HSC

Week 8
The week ahead:
Monday - P.E (water safety) with Maree and Music with Renee
Wednesday - speech finals p.m.
Friday - Mufti Day to raise money for the Kumeu Volunteer Fire Station to go towards fundraising efforts to purchase a new ute.

Writing
We are continuing with persuasive writing in response to 'The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs' by Jon Sciezka. 

Students will:

  • Compare and contrast the classic fairy tale with the fractured one.
  • Complete a graphic organizer
  • Write a persuasive piece of writing


Reading:
This week we are digger deeper into the text using close reading strategies.

We are using powerful verbs to describe what the author is doing, i.e. describing, illustrating, arguing, comparing; asking questions such as 'what is the author comparing?'

Maths
Revision of problems and known strategies.

Art
Poinsettia prints






Week 7
The week ahead:
Monday - P.E (water safety) with Maree and Music with Renee
Tuesday - Science labs with Traci
Thursday - community meeting 7.00pm in the hall
Friday - whole school assembly

P.E
This week we are lucky to have Lynley in to teach us water safety.

Swimming - Wednesday this week - this could change next week. Lunch time swim on Friday.

Writing
Speeches
Persuasive or informative.
We are into the writing stage of our speeches. Speeches need to start with an introduction to hook the reader in. The body needs to contain 3 reasons and arguments for an against for persuasive or 3 areas of interest for informative. Finish with a conclusion.
Speeches need to be between 2-3 mins.
If you can assist your child in preparation and presentation this would help as we are quickly running out of time.
Speech finals are next Wednesday p.m. Mrs Lockie will be judging these.

Maths
Problem solving groups, consolidation from problem solving last week and basic facts practice.

Reading
Research for speeches.

Collaboration with room 8 - thinking ahead to week 8 and some passion projects.


Week 6

The week ahead:
Monday - P.E and Music and Science Labs with Traci M
Tuesday - swimming - weather permitting
Wednesday - junior athletics p.m.
Friday - assembly

P.E
Preparation for athletics day on Wednesday. Today we went through sprints, long jump, shot put and high jump.

Swimming on Tuesday!

Writing
Persuasive
We will be looking at argument and reasons for and against a topic.  We will also look at some speeches written by children as guide for writing our own speeches. Don't forget you may help at home but please do not be tempted to write your child's speech for them. If they are having trouble we can do the bulk of the writing at school. Thank you for your support with this.

Reading
Return to guided reading groups and daily five. Students will have the opportunity to research for information on their topic of choice for speeches.

Mathematics
We are revising strategy.

Science
Today was the start of our 'science labs with Traci'. We had a go at the Sugar Snake experiment but the wind got in the way. We will try this again with her next week, along with some other exciting investigations.

Sugar Snake



Week 5
Hi everyone!
This week is assessment week. Once assessments are over we will continue with our programme.

The week ahead:
Monday - P.E and Music
Tuesday - swimming - weather permitting
Thursday - Christine's last day
Friday - assembly

P.E
Athletic skills - long jump, discus, sprinting

Writing
Once we have completed our E-Asttle we will get into discussing ideas for and planning a speech. 

This year we will give students the choice of writing an informational or persuasive speech. While much of this will be done in class, it is fine for you to assist with finding information or assisting with writing. Please do not write your child's speech for them! 
The idea of speeches at this level is purely for the experience of presenting.

Maths
Problem solving involving fractions and work on individual knowledge goals.

Reading
Back to guided reading groups and researching/locating information for our speech topics.

Science
Last week we had great discussions round reversible and irreversible change. This week we will look at solutions and mixtures, hopefully leading into 'dissolving' and possibly making crystals next week.

Piha Science Labs
As part of our inquiry this term, Piha have been lucky enough to secure a Science teacher to run Labs with Science Experiments at our school.

There will be three sessions for each class over three weeks.
The cost will be $15 per student which will cover all expenses including materials. Those who have paid the activity do not need to send any money, however there are a few who may have overlooked this expense. Unfortunately those who have not paid $15 by next Monday will need not be able to attend. 



Week 4
Already!!
The week ahead:
Monday - P.E and Music with Maree and Renee
Library
We will also have swimming some time this week - day to be notified and weather dependent.
Friday - assembly

Literacy
Writing
Describe a moment in time using a colour photograph as a prompt with a focus on descriptive detail that draws on a range of senses, i.e. sight, smell, sound touch.

Last week we drew some beautiful observational drawings of an insect and then brainstormed lots of words to describe an ant.

This week we will write about the ant using the structure and language to 'describe' a moment in time.

Reading
We are reading texts for information that give us examples of changing materials.

Inquiry
This week we continue to look at changing materials and are looking at reversible and irreversible change. We will carry out the 'freaky hand' experiment to gain an idea of irreversible change. 
It would be great if you could find a spare jar that snuggly fits the glove that has been sent home, to assist us with this experiment. Thanks.

Maths
This week we are solving problems that involve fractions. We continue to identify, achieve and hopefully, prove our knowledge goals capturing evidence with 'screencastify'.







Week 3
Hi everyone! I hope you have had a lovely long weekend.



Please remind your child that they must now wear a hat during morning tea and lunch breaks, even if it is overcast. No hat means playing in the shade area outside classrooms or in the sandpit. Thank you.

Friday - Assembly

Literacy
Describe a moment in time using a colour photograph as a prompt with a focus on descriptive detail that draws on a range of senses, i.e. sight, smell, sound touch.

