HSC

Term 4 week 8

Only 3 weeks to go!
We are still really busy with learning, making the most of the last 3 weeks at school, and I am always keen to maintain a positive learning environment right until the very last day. Everybody is getting tired, after a year's work, so it is important that children get plenty of sleep. Every day we are reminding students to think of others and be kind in their actions and words. Please remind your child that it is important to keep up the standards right to the end of the year.

Dates to remember:
Mondaymusic with Renee and PE (swimming) with Maree
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day! 5 pm School band and dance performance at the Kumeu Library.
Wednesday- 
Thursday- Years 7 & 8 Science fair for years 5 & 6.
Friday- Mufti Day to raise money for the volunteer fire service. Wear RED and bring a gold coin donation.


Inquiry
Students are beginning their own investigations this week.

Extend  
Tuning In / Sorting out

What is the difference between a reversible and non-reversible change?
What questions do I have about states of matter?

     Reading

This week students have chosen the story that they would like to read from a possible 8. Some students are in a group with Stacey in room 9 and some in room 10 with myself. We are thinking about the purpose for writing stories and looking at how the author uses language to suit that purpose.
We are looking at figurative language including devices such as; simile, metaphor, personification, idiom and pun.


Writing

This week in writing students are completing their bedroom descriptions from last week. These are real and imagined descriptions about a room that tells the reader about the author's personality.

Maths
Rooms 9 & 10 have been put into mixed ability teams of 5 for a 2 week maths challenge. Students will gain points for winning challenges, but also for following the school values when working in a group.




Thank you!



Term 4 week 5

What an amazing time everybody had on camp. Great to see the kids living the HDS values out there at the beach. From surfing to fashion show there were smiles on faces!

Monday- music with Renee and PE with Maree
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day! 
Wednesday- Cricket Tournament for those who signed up-at the Huapai Domain. Tessa on classroom TL release and CORE Education PD
Thursday- Athletics day at Riverhead Domain
Friday- Athletics Day Save day


Inquiry
We hope to do some more fabulous changes of states experiments this week. Like this one...





Extend  
Tuning In / Finding Out

How do I form a hypothesis?
What makes a good hypothesis?
What is scientific language?
Can I form a question?
When do I use the scientific method?
What is the difference between a chemical and physical change?
Why do we do experiments?
What is matter?
What are the 3 states of matter?
What is a solid? A liquid?  A gas?
What types of changes are there?
What causes changes to occur?
What changes are happening all around us?

     Reading



Writing


Maths


Dates to remember:


General Information and Looking ahead


Thank you!


Term 4 week 3

We are all looking forward to camp in week 4. Please encourage your child to do the pre-camp challenge at home this week (I'm sure you won't mind this homework!)
AIA Healthy kids Challenge...This begins on Wednesday this week. Pedometers will be re-set daily.

Inquiry
This term our focus is on science- Changes of state.
Extend  
Tuning In / Finding Out

How do I form a hypothesis?
What makes a good hypothesis?
What is scientific language?
Can I form a question?
When do I use the scientific method?
What is the difference between a chemical and physical change?
Why do we do experiments?
What is matter?
What are the 3 states of matter?
What is a solid? A liquid?  A gas?
What types of changes are there?
What causes changes to occur?
What changes are happening all around us?

     Reading

This week students will continue to focus on cause and effect in reading. They have chosen the article they are reading and will get a chance to choose a new one this week. I will begin my end of year Probe (reading age) testing.

Writing

Students are writing to describe observations and moments in time. They will be focussing on the use of present tense verbs and using language that helps the reader to imagine the moment, using all of their senses. We are writing shorter, more descriptive pieces.

Maths
This week we continue with subtraction strategies, using time and temperature as a context. I will also begin my end of year Gloss (maths strategy stage) testing in class.

Dates to remember:

MondayLabour Day
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day! Mix it up lunch- sharing a conversation with students in room 6 at eating time.  
Wednesday- Mega Walking Wednesday! Meet at the Domain at 8.25am and wear zebra stripes!
Thursday- North West Badminton
Friday- 

General Information and Looking ahead

Please can we have a fair amount of newspaper (not the stapled kind please). 
Thank you!



Term 4 week 2

Week 1 was fantastic. Always great to hear back from Renee and Maree that the kids were fantastic in music and PE as well! Also to get feedback from Kirsten to say how much she enjoyed working with them all in the last 3 days of term 3.
AIA Healthy kids Challenge...
Please help us! Dear Parents

You may know that our class is participating in the AIA Healthy Kids Challenge. It's a fun virtual adventure around the globe, led by rugby star Cory Jane and his special guests. We all create our own little avatars and each child will receive a free pedometer to count steps in the real world that will move our team around the online race track. As our steps move us to a new destination, we see a video of our class of avatars exploring with Cory and getting some healthy tips too.

We need your help too! We'd love you to get involved so you can support and encourage your child to get moving more often and help us get more entries into the draw to win one of 20 $1000 AIA sporting grants for our school and one of 50 Huawei tablets for our classrooms. Simply join the Parents Class Team and count your steps to help move your team around the same course as the kids. Race against other parents teams, get active with your child and have some fun along the way.

Click this link: https://register.healthykids.kiwi/SetupParent1.aspx?team_id=8034&checksum=A41830B3B2792516C0F10CA7B7EF9127

You will get an email confirming your place and letting you know what to do next. To find out more go tohttps://www.healthykids.kiwi and read the Parents section of the website.

