Term 3 2018

Dear Parents and Caregivers

We wish to welcome everyone back to school and we trust that you all had a safe and relaxing holiday with your children. A special welcome to all new children to Team 5! There were many wonderful opportunities that presented themselves for our students in Term 2.

The children in our team have taken part in many extracurricular activities with great enthusiasm such as the Kiwisport Badminton programme, the Jammies in June Day Fundraiser, and the Spell Athon. We have also had children from our team represent our school in the Super Cluster Cross Country Event and the Rippa Rugby tournaments.

We are especially thrilled with the way in which our students are stepping up and taking responsibility with their school duties in and around the school. We were extremely proud of the way the children performed in the school cross country! Their participation and attitude on their distance training and building stamina was excellent both at the start of the term and in the weeks leading up to the whole school Cross Country event. It certainly was a busy active term!

At the end of Term 2 all children received an interim school report. Following on from this you may want to check out the links and resources within the Home School Partnership pages for more information about Literacy and Mathematics and ideas on how you can support your child’s learning at home. We have another action packed term planned and we look forward to providing stimulating and exciting learning experiences for your children to enjoy.

Life Education Caravan
This term we will have a Health focus using The Life Education Programme – Body Journey. We will also have visits to the Life Education Caravan in weeks 6-8. We will integrate this unit with a resource called That Sugar Movement, which involves viewing the movie That Sugar Film. This is very topical at the moment.

Art Festival
In week 7, your child will have the opportunity to showcase a selected piece of art work in our school Art Festival. We hope you are able to come along to view art works from children across the school.

Dance Lessons
Team 5 students have the opportunity to participate in a series of dance lessons beginning in week 2 on Thursday 2nd August. This year we will have Krystal Stewart who is a Dancing with the Stars professional dancer. She has an impressive range of credits, titles and experience in all areas of competitive and social dancing. The students will be tutored in a variety of dance genres; introducing the children to a range of exploratory movement activities while providing opportunities to create movement sequences on their own and/or with a partner. In particular, they will focus on hip-hop, ballroom and Latin dancing. The cost for this course of eight lessons is $24.00 per student, payable before the first lesson. This is the same price as last year.
Please pay by one of the following methods:
• EFTPOS or Credit Card at the school office
• A named envelope with cash/cheque to the school office.
• Internet payment to Glamorgan School bank account 12-3080-0059486-00.

In Year 5 and 6 students are expected to use their writing to think about, record, and communicate experiences, ideas, and information to meet specific learning purposes across the curriculum. During these two years, students write about increasingly challenging subject matter.

Students will continue to revise and develop their knowledge of the features of different writing structures including narrative, report, argument, recount, and description. Please use your child’s interim report as a point of reference for how you can help at home.

Learning Link Writing  As part of our home school partnership we strongly encourage you to look for opportunities for purposeful writing at home. Try to provide opportunities for writing letters/emails to family and friends in other parts of the country or overseas. Play with words. Thinking of interesting words and discussing new ones can help increase the words your child uses when they write and speak. Share your own writing with your child – lists, planning for family events or an email. You can help them to see that you too use writing for different purposes.

Learning Link Reading Please remind your child to read every night for 20 (or more) minutes. They should be reading a wide range of fiction and nonfiction texts on a regular basis. Show an interest by asking them questions or talking to them about what they are reading. You could take them to the public library or read aloud to them. By reading the books your children are reading you will be able to have discussions with them. Reading to your children provides the opportunity to meet and discuss new vocabulary. You could try reading a classic to your child or a text which is slightly beyond their reading ability to stretch their language and content knowledge. The children can also access their Reading Eggspress accounts at home. This online programme is an opportunity for your child to practise their reading skills and you will be able to monitor their progress.

Learning Link Numeracy This term our Numeracy Programme will continue to teach and revise Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division and Proportions and Ratios knowledge and strategies. One of the ways that you can most easily support them is to help them develop the knowledge that they will need to be able to use these strategies. You can help them to learn their basic facts by encouraging them to study a particular times table or set of multiplication and division facts. Knowing basic facts will help students be able to solve more complicated maths problems with less effort.

Helping your child learn their basic math facts at home is the best way to ensure a strong foundation from which to build their mathematics knowledge. Slow, steady practice is the key to making progress. Be creative and make the practice as fun as possible and your child will get a positive message about their learning. When children play games they are highly engaged, focused and motivated. Once they have studied these you could ask them questions while doing the dishes together or travelling in the car etc. This on-going practice at home and school will help your child to gain more confidence with their mathematics. We would strongly encourage the children to use their Mathletics account at home to support their learning.

Important Conversations
Take time out with your child to have that very important conversation “Let’s talk about what you are learning at school”, and encouraging good discussion through open probing questions. Having this type of conversation with children on a regular basis does much to consolidate the learning at school, and this is one of the key objectives of homework. Encouraging further inquiry through enthusiastic discussion assists the process of a child gradually becoming independent with their home learning.

If you have any concerns or queries about anything in this newsletter or anything regarding your child, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

Kind Regards
Michaela Nicol (Team Leader) michaelanicol@glamorgan.school.nz
Glenn Sheers glennsheers@glamorgan.school.nz
Ann Morris annmorris@glamorgan.school.nz