Links to inquiry
Use the scientific investigative method to explore observations and answer questions about how the 'colour changing - milk' experiment works. Take it further by making changes to the experiment, i.e. using water instead of milk.

Maths
Knowledge groups focusing on individual goals

Read units of a fraction

Continuation of algebra
  • Continue a simple pattern
  • Generalise the pattern
P.E.
Athletics








Week 1, term 4

Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a fantastic holiday and are ready for our last term of the year.

The week ahead:
Monday - 'Science in a Van' roadshow 
Library
Wednesday - P.E and Music with Maree and Renee
Friday - Assembly











Reading focus -
Use clues to guess what is going to come next.1. Think about the vocabulary the author uses and predict what might happen next based on those vocabulary choices2. Predict and read on to check our predictions3. Make a prediction and give evidence from the text to justify our predictions4. Make a prediction and give evidence from our own experience to justify our predictions5. Predict, give reasons to justify our predictions and read on to check our predictions.

Writing goals -
Write sentences that make sense
Correct use of speech marks
Use basic paragraphs to group ideas.

Inquiry
'What's the Matter? Let's Make a Change'

This term our inquiry is Science focused. We will be inquiring into Reactions and Change and exploring changes that occur when materials are mixed, heated or cooled. We will also be learning about the scientific process as we carry out scientific experiments.


Maths
This week we begin a unit on Algebra
Learning points:

  • Continue a simple pattern
  • Generalise the pattern












Science 
Week 9
Welcome to the last week of term 3.

What an amazing day we had on Friday. Gulf Harbour and Huapai District Schools' kapa haka groups and staff came together in a powerful powhiri to welcome our new Principal, Mr John Petrie. We are very much looking forward to having him with us starting from next term.

School photos - Monday
Monday and P.E music and library
Wednesday - Interested in how the new modern environments will change the way our children learn and help our teachers teach? Then be at the community meeting in the school hall on Wednesday the 21st of September at 7pm.
Friday - no assembly - Massey High School Music Roadshow - please bring koha of 50c - thank you. 

Farewell to Mr Hutchings!  

Maths - review of jumping a number line.
Measurement - Time:

  • tell time to the hour and half hour using analogue clocks
  • tell time to the hour and half hour using digital clocks
  • solve time problems involving hours and half hours.
Writing - information reports
Writing paragraphs that contain a main idea, supporting detail and explanation and wrap up sentence.

Reading - reading informational texts with a focus on looking at paragraph structure.

Inquiry - To support our learning about hauora, this week students will finish off to create hauora whare models with room 8. 

Each model whare the students create will show the 4 dimensions of hauora as it's supporting walls or panels. These need to be balanced to support the whare/our well-being.  Students will then design a symbol to represent each dimension of hauora, i.e. physical, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing with supporting ideas on each of the panels.







The week ahead:
Monday and P.E music and library
Monday - stop work meeting - students will be supervised by non-union staff members.

Inquiry
This week we sink our teeth into the idea of hauora (wellbeing) and the for dimensions. Students will work together to group ideas under the four headings; te taha wairua, te taha hinengaro, te tahataha whanau, te taha tinana.

On Friday we hope to collaborate with room 8 to create hauora houses.

Maths
We continue with our Freddo Frog problem solving from last week. These problems were based on change unknown addition problems. Students used number lines as materials to support with solving these. Some students made jumps in ones, others made jumps to tidy numbers and some students were working with decimals.

Reading
Close Reading with informational texts - reading the same text multiple times so you can explain it, know the main idea and key details, ask and answer questions about it.

Close reading is digging deeper!

We are learning to box the topic and underline the important details in a text.


Writing
Last week we looked at information reports about The Storm Unicorn and the Newcastle Forest Dragon. Students summarised the texts, located key words and then transferred these onto text maps. Thursday and Friday were spent working on presentations where students could orally retell the information. Some chose to role play news reports and others chose to speak from their visual representations. They did a brilliant job of these and this week we will film them.

This week in terms of the writing, we will 'box up' the text so that we can look at the structure, which will help us to write our own information reports.

P.E - gymnastics






Week 6



What a beautiful day today! I hope you enjoyed it.

The week ahead:
P.E Monday and music
Monday - library
Thursday - student led conferences 12.30pm
Friday - junior x country 12.30pm

This week we will continue to review learning goals in preparation for conferences on Thursday.

Inquiry
We are moving into the other part of our inquiry this term, which is Hauora. 

How do we stay healthy and well?
Hauora is seen in a holistic way by Māori and encompasses more than just physical health or the absence of illness.
Two well-known Māori models of hauora are Mason Durie's Te Whare Tapa Whā model and Rose Pere's Te Wheke model.
Te Whare Tapa Wha and Hauora

Four dimensions of Hauora:
Taha tinana – Physical well-being
The physical body including it’s growth, development, ability to move, and ways of caring for it.
Taha hinengaro – Mental and emotional well-being
Coherent thinking processes, acknowledge and expressing thoughts and feelings, and responding constructively
Taha whanau - Social well-being
Family relationships, friendships and other interpersonal relationships. It includes social support and feelings belonging, compassion and caring.

Taha wairua – Spiritual well-being
Values and beliefs that determine the way people live, the search for meaning and purpose in life, personal identity and self-awareness. For some individuals and communities, spiritual well-being is linked to a particular religion. For others, it is not.

Maths
Review of what we have been learning and a place value test for all stages.
Maths problem solving - jumping a number line.