Kind regards
Tessa

Inquiry
This term our focus is on science- Changes of state.
ENGAGE  
Tuning In / Finding Out

How do I form a hypothesis?
What makes a good hypothesis?
What is scientific language?
Can I form a question?
When do I use the scientific method?
What is the difference between a chemical and physical change?
Why do we do experiments?
What is matter?
What are the 3 states of matter?
What is a solid? A liquid?  A gas?
What types of changes are there?
What causes changes to occur?
What changes are happening all around us?

     Reading

This week students will continue to focus on cause and effect in reading. They will also be looking at the kind of language we use when writing about science. They will be working in mixed ability groups this week, having chosen the article they would like to read. This is a new way of grouping students in reading, helps to improve student engagement, and is well supported by research. Articles are related to states of matter and science in different ways.

Writing

Students will continue to write to describe what they have observed when they write up their experiments this week. They will use their senses to describe a moment in time from a photograph and their holiday, describing in detail a short space of time. We will have a strong focus on using topic specific scientific language and including enough detail for the reader.

Maths
This week we continue with temperature, rates of change and addition and subtraction. They are working in problem solving groups. Students will also be opting into knowledge focus groups where they have gaps in their understandings.

Dates to remember:

Monday- Tessa TL release 9-10am & 11.20am-12.50pm. Softball skills with Colleen from North Harbour Sports.
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   Muriwai Team Assembly.
Wednesday- 
Thursday-
Friday- 

General Information and Looking ahead

Please can you supply any of the following...for science...
*small glass jars (like herb or caper jars)
*take-away containers
*Baking soda
*vinegar
*plastic spoons
*Sugar
Thank you!


Term 4 week 1

Term 4 already. thank you for all your wishes of a great holiday! I followed your advice and had a ball with my family in Bali.
This term will be super busy, with teaching and learning as well as summative testing and reporting against the end of year standards. Lots to fit in, so we are straight into it.

Inquiry
This term our focus is on science- the material world. Our inquiry is into states of change. Some of our focus questions are:
ENGAGE  
Tuning In / Finding Out
How do I form a hypothesis?
What makes a good hypothesis?
What is scientific language?
Can I form a question?)
When do I use the scientific method?
What is the difference between a chemical and physical change?
Why do we do experiments?
What is matter?
What are the 3 states of matter?
What is a solid? A liquid?  A gas?
What types of changes are there?
What changes are happening all around us?

The matrix of progress in learning is below:
Reactions and Change
NOVICE
APPRENTICE
PRACTITIONER
EXPERT
Key Competency: Thinking
Observe and give explanations using scientific language.
Form a question and hypothesize then predict what might happen.
Give simple explanations about observations or events using some scientific language.
Give explanations about the cause and effect of experiments or events using scientific language.
Give explanations about the cause and effect of experiments or events using scientific language and evidence.

Clarify or change their hypotheses using evidence and justify the reasons.
Knowledge/Skill (related to Cultural Competency):        
Changes occur when materials are mixed, heated or cooled.
Skills: The scientific process involves predicting, observing,reporting and evaluating.
Make predictions and describe basic changes when materials are heated, cooled, or mixed. (observe)

I can sort matter into liquids, solids and gases.
Make predictions, observe and explain the changes that occur when materials are heated, cooled, or mixed.

I can group different matter based on its properties.
Make predictions, observe, explain and analyse why changes occur when materials are heated, cooled, or mixed.

I can compare and contrast physical and chemical changes.
Draw conclusions and make evaluations based on observations.


I can begin to explain how matter is composed of particles which behave in a certain way in reactions.
Taking Action
Showing curiosity and awareness of the day to day changes that take place in our environment and use the scientific method to investigate to make something purposeful.

I can identify and describe a real-world problem that I want to solve.
I can choose a real world problem that I wish to take action on and design and develop a plan to make it happen.

I can implement a plan to solve my identified problem and reflect on its usefulness.
I can justify the need to solve a real-world problem, implement a plan, and evaluate its effectiveness.



     Reading

This week students will be focussing on cause and effect in reading. They will reading articles related to science concepts, and be discussing the language of cause and effect. This helps students to answer questions and give reasons.

Writing

Students are writing to describe what they have observed. They will begin by writing about something they found interesting at the science roadshow and then go on to write about a moment in time from their holiday, describing in detail a short space of time. We will have a strong focus on using scientific language and including enough detail for the reader.

Maths
This week we are focussing on temperature, rates of change and addition and subtraction. This will continue for several weeks. Students will also be opting into knowledge focus groups where they have gaps in their understandings.

Dates to remember:

Monday- Science Roadshow $4 please for those who haven't paid the activity fee.
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   Cricket skills.
Wednesday- 
Thursday-
Friday- 

General Information and Looking ahead

Please can you supply any of the following...for science...

*small glass jars (like herb or caper jars)
*take-away containers
*Baking soda
*vinegar
*plastic spoons
Thank you!


Term 3 week 9

Well the end of another term! I have leave on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so Kirsten Johnston will be taking the class for these days, following my plan for her. Please make sure that all outstanding camp forms come in on Tuesday to me.
There are many overdue library books. Please get all books back to the library this week.

