Welcome back to term 2. It’s been lovely to catch up with everyone and hear about their holidays. The children appear to be really refreshed and eager to learn. We have lots of wonderful things in store for the term.
Our reading continues to be based on using a variety of comprehension strategies to help us understand what we are reading and to develop breadth and depth in our knowledge. In writing, we will begin with a focus on paragraphing. Number knowledge and strategy learning will be the main focus in mathematics this term.
Ros Emelus will begun a music programme with our hubs. We will be singing a variety of songs and learning new singing skills. The song lyrics can be found on our blog. Ros will start with Kāhu 8, 9 & 10 this Friday from 10:30 - 11:20 over a five week period. From week 6 onwards; Ros will work with Kāhu 11, 12 & 13.
The children have been training hard and are excited to celebrate their efforts at our annual cross country. This event is about full participation and all children are encouraged to do their best. Our top 6 competitors in each race from each year group will have the opportunity to compete in the Zone competition in week 3. Children, please ensure you are wearing appropriate footwear whilst practising as well as on the day. Families, we look forward to seeing you there to celebrate your child’s hard work and personal achievement. Our senior students will be competing from 9:15am on Tuesday 7th May.
Health and PE
We will be shifting our focus this term to invasion games. Children will improve on their ability to find and create space, along with working on their passing and catching skills and basic movement skills. Part of this programme includes developing children’s ability to manage games themselves, change rules to make games fairer and solve disputes without adult assistance.
Winter sport begins on Friday 17th May. We have teams competing at Hagley Park in netball, football and rugby as well as our hockey teams who are playing at Nunweek Park. Children who have made school teams will be competing against each other on our grounds and English Park as well.
We are very grateful to the children who bring along their own device each day as this helps our learning programmes run smoothly. If you have a device at home that your child is able to bring along we would appreciate it a lot. We have 24 school devices across our hub available to the children who do not bring their own. If you have any questions regarding BYOD please feel free to chat to Sam.
This year’s camp is at Wainui on the Banks Peninsula. As we have such a large group of year 5 and 6 students we will be going in 3 groups:
Camp 1 - 2nd to 4th December
Kāhu 8 & Kāhu 10
Renee & Niamh’s classes
Camp 2 - 4th to 6th December
Kāhu 9 & Kāhu 13
Trish, Julie & Adela’s classes
Camp 3 - 9th to 11th December
Pouakai, Kāhu 11, Kāhu 12
Carmen, Sam & Hollie’s classes
We will need approximately 12 parents helpers for each camp. We will put out a letter later in the term to gain an indication on who would be keen to attend.