Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

kia ora and welcome to term 2


I hope that you and your child/ren had a relaxing break. 


At the end of last term, I enjoyed tasting the yummy food cooked by the Food Technology students.  Thank you for the invite Rhys Stirling.

Outlined below are major learning focuses for the term and key dates for syndicate events. 

Mathematics 

We will begin with Measurement and then move onto Statistics later in the term; with both units linking to our Term 2 Inquiry focus. Students in Rooms 21, will continue with Prime Maths. Homework will differ from class to class; in order to focus on the needs of the students. 

 Writing 

The focus this term is the writing of explanations.  This will  be integrated into our ‘Science’ inquiry, with the purpose of being informative and accurate. 

 Spelling 

Students will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of spelling.  This includes spelling patterns, word origins, prefixes and suffixes as well as new vocabulary through our school wide Spelling Under Scrutiny Programme. 

 Reading 

Researching and using keywords to locate relevant information will be the initial focus.  The skills of inference and reorganisation will also be covered during the term.  

 Inquiry 

Through the curriculum area of Science, our topic will be: ”The Nature of Science”.  The context will be “Physical World - Physical Inquiry and Physics Concepts.”  The students will explore, describe, and represent patterns as well as trends for everyday examples of physical phenomena; such as light and waves.  We will also be studying Newton's Laws about forces.  

Physical Education

This term will see the students involved in developing knowledge and skills linked to a range of winter sports.  There will also be a focus on students developing their skills in preparation for Sports Camp later in the term. 

Health 

The Life Education caravan is here from week one.  The students will be focusing on; Relationships - What are the impacts of the choices we make?  There will be a focus on peer pressure, decision making and influences.  

 ICT

There will be activities to develop skills using Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms and a range of apps that will enhance the students learning within our classroom programmes.  E-portfolios will  be developed, showing a snapshot of the students' learning and reflections. 

 Digital Citizenship 

Our digital citizenship focus will continue from Term 1.                                                                                                                                                                

Te Rapa H.E.A.R.T 

Each fortnight, a different aspect of H.E.A.R.T will be the focus.  One student, from each class, will receive the class award at the end of each fortnight.  We will begin the term with Honesty and finish off with Teamwork.     

Finlay Park Camp 



The dates are 2nd-5th November 2021.    

Applications for parents who wish to attend camp will be issued later in Term 2 and confirmed by the beginning of Term 3. 

The parent contribution for camp for a student has been calculated at $330 and we encourage families to start making small regular payments towards the cost of this camp or to set up automatic payments at the office anytime from now. Final payments will be due by Week 1 Term 4. 


 Production Update 

 Auditions and practices will continue this term in preparation for the performance at the end of Term 3. 

 Key Dates for Term 2 

 Week 1 - Epro8 begins 

 Week 2 - Whanau Hui Meeting/Life Ed 

 Week 3 - Bully-Free Week/Life Ed 

 Week 5 - Teacher Only Day Friday 

 Week 6 - Queen’s Birthday Holiday, Full School Assembly 

 Week 7 - Sports Camp Week, Young Leaders Day 

 Week 8 -Tough Guy/Gal 

 Week 10 - Full School Assembly

The first RC (Radio Controlled) Day was enjoyed by the students who participated.   We will have another in term 2. 

The following images are of our balloon powered cars science where we have been looking at Newton's Three Laws and also forces.