Whanake Team Newsletter
Term Three, 2020
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
The children have made a great start to the term. It is pleasing to see the progress they are making towards developing
a sense of independence and responsibility for themselves and their learning by:
Making sensible choices.
Accepting learning challenges.
Working to the best of their ability.
The integrated studies theme for this term relates to developing understandings about being role models and leaders
through the key learning areas of social science, science, technology and health.
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 texts.
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 proportions and ratios, interpreting data, position and orientation and area.
Independent tasks will ensure that skills are maintained in addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division.
Algebra plays an integral part in all aspects of mathematics.
Physical education lessons will centre on developing fundamental movement skills with a focus on stability, balance,
landing and rotation. The students will also participate in two Life Education lessons with links to the question ‘What
makes a good leader?’
Te Reo Maori will continue to be integrated into the daily programme to encourage use in authentic contexts.
The programme will focus on developing knowledge and understanding of protocols, traditions and the use of everyday
The arts programme will concentrate on further developing skills in dance and drama with units called ‘Follow the
Leader’ and ‘Isobel’s Garden’.
Homework will continue as per term two with the exception of a slight change to the oral language presentations. This
term, students will prepare a talk about a person who has made a difference to the lives of people or to an
environment. Please refer to the homework book for further information detailing requirements and organisation for this
The students are really benefiting from the support they receive at home in this area of independent learning. Reading,
spelling and basic facts will continue to be the primary focus.
Please refer to the school website for the weekly newsletter which gives details regarding whole school events and key
Thank you for your continued support with various aspects of the Whanake team programme. Your assistance is very
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.
Mrs Nicola Couch (Team Leader) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Lyn Peters email@example.com
Miss Casia Dunning firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Jillian McLean email@example.com