Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Welcome back Room 15 family and friends.  I hope you have all had a wonderful time with family and friends over the break.  This term sees us busy with the following events outlined below.  We hope that you are able to join us whenever possible.                                          

A major goal for the students in Room 15 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:  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?’   An independent learner would answer ‘Yes’ to both questions.   Plan time on a task carefully so that it can be finished on time. 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.   Knows the best way to learn is to ask questions of others when unsure.    Works quickly and quietly on set tasks to maximise 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 2 Activities

Written Language  Factual Writing linked to Inquiry themes, consolidating basic skills 

 Reading  Guided Silent Reading and questioning and Shared Reading 

 Maths Maths knowledge (basic facts, place value, fractions), PRIME Mathematics Programme 

 Inquiry/Big Idea  Science -The Physical World - What is science?  How do scientists investigate the world?  What is energy?  How can energy change or be transformed?

Maori Instructions, the body, animals and numbers 

 Arts Music - Recorder -  Explore and identify how sound is made and changed Dance/Drama -  Apply specific conventions to develop dance and drama techniques Visual Art - Symbolism, linked to Inquiry and Friday Rotations 

 Health & PE  Movement Concepts and Motor Skills through; Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Hockey and Football 

 Life Education - Exploring our body systems and how they work together to keep us alive. Circulatory System / Nervous System / Brain 

 HEART Learning Logs – Reflection on learning

Up and Coming Events for Term 2

Netsafe Parent Evening: Tuesday 11th May

 Anti-Bullying Week: Monday, 17th - Friday, 21st May 

 Pink Shirt Day: Friday, 21st May 

 Life Education Trust visit: Monday, 17th - Friday, 21st May 

 Teacher Only Day: Friday, 4th June 

 Queen’s Birthday Holiday: Monday, 7th June 

 Te Rapa Race Relations Day: Friday, 11th June 

 Tough Guy/Gal Challenge: Wednesday, 23rd June 

 Mad Hair Day: Friday, 25th June


 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.

Year 5 & 6 Team - Teachers 

 Room 12 – Miss Georgia Gilmore - ggilmore@terapa.school.nz 

 Room 13 – Ms Penny Jackson - pjackson@terapa.school.nz 

 Room 14 – Mr Shaun Wright - swright@terapa.school.nz 

 Room 15 – Mrs Abby Ritete - aritete@terapa.school.nz 

 Room 16 – Mr Mike McCurry mmccurry@terapa.school.nz