesday 5th December 6pm-7:30pm

Interschool Athletics: Tuesday 4th December

Syndicate Big Day Out: Thursday 13th December, more information to come later in the term

Prize Giving – Monday 17th December

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

Kind Regards

Josh Louden