Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Room 14 - 2021

Term 2

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.

Becoming an Independent Learner continues throughout Term Two...
A major goal for the students in the Year 5 and 6 Syndicate 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:
  1. 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. 
  2. Plan time on a task carefully so that it can be finished on time.
  3. Look after all personal learning resources. If I misplace something, it is my own learning that suffers. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Knows the best way to learn is to ask questions of others when unsure. 
  6. Works quickly and quietly on set tasks to maximise learning but is also conscious of the learning needs of others. 
  7. Set realistic goals and work hard to achieve them as it is clear that education plays a very important part in my future.

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: 

  •  Using dice or counters 
  • Apps that can be downloaded onto your child’s device 
  • Flashcards (can be purchased from $2 shops or printed off the internet) 
  • Time tables poster 
  • Rock/Paper/Scissors activity 
  • Practising with an adult, saying the answer or question out loud 

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 - 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