Hauora (wellbeing)



     Reading

This week groups are reading plays and poetry aloud. Students are looking at the features of a play so that they can use these in their own writing. They will be using some dramatic conventions to present plays.

Writing

Students are writing stories based on a problem they may encounter, linked with one of the aspects of wellbeing. They will write their stories as plays for 4 or 5 characters

Maths
This week we continue with problem solving using fractions, proportions and ratios. Students are dividing whole numbers with fractions in the answer. To support these ideas they are also practising division with remainders. They have been constructing wharenui over the past 2 weeks as part of an integration of maths and their inquiry work. the 4 walls of the wharenui represent the 4 aspects of wellbeing.

Dates to remember:

Monday- School photos-Tessa TL release from 11.20-3pm.
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   Camp meeting 18:00 at school
Wednesday- Muriwai assembly. Community meeting, looking ahead, at 19:00 in school hall, all welcome.
Thursday-
Friday- Assembly 9am. Massey High Music Roadshow 1.30pm-2pm

General Information and Looking ahead

We are collecting science supplies for term 4. 
Please bring in any of the following:
*small glass jars (like herb or caper jars)
*take-away containers
*Baking soda
*vinegar
*plastic spoons
Thank you and happy holidays!!


Term 3 week 7

Term 3 Inquiry:  Hauora (wellbeing)



     Reading

This week our focus is on reading aloud and presenting speeches. Students are recording themselves reading aloud on 'Screencastify' and setting a reading fluency to improve their reading. Last week we listened to a story being read aloud and the class set success criteria for what great reading sounds like. When they have set a goal, they will practise and re-record themselves after one and then two weeks.

Writing

Students are presenting their speeches on Monday and Tuesday. Two students and myself will be assessing each speech, and giving some feedback. The two best speeches from the class will be put forward to participate in the school competition. The school speech finals are in the school hall from 9am on Thursday this week.



Maths
This week we continue with problem solving using fractions, proportions and ratios. Students work individually, in groups or pairs to solve maths problems using the most efficient strategy.

Dates to remember:

Monday- Tessa TL release from 11.20-3pm.
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   
Wednesday-
Thursday-School Speech Competition 9am. Rippa Rugby.
Friday- 

General Information and Looking ahead

We are still short of newspaper, if anyone has any.
Thank you.


Term 3 week 5

Well all that running training paid off for some... Paige and Zoe came first in their long (3.5 km) races. Amy came first in the year 6 short course. Tylor and Sophie came 4th in the year 6 long courses. Alex Wales and Haydn Mayo (with a broken arm!) came 4th in the short courses too! Great work to the whole class. Everyone made improvements over 3 weeks and it was great to see people trying their best. Good sportsmanship award goes to Porohu for encouraging another runner over the whole course.

Term 3 Inquiry:

Sportsmanship and Hauora (wellbeing)

We begin to focus on wellbeing this week. How do we stay healthy and well?



     

 Reading

This week students are finishing their follow-up novel work. They will be also reading speeches and highlighting persuasive language techniques. Being able to research is an important 21st century skill and some students find it difficult to access the information they are looking for. They are working to find some key evidence to support their argument in their speeches.

Writing

Students are at many different points in their speech writing. Those who have been involved with Shrek have some catching up to do so we have a busy week ahead.
This week we take a look at persuasive language techniques used to help persuade:


Persuasive Literary Devices: Which ones will I use?
Example
Rhetorical question-A question that doesn’t require an answer but is used for effect.
‘How would you feel if you had 2 hours of homework every night?’
Emotive Language-used to appeal to your emotions (often adjectives), to make you feel a certain way (eg. sad/angry/happy/guilty/upset).
‘We are the poor, helpless children who are forced to do hours and hours of homework every night.’
Imperatives that sound like commands- these are verbs that command like the ones used for instructions.
Live for the moment, take back your free time!’
Repetition- Words or phrases used repeated for effect
‘Remember what is was like to be at school, remember how much work you had.’
Alliteration-Repeated letters used.
Break free of the books and
Inclusive Pronouns-Pronouns that include the audience (ours, we, us, together we)
We need to stand up for our rights, it is our leisure time!’
Hyperbole-Exaggerated statements or claims.
‘If I get set one more homework task I am going to move to the moon!’
Facts/statistics                
‘95% of pupils feel that there is too much homework.’
Groups of three - when 3 adjectives or phrases are used together.
‘Homework is boring, dull and uninteresting.’



Maths
This week we are focussing on maths knowledge goals and fractional problem solving.


Dates to remember:

Monday- Tessa TL release from 11.20-3pm Maths lead teacher PD.
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   
Wednesday-
Thursday-
Friday- TEACHER ONLY DAY. Please make other arrangements for children.

General Information and Looking ahead

Please could we have a few more boxes of tissues to see us through the winter?
Also cereal boxes to glue speeches to and use as cue cards.
We are also short of newspaper.
Thank you.



Term 3 week 4

Well last week was crazy busy with the show and me not too well on Monday and Tuesday! So we're back in full business this week. There are lots of children off sick with colds and stomach bugs so I hope everyone feels better soon. Please ensure kids are at school, with the equipment they need 9stationery, a charged device, sports gear, food) if they are well enough, as some children are missing days every week. This will affect their learning.

