Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Term 4 promises to be another busy term with a lot going on in the classroom and many school events scheduled. 
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 4 Activities

Word Work - Sounds with multiple spelling patterns, Spelling patterns with multiple sounds, Dominant R patterns.

Written Language – Report Writing (Instructions) and developing structure and language choice in a variety of different genres

Reading – Guided Reading (Non-Fiction and Fiction) providing responses and reasoning to demonstrate understanding with different types of questions.

Maths – PR1ME Mathematics Programme, basic facts and number knowledge

Inquiry Big Idea – Energy - It comes in many forms - solar, electrical, wind - linked to the Solar System    

Health & PE – Athletics and fitness games, Swimming (when weather permits)

Te Reo Maori – Kapahaka and Maori Language - Feelings, animals and Instructions

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

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.

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Children will begin practising the different events that will take place from Week 1 of the term. They will rotate around each activity in the first 4 weeks of the term to ensure they are exposed to each event, before our Athletics Day. 

Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing to take part in these activities.

This year our Year 5-8 Athletics will be held at Porritt Stadium on Tuesday, 12th November. More information will come early in Term 4 regarding timing of the day with a request to help out on our Year 5-8 Athletics day at Porritt Stadium.

This year there is an 800m race at the Interschool event. We will be running the school competition for this separately, on Friday 8th November at 11.10am. This will be for those students who wish to run the event. Entry is not compulsory. Those children who make it into the Interschool team will compete on Tuesday, 3rd December at Porritt Stadium.

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

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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.

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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, 2020 ( Yr 5s only): Thursday, 17th October, 7pm in school Staffroom

Labour Day - No School: Monday 28th October

Year 5-8 Athletics Day at Porritt Stadium: Tuesday 12th November

Book Fair/Book Week: Week 6 

Whanau Evening: Wednesday 27th November 

Year 5 & 6 Disco: Thursday 28th  November

Interschool Athletics: Tuesday 3rdDecember

Syndicate Big Day Out: Thursday 12th December, more information to come later in the term

Prize Giving – Wednesday 18th December

Final Day - Friday 20th December