Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Room 13 2020

Term 4

Welcome to the last term of 2020. This year has flown by and It's shaping up to be another busy term in Room 13 with summer sporting events taking place and fun learning activities and experiences. This term remember to be sun smart and bring a hat with the weather heating up. More important notices will be sent out throughout the term, so stay tuned so you don't miss the

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 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. Knows the best way to learn is to ask questions of others when unsure. 

  5. Works 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.

Term 4 Learning Experiences

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 – Health and PE - WELL BEING - The choices we make affect our well-being  

Maori – Numbers and Marae/Maori Art - Kapahaka

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

Health & PE – Athletics and fitness games, Swimming (when weather permits)

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

Up and Coming Events for Term 4

Amazing Race - Selected teams to participate on the 21st October at Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Cricket Sessions: Thursday 22nd  and Friday 23rd October

Labour Day - No School: Monday 26th October

Parent Camp Meeting for Term 1, 2021 (Year 5’s only): Thursday 29th October, 6.30pm in school Staffroom

Year 5 and 6 Athletics Day at school: Thursday 12th November

Book Fair: Week 6 

Food for Thought: Week 6

Whanau Evening: Wednesday 25th November 

Interschool Athletics: Wednesday 2nd December

Year 5 & 6 Disco: Wednesday 2nd December

Syndicate Big Day Out: Thursday 10th December, more information to come later in the term

Prize Giving – Wednesday 16th December

Final Day - Friday 18th December


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.

This year our Year 5 and 6 Athletics will be held at school on Thursday, 12th November. More information will come early in Term 4 regarding timing of the day with a request to help out on the day.

Those children who make it into the Interschool team will compete on Wednesday, 2nd December at Porritt Stadium.