Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Room 13 2022

Term 2

Welcome back to our existing Te Rapa families and welcome to those joining us in Term 2.  Our Year 5 and 6 team teachers hope that you have all had a good break, are well rested and ready for an exciting term ahead.       

Becoming an Independent Learner

major goal for the students in the Year 5 and 6 Syndicate is to work towards becoming an

‘Independent Learner.’

This encourages them to take charge of being ready to learn and also helps them to monitor their own learning.  This learning will help to ensure that they will be prepared for future years of learning.

Criteria for being an Independent Learner:

An Independent Learner would do these things:

  1. Ask these questions frequently, ‘Do I know what I am supposed to be doing?’  ‘Am I doing it?’ 

An independent learner would be able to answer ‘Yes!’ to both questions.

  1. Plan time on a task carefully so that it can be finished on time.

  2. Look after all personal learning resources. “If I misplace something, it is my own learning that suffers.”

  3. 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.

  4. Know the best way to learn is to ask questions of others. 

  5. Work quickly and quietly on set tasks to maximise learning but is also conscious of the learning needs of others. 

  6. Set realistic goals and work hard to achieve them as it is clear that education plays a very important part in my future.

Learning Experiences in Term 2

Written Language  Factual Writing linked to Inquiry themes, consolidating basic skills

Reading                  Guided Silent Reading, questioning and Shared Reading

Maths                      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

Maori                       Classroom objects, Feelings, Pepeha, Rakau

Arts/Rotations      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

HEART                   Learning Logs – Reflection on learning

Up and Coming Events for Term 2

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, 24th June

Tough Guy/Gal Challenge: 29th June 

NorthWest Sports Day: Friday, 1st July

Home Learning

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.

Winter Sports - Shorts for Sports

With our sports rotation this term - students will need appropriate clothing (shorts & t-shirt) and footwear to participate. If students are unwell and are unable to participate please ensure they bring a note from home or an email. As we are getting into the colder months, more clothing is being worn to school and potentially taken off and left lying around so please make sure you name all clothing so that if it is forgotten/lost, it can be returned.

Te Rapa H.E.A.R.T: 

As part of our ‘Positive Behaviour for Learning’ school wide programme we will continue focusing upon “Te Rapa H.E.A.R.T” this term. Te Rapa H.E.A.R.T are our school values which are embedded into culture of our school. 

H = Honesty   E = Excellence  A = Aroha  R = Respect  T = Teamwork


Year 5 & 6 Team - Teachers

Room 12 – Miss Georgia Gilmore - ggilmore@terepa.school.nz

Room 13 – Ms Penny Jackson (Team Leader) - pjackson@terapa.school.nz

Room 14 – Mr Shaun Wright - swright@terapa.school.nz

Room 15 – Mrs Casey Sanders - csanders@terapa.school.nz

Room 16 – Mr Mike McCurry mmccurry@terapa.school.nz

Part time teachers: Mrs Tania Wood and Mrs Abby Ritete