Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to Term 4, 2020.  

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 

This is the procedure we will follow as a team for unacceptable behaviour. They rarely apply to most students but it is important to recognise the procedure we follow.  With each of these steps, students can redeem the negative behaviour with positive changes.

Minor  Incidences

 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 Incidences              

Sent to Team Leader or Mrs Franklin/Mrs Brinsden

PRIME Mathematics Programme           

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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.

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In Term 4, we will continue to 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.

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Please ensure that your child has the appropriate stationery for school.

Term 4 Activities  

 Written Language – Cause and effect linked to choice making within Inquiry and to develop plot in Narrative Writing

  Reading – Guided Silent Reading, Inference and questioning about the text - linking the text to self, text and world  

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

Inquiry/Big Idea – Well-Being- The choices we make make affect our well-being. Context - Choices - What are the factors that influence our choices, what are the risks/benefits, what strategies can we utilise to cope?  

Maori – Numbers and Instructions, art/design - Kapahaka

Friday Rotation – Involving Dance, Drama, Music-singing, Technology and Simple Coding

Health & PE – Athletics rotations followed by Sports rotations 

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

Up and Coming Events for Term 4 

Week 1

Wednesday, 14th October - Visit from NZ Police - Cyber Safety

Thursday, 15th October - NZ Shake Out Day 

Saturday, 17th October - General Election Final Day

Week 2

Wednesday, 21st October - The Amazing Race Competition 

Friday, 23rd October -  Visit from Hamilton Cricket

Week 3

Monday, 26th October - Labour Day (Holiday)

Thursday, 29th October - Year 5/6 Camp Meeting 2021, 6.30pm

Friday, 30th October - Arts visit - NZ Playhouse

Week 4  

Tuesday, 3rd November - Arts Visit - The Minstrel

Week 5 

Thursday, 12th November - 5/6 Syndicate Athletics Day

Friday, 13th November - Full School Assembly

Week 6 

BOOK WEEK - Full details to follow

Week 8

Monday, 30th November - Road Patrol 2021 Training 

Wednesday, 2nd December - Interschools Athletics Competition

Wednesday, 2nd December - Yr 5/6 Disco

Week 9

Tuesday, 9th December - Arts Visit - Looking for Alaska  

Thursday, 10th December - 5/6 Syndicate Big Day Out

Friday, 11th December - Road Patrol 2020 Big Day Out

Friday, 11th December - Full School Assembly

Week 10

Wednesday, 16th December - End of Year Prizegiving

Thursday, 17th December - Reports to go home

Friday, 18th December - Last day of the school year