Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to Term 2 in Room 16. As you would expect, lots happening.
A major goal for the students in the Yr 5 and 6 Syndicate is to work towards becoming an  ‘Independent Learner.’

This encourages them to take charge of being ready to learn and also helps them to monitor their own learning.  This learning will help to ensure that they will be prepared for future years of learning.

Criteria for being an Independent Learner:

  1. I ask myself 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 on a regular basis.

  2. I plan my time carefully on a task so that I can ensure I get it finished.

  3. I look after all of my own learning resources.  If I misplace something, it is my own learning that suffers.

  4. I am 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.

  5. I know the best way to learn is to ask questions of others when I do not understand.  

  6. I work quickly and quietly on set tasks so that I can maximise my own learning but I am also conscious of others’ learning needs.

  7. I set realistic goals and work hard to achieve them as I can see that education plays a very important part in my future.

Term 2 Activities

Literacy Theme - Human Body

Written Language – Information Reports, Topic Sentence and Paragraph Development, Proof-reading and Editing Skills, grammar, spelling and punctuation, Speeches

Reading – Reciprocal Reading - focusing on Non-Fiction material with a variety of follow-up tasks to extend thinking and understanding around a topic

Maths – PR1ME Mathematics Programme

Discovering Me: Sexuality Road

Maori – Kapahaka, Maori Language – Body/Clothing,, Food, Calendars, Counting

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

Health & PE Cross Country - Track running and fitness games to build endurance

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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As part of our English Programme for the second half of this term the students will be writing and presenting speeches. This will begin in  Week 5 with our class speeches in Week 9 and Team Finals in Week 10. I encourage you to take an interest in their work and discuss ideas with them but the writing of the speech needs to be done at school to ensure the competition is fair. Practising their speech for an audience at home is a great way to help build the confidence needed to present in front of their peers.

Cross Country

On Friday, 31st May, Te Rapa will hold its school cross country event.  We will be practising regularly up to the event.  Notice will come out with more information closer to the time.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 unable 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.


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

  • Wednesday 8th May - School finishes at 12.30 (Teachers attending a union meeting)

  • Friday 10th May - Mad Hair Day

  • Friday 31st May - Full School Assembly

  • Friday 31st May - Cross Country

  • Monday 3rd June - Queen's Birthday

  • Friday 7th June - Tough Guy/Gal

  • Friday 21st June - Northwest Sports Day

  • Tuesday 2nd July - Team Speech Finals

  • Friday 5th July - Full School Assembly