Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Hello and welcome back to our Post-covid Room 16 families.   We have had an interesting run of Early Easter holidays, lockdown and distance-learning.  I think, we, as a community, have done really well to halt the spread and look after each other.  Below is the Outline of activities for Term 2.

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.


Term 1 Activities

Written Language – Recount and Narrative Writing, consolidating basic writing skills 

Reading – Guided Silent Reading,questioning and Shared Reading

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

Maori – Mihi, Greetings and Classroom Objects

Health & PE – Sports skills and fitness.  This will run up to Cross country in Term 3 and continue after it.  The actvities are, Football, Netball, Basketball, Hockey and Skipping

Competencies & H.E.A.R.T.– Learning Logs – Reflection on learning                                                 

PRIME Mathematics Programme           

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Ths 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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This will resume in Week 8.  

This year, in the Year 5/6 Syndicate, we will have ‘Home Learning Activities’ which will be done over a fortnight. 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.

Up and Coming Events for Term 2

Queen's Birthday - Monday, 1st June (Public Holiday)

Class Photos - Tuesday, 23rd June

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences - Wednesday, 1st July and Thursday, 2nd July