Teacher: Sue Cook & Christine Masters
Kia Ora Parents, Caregivers and Whānau
Welcome to Term 4. This is always a busy term and with only 9 weeks, it will go very fast! Children need to bring their hats to wear when outside; caps are not considered to be ‘sunsmart’. The children are encouraged to bring their water bottles into our classroom. Your support with your child’s learning is gratefully appreciated! We are very thankful to Tyler’s mum, Ange who has been coming in to help us with our reading.
What’s happening in Term 4?
Literacy: At this age, reading daily at home, in conjunction with school is vital! One of our mottos in our class is “Children who read succeed!” Your assistance with this is valuable! Please keep a record at the back of your child’s home share book. Many children in our class are reading at Gold (7.5-8 years) and above. Often these children are reading their own chapter books and these too can be recorded.
Writing: The children will write daily both on personal writing and writing for purpose. Writing this term will be linked to our science theme Natural Disasters, where they will be recording observations, thoughts and feelings.
Maths: This term we will be engaging in activities on a rotational basis with a partner to practice our basic facts and other mathematical learning. Part of the rotation includes meeting with the teacher. How we teach the addition of 2 digit numbers has changed over the years. We have attached a flyer that explains this.
Māori: We continue adding to our knowledge of location (up, down, in, out, etc), through waiata. The children will be learning to introduce themselves and others and respond to introductions.
Music: For the beginning of this term the children will be learning to handle and experiment, through play, a variety of percussion instruments. We would also like to teach the children how to play a recorder. For hygiene reasons you may want to consider buying your child their own as the school does not have enough for each child so there will be lots of disinfecting between sharing. We envisage playing at school assembly later in the term. Please let us know if you will be buying your own recorder.
Health & P.E. We have started training for our school Athletics day later in the term. If the weather warms up we hope we may be able to utilise our swimming pool this term. The children are encouraged to bring a plastic bag to put their wet togs in. If you have any spare plastic bags these would be gratefully appreciated, although we know they are scarce!
Science: Week 1 - 4 is focusing on Natural Disasters, where the children learn how to prepare for an earthquake. This coincides and supports the ‘Great New Zealand Shake Out’ happening in week 1. Following this we will attend virtual field trips where we will learn much more about natural disasters in NZ and be able to ask questions and interact with D.O.C. as they are out in the field. Children will be encouraged to notice, think and wonder about their environment.
We can also make good use of plastic takeaway containers, e.g. Chinese, if you no longer need these.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or concerns regarding your child, or would like to have a chat about something! It is important that children are happy at school for them to be able to learn. I realise it is difficult for working parents to get into school so please feel welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Christine Masters and Sue Cook, Room 2 teachers
Room 2 teachers