Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Mr Hamish Marsh
Room 18



Outlined below are the major learning focuses for the term and key dates for Syndicate events:



Mathematics - We will be focusing on Statistics at the start of the term with GLoSS testing also being carried out. This will be followed by components of Geometry, Measurement and Algebra to finish the year off. Prime math students are continuing to work towards the end of their 3B books and will start in 4B very soon.

Writing - Students will be continuing to work on essay writing skills, developing persuasive essays with their writing buddies and then individually. Towards the second part of the term we will be working on using the strategy ‘show, don’t tell’ to write short stories.

Spelling and Grammar -We will continue to develop knowledge of spelling patterns, word origins, sentence structures and vocabulary development. We will also be focusing on proofreading & editing skills.

Reading - The reading comprehension strategy focus for this term is evaluation. Students will learn how to make informed decisions about topics using their texts.  We will finish the term off using a programme called Availl which uses popular films, based upon books to teach reading skills.

Inquiry - Our main focus for this term will be careers. We will be exploring the idea that the trades industry can lead to innovative and rewarding careers.

Physical Education - We will be preparing for Athletics Day which is in Week 5. We will focus on techniques for shotput, sprints, discus, long jump and high jump. Towards the end of the term we will be starting our summer swimming programme, focusing on survival skills.

Health Education - After camp we will be beginning our unit around personal hygiene as well as physical and emotional change. More information will come home prior to this unit starting.

Art - With the Waikato Full Primary School and the Te Rapa Primary School Art competitions to enter, students are invited to enter their best pieces from over the year or can complete a new piece either at school or at home.

Culture - We will be welcoming and hosting ten Japanese students into our classes over the next two weeks. They will experience our education system, our language and what it means to be a ‘Kiwi’. Our visitors will also share ideas and activities around their culture with our students, a worthwhile experience for all involved.


Key Dates for Term 4

  • Week 1 - Japanese Students Powhiri- Tuesday 16th October

  • Week 2 - Labour Day Holiday- Monday 22/10
    -WFPA Kapahaka Festival- Thursday 25/10
    -Japanese students farewell- Friday 26/10

  • Week 3 - Japanese students depart for home 30/10
    - Camp Parent Meeting - Wednesday 31/10

  • Week 4 - Senior classes complete first aid course

  • Week 5 -Y7/8 Athletics Day - Wednesday 14/11
    - Full school Assembly Friday 16/11

  • Week 6 -Camp Adair

  • Week 7 - WFPS Athletics Day Wednesday 28/11
    -Kapa haka Whanau Evening Wednesday 28/11

  • Week 8 - Rainbows End for Student Councillors Wednesday 5/12

  • Week 9 - Y7/8 Big Day Out Wednesday 12/12
    - Disco Thursday 13/12
    - Full School Assembly Friday 14/12

  • Week 10 - Prizegiving- Monday 17/12
    - Year 8 Leavers Dinner Tuesday 18/12
    - Last day of school 20/12 at 12pm