Collaborative knowledge workshops with room 8 on Friday.

Reading
Continuation with our reading goals using a range of strategies to help us summarise and inference as we read.


We continue to focus on our fluency.

Writing
We are continuing to add to our poetry folders. Students have done a great job with their concrete poems!
This week we will attempt some alliteration headline poems and possibly some 'found' poetry.

Finishing off olympic art.





Week 5

The week ahead:
P.E Monday and music
Monday - library

Wednesday - collaboration with room 8
Friday - TOD

This week we will review learning goals in preparation for learning conferences in week 6.

Maths
Olympic maths problem solving - one step and multi step - focusing on:

  • going back through tens
  • Using place value
  • equal additions
  • adding decimals to tenths


Collaborative knowledge workshops with room 8.

Reading
Continuation with our reading goals using a range of strategies to help us summarise and inference as we read.

We continue to focus on our fluency.

Work on Words

Writing
Finishing off our shape/concrete poems and starting some 'headline' poems.

Published poetry is to go into individual poetry anthologies/collections.








Welcome to week 4!

The week ahead:
P.E Monday and music
Monday - library
Wednesday - collaboration with room 8

Friday - Assembly

Inquiry
Room 7 and 8 played 'game without a name' on Friday. Students were encouraged to discover what happens when we play with no rules, uneven team numbers and no game plan. It was an interesting activity. At the end of the session we were able to link these ideas to 'sportsmanship'. This week we will continue to build on these ideas and think about the qualities needed to show sportsmanship when we are working in other teams, i.e. inside the classroom, at home etc.

Our calendar art idea has changed. We are making painted papers and using collage to create 'Eric Carle' inspired art works.


Maths
Maths problem solving groups focusing on subtraction and workshops to meet the needs as a result.

Collaborative knowledge workshops with room 8.

Reading
Continuation with our reading goals using a range of strategies to help us summarise and inference as we read.

We are also focusing on fluency, using the following to check as we read with a buddy:


Writing
This week we are learning about 'parts of speech' with a focus on nouns, verbs and adjectives.

We have published our cinquain and haiku poems and this week will have a go at writing some headline poems.











Week 2


Welcome to week 2. I hope you have had a relaxing weekend and managed to shelter from the weather.

The week ahead:
Monday - P.E, music and library

Friday - no assembly due to Shrek dress rehearsal

Inquiry
Our inquiry focus this term is 'Sportsmanship and Wellbeing'. We will take the opportunity to use the olympic games as a context and thinking about the following:
When blending sport with culture and education, Olympism promotes a way of life based on: 

  • the balanced development of the mind, body and character - hauora
  • the joy found in effort
  • the educational value of being a good role model for others
  • observing the universal ethics of tolerance, generosity, unity, friendship, non-discrimination and respect for others.
To gain more of an idea of 'good sportsmanship' this week we plan to collaborate with room 8. More on that later in the week. 

We continue to look at examples of principles that we believe to be important when; dealing with friends and other people, playing sport and games, learning new things at school, looking after our bodies.

Writing
'A picture tells a thousand words'. 
This week we will be writing tasks that involve describing photos of athletes in action. Students will use these photos to describe what is happening in the pictures, thinking about who is in the picture, where they are, what they are doing and how the athletes may have felt when the picture was taken.

We will then use our descriptive language to write cinquain or diamante poems.

Maths
Problems with a focus on length and using our addition or subtraction strategies to solve these.

Reading
  • Recognise chunks and sounds in words and say the sounds as we stretch out the word
  • Read on to gather more information so we can work out words and predict with more accuracy
  • Summarise - share the most important idea with others and give reasons why we think our ideas is most important
  • Give examples of literal information gained from the text
  • Give examples of inferential information gained from the text.
Spelling
Identify and write the long 'a' spelling pattern in words.









Week 1


Welcome to term 3. I hope you have managed to spend some quality time with your children and family and we are all prepared for another busy term. 

The week ahead:
Monday - P.E, music and library
Friday - assembly

Inquiry
Our inquiry focus this term is 'Sportsmanship and Wellbeing'. We will take the opportunity to use the olympic games as a context for thinking about when blending sport with culture and education, Olympism promotes a way of life based on: 

  • the balanced development of the mind, body and character - hauora
  • the joy found in effort
  • the educational value of being a good role model for others
  • observing the universal ethics of tolerance, generosity, unity, friendship, non-discrimination and respect for others.
In week one we will look at what defines good sportsmanship linking to the 'ideals' introduced by the Greeks (Ancient Olympic Games) and the idea of a principle as a basic rule, a guide or a set of rules that we can use to help us live our lives. 

Some examples we will look at are principles that we believe to be important when; dealing with friends and other people, playing sport and games, learning new things at school, looking after our bodies.

Writing
Holiday highlights and focusing on our goals to:
  • write sentences that make sense
  • correct use of speech marks
  • use a range of planning formats to help us structure our writing and group like ideas.
Maths
Problem solving with a focus on finding the area of a given shape.
Numeracy -
Addition and subtraction problems can be solve by partitioning one of the numbers to go up and back through ten.

Reading
  • Recognise chunks and sounds in words and say the sounds as we stretch out the word
  • Read on to gather more information so we can work out words and predict with more accuracy
  • Summarise - share the most important idea with others and give reasons why we think our ideas is most important
  • Give examples of literal information gained from the text
  • Give examples of inferential information gained from the text.
Spelling
Identify short and long 'a' in words that can both be written with 'a'.
















