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Room 14 - Miss Trudie Curtis

Wow, it is hard to believe that we are already at the start of Term 4, this year has flown by. I hope you enjoyed the holidays and managed to enjoy the sun when it was around!

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

We continue to encourage children to be independent learners. I am seeing evidence of this in many of the children and how they approach learning in Room 14, taking up the challenge to give something a go and learn from the successes and the things that maybe didn’t go so well.

Being an independent learner encourages them to take charge of being ready to learn and also helps them to monitor their own learning. By becoming an independent learner it helps your child to be prepared for future years of learning.

Term 4 Activities

Written Language – Persuasive Writing, Poetry incorporating Figurative Language

Reading – Guided Silent Reading (Non-Fiction and Fiction), Novel Studies and Library Skills

Maths – Prime Maths Programme: problem solving and learning Mathematical concepts, strategies and knowledge

Big Idea My Health is Important - Me and my World - including Bike Safety, looking at ways to develop positive relationships, Financial Literacy and Life Education

Health & PE – Athletics and fitness, Swimming (if weather permits) and Hygiene and Puberty

Maori – Kapa Haka and Maori Language (The Body/Clothing and Maori Legends)

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

Homework: Learning Contracts

The students of Room 14 will continue to have a fortnightly Home Learning Contract 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 (please record the book read)

          Reading aloud to a parent/caregiver or have the parent/caregiver read to the child once or twice 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 it could be a variety of material from a newspapers, magazines or a book or a recipe or an article 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, discuss/clarify some of the new vocabulary you have encountered or ask them some probing questions where the answer may not be directly in the text.

Learning and practising basic facts + - x is very important for Year 5 & 6 students. Having fast recall of these makes learning Mathematics 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


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


With Athletics on Tuesday of Week 5 this term, children will begin practising the different events that will take place on Athletics Day. Children will rotate around each activity they will complete on Athletic Day in the first 4 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, including shoes. For those children who make the Interschool Event at Porritt Stadium, they must be in shoes.


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.

Cycle Safety for Room 14

This term the Year 5 and 6 Syndicate will take part in Cycle Safety. This will be run by Jacob Goldsmith, the Community Constable.

In Week 6 on Thursday 23rd November we will have a Helmet Maintenance and Check session. This requires your child to bring their helmet to school on this day.

In Week 7 on Wednesday 29th November we will have a bike check and maintenance session. This does not require bikes or helmets.

In Week 8 on Tuesday 5th December we will have our bike skills session. This requires your child to bring their bike and helmet to school.

More information on these events will follow.


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

Up and Coming Events for Term 4

Interschool Cross Country: Tuesday 17th October

Parent Camp Meeting for Term 1, 2018: Thursday 26th October, 7pm in school Staffroom

Life Education Begins for Year 5 and 6 students: Week 3 – 30th October

Food For Thought Begins: Week 4 – 6th November

Year 5-8 Athletics Day at Porritt Stadium: Tuesday 14th November

Book Fair: Week 5, beginning 13th November (more information to come about Book Day/Parade)

Financial Literacy: Tuesday 21st November

Interschool Athletics at Porritt Stadium: Wednesday 6th December

Syndicate Big Day Out to Leap and Waterworld: Friday 15th December

Prize Giving: Monday 18th December

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

Trudie Curtis                             tcurtis@terapa.school.nz


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