Term 4 Team Haepapa Newsletter 2019


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Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome back to school everyone and we trust that you all had a safe and relaxing holiday with your children. Firstly, I would like to extend a big thank you to you all, for the support you have given your children in Term 3 with preparing for our Springboard Parade, School Assembly and our Variety Show Item! A term highlight was definitely our performance of Africa. The build-up to the Variety Show created much excitement and interest amongst our children. They worked very hard throughout their Arts Programme to present a polished performance for this show.  It certainly was a busy and action-packed term.

Term 4 Theme: Design Technology

This term we will continue with our ancient civilisations theme, with the children carrying out their own inquiry into an ancient culture of their choice. Our major curriculum technology theme is “Design Technology”. Children will explore how they can make a difference in our world through an authentic context. Student’s will develop their understanding of a technology brief and make decisions for the final outcome. It will provide excellent opportunities for students to expand their ideas and to investigate innovative solutions to practical problems.


This term your child will continue to write texts for a range of purposes that include recounting, describing, narrating, reporting, arguing, and explaining.  Your child is working towards their writing showing how they are thinking about, as well as describing, their experiences and the information they get from talking, listening and reading about topics in all areas of the curriculum. You play an important part in supporting your child’s learning.

As part of our home school partnership, we strongly encourage you to look for opportunities for purposeful writing at home, as well as ensuring your child reads a wide range of fiction and nonfiction texts. It is expected that your child will read at home each night. Reading each night is about encouraging reading mileage and helping your child to develop vocabulary and comprehension knowledge. It is important that this is being completed by each child to support their learning at school.

Poetry Recital Competition

All children in Team 5 will be participating in a class poetry recital competition.  Your child will be given a date that they will be presenting their chosen poem to the class. You will receive in your child’s Home Learning book an information sheet which outlines requirements and expectations. If your child needs some assistance with selecting an appropriate poem, please inform your child’s classroom teacher. Winners from our team competition will then progress through to the school poetry finals. The date for the school final is Thursday 28th November.


This term our Numeracy Programme will continue to teach and revise Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division and Proportions and Ratios knowledge and strategies. It is important that your child continues to practise their basic facts for homework, as speed and accuracy will support this programme at school. This term our strand focuses are Measurement and Geometry: Position and Orientation (Mapping skills), Transformations (Symmetry), Time & Temperature, Statistical Thinking: Probability & Investigation.

Physical Education

Our team topic is called Run, Jump, and Throw. This unit is based on Athletics New Zealand’s concept of athletics which has been modified to suit this age group of children. Its focus is on correct fundamental athletics skill development in a progressive, fun and participative environment.

School Athletics

This school-wide event is scheduled for Wednesday 13th November with a save day on the 14th November. We are currently providing a skill-based programme during our sport and P.E sessions, giving students an opportunity to take part in athletic events.

Team 5 Diploma Ceremony

We would like to invite you to our Team Five Diploma Ceremony and celebrations on Friday the 29th November.  We are planning on having our Diploma Ceremony at 9:15 am. Morning tea will be the normal time of 10:40-11:00. This will be followed by games on the field and a swim in the school pool.  An invitation to all families will be sent home closer to the event, with more specific details and information regarding times.

We have all had a most enjoyable year working with your children and we are all looking forward to a happy and productive term. 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)

Glenn Sheers

Ann Morris