Week 10!
I hope you have all enjoyed the sunshine this weekend.



The week ahead:
Monday - P.E and Music
Friday - Kevin's farewell assembly - mufti (dress up as Kevin)

Inquiry
Students did a great job of their B.A.R redesigns. I will post some finished work this week.
This week we are designing an App. and possibly, if time permits, making some robotic hands.

Writing
Finishing off unfinished work. 

Reading
Continuation of guided reading groups and Daily Five.

Maths
We have been carrying out some tasks involving measuring using centimetres. This week we are problem solving some perimeter problems.





Week 9



The week ahead:
Monday - P.E and Music
Tuesday - trip to Motat
Friday - Family Day/Assembly

Trip to Motat
Tuesday. Please remind your child to come prepared for this in regulation uniform including polar fleece and footwear. Also please make sure they are prepared with plenty of food for the day and water. Thank you. We will be back by 3.00pm.

Inquiry
This week we are using the BAR thinking tool, which is an effective way to redesign products found in everyday life. Students will choose an object that they would like to redesign and then apply the three steps one at a time, i.e. make one part of the object Bigger, then Add a new part and finally Replace one part with another.

We would also like to use the design process to guide us through designing and testing catapults on Friday. 

Reading
We continue with guided reading groups focusing on group goals. We will also remind ourselves about the roles during reciprocal reading. I would also like to start some book clubs discussion groups which could run on Friday. The idea of these is to give students an opportunity to discuss particular books they are reading, favourite authors and to share what they are enjoying reading.

Writing
We are using the BAR - bigger, add, replace to rewrite a fairy tale so that the one character or event becomes more important (bigger); add another event/character/ending/introduction; replace one character/event/ending/introduction with another.

We also have lots of writing to finish off and publish.

Maths
This week we are focusing on measurement, starting with length. We are looking at standard and non-standard benchmarks and then using measuring devices to measure accurately.








Week 8

Hi everyone, I hope you have had a relaxing weekend.

Inquiry
Students have carried out a reflection of what they have learned so far in this inquiry and have been thinking about what they want to know more about. They have chosen individual lines of inquiry and will work towards forming a key question about their chosen topic. They will use research skills to locate information from various sources, sift and sort for relevant information, make notes and write the information in their own words. These will be presented in google slides.

Robots
We would also like to think ahead to making these. If you have cans and other bits that look suitable for making these robots, please start collecting. Thank you!





Piha trip - A reminder to please return permission slips. Thank you.

P.E focus
Netball skills

Writing
Imaginative recount writing about...



Publishing cracking contraptions.

Reading
We will focus on self-questioning before, during and after reading.
We are also continuing to learn about question, answer relationships with a focus on forming 'right there' questions. 

Maths
Knowledge hot spots with room 8.


We continue to learn in problem solving groups using skip counting, our equal additions and multiplication and division facts to solve multiplication and division problems.  We are also looking at fraction pieces, i.e. 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 1/5 and 1/10 and making links to equal parts.







Week 7
Welcome to week 7



Inquiry
This week we will be having a closer look at 'Innovation'. What it means and what it takes to be an aspiring innovator.

Piha trip - As part of our inventions and innovation focus, Piha are planning a trip to Motat. Please refer to the letter sent out last week. A reminder to please return permission slips by the end of this week. Thank you.

Rugby - a reminder that students will need a change of clothing (old clothes, not necessarily uniform) and shoes as this is a P.E focus at the moment and the field is wet and muddy.

Writing
Finishing off our cracking contraptions explanations. We have been focusing on adding causal language to connect the cause and effect.

The launch of Roboteacher!

Mr Cronin - will be releasing me tomorrow for writing and reading. He is focusing on descriptive writing - topic grandparents.

Reading
We will focus on self-questioning before, during and after reading.
We are also continuing to learn about question, answer relationships.

Maths
Knowledge hot spots with room 8.

We continue to learn in problem solving groups using skip counting, our equal additions and multiplication and division facts to solve multiplication and division problems. 

Group goals:
Using skip counting to solve equal sharing problems.
Using our multiplication and division facts rather than equal additions.
Exploring multiplication concepts using arrays.
Division with remainders.

Students need to work hard on their 2, 5 and 10x tables!

P.E
The focus for the next two weeks is rugby skills and agility work. 



Week 6
I hope you have all enjoyed an extra day this weekend. Gorgeous weather too!





Inquiry
This week we are researching about:
Inventions that were mistakes,how these came about and where we would be today without some of them.

Writing
Students have done a great job of their flow maps based on Wallace and Gromit's 'cracking contraptions' and explaining how they work using drawings.

This week we we are aiming to be able to:

  • Describe a process by commentating to a buddy on the action as we are looking in on events, as the device does all the work. 
  • Introduce the use of passive pronouns such as 'it'.
  • The addition of time connectives to act as sentence openers.
  • Extending the ways we could describe and link sections of the sentence to include causal connectives.


We have looked at what a good explanation text looks like.

  • It tells us how or why something happens.
  • It is written chronological order (the order in which things happen)
  • It uses time connectives (first of all, next, after that finally...)
  • and causal connective (because, so that, in order to, this means that, however, consequently...).
  • It uses the present tense
  • It uses technical language
  • Paragraphs can have sub-headings.
Reading
We will focus on self-questioning before, during and after reading.
We are also continuing to learn about question, answer relationships.

