Kia ora and welcome back! Who can believe it's Term 2 already? I hope that you have all had a wonderful time with your family and friends over the school break and caught some of the last rays of sunshine before the cooler months head toward us. This term will be busy consolidating some of our learning from Term One and developing some knew knowledge around our key learning areas.
Learning Experiences in Term 2
Written Language – Basic skills to improve writing, Report/Informative writing, Narratives (many will be Science based)
Reading – Guided Silent Reading and questioning and Shared Reading
Maths – Maths knowledge (basic facts, place value, fractions), PRIME Mathematics Programme
Inquiry/Big Idea – Thinking like a Scientist
Maori – Pepeha, Kapahaka, Body, Clothing
Arts – Music (Recorder), Dance & Drama, Visual art (Science based)
Health & PE – Basketball, Volleyball, Hockey, Softball, Football (Drills & Skills)
H.E.A.R.T.– Learning Logs – Reflection on learning
Assessment – Running Records, Writing Samples, Basic Facts, IKAN
Netsafe Parent Evening: Tuesday 11th May
Anti-Bullying Week & Pink Shirt Day: 17th - 21st May
Teacher Only Day: Friday 4th June
Race Relations Day: Friday 11th June
Tough Guy/Gal Challenge: Wednesday 23rd June
This year, in the Year 5/6 Syndicate, we will have ‘Home Learning Activities’ which will be done over a fortnight and will begin in Week 2. This will consist of activities which are the priority activities to be completed. The other activities on the list will be optional.
Within these activities will be Reading at home. Your child is encouraged to read regularly at home, record this on the Home Learning Activities Sheet and have it signed by a parent or caregiver after each time.
Reading regularly is about encouraging reading mileage and helping your child to develop vocabulary and comprehension knowledge. Reading a variety of materials such as newspapers, comics, magazines, novels and recipes helps to develop a broader understanding of texts. Part of the activities will be having your child read aloud to someone to practise this skill. It is important that this is encouraged to support their learning at school.
Reading aloud can be included as a part of reading activities.
Learning Basic Facts will also be an important part of the activities. The number of times per fortnight 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:
Along with these two focus areas there will be other optional activities on the Home Learning Sheet. In some fortnights there will be a little competition within the activities for an optional task. Those children who complete the required tasks, with signatures and evidence if required at the end of each fortnight will be rewarded.
Year 5 & 6 Team - Teachers
Room 12 – Miss Georgia Gilmore - firstname.lastname@example.org
Room 13 – Ms Penny Jackson - email@example.com
Room 14 – Mr Shaun Wright - firstname.lastname@example.org
Room 15 – Mrs Abby Ritete - email@example.com
Room 16 – Mr Mike McCurry firstname.lastname@example.org