Term 3 Inquiry:

Sportsmanship and Hauora (wellbeing)

What does it take to be the best?
What would you do to win?
How and why do we stay healthy and well?
What is sportsmanship?
The students have a fair understanding of what sportsmanship looks like. The class noticed that these traits are very similar to our school values, so we are trying to put them into action throughout the day.

     

 Reading

This week students complete their novel studies. They are learning to make connections to their own experiences by comparing a character in the book with their own opinions/likes/dislikes/character traits etc. They will also be researching to find evidence to support their speech arguments. This might be in the form of quotes/date/facts/statistics/anecdotal stories.

Writing

Students are at many different points in their speech writing. Those who have been involved with Shrek have some catching up to do so we have a busy week ahead.
This week we take a look at persuasive language techniques used to help persuade:



Maths
This week we continue our exploration of proportional thinking through probability. We look at fairness in games and the likelihood of events happening in terms of fractions, decimals and percentages. Students will be predicting outcomes of events and measuring theoretical probability with actual outcomes of events.


Dates to remember:

Monday- Tessa TL release from 2:15-3pm
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   ICAS Maths Test
Wednesday-
Thursday- Cross Country 1:15-2:00pm Volunteers are still needed for this extra long course. please email me if you are available to help for an hour.
Friday- 

General Information and Looking ahead

Running - this continues on a daily basis. Some students have doubled their lap average in 10 minutes! 



Term 3 week 2

Term 3 Inquiry:

Sportsmanship and Hauora (wellbeing)

What does it take to be the best?
What would you do to win?
How and why do we stay healthy and well?
What is sportsmanship?
     

 Reading

This week students continue their novel studies. They are learning to make inferences using clues in the text to say how a character feels as the story shifts. They will also be reading to find information relating to the history of the olympic games.  Students will also be reading to research for their speeches.

Writing

Students have begun planning and writing the beginning of their speeches. They have decided that they need to begin the speech with something to hook the listener in, in the first 7 seconds. 
The hook could be:
1/ A rhetorical/thought-provoking questions.
2/ A personal story.
3/ A statement that has impact or is emotive.
They have some interesting topics and have planned 3 main reasons and supporting details.


Name of speaker:
Date:
Time:
Name of marker:
Topic:
Presentation
Content
Appeal
§ The speaker looks relaxed.
§ Speaker uses good eye contact
§ Effective face and body gestures enhance speech.
§ Clear voice-good volume.
§ Variety in voice tone
§ Variety of pace (use of   pause).
§ Beginning of speech hooks audience.
§ Strong, clear message.
§ Speech ordered logically-intro-main body-conclusion.
§ Main points developed well.
§ Quotes/facts used support message well.
§ Language is chosen for effect on audience.
§ Speech engages the audience throughout.
§ Content of speech is relevant to audience.
§ Speech has an impact on audience-leaves you thinking…
6

6

3

Total marks out of 15
What I liked…
Next learning steps…

Maths
This week we continue our exploration of proportional thinking: fractions, decimals and percentages. Students are also making graphs to chart their running progress both individually and as a class. they are also beginning an 'Enrich' task based on mathematical results graphing around the olympic games.


Dates to remember:
Shrek rehearsals will interrupt the programme this week and next. I am also involved with costuming.

Monday- Tessa TL release from 11.40am-3pm
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   ICAS English test
Wednesday-
Thursday- Rugby
Friday- Dress Rehearsal for Shrek

General Information and Looking ahead

Running - we will be doing running for cross country every day at school. Please email me if your child has a medical reason why they cannot run as I often hear excuses not to participate. Students need to bring running shoes each day, if these differ from their normal school shoes.



Term 3 week 1

Term 3 Inquiry:

Sportsmanship and Hauora (wellbeing)

What does it take to be the best?
What would you do to win?
How and why do we stay healthy and well?
     

 Reading

This week students will continue their novel studies. They are working on summarising a text and finding facts in a narrative text.  Students will also be reading to research for their speeches.

Writing

Our focus for the first few weeks of this term will be on persuasive writing and presentations. This week students need to choose a topic for their persuasive speeches which will take place around week 5 or 6. They will need to be around 2 1/2-3 mins long. The marking sheet is shown below. Students will peer assess their classmates speeches.

Name of speaker:
Date:
Time:
Name of marker:
Topic:
Presentation
Content
Appeal
§ The speaker looks relaxed.
§ Speaker uses good eye contact
§ Effective face and body gestures enhance speech.
§ Clear voice-good volume.
§ Variety in voice tone
§ Variety of pace (use of pause).
§ Beginning of speech hooks audience.
§ Strong, clear message.
§ Speech ordered logically-intro-main body-conclusion.
§ Main points developed well.
§ Quotes/facts used support message well.
§ Language is chosen for effect on audience.
§ Speech engages the audience throughout.
§ Content of speech is relevant to audience.
§ Speech has an impact on audience-leaves you thinking…
6

6

3

Total marks out of 15
What I liked…
Next learning steps…
This week students are writing to persuade their classmates to see/go/eat/view/experience something they did in the holidays. 

Maths
This week we begin our exploration of proportional thinking: fractions, decimals and percentages. They will be working in ability groups to explore ideas related to less than 1.


