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.
This term classes will participate in an integrated studies inquiry called ‘Giving Back’. Learning concepts and
experiences will focus on manaakitanga – kindness, generosity and support. Programmes will be implemented through
Social Science, Health, The Arts and Technology.
The following understandings will be developed:
● We can use our strengths, talents and treasures to give service to our communities.
● We have an individual and collaborative responsibility to work for the good of everyone.
● We can use our strengths, talents and treasures to educate and inspire others.
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 (location and position) 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 Tuesday 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:
Junior Athletics: Monday 4 November (Save day Friday 8 November)
School poetry competition: Thursday 28 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.
Mrs Nicola Couch (Team Leader) email@example.com
Mrs Kirsty Hewitt firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Gerry Campbell email@example.com
Miss Casia Dunning firstname.lastname@example.org