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Room 16 - Mr Josh Louden
Welcome back to Term 2. I hope you have all had a wonderful time with family and friends over the break. This term sees us busy with the following events outlined below. We hope that you are able to join us whenever possible.
A major goal for the students of Room 16 this year is to work towards becoming an ‘Independent Learner’.
This encourages them to take charge of being ready to learn and also helps them to monitor their own learning. This strategy helps to ensure that they will be prepared for future years of learning.
Criteria for being an Independent Learner
1. I ask myself these questions frequently ‘Do I know what I am supposed to be doing?’ ‘Am I doing it?’ The independent learner would answer ‘Yes’ to both questions on a regular basis.
2. I plan my time carefully on a task so that I can ensure I get it finished.
3. I look after all of my own learning resources, if I misplace one it is my own learning that suffers.
4. I am ready to start at the beginning of the day with a clear and organised desk as well as a clear and organised frame of mind.
5. I know the best way to learn is to ask questions of others when I do not understand. The person that sits and stresses about not knowing will never know.
6. I work quickly and quietly on set tasks so that I can maximise my own learning but I am also conscious of others learning needs.
7. I set realistic goals and work hard to achieve them as I can see that education plays a very important part in my future.
It is expected that your child will read at home each night, record this in their reading log and have it signed by a parent or caregiver at the end of each week. Reading each night is about encouraging reading mileage and helping your child to develop vocabulary and comprehension knowledge. Please try to listen to your child read at least twice a week. It is important that this is being completed by each child to support their learning at school.
Homework will be based around optional activities and must do activities. Most of the activities will be linked into what we are doing in class and will help the children prepare for some up and coming activities.
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. This will be used in the classroom this term 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. If you have any questions about this programme please do not hesitate to contact me.
Term 2 Activities
Written Language – Report Writing, Persuasive Writing, Figurative Language and Editing
Reading – Guided Reading focusing on comprehension strategies, Skimming and Scanning, Keyword Searching and Note Taking for Information Reports
Maths – Add/Sub algorithms, word problems and strategies
Big Idea/Inquiry – Living World, The living world is a diverse and amazingly complex place.
Health & PE – Sports Rotation: Netball, Hockey, Basketball, Softball and Soccer
Maori – Kapa Haka, Counting, colours and animals in Te Reo
Competencies & Values – Learning Logs – Reflection on learning
Team Discipline Procedure
Please make sure that your child has the appropriate clothing to participate in our physical education programme, this is mainly shorts and appropriate shoes. As we are getting into the colder months, more clothing is being worn to school and potentially taken off and left lying around so please make sure you name all clothing so that if it is forgotten/lost, it can be returned. If your child is unable to participate because they are unwell, this will require a note from home or an e-mail.
It is expected that students have the required stationery at school every day and if certain items run out, break or go missing; students must organise to have these replaced as soon as possible. Please check that your child has everything they need.
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. Please talk to your child about this and encourage them to join if they are interested and wanting to commit.
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 be travelling to the Zoo by bus and will require parents/caregivers to attend to assist with groups of students as we move around the Zoo. The cost of this trip is $10. Please complete the permission slip and return to school with the money by Friday the 5th of May.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me here at school or through e-mail.
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