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Room 14 - Miss Trudie Curtis

Welcome Back…

I hope that you have all had a fantastic break and managed to enjoy some of the autumn sun over the holidays. We have many events planned for this term so I hope to see you join us whenever you can.

Term 2 Activities

Written Language – Information Reports, topic sentence and paragraph development, sentence structure, proof reading and editing skills, vocabulary development

Reading – Guided Silent Reading, Blooms Taxonomy Tasks, Colour Code Highlighting with Non Fiction texts

Maths – PRIME Mathematics Programme

Inquiry/Big Idea – Living World - The world is a diverse and amazingly complex place

Maori – Kapahaka, Maori Language: learning the days and months of the year and animal names

Arts – Friday Rotation involving Dance, Drama and Music, Visual Art: Link with Living World Inquiry

Health & PE – Sports Rotation – Netball, Basketball, Hockey, Softball and Football

Competencies & Values – Learning Logs – Reflection on learning

Literacy Pro

Our students should be gaining confidence using the Scholastic Literacy Pro Programme. Literacy Pro is designed to develop successful readers by evaluating their reading abilities and motivating them to read more at appropriately challenging levels or for reading mileage This programme will continue to be used in the classroom and we encourage our students to use this as part of their reading at home programme. Please take an interest in this with your child. Have them read some of the text aloud to you and share their quiz responses with you.

Homework: Learning Contracts

The students of Room 14 will have a weekly Home Learning Contract again in Term 2. This term they contracts will run for two weeks with reward time for homework that is completed on a Friday at school. The items listed on the contract with a J next to it are ‘Must Do’ activities and need to be completed and signed by a parent/caregiver.

The ‘Must Do’ activities each week are:

·         Reading for a minimum of 15 minutes each Monday-Thursday

·         Reading aloud or listening to a parent/caregiver 1-2 times a week

·         Practising basic facts + - x ÷

When your child reads aloud to you they do not have to read a whole story and could be a variety of material from Literacy Pro, to a recipe, newspaper article from the internet or the paper, an article from a magazine or something that you are both interested. Once you have heard your child read, please talk to them about what they have read. Have them tell you the main points or maybe explain what a difficult word means. Please explore different ready materials so that children are exposed to many different genres and language within these.

Learning and practising basic facts + - x ÷ is very important for Year 5 & 6 students. Having fast recall of these makes learning Mathematics easier and gives students confidence when learning new concepts. Please get your child started with this and then encourage it to happen independently. Some students who have slower recall should practise 3-4 times a week and those who are accurate and faster maybe only 1-2 times a week. Depending on your child’s ability, they may be practising addition/subtraction facts or multiplication/division facts.

Some ways to learning basic facts are:

·         Using counters or dice

·         Writing them out or saying them out loud

·         Flashcards

·         Websites such as Hit the Button

·         Basic Facts Apps for your child’s device

 

Other tasks on the contract will be suggestions of other learning your child could do at home. Some of these tasks will involve practising independence and also manual tasks to develop skills as a growing member of your family. Other tasks will vary and will be optional.

Shorts for Sports

With our sports rotation this term – students will need appropriate clothing (shorts & t-shirt) and footwear to participate. If students are unwell and are unable to participate please ensure they bring a note from home.

Production

In the next few weeks we will be asking our students if they are interested in taking part in a Production item. Our Production this year is called ‘Turn the Page’ and will be performed on the 20th and 21st of September at the Clarence Street Theatre. Being part of a Production Group is a commitment we expect our students to stick with once they have signed up. These items will mostly include dance and movement with an element of acting as well.

Inquiry Zoo Trip

As part of our Living World Inquiry this term we will be visiting the Hamilton Zoo on Wednesday the 10th of May. We will travel to the Zoo by bus and will require parents/caregivers to attend to assist with groups of students as we move around the Zoo.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

 

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