Welcome back to Term 2. I hope you have had an amazing holiday and are ready for a full on term.
Last term was an extremely busy term, below are a couple of photos of some of the art work Rm 21 students completed.
Outlined below are important reminders, major learning focuses for the term and key dates for syndicate events.
Please return all health forms for camp and Sports Camp as soon as possible.
Focuses for Term 2
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 Maths Class, will continue with Prime Maths. Homework will differ from class to class; in order to focus on the needs of the students.
Writing - Students will focus on developing complex sentence structures and paragraphing. Writing will also 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.” Students will explore, describe, and represent patterns as well as trends for everyday examples of physical phenomena; such as light and waves.
Physical Education - The 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 - Early in the term, we will also have the Life Education caravan. The students will be focusing on Relationships - What are the impacts of the choices we make? With a particular focus on peer pressure, decision making and influences.
ICT- 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 continue to 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.
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
If you have any queries or concerns please contact me through email, dropping into school or for longer discussions through appointments.