Year 5 & 6 Teachers

Room 12 – Mrs Shannon Runciman -

Room 13 – Mr Shaun Wright -

Room 14 – Ms Penny Jackson (Team Leader) -

Room 15 – Miss Isabel Buckhurst -

Room 16 – Mr Mike McCurry

Part time teachers: Mrs Amy John and Mrs Abby Ritete

Term 2 Learning Activities

Written Language        

Information Reports, Topic Sentence and Paragraph Development, Proofreading and Editing Skills.


Guided Silent Reading (Non-Fiction and Fiction) providing responses and reasoning to demonstrate understanding.


Maths knowledge (basic facts, place value, fractions), Number, Statistics and  Geometry

Inquiry/Big Idea 

The Nature of Science


Classroom objects, Feelings, Pepeha, Rakau


Explore and describe everyday examples of physical phenomena. Investigate a context to develop ideas for potential outcomes. 


Apply specific conventions to develop dance techniques


Explore the techniques of drama and its function and purpose


Explore ways to represent sounds and musical ideas.  

Share music making with others, using basic performance skills and   techniques.

Digital technologies

Explore and use the language of computational thinking - Coding

Health & PE 

Movement Concepts and Motor Skills through; 

Hockey, Basketball, Skipping, Netball, Indoor Bowls, Petanque, and General Fitness

HEART               Reflection on learning

Up and Coming Events for Term 2

Mothers Day: Sunday, 12th May

Rippa Rugby Tournament:     Tuesday, 28th May

Arbor Day:             Thursday, 30th May

Teacher Only Day: Friday, 31st May

King’s Birthday Day:       Monday, 3rd June

Disco:     Thursday, 6th June

Planting with HCC:   Wednesday, 12th June

Tackle Rugby Tournament:    Wednesday 12th June

North-West Schools Winter Sports Day: 

 Friday, 14th June

Tough Guy/Gal Challenge:      Wednesday, 19th June

PTA Mad Hair Day:  Friday, 21st June

Matariki Holiday:       Friday, 29th June

Becoming an Independent Learner

A 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.

An Independent Learner would do these things:

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

Team Behaviour Process

This is the procedure we will follow as a team for unacceptable behaviour. This  rarely applies to most students but it is important to recognise the procedure we follow. 

Minor Issues

Reminder of expected behaviour

First warning Name on board

Second warning 1 beside name

Third warning 2 beside name

Fourth warning 3 beside name and sent to Team Leader

These steps can be reversed if a child is able to bring about positive change in their behaviour.

Major Issues  Sent to Team Leader or Mrs Ritete/Mrs Franklin

Home Learning

This year, in the Year 5/6 Syndicate, we will have ‘Home Learning Activities’. This will consist of activities which are the priority activities to be completed. Each class teacher will set what their students are to do, but the main focus is on Reading, Essential List Spelling and Basic Facts.  

Reading for Home Learning

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. 

Maths for Home Learning

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:

Other Home Learning

Along with these two focus areas there will be other optional activities on the Home Learning Sheet. Sometimes there will be a little competition within the activities for an optional task.