Dates to remember:

Monday- Tessa TL release from 2:15-3pm
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   
Wednesday-
Thursday- Rugby
Friday- 

General Information and Looking ahead
Reports - please let me know if you did not receive this or you couldn't open the file for any reason.
Running - we will be doing running for cross country every day at school. Please email me if your child has a medical reason why they cannot run as I often hear excuses not to participate. Students need to bring running shoes each day, if these differ from their normal school shoes.


Term 2 Week 9

term 2 Inquiry

Past -What has happened? 

                                 Present -What is happening? 

                                                                     Future -What could happen?

Students are designing a device or system to aid with the smooth running of the classroom. They also have other design ideas which they are pursuing.        

 Reading

This week students will begin a short novel study in their new reading groups, which will continue until the end of term 2. I have adjusted the groups based on my assessment of levels and on learning needs.  They will each have a booklet to complete based on several reading strategies.

Writing

This week students will begin writing some simple narratives. They will retell some stories in their own words and write short stories. Our focus is on the language that we use. We are also focussing on listening and speaking in preparation for speeches at the start of term 3

Maths
This week we focus on geometry. We are learning the properties of 3D shapes and about nets for 3D shapes. Last week students  made some boxes and learnt about volume in cubic cm.


Dates to remember:

Monday- Tessa TL release from 9-10.50am and 1.40pm-3pm
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   
Wednesday-Morning...Mud run!
Thursday-
Friday- Nor-West Hockey Tournament

General Information and Looking ahead
Reports are almost complete and will be sent out at the end of week 10. These will show a projected level against the end of year national standard. This is a prediction based on an overall teacher judgement of work completed over time, independently and across the curriculum and on recent assessments. We still have 5 months of learning ahead and much can and does change in this time. 




Term 2 Week 7

term 2 Inquiry

Past -What has happened? 

                                 Present -What is happening? 

                                                                     Future -What could happen?

Students will begin to follow their own questions and curiosities to investigate a topic past,present or future focussed.

        
 Reading

This week students will be  reading explanations and answering questions related to the text. They will also be exploring the language we use to explain.


Writing

This week students will be writing to explain how life could be better for children without TV. When we were at Howick they had an opportunity to experience this for themselves - playing parlour games, outdoor games and with old toys. They learnt that children had to make their own fun.

On Thursday they will be writing to explain another topic for their Easttle writing test. 

Maths
This week students are learning about calculating area and perimeter.


Dates to remember:

Monday- Tessa TL release from 9-10.50am and 1.40pm-3pm
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   
Wednesday-WALKING WEDNESDAY
Thursday-
Friday- Senior kapahaka to Marina View School

General Information and Looking ahead
*****Please could all students bring a change of clothes for PE from Monday week 5 for 2 weeks as they will be doing rugby in PE******This is only happening for half of the class! you will notice a muddy uniform if you are not sending a change of clothes each day!
Please note that the year 7 & 8 information night is on Thursday 23rd June at 6pm in room 19. this is a great opportunity to see what a great programme Huapai offers.


Term 2 Week 4

term 2 Inquiry

Past -What has happened? 

                                 Present -What is happening? 

                                                                     Future -What could happen?

 in terms of technology and how this has affected-is affecting and will affect our daily lives. The curriculum focus will be on social sciences and technology.

****Last week students created timelines, on Google Drawings, to show how an invention had been improved over time. They were learning about innovation. This week they are finding out when everyday inventions came into being and the impact this has had on people's lives. Students will be bringing home a questionnaire on Tuesday to ask an older member of their family about the impact of an invention they can remember in their lifetime.  they have a series of questions to ask and they will need this for writing on Wednesday and Thursday.

        
 Reading

This week students will be  reading books from Epic Books in their groups with the teacher. They will be creating questions directly from the text for their classmates to answer. They are learning to use key words to locate information in the text. They will also be using headings, sub-headings, illustrations to help to find information.

Writing

This week students will be learning to Use Thinker’s keys PPT to think creatively and explore ideas through writing. They will also be researching inventions and adding information to our class timeline. They have designed their interview for an older family member and will be producing a piece of writing from their interview, like a reporter would.

Maths
This week students are continue with multiplication and division.  They will also be working on some measurement on Tuesday with Jackie and through problem solving.

Dates to remember:

Monday- Tessa TL release from 9-10.50am 
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   
Wednesday-WALKING WEDNESDAY
Thursday-
Friday- 

General Information and Looking ahead
*****Please could all students bring a change of clothes for PE from Monday week 5 for 2 weeks as they will be doing rugby in PE******
Trip to Howick Historical Village in week 5 - please get these back tomorrow. We aim to go in costume and you can refer to their website for ideas:
http://www.fencible.org.nz/education/dressing-up/
No need to get anything special, just cobble together bits from home.
Home note for MERC camp in term 4 emailed this week.


Home Learning

  • Reading daily.
  • Maths basic multiplication and related division facts practise in order of difficulty or common sense: x2, x5, x10, x11, x4, x3, x8, x6, x9, x7 (Practise site on Blog links)
  • Spelling- Please encourage your child to learn his/her spelling words, especially if he/she needs to improve their spelling in writing.
  • Students will be bringing home a questionnaire on Tuesday to ask an older member of their family about the impact of an invention they can remember in their lifetime.  they have a series of questions to ask and they will need this for writing on Wednesday and Thursday.




Term 2 Week 3

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term 2 Inquiry

Past -What has happened? 

