Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Welcome back for Term 4, a term that is looking action packed with lots of opportunities for learning and fun! I hope all families have managed to have a break and the Room 12 children are ready to go for Term 4. 

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                                          

This term 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.

Homework for Term 4 

We will continue to have ‘Home Learning Activities’ which will be done over a fortnight and will begin in Week 1.                                                                                  

Homework 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) - Multiplication tables poster.

Along with these two focus areas there will be other optional activities on the Home Learning Sheet. During 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.

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

Mr Shaun Wright

Room 12 - Teacher