Maths
Knowledge hot spots with room 8.

We continue to learn in problem solving groups using skip counting, our equal additions and multiplication and division facts to solve multiplication and division problems. 

Group goals:
Using skip counting to solve equal sharing problems.
Using our multiplication and division facts rather than equal additions.
Exploring multiplication concepts using arrays.

Students need to work hard on their 2, 5 and 10x tables!

P.E
The focus for the next two weeks is rugby skills and agility work. 



Week 5

Welcome to week 5!

The week ahead:
Monday - Library, P.E and Music
Friday - Assembly - mufti day to raise money for school devices to be allocated to children who are unable to purchase their own device. Gold coin donation, please.


Writing
This week we start learning about explanation writing. We are learning to explain how something works. This will be an exciting unit of work that involves the help from Cracking Contraptions characters, Wallace and Gromit.

Reading
We will focus on self-questioning before, during and after reading.
We are also continuing to learn about question, answer relationships.

Maths
This week Mrs Shepherd and I are collaborating to target knowledge groups in maths. 
We continue to learn in problem solving groups using skip counting, our equal additions and multiplication and division facts to solve multiplication and division problems. 
Students need to work hard on their 2, 5 and 10x tables!

P.E
The focus for the next two weeks is rugby skills and agility work. Harbour Rugby will be in tomorrow. 

Students need to wear older uniform or bring a change of clothes, please!







Week 4



Welcome to week 4. It was lovely to catch up with parents with their children at the learning conferences the other night. 

We are working our way through assessment towards writing reports which are due to come out at the end of this term.

The week ahead:
Monday - Library, P.E and Music
Friday - Assembly

Writing
We continue with our inventor biographies using the information gathered in our webquest.

It would be great if you could support your child with this at home by talking about an inventor of interest. You might want to investigate great kiwi inventors.

Who is the inventor?
What did they invent?
Where do they come from?
When were they born/died?
Why did they invent what they invented?
How has their accomplishment changed the world?

Goals:
Use capital letters and fullstops in the correct place.
Include enough information for the reader.
Deliberately use language features that engage the reader.

Maths
Maths problem solving groups - focus on division.

Our maths focus this week is division. It is really important that your child learns to skip count forwards and backwards in twos, fives and tens and is learning multiplication and division facts for 2, 5 and 10 times tables at least.

NZ Maths
Go to this link and click on 'Families' for activities you can do at home with your child.

Goals:

  • Learning to solve division problems by making equal shares moving to anticipating the number in each share and use skip counting or adding to check.
  • Solving division problems by counting the number of groups I have made.
  • Lear to work out six, seven and eight tables from my five times tables.


Reading
Continuation of reading groups and finding information for our reports on inventors. 

Goals:
Asking and answering questions

Reading with phrasing and expression

Visual Art
We are drawing and painting robots using highlights and shadows using white and black on gray.









Week 3
Welcome to week 3.

The week ahead:
Monday - Library, P.E and Music
Thursday - Learning conferences - students go home at 12.00 noon.
Friday - Assembly

Writing
This week we are reflecting on our writing and goals.
We will be writing a report on an inventor using the information gathered in our webquest.

It would be great if you could support your child with this at home by talking about notable inventors. 

Goals:
Use capital letters and fullstops in the correct place.
Include enough information for the reader.
Deliberately use language features that engage the reader.

Maths
Maths problem solving groups.

Continuation of multiplication and division. It is really important that your child learns to skip count forwards and backwards in twos, fives and tens and is learning multiplication and division facts for 2, 5 and 10 times tables at least.

Goals:
  • Learning to solve equal group problems by skip counting.
  • Learning to find other ways to solve problems like 5 + 5 + 5 p. 15
  • Use our knowledge of 5x to work out 6x
Reading
Continuation of reading groups and finding information for our reports on inventors. Testing continues this week.

Goals:
Asking and answering questions
Reading with phrasing and expression






Week 2


I hope you have had a lovely weekend.

The week ahead:
Monday - Library, P.E and Music
Friday - Assembly

Please do not forget to book a time for learning conferences in week 3. 
These conferences are a time for students to share their learning, their goals and examples of work. Mid year reports go out at the end of the term. Go to the newsletter for more information.
newsletter

Writing
Finishing writing about our needs and wants.

We are planning to start some inquiry writing through a webquest to find out what invention is.

At home you could talk to your child about inventions in your own home. List each invention room by room, from the toothpaste in the bathroom to the television set in the lounge and discuss the purpose of each one.

Maths
Continuation of multiplication and division. It is really important that your child learns to skip count forwards and backwards in twos, fives and tens and is learning multiplication and division facts for 2, 5 and 10 times tables at least.

Goals:

  • Learning to solve equal group problems by skip counting.
  • Learning to find other ways to solve problems like 5 + 5 + 5 p. 15
  • Use our knowledge of 5x to work out 6x


Reading
Continuation of reading groups. Students are being tested at the moment.

P.E we are continuing with our fitness goals and basketball skills.







Week 1
Welcome to the beginning of a new term. I hope your child/children have had an enjoyable holiday and you have managed to spend some family time together.

We kick off the term with a Social Sciences/Technology focused inquiry about The Past, Present and Future. With this in mind we will be looking at a trip that supports learning in this area. A decision is to be finalised in week 1 as to where we hopefully go. 

