Team Two Newsletter
Term Three, 2016

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to Term Three. We trust that everyone has had an enjoyable two week break with time for some rest and relaxation.

It has been pleasing to see the progress the students are making towards developing a sense of independence and responsibility for themselves and their learning over the last two terms by:
• Organising themselves.
• Making sensible choices.
• Accepting learning challenges.
• Working to the best of their ability.

The integrated studies theme for this term relates to developing understandings about diversity, culture and identity through the performing arts disciplines dance and drama.

The learning in these areas will enable classes to develop movement sequences based on ideas from the picture book
Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street by New Zealand author Patricia Grace, in preparation for the Glamorgan School Variety Show.

Literacy programmes may link directly to integrated studies topics and will have an ongoing focus on developing the skills needed for:
• Oral Language: listening actively and conveying spoken ideas clearly.
• Reading: reading, responding and thinking critically about texts.
• Writing: planning, composing and improving ideas.
• Viewing: retrieving and interpreting relevant information from a variety of visual texts.
• Presenting: organising and presenting information coherently.

Mathematics units will be based on proportions and ratios, interpreting and using data, symmetry and tessellation and position and orientation. Independent tasks will ensure that skills are maintained in addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. Algebra plays an integral part in all aspects of mathematics.

Physical education lessons will centre on developing body and spatial awareness through a unit called ‘Creative Play’. Students will also participate in a series of Kiwisport ‘rippa rugby’ sessions.

Homework will continue as per term two. The students are really benefiting from the support they receive at home in this area of independent learning. Reading, spelling and basic facts will be the primary focus.

Please refer to the school website for the weekly newsletter which gives details regarding whole school events and key dates.

Thank you for your continued support with various aspects of the Team Two programme. Your assistance is very much appreciated.

It is important to keep the home/school partnership alive for the benefit of your child and their learning.
Should you have any queries or concerns, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. Our email addresses are listed below.

Kind regards

Miss Lucy Dromgool
Mrs Kate Koman
Mrs Nicola Couch
Mrs Madeleine Valintine