Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School
Welcome to Term 4, 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 1. 
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 4 Learning Activities  

Written Language – Narrative and poetry- Structure, descriptive and figurative language and general grammar and sentence structure 

Reading – Guided Silent Reading (Non-Fiction and Fiction) providing responses and reasoning to demonstrate understanding  

Maths – Developing Mathematical concepts and understanding with a focus on Problem Solving and Knowledge Development through the PR1ME Mathematics Programme 

Inquiry/Big Idea- Continued from Term 3 - The Arts - The Arts teaches us about culture. Context - The cultures within our class/school 

Health & PE – Athletics, Swimming (when weather permits), Fitness Games, Cycle Safety 

Competencies & HEART – Learning Logs – Reflection on learning, HEART values and expectations reviewed


Children will begin practising the different athletic events that will take place from Week 1 of the term. They will rotate around each activity in the first 4 weeks of the term, to ensure they are exposed to each event, before our Athletics Day.  Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing to take part in these activities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This year our Year 5 and 6 Athletics will be held at school on Wednesday, 23rd November. More information will come early in Term 4 regarding timing of the day with a request for parents to help out on the day. 


It’s that time of year again, with the sun shining and the air temperature on the rise. We will swim on warm days and run alternative fitness for those not participating and when the weather is not favourable.   

 Things to remember: 

  • Students are encouraged to bring their togs and swim as this is part of our Te Rapa School Physical Education Programme. 
  •  Swimming and water safety is a compulsory part of student education in NZ.
  • If children have been sick or have open sores they are not to enter the water until they are better.
  •  All bandages and plasters that will come off in water are not to enter the pool.
  • Students need togs, a towel, a warm sweatshirt for after their swim, goggles, a swimming cap (optional), sun block, sun hat.   

 Sun Smart 

 With the weather hopefully warming up during Term 4, please encourage your child to bring a hat to school to wear outside during playtime and lunchtime to ensure they are Sun Smart! There is sunblock available for students to reapply when they need to during the day. 

Up and Coming Events for Term 4 

Monday, 24th October - Labour Day - school closed 
Wednesday, 26th October - Amazing Race
Thursday, 27th October - Camp Meeting, NZ Shake Out Day
Friday, 28th October - Amazing Race Postponement Day
31st October - 4th November - Bike Safety week
21st - 25th November - Book Week
Wednesday, 23rd November - Syndicate Athletics day
Thursday, 24th November - Syndicate Athletics postponement day, Syndicate Disco
Wednesday 30th November - NW schools Interschools Athletics Event
Friday, 2nd December - Art Competition closes
Friday, 9th December - Syndicate Big Day in
Friday, 16th December - Full School Assembly
Monday, 19th December - Full School Prize-giving
Tuesday, 20th December - School finishes