The week ahead:
Monday - Library, P.E and Music
Wednesday - The Real Arts Roadshow, Kumeu Arts Centre
Friday - Assembly

Triple-X Event
Thank you to everyone for their support with this last term. As you know it was a massive event for the school. It is now time to get the money in. Please endeavour to get the $$ to school this week. Thank you!!


The Real Arts Roadshow
Kumeu Arts Centre
Wednesday 4th May
Leave school at 1.00pm straight after sit down eating
1.30-2.30pm

Please make sure you have emailed me to indicate that your child has permission to walk to and from the library on that day. I also need 2-3 helpers, please.
Thank you!

Writing
Recount and inquiry writing focusing on our 'needs and wants'.

Reading
Daily five independent learning organisation.
Guided reading groups with a focus on 'Asking Questions' using QAR.
Question-Answer relationship is a strategy to be used after students have read. QAR teaches students how to decipher what types of question they are being asked and where to find the answers to them. Four types of questions are examined in the QAR. 




Reading for inquiry and enjoyment.

Maths
COSMDBRIC
In addition to our usual maths programme, Christine and I will be setting up and implementing this programme with groups of students this term. It is an accelerate maths learning programme that helps students who are lacking required knowledge, transition to the next strategy stage.
This programme covers all aspects of the knowledge framework, Numeral ID, Sequencing and Ordering, Grouping and Place value and Basic Facts.

We are also taking Daily Five into the maths programme which is known as Maths Daily Three and runs on the same theory and systems as Daily Five in Reading, i.e. giving students choice, encouraging independence, enabling them to make good decisions about what they need to work on, fostering a growth mindset.

The 3 tasks...
Maths by myself - e.g. follow up work or practice problems
Maths with a buddy - games, problem solving
Maths writing - Number of the day
Maths with the Teacher - ability groups



Spelling
Selected weekly spelling words can be located in your child's 'spelling activity' doc. These words are selected based on their needs, i.e. testing from last term and sounds analysis testing. We also like to throw in some words that relate to what we are learning.

There are a few activities to complete in this document which can be done at home :) Don't forget to go into the Literacy and Numeracy tab in this blog to access essential spelling lists which are already in 'Spelling City' for you. There are lots of activities linked to your spelling words on here for you to do at home too!

Week 11



I hope everyone has recovered from the Triple Ex event last week and begun collecting donations from sponsors towards our new adventure playground.

The week ahead:
Monday - P.E with Maree - bowling and batting (cricket)
Monday - Library
Thursday - making Anzac biscuits
Friday - assembly - farewell to Mr Greene

Inquiry - whakawhanaungatanga
Communities
Being part of a community means actively contributing to benefit others.
  • The importance of community - our triple ex event
  • Examples of when communities have come together to 'forge the way towards a better future' - e.g. Christchurch.

Playground design cont...
This activity will be integrated through writing - comparing and contrasting playgrounds; describing your ultimate playground.

Maths - statistics - investigating the features, themes and uses of playgrounds, i.e. colour, use, shape, movement etc. 

Technology - using the design process to design a model of a playground.

Reading - Making Amazing Places
This will be a busy final week to term this week as we also hope to make some Anzac biscuits and Anzac themed boxes using a net. 









Week 10
Welcome to week 10 and The Triple Ex - please read the HDS newsletter for more details about this event.

HDS newsletter




The week ahead:
Monday - P.E with Maree - bowling and batting (cricket).
Monday - Library
Thursday and Friday - triple ex event
Friday - assembly

Inquiry - whakawhanaungatanga
Communities

  • What is a community?
  • How do you participate and contribute in the communities you belong to?
  • The importance of community - Triple Ex event
  • Examples of when communities have come together to 'forge the way towards a better future' - e.g. Christchurch.
Playground design inquiry



  • Sort pictures of favourite playground equipment by characteristics of movement.
  • Carry out surveys/interview friends and peers about playground equipment. 
  • Make a class graph of favourite playground equipment.
  • Investigate the properties of 2D and 3D shapes to facilitate their understanding of design.
  • Research/compare and contrast playground equipment around the world.


Reading
This week we are focussing on using the "I think that means..." strategy.This is a great strategy for fluent decoders to slow down and look very carefully at what the words are actually saying; digging into the text to make sure that they really have got the message right. Step 1: Read the sentence or paragraph silently or with a buddy.Step 2: Retell using 'I think that means..."

Maths

  • Statistical investigations
  • 2D and 3D shapes
  • Decimal place value
  • Maths problem solving
  • Going back through tens
  • Addition and subtraction to 10







Week 9
I hope you all had a happy Easter and wonderful break with families and friends.

The short week ahead:
  • Friday - Fun Friday - please feel welcome to come in on Friday to join your child with their cultural Friday, i.e. choir, kapa haka, guitar, drums, piano, the classroom!
  • Friday - assembly at 2.15pm
Writing
Writing an Easter weekend recount.
Goals:
Planning for writing
Supporting ideas with details
Deliberately choosing language features to enhance writing.

Publishing on Friday

Reading

  • Check it looks right, sounds right, makes sense
  • Flipping the sound
  • Using 'I think that means' to paraphrase
  • Asking and answering questions before, during and after reading.
Maths
  • Place value diagnostic
  • Maths problem solving
  • Going back through ten to subtract and partitioning rather than counting back.
Inquiry
Students have come up with some great Daily Five super hero figures. They have drawn these, thinking about the traits of a super hero and how these might transfer to their learning.

We are finishing off our Paul Klee portraits. Some of these are up in the classroom. I will post a photo once more are completed.

