Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to school and an action packed programme for Term Two. We hope that everyone has had an enjoyable two week break with time for some rest and relaxation.

The students are making good progress towards developing a greater sense of independence and responsibility for themselves and their learning. They will continue to focus on refining ‘self-management’ skills by:

  • Organising themselves.
  • Making sensible choices.
  • Accepting learning challenges.
  • Working to the best of their ability.

The integrated studies themes for this term relate to:

  • Matariki (Social Sciences)
  • It’s a Plant’s Life (Science and Technology)

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
  • 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 multiplication and division, plotting and interpreting data, and shape and time. Independent tasks will ensure that skills are maintained in addition and subtraction. Algebra plays an integral part in all aspects of mathematics.

Physical education lessons will centre on developing fundamental movement skills. Students will also participate in a series of Kiwisport badminton sessions and the school cross country.

The arts programme for this term will focus on developing skills in visual art and music. Motivations will include the Sunflower and Starry Night paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and pieces from The Four Seasons composed by Antonio Vivaldi.

Homework will continue as per term one. Students really benefit from parental input into this area of independent learning. Your continued support is very much appreciated. We have been really impressed with the commitment shown by the students to completing their homework regularly and to a high standard.

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

Thank you for the generous offers to assist with various aspects of classroom programmes. Your support 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

Mrs Kirsty Hewitt                                     

Mrs Gerry Campbell                                 

Mrs Sue Hobin                                           

Mrs Nicola Couch (Team Leader)