                                 Present -What is happening? 

                                                                     Future -What could happen?


 in terms of technology and how this has affected-is affecting and will affect our daily lives. The curriculum focus will be on social sciences and technology.

Last week we looked at images and the students sorted them into categories. They were then asked to sort them into technological and non-technological products. There was lots of discussion and healthy debate around this.

This week we look at why people innovate on already existing ideas. We will be looking at timelines.



Remember to keep an eye out for happygrams!
        
   

Reading

We continue using the strategy of 'asking and answering questions as we read'. Your child will be able to tell you how this makes them a better reader when they discuss their learning with you at the conferences. 

Writing

Last week students wrote some amazing explanations describing the form and function of an everyday object. I will be putting some of their writing on the blog or you can read it at their conference on Thursday where they will be sharing some of their best work. They also made a flow map to show the process of making a pot from clay.
This week students will be creating timelines to show the innovation on everyday objects.


Maths
This week students are working on multiplication and division at different levels. Some are working with single digit numbers, some with tens, some with hundreds and some with decimals. Lots of great thinking and problem solving happening. Those not with the teacher are working on knowledge goals with Erika, completing follow-up work or choosing from their daily 3.



Dates to remember:

Monday- Tessa TL release from 9-10.50am and 1.40-3pm. Music and PE in the morning and Barbara Flavell takes the class in the afternoon.
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   House football begins.
Wednesday-BIG WALKING WEDNESDAY-This is road safety week so let's make a huge effort on this day! The theme is super hero!
Thursday- Learning conferences - School finishes at 12pm
Friday- 

General Information and Looking ahead
Trip to Howick Historical Village in week 5 - notice coming home this week. We aim to go in costume and you can refer to their website for ideas:
http://www.fencible.org.nz/education/dressing-up/
No need to get anything special, just cobble together bits from home.


Home Learning

  • Reading daily.
  • Maths basic multiplication and related division facts practise in order of difficulty or common sense: x2, x5, x10, x11, x4, x3, x8, x6, x9, x7
  • Spelling- Please encourage your child to learn his/her spelling words, especially if he/she needs to improve their spelling in writing.
  • Discuss technology with your family and see how it has changed in your parents/grandparents/great grandparents lives.


Term 2 Week 1

Welcome back! - difficult to believe it's May already...

Extreme Exercise Extravaganza! Please remember to send in any outstanding sponsorship money this week...

term 2 Inquiry

Past -What has happened? 

                                 Present -What is happening? 

                                                                     Future -What could happen?

 in terms of technology and how this has affected-is affecting and will affect our daily lives. The curriculum focus will be on social sciences and technology.


Focus Curriculum Areas and Achievement Objectives for the term:

Social Sciences:  Level 3 AOs:  

Understand how people remember and record the past in different ways.



Technology Conceptual Strand: Nature of Technology  Level 3 AOs:

Characteristics of technology

Understand how society and environments impact on and are influenced by technology in historical and contemporary contexts and that technological knowledge is validated by successful function.


Key Questions:
How can needs and wants be met using the creative process?
How and why do people innovate and invent in response to our changing needs over time?



Remember to keep an eye out for happygrams!
        
   

Reading

A big focus in reading this term will be reading for information;learning to research and find answers to questions. Students will also be forming opinions and using information in the text to support their ideas. 
For the next 2 weeks students will be reading journals connected to our term 2 inquiry. Some will be articles and some will be historical stories. They will be focussing mainly on the reading strategy ASKING AND ANSWERING QUESTIONS-BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER READING. This strategy helps us to make sense of what we are reading by focussing our thoughts and ideas on finding information in the text. 
They will continue with their daily 5 and we will begin a slightly different system for keeping track of what is covered in the block. There are some new reading links on the blog and 'Kiwi Kids News' will be a big focus this term. 

Writing

Students are writing recounts in the form of news reports. They have planned their writing in the form of an inverted pyramid:

Maths
This week students are working on problem solving with the teacher. We are also having a focus on knowledge gaps and setting up students to access independent knowledge activities.
I have begun a new system based on the English Daily 5 called Maths Daily 3. This means that students have a certain amount of choice when they are not working with a teacher. They will also have follow-up practise activities from their previous teaching.

Students will be setting goals over the next two weeks.



Dates to remember:

Monday- Tessa TL release from 9-10.50am and 1.40-3pm
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   
Wednesday-Real Art Roadshow 9am-11am
Thursday- Tessa with Maths Lead team on professional development (maths problem solving)
Friday- 

General Information and Looking ahead
Trip to Howick Historical Village in week 5 to look out for. Learning conferences will be in week 3.
Notice will be coming home this week or next regarding Merc camp in term 4.


Home Learning

  • Reading daily.
  • Maths basic multiplication and related division facts practise in order of difficulty or common sense: x2, x5, x10, x11, x4, x3, x8, x6, x9, x7
  • Spelling- Please encourage your child to learn his/her spelling words, especially if he/she needs to improve their spelling in writing.
  • Discuss technology with your family and see how it has changed in your parents/grandparents/great grandparents lives.


Term 1 Week 10


Apologies for no HSC the last two weeks. It has been a crazy couple of busy short weeks and I have been updating systems on my computer. All systems up and running again!

Extreme Exercise Extravaganza! THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAYStudents need to bring bikes and helmets on both days please!