Have a great week and don't forget to keep plugging for sponsorship for the Triple Ex event in week 11. Thank you.




Week 8
Welcome to week 8!

The week ahead:
  • Monday - P.E with Maree and Music with Renee
  • Monday - Library
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - remedial swimming groups
  • Tuesday - House meetings
  • Junior swimming sports - see note below in week 7 for details.
  • Thursday - assembly
  • Friday - Good Friday public holiday.
Please note that Tuesday 29th March is a school holiday.
P.E focus:
For P.E this week students will continue to learn the skill of catching and playing the game of four square.

Inquiry
Whakawhanaungatanga
Ko wai matou?
Understanding who I am and who others are is important to build relationship and communities.
Communicating with others helps me to learn about who I am and who others are.

This week we are talking about leadership.
  • Identify qualities of leadership
  • Explain how leadership applies to service.

Can you please discuss these ideas with your child to generate ideas? 

A great leader is...
does...
says...
is not...


Thank you.


Writing:
Information Reports about our school. 
Speed writing to build stamina.

Mathematics:

  • Problem solving groups
  • Working on basic facts
  • Solving addition and subtraction

The following are stage 4 and 5 posters to give you some ideas of students are learning or can be learning.






Reading
Reading for research and enjoyment.

Guided reading group goals
  • asking and answering questions
  • summarising using key words
  • flipping the sound
  • checking it looks right, sounds right, makes sense.
Spelling
  • Building vocabulary - gathering new words, finding out the meaning, reading them and using them in our own writing.
  • Focus on sounds and the letters that make these sounds.
  • Word families
  • High frequency words






Week 7
I hope you have all had an enjoyable weekend and ready for another busy week ahead.



The week ahead:
  • Monday - P.E with Maree and Music with Renee
  • Monday - Library
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurs - remedial swimming groups
  • Tuesday - House meetings
  • Friday - assembly
Chrome books
It is essential that students with chrome books bring them to school every day, charged as these are becoming an increasingly important tool for their learning. Christine will work with students this week to familiarise them with google docs. This will be an opportunity for them to clear up any other difficulties they are having. Thank you for your support with this.

P.E focus:
For P.E this week students will continue to learn the skill of throwing.

Inquiry
Whakawhanaungatanga
Ko wai matou?
Understanding who I am and who others are is important to build relationship and communities.
Communicating with others helps me to learn about who I am and who others are.

This week we are talking about citizenship.

  • Explore what it means to be responsible citizens.
  • Identify ways students are responsible at school, home and in the community.
  • Identify qualities of leadership
  • Explain how leadership applies to service.

Can you please discuss these ideas with your child to generate ideas? 

A great citizen is...
does...
says...
is not...


Thank you.

Writing:
Bio poems and 'moment in time' writing is slowly being published. 

This week we will continue with report writing.

JamieSporty, funny, respectful.Lover of  Curly Wurlies, chicken chips and Crunchy Bars.Who wonders what it would be like to be a famous motor biker.Who fears being left on my own.Who dreams of mountain biking all day long.


Josh
Helpful, creative, sporty.
Lover of being in the outdoors, especially Woodhill Forest.
Who is able to run as fast as a cheetah.
Who feels happy when I make something new in lego.
Who wonders what stars are made of and why they are so bright?
Who fears the dark.
Who would like to go to Australia to visit Dreamworld.
Who dreams of being an All Black.


My First Day at School
I saw my mummy leaving in the distant road.

I heard her footsteps dying into little whispers.

I smelt the wet and cold grass beneath my feet.

I felt like I was having a bad dream.

I wondered why people were playing without me?

I felt sick because I didn't want to be here.

Katie-Leigh

Mathematics:
We need to do lots of work on basic facts - 

  • instant recall of basic facts to ten
  • knowledge of ten and facts (e.g. 10 + 4)


The following are great sites to help with these.

maths-games/5-7-years/countingmaths-games/hit-the-buttonInteractive maths site
maths basic facts


The part, part whole method of learning these is useful too.


Working co-operatively in maths problem solving groups.

Addition and subtraction
  • Counting on or back from the largest number.
  • Basic fact knowledge can be used to add and subtract tens.
  • Using number lines to solve change unknown problems.
Spelling
Students have 5-10 words they are working on in the classroom. They work on these words to learn them during the week and buddy test again on Fridays.

Visual Art
Students have worked really hard this week to sketch self portraits taking into account correct proportion. We will now be ready to draw them onto the lovely backgrounds created on Friday.
Self portrait face proportions lesson for kids













Week 5
Welcome to week 5. The term is zooming by. Students have been enjoying bike riding and will continue building on these skills with Maree and I next week. This is in preparation for the tryathlon on Thursday, week 6.

A big welcome this week to our wonderful learning assistant 'Christine Mackay'. We are very much looking to having you onboard, Christine!

The week ahead:
  • Monday - P.E with Maree and Music with Renee
  • Monday - Library
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - remedial swimming groups
  • Tuesday - room 7 swimming day
  • Tuesday - House meetings
  • Friday - assembly
Inquiry
Whakawhanaungatanga
Ko wai matou?
Understanding who I am and who others are is important to build relationship and communities.
Communicating with others helps me to learn about who I am and who others are.

What is my story?
Who are the people in my class?

What is a community?

'Timeline of our Lives'. We are starting to get some lovely photos that students can use to complete this activity. Please email me any photos that you think would be suitable and I can print them off for your child. Thank you to those who have already done this.

