Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to term four. We hope that you have all had a happy and relaxing two week break.

The students have made an enthusiastic start to our final term and we look forward to working with them once again.

This term classes will participate in an integrated studies inquiry called ‘Giving Back’. Learning experiences will be implemented through Social Science, Health, The Arts and Technology. The following understandings will be developed: ● Understand that we can use our strengths, talents and treasures to give service to our communities. ● Understand that we have an individual and collaborative responsibility to work for the common good. ● Understand that we can use our strengths, talents and treasures to educate and inspire others to embrace opportunities.
Literacy programmes will continue to engage students in a variety of tasks that develop skills through reading, writing, oral and visual language. Many of these tasks have direct links to the integrated studies programme.

The mathematics programme will centre on developing a range of skills within the contexts of statistics (probability), geometry (position and orientation) and measurement (mass and capacity). Number knowledge, addition/subtraction, multiplication/division and proportions and ratios will be taught as needs dictate. Algebra is taught as an integral component across all areas of the mathematics curriculum.

The students will participate in physical education sessions that focus on running, jumping and throwing. The purpose of this unit is to develop skills that can be used in everyday situations and as preparation for athletics day.

Arts programmes will further develop understandings and skills in music and the visual arts.

Homework tasks will focus on reading, spelling and basic facts with the possible addition of some personal research to assist with areas of interest relating to the integrated studies topic. As a lead up to the school poetry competition, the students will also be required to learn a poem. Poems will be presented in class on Monday 12 November. Three students from each class will be chosen to go forward to the Team Two competition. Three finalists will then be selected from the twelve to represent Whanake classes in the school competition. Specific requirements re presentations will be forwarded in the homework book.

Students are now required to wear their named sunhats outside every-day as we move towards the warmer weather.

A reminder that the school day begins promptly at 9.00am. A handbell is rung at 8.55am to indicate to the students that they have five minutes left to organise themselves. Classrooms are open to the students from 8.15am onwards – they should not be arriving before this please. Once organised and if the weather allows, the students should then play outside. Late arrivals must report to Jenny Watson.

Some key dates for the term as follows:  Whanake attendance at the Auckland Symphony Orchestra Kids Concert: Monday 29 October  Junior Athletics: Wednesday 7 November (Save day Friday 9 November)  School poetry competition: Monday 26 November

Thank you once again for your continued support. It is very much appreciated. Please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance should you have any queries or concerns. It is important to keep the home/school partnership alive for the benefit of your child and their learning.

Kind regards

Mrs Nicola Couch (Team Leader) Mrs Kirsty Hewitt Mrs Sue Hobin Mrs Gerry Campbell