This is our main fundraiser for the school to raise money for new adventure playground equipment. Your child brought home a sponsorship form a few weeks ago and I hope they are busy collecting as many sponsors as they can for this event. Outdoor activities will be organised over the two days and children will be accumulating time by participating in these events. Please encourage your child to get as many sponsors as they can as there are prizes for those who collect the most.
This will be a hectic and energised couple of days where children opt into exercise areas. The junior and senior discos on Thursday evening are free events but food will be on sale.

Inquiry

Whakawhanaungatanga1. (noun) process of establishing relationships, relating well to others, is our term 1 inquiry. 

Last week we had a class reflection on our learning over the term. Students were amazed to discover how many things we have done and how much we have learned about building positive relationships. Over the next two weeks students will be considering where they see needs or problems within the following communities (in relation to whakawhanaungatanga):
-peer friendships
-class community
-Buddy class (with room 9)
-Muriwai Vertical Team community
-School Community
They will be working together to find some workable solutions. 

As part of our positive environment students are given green stickers for showing that they are following one of the school values and applying it to their learning and behaviour. This sticker is put on a wall chart and after 10 stickers students are recognised by the class and given a prize. A purple card/citizenship certificate is also given to recognise outstanding citizenship. 
This week I have added 'Happygrams' to this system, whereby a happygram goes home to inform families of this positive recognition at school. Please keep an eye out for one of these:
     
        
   

Reading

This week students are connecting their own experiences and knowledge and using clues and ideas in a text to make inferences. They will be reading stories in their groups. We are currently having a big focus on building understanding of vocabulary prior to reading to help with reading comprehension. Students try to guess a word meaning before they look it up in a dictionary. To do this they need to consider many things:
-Where they have heard the word before
-Whether they know any similar words (sounding or spelling)
-What type of word it is (noun, verb, adjective, adverb)
-During reading: What the word could mean in the context it is in (by reading around the word -before and after- and considering meaning)
Students are going very well with their 'Daily 5' independent reading.

Writing

Students wrote their invites last week and a letter to a special person to say thank you for something they appreciate. This was a great opportunity to think about what others do for us. Letters were written to grandparents/parents/friends/neighbours. They will be given over the next few days.
This week they will be looking at some photographs of playgrounds around the world and considering the differences and similarities between these and our own outdoor areas. They will write to describe and go forward to design their dream playground.


Maths
This week students are working on addition and subtraction problems in ability groups. They will also be doing some mixed ability group word problem solving.




Dates to remember:

Monday- Tessa TL release from 11.20-12.50 
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   
Wednesday-Library day
Thursday- Extreme Exercise Extravaganza! Students need to bring bikes and helmets on both days please!
Friday- Extreme Exercise Extravaganza! Students need to bring bikes and helmets on both days please!

General Information and Looking ahead


Home Learning

  • Gathering sponsorship for the triple Ex event!
  • Reading daily and colour in smiley face reading mileage sheet.
  • Maths basic multiplication and related division facts practise in order of difficulty or common sense: x2, x5, x10, x11, x4, x3, x8, x6, x9, x7
  • Spelling- Please encourage your child to learn his/her spelling words, especially if he/she needs to improve their spelling in writing.



Term 1 Week 7


Wow the term is really flying by. Erika is beginning to pick up some small focus groups and getting to know the room 10 learning community.

Inquiry

Whakawhanaungatanga1. (noun) process of establishing relationships, relating well to others, is our term 1 inquiry. 

'Ehara taku toa i te takitahi, engari he toa takitini'


Students have set a personal goal linked with one of our school values. They will be displayed in class. We all acknowledge that we have area we need to work on to be a better learner or leader.

This week we look at the cyber safety agreement and consider our roles and responsibilities when accessing the internet or working in the online community. Students are creating a slideshow to share ideas.

Reading
This week students are  using their own experiences, previous knowledge of the word in context and other known similar words to try to guess the meaning of new vocabulary. This is a continuation of the strategy 'making connections'. They will also be answering comprehension questions relating to texts linked to our term inquiry. Some students are reading with Erika to build reading confidence and fluency.

Writing

Students have mostly finished their recounts.
They are continuing with their description of their buddy. They will focus on looks, likes and dislikes, something they might say or do. These two pieces of writing are being combined into a final piece to describe and recount. Students are writing an introduction and a conclusion to tie their writing together. They need to decide what to include to do this.
I am working with a group of boys this week. They are working to organise sentences and ideas to create a well structured piece.
On Friday they wrote some great I am... poems. Together they decided what the criteria are for creating a great piece of poetry. They came up with the following:
  • Use descriptive words
  • Choose the very best words
  • Create a picture in the reader’s mind
  • Tell something about ourself
  • Follow a structure or rhythm

Maths
This week students continue to create graphs on Google sheets and analyse data collected. They will also begin some small group number problem solving with me.
Two groups of students are working on stage 4/5 knowledge goals with Erika. Ask your child if he/she is in this group and the goals they are working on are below if they want to follow-up on some learning at home:
Stage 4/5 Knowledge goals                  