Summer shorts are now published - come in to see them hanging on the line.

Visual Art
An artwork based on patterns that represent us. This piece will be the centre point for our published 'bio poems' which we are still drafting.




Bio poems
Finding adjectives that describe us and thinking about..
What we love...
What we wonder...
What we fear...
What we are good at...
What we would like for the future...
What we dream...


Reading:
Students have made some great progress in learning the Daily Five routines and are now able to work independently to build stamina in both reading and writing while the teacher works with guided reading groups.

Mathematics:
Assessments for maths knowledge. Building knowledge is crucial in maths. By the end of this week your child should be able to tell you what they need to learn in terms of knowledge. The following are stage 4 and 5 posters to give you some ideas.







Week 4
Well we survived our first full week! I hope you have enjoyed the weekend.


The week ahead:
  • Monday - P.E with Maree and Music with Renee
  • Monday - Library
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - remedial swimming groups
  • Tuesday - room 7 swimming day
  • Tuesday - House meetings
  • Friday - assembly
There seem to be lunch time swims most days so bring your togs!

Whakawhanaungatanga
Ko wai matou?
Understanding who I am and who others are is important to build relationship and communities.
Communicating with others helps me to learn about who I am and who others are.

What is my story?
Who are the people in my class?
What is a community?

Writing
Identity maps, paragraphs that describes us.

Bio poems
Finding adjectives that describe us and thinking about..
What we love...
What we wonder...
What we fear...
What we are good at...
What we would like for the future...
What we dream...

Maths
Continuation from last week - statistics
Thinking about what groups we belong to.
Why people belong to certain groups.

Conduct investigations using the statistical enquiry cycle; posing and answering questions, gathering, sorting and displaying category and whole-number data; communicating findings based on the data.

Reading:
Continuation with learning the Daily Five routines and group guided reading.












Week 3
Welcome to week 3. Our first full week!
Last week was a busy one. The children coped really well with everything that is happening in the school as well as the hot afternoons. 
The week ahead:
  • Monday - P.E with Maree and Music with Renee
  • Monday - Library
  • Tuesday - room 7 swimming day
  • Tuesday - House meetings
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - remedial swimmers
  • Friday - mufti? Watch out for the notices and newsletters for more information on this.
There seem to be lunch time swims most days so bring your togs!

Whakawhanaungatanga - Timeline of Our Lives
This week we would like to start a 'Timeline of Our Lives'. The purpose of these is to find out more about each other and ourselves and to capture the main, and special events in our lives. It would therefore be really helpful for students to bring in copies of photos or memoirs from home of these special events. If students bring photos I can copy them so that they can be returned safely. If there are no photos available, could you please talk your child through some of the special events they have had to help them remember. Thank you for your support with this activity.


Reading:
Continuation with learning the Daily Five routines and group guided reading.

Writing:

  • Finishing off our 'summer shorts', publishing and display. 
  • Expanding language for writing by noticing and using descriptive language.
  • Quick writing activities to build writing stamina.
Maths
Today's Number with a focus on writing a word problem and showing and sharing our working out for this.

Continuation with statistics - collecting information and displaying using a suitable chart or graph.

Jumble Kids


You can use the links on this page to work towards achieving your spelling goals.

Essential List 6 (1st 35 words)
Essential List 6 (2nd 35 words)
Essential List 7 (1st 30 words)
Essential List 7 (2nd 30 words)











The week ahead:

  • Monday - Waitangi Day holiday
  • Monday - Library
  • Tuesday - room 7 swimming day
  • Friday - whakatau - welcome ceremony for new students, families and teachers. Students are asked to bring a plate for sharing of food on this day - no peanuts please!
Week 2
Welcome to Room 7 everyone!
Each week I will post information to support learning at home. This will include an outline of what we propose to learn during the week and any useful links.
The week ahead:

  • Monday - Waitangi Day holiday
  • Monday - Library
  • Tuesday - room 7 swimming day
  • Friday - whakatau - welcome ceremony for new students, families and teachers. Students are asked to bring a plate for sharing of food on this day - no peanuts please!


Our inquiry focus this term is 'whakawhanaungatanga' which is the process of establishing relationships and relating well to others.
As a starting point we have carried out some thinking about the school values and what these would look, sound like and feel like in the classroom. In addition we have started to think about the following whakatauki - 'he waka eke noa, we are all in the canoe together' and what is required to build a culture of care in the classroom. We will create a display that represents us as 'he waka eke noa'. 
Reading - we begin the launch of Daily Five in the classroom to establish routines that enable us to become independent learners, at the same time building stamina in reading and writing.
Some students will bring reading books home each day, others will bring readers home as the guided reading groups finish with them.
Writing - we have started a collaborative activity to help us get to know each other using a venn diagram to show differences and similarities between us. These will be completed this week. We are also starting a piece of writing entitled 'summer shorts', about our holiday highlights.
Maths - statistics - My Favourites
Students will collect data about favourites and present them in a variety of ways, starting with tally charts and building up to using Microsoft Excel to create bar charts.
In addition we will also learn to work through 'Today's Number' which is a series of tasks involving a number chosen on a daily basis.

Literacy Links
SpellingCity

You can use the links on this page to work towards achieving your spelling goals.

Essential List 6 (1st 35 words)
Essential List 6 (2nd 35 words)
Essential List 7 (1st 30 words)
Essential List 7 (2nd 30 words)


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