Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School
Welcome to Term 2, 2022  
Below is an outline of Guidelines for the Yr 5/6 Syndicate and this Term's programmes.
A major goal for the children in the Year 5 and 6 Syndicate is to work towards becoming an‘Independent Learner.’
We want to encourage our children to take control of their own readiness to learn and to help them to monitor their own learning.  This is to ensure that they will be prepared for future years of learning.
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?’ The independent learner would answer, ‘Yes’ to both questions.
  • Plan time on a task carefully so that it is 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.
  • Know the best way to learn is to ask questions of others when unsure. 
  • Work quickly and quietly on set tasks to maximise my own 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.


Team Behaviour Process 

We have many ways in which we encourage positive behaviour, with house points, classdojo points, Incentive coupons and certificates.  Sometimes this isn’t enough and a different consequence is needed. 

The following is the procedure we will follow as a team for unacceptable behaviour. This rarely applies to most students but it is important to recognise that this is the procedure we will follow. 

Minor  Incidents

 First Warning                   Reminder  

 Second Warning            Name on board 

Third Warning                 1 written beside name 

Fourth Warning              2 written beside name 

Fifth Warning                 3 written beside name and sent to Mrs Ritete 

Major Incidents              

Sent to Team Leader or Mrs Franklin/Mrs Ritete

A child may move back down the steps should positive behaviours take over.

PRIME Mathematics Programme           


This year our team will continue to use the PRIME Mathematics Programme during cross-grouping. The PRIME Mathematics Programme is sequential, revisiting concepts and building on these so your child is confident to move to the next step. The programme builds a solid foundation in Mathematics, developing a conceptual understanding with a strong focus on problem solving.

The programme is aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum and will support your child to meet the expected curriculum level.

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.


Please ensure that your child has the appropriate stationery for school so that we can limit distractions from formal lessons and activities.

Term 2 Learning Activities 

 Written Language  

Factual Writing linked to Inquiry themes, consolidating basic skills 


 Guided Silent Reading, questioning and Shared Reading 


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

 Inquiry/Big Idea  

 Science - What natural cycles and systems help keep our planet working? Sustaining living things 

 Te Reo Maori 

 Classroom objects, Feelings, Pepeha, Rakau 


 STEM - Explore and describe everyday examples of physical phenomena. Investigate a context to develop ideas for potential outcomes.     

 Dance -  Apply specific conventions to develop dance techniques 

 Drama -  Explore the techniques of drama and  its function and purpose 

 Music - Developing Ideas to express and shape musical ideas, using  musical elements, instruments, and technologies in response to sources of motivations. Represent sound and music in a variety of ways. 

 Digital technologies - Explore and use the language of computational thinking - Coding 

 Health & PE  

Movement Concepts and Motor Skills through; Hockey, Basketball, Skipping, Football, and Coordination skills through Tennis 


Learning Logs – Reflection on learning

Up and Coming Events for Term 2 

 Mothers’ Day: Sunday, 8th May 

 Teacher Only Day: Friday, 13th May

 Anti-Bullying Week: Monday, 16th - Friday, 20th May 

 Pink Shirt Day: Friday, 20th May 

 Queen’s Birthday Holiday: Monday, 6th June 

 Matariki Holiday: Friday, 2

il4th June 

 Tough Guy/Gal Challenge: 29th June  

 NorthWest Sports Day: Friday, 1st July