Team 6 Newsletter/ Information: Term 1 2020
Dear Parents and Caregivers
This year our team consists of 4 rooms, under the guidance of the following
enthusiastic teachers, who are looking forward to working with your children.
Room 8 Year 6 Mrs Lynne Cutfield Team Leader
Room 9 Year 6 Mrs Lynley Spanhake
Room 10 Year 6 Mrs Nicola Le Lievre
Room 15 Year 6 Mrs Karen Halkyard
General Parent Information:
The teachers of Team 6 may be contacted in a couple of ways. Firstly we may be
contacted via email, which are as follows:
If you have any concerns at all, your first port of call is your child’s teacher.
Secondly you can make an appointment by phone either directly with the teacher
concerned or through the school office.
Now our year is underway, students should be turning their attention and energies
to the classroom.
This means they are learning to:
 take greater responsibility for their own learning
 know where they are in their learning
 know how to reach their learning goals
In order to best prepare your children for intermediate school, our expectations of
your children include:
 being organised – for their own learning / activities / belongings /
responsibilities (including organising coverage of their duties if they are
unable to attend)
 managing their time well in order to maximise their learning opportunities –
by listening, being focused, working within given time frames
 being able to talk about their own learning
 becoming more self managing – thinking for themselves, taking personal
 being able to work cooperatively within a range of situations and with a
variety of other students
 Being able to problem solve, demonstrating initiative by attempting to sort
out their own dilemmas
Waterwise is a programme in which Year 6 children are taught the basics of
how to sail. They will get experience in an Optimist yacht. Kayaking skills
are also taught as part of this programme. The Year 6 children will be
divided into 4 groups, with 2 groups at a time taking part in the on the water
activities at Waiake Beach. The other 2 groups are based at school where
they are given swimming practice, sailing theory and survival skills. The
first groups leave school at 8.30 am and depart the beach again at 11.00. The
second group arrive at the beach at 11.00 and leave at 1.20 pm. These
groups alternate each week. Waterwise will run for 8 weeks in Term 1 and
4 / 5weeks in Term 4.
Waterwise will commence on Tuesday 11 February. It will continue
(weather dependent) up to and including 31 March. As this is an important
component of the Year 6 Education Outside of the Classroom programme,
we expect all children to participate fully in the programme. Thank you to
those parents who have volunteered to train as Waterwise instructors. It is
heartening to see this level of support. A letter has already come home
requesting parent help.
There are two ways in which you can help. Firstly help is needed between
8.15 and 9.00 to get the boats out of the shed and over to the beach, and
again between 1.00 and 2.00 to help get the Optimists back in again. So
even if you are unable to help for the whole day this may be one way to get
your workout before heading off to work!
Secondly we also require parents to help supervise children on the beach
and in the patrol boats. No previous experience required! We are in dire
need of a parent who is prepared to stay on the beach and supervise a group
of 12 children. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are able to help us.
In order to comply with guidelines, we need a ratio of 1 adult to 4 children
at all times. We look forward to seeing you down at Waiake.
Just a reminder please that final camp payment is required before we go to
camp. The total cost is $270. Final payment for this is due on Friday 6
March. The payment for those parents who are coming is $125. Camp
groups will be organised during the first few weeks of term. Cooperative
activities will be part of the build up to camp, preparing students as best we
can for this great Education Outside the Classroom experience.
The emphasis in Maths in Term 1 will be on the revision and learning of
number knowledge especially in the domains of addition and subtraction.
The Strand aspect will incorporate parts of Measurement. Listening to,
playing games with and testing your child’s basic fact knowledge will assist
them greatly with the classroom programme. To this end, times tables
learning will form part of their weekly home learning.
Mathletics and Reading Eggs:
Team 6 are continuing to offer access to the online Mathletics programme.
This versatile programme provides both extension for more able students
and support for those struggling with Maths. It will form both part of the
homework and classroom programme for those who subscribe. Alternative
activities will be provided for those who do not. The cost of $38 will give
access to Mathletics until 1 February 2021. This is a special rate for schools
as the usual cost to parents is in the vicinity of $99.
The Literacy programme in all classes in the first four weeks is based
around a shared book called ‘Stone Fox’. This will be followed by the
individual room’s guided reading programme at the children’s individual
Children are expected to read for at least 20 minutes on a nightly basis. This
will help with their fluency and understanding. In Writing the emphasis will
be on the writing of a range of text types focusing on the skills of being
aware of the audience they are writing for, developing good ideas and
thoughtful content, structuring their work correctly using paragraphs, and
using a wider range of vocabulary.
Topic Study:
Two Health units start our year. The first, entitled Facing Challenges which
incorporates aspects of camp and Waterwise and the school’s Steps to
Success starts our year. The second is a programme called Zones of
Regulation, which teaches children the skills of identifying emotions and
then being able to regulate these with increasing success. Unpacking what
the Key Competencies (a set of NZ Curriculum directed life skills) means
for Year 6 students is how we intend to start 2020.Throughout the year a
range of higher order thinking skills will be woven through all of the Team
6 programme and these will be introduced in context during our units of
Home / School Partnership Notebook: Home Learning
Our home learning programme has the following components:
 Read daily
 Mathletics a MINIMUM of 1000 points a week or an alternative activity for
those who do not subscribe to Mathletics
On average this learning should take approximately 30 minutes per night
How Can You Help At Home?
By parents, teachers and students working together sharing the same talk. For
example asking questions such as:
 What have you been learning about in . . . ?
 What are you doing well at?
 How do you know?
 What are you finding difficult?
 What do we (teacher, parent, child) need to work on to help you get better?

When Can You Find Out About Your Child’s Learning This Year????
Come and meet your child’s teacher on Wednesday 12 February in your child’s
room at 6.30pm – 7.15pm We would love to see as many of you here as possible.
 We would still love to see as many parents as possible become involved with
their child’s education in Team 6. Waterwise is one of the possibilities, as this
programme is reliant on parent involvement. There are also opportunities to
help within individual classrooms, with areas such as Art, listening to children
read or helping with writing, so please feel free to approach your child’s
teacher with any offers!
 Swimming – our day for swimming is Tuesdays, as part of our Waterwise
Important dates:
 Meet the teacher Wednesday 12 February
 Camp Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 March
 Yr 4 – 6 netball trials Thursday 12 March
 Parent/ teacher/child discussions Thursday 26 March
 Swim team meets Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 April
 Teacher only day Thursday 9 April
We are looking forward to meeting you all.
Lynne Cutfield Karen Halkyard Lynley Spanhake Nicola Le Lievre