Miss Trudie Curtis
to our existing Te Rapa families and those joining us in the 2018 school year. I hope that everyone has had a great holiday and have enjoyed the summer sun and managed to keep cool in the heat.
As a team we look forward to starting the year, this term is already turning out to be action packed with loads of opportunities for learning and reflecting…and of course some exciting activities such as Swimming Sports, Triathlon and of course… CAMP!!!
A major goal for the students in Room 14 is to work towards becoming an
This encourages them to take charge of being ready to learn and also helps them to monitor their own learning. This strategy helps to ensure that they will be prepared for future years of learning.
Criteria for being an Independent Learner:
I set realistic goals and work hard to achieve them as I can see that education plays a very important part in my future.
This year we will have ‘Home Learning Contracts’ which will be done fortnightly and will begin in Week 5. This will consist of ‘Must Do’ activities which will have a ☺ next to them. The other activities on the list will be optional.
Reading will be a major component of the home learning contract, as will basic facts and other activities to do with in class learning. There will also be some other activities that are optional.
Those children who complete the required tasks, with signatures and evidence (if required) at the end of each week will be rewarded.
Term 1 Activities
Written Language – Recount, Instructions, Developing Vocabulary to suit a task and proof-reading and editing skills
Reading – Guided Silent Reading, Blooms Taxonomy Tasks, Recounts, Literacy Pro
Maths – Maths knowledge (basic facts, place value, fractions), PRIME Mathematics Programme
Inquiry/Big Idea – Belonging and Citizenship: What are my responsibilities/roles in my community?
Maori – Mihi and greetings
Arts – Portraits and visual art related to camp
Health & PE – Swimming and Triathlon, Fitness Circuits
Syndicate Rotation: Drama, Dance, Recorder, Technology and ICT: Programming
Competencies & Values – Learning Logs – Reflection on learning
Assessment – Running Records, Journal Reading Assessment, Writing Samples, PAT’s, Essential List Spelling & Basic Facts
Please make sure that your child has swimming gear at school every day or has a note explaining why it is they are not swimming. If possible, I also ask that your child has a pair of goggles; these really help them to become much more confident in the water. We ask that girls swim in one piece togs please. This year’s Syndicate Swimming Sports will be held on Thursday 15th March.
On Wednesday 7th March our students will take part in a syndicate triathlon. All students will take part in the individual event as we are encouraging a ‘Have a Go’ attitude. They will swim 4 lengths of the school pool and then cycle and run around the council fields. It would be advised that they practise riding their bike on grass as this can be quite a challenge if they are not used to it. A notice will come out shortly with more information.
We are in the final planning stages of our Week 3 (21-23rd February) Camp to Karakariki. Please ensure the $130 is paid in full to the school office by Monday 12th February.
Up and Coming Events for Term 1
Orientation Evening: Thursday 15th February
Karakariki Camp: Room 14 departs on Wednesday 21st February, 8am and return Friday 23rd February, 3pm
Year 5/6 Triathlon: Wednesday 7th March Interschool Triathlon: Tuesday 20th March
Year 5/6 Swimming Sports: Thursday 15th MarchInterschool Swimming Sports: Wednesday 21st March
Class Photos: Wednesday 28th March
Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences: Wednesday 11th April and Thursday 12th April
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Room 14 Classroom Teacher email@example.com