LG
Goal
Example
/
/
/
1
Addition facts to 10
7+_=10, _+4=10



2
Subtraction facts to 10
10-_=3, 10-4=_



3
Groupings within 100
100-_=30, 40+_=100, _+80=100



4
Addition facts to 20
3+_=20, 13+_=20



5
Subtraction facts to 20
20-7=_,  20-14=_,



6,7,8
Basic facts x2, x5, x10
                                                                          X2
                                                                          X5
                                                                         x10



9
Doubles to 20
Double 9, 2x8=, double 7 is



10
Halves to 20
Half of 16 is, Half of 12 is, 14 divided by 2



11
Know number of tens in decades
What is the number for 5 groups of 10?(as 50) 6x10=,



12
Know how many tens in all of a number
How many tens in 60? (as 6)How many tens in 40?



13
Know number before to 100
Number before 87 is, number before 60 is



14
Know number after to 100
Number after 79 is, number after 58 is





Dates to remember:

Monday- Tessa TL release from 11.20-12.50 BIKING day 1
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   BIKING day 2 . Muriwai Team assembly
Wednesday-Walking Wednesday. 
Thursday- Nor-west swimming
Friday- 
General Information and Looking ahead


Home Learning

  • Reading daily and colour in smiley face reading mileage sheet.
  • Maths basic multiplication and related division facts practise in order of difficulty or common sense: x2, x5, x10, x11, x4, x3, x8, x6, x9, x7
  • Spelling- Each Friday students put 10 words onto their spelling document in their spelling folder on their school accounts. The words mainly come from errors in their writing but some are topic words and some are from their essential lists- new students now have words to learn off these lists. These words are to be learnt throughout the week and buddy tested on a Friday. They will have time in school to learn them but will also need to spend some time learning them at home, especially if spelling is something they need to improve on. They are developing different strategies for learning words-spelling BINGO sheet is on the 'spelling' page on this blog.



Term 1 Week 6


Week 6 already! 
Last week your child brought home an extreme sports event sponsorship form. Please could you discuss this with them and try to help/encourage them to find sponsors for the event.

Inquiry

Whakawhanaungatanga1. (noun) process of establishing relationships, relating well to others, is our term 1 inquiry. 

'Ehara taku toa i te takitahi, engari he toa takitini'

My strength is not mine alone, it is the strength of many.

This week students are looking further into their roles and responsibilities within the classroom as they create slides for each classroom role. Ask them to share this with you. We will also focus this week on cyber safety and on roles and responsibilities when accessing the internet or working online. Students will review the cyber safety agreement that they signed first and add ideas to a class doc.

Reading
This week we continue to look at the reading strategy of 'Making connections to self, our experiences/knowledge/to another text or part of the text'. Students are working with the teacher in groups and working on their daily 5 independently. Today I introduced 'Epic Books' to them, which some students used last year. I have put the link on the blog and students can access these sites at home too.

Writing

On Monday students have begun to take notes and write a buddy's recount of an exciting/embarrassing/scary/funny memory.
They are learning to:
-Take notes
-Listen carefully
-Use the 5 ws to ask for more detail (why/what/where/when/why)
-Organise ideas in time order
They are also thinking about their own structure goals as they write.
Tues-Thurs students are writing a description of the person who is recounting to them. They will focus on looks, likes and dislikes, something they might say or do.
These two pieces of writing will be combined into a final piece to describe and recount. There are some great stories being told in class. 


Maths
This week students have collected their Census surveys from the other year 5 and 6 classes. Here is the survey we created:

Census at Huapai District School by Room 10

1. Are you a boy or girl?  (Errol, Rishi, Lucas )

boy

girl

2. What Country Were You Born In? [Toby,Thomas, Tylor ]
. NZ
. Australia
. UK (England, Scotland, Ireland)
. China
. India
. USA
. South Africa
. Other
3.What is your favourite subject in school?
{Sophie Paige Eden!}
Please circle the one that is your favourite.
1. English
2. Mathematics
3. Heath and PE
4. Music
5. Art
6. Science
7. Spelling
8. Technology
4.What is your Favourite Sport?      {Emily Ella and Zoe]
Could you please do one tick for your Favourite sport
1.
Soccer

2.
Basketball

3.
Tennis

4.
Netball

5.
Rugby

6.
Cricket

7.
Other

5.How did you get to school this morning ?
Please circle one. (Kaezia Shania Aryana)
  1. car
  2. bus
  3. walk
  4. bike
  5. Skateboard/scooter
  6. other
6. Have you ever travelled overseas? yes/no & Where? By (Amy, Alex & Xiara).
Please tick the countries you have been to.
Yes

No


Australia

Uk

Pacific Islands (Fiji/Tonga etc.)

America

Asia

Africa

Other - which?
7. What languages (other than English) can you hold a conversation in? (Austin, Alex. B, Kaleb and Gagandalip)
Please tick any of the following:
1. Maori
2. A Pacific Island Language (Samoan/Cook Island/Tongan etc.)
3. Chinese
4. Japanese
5. An Indian  Language
6.  Korean                            
7. Russian
8. Other - which?
8. What is your ethnicity? (Where do your ancestors mostly come from?)
Could You please put a tick next to your ethnicity
1.
New Zealand European
2.
Māori
3.
Samoan
4.
Cook Island Maori
5.
Tongan
6.
Niuean
7.
Chinese
8.
Indian

Other such as
DUTCH, JAPANESE, TOKELAUAN.
9. How many siblings (brothers and sisters) do you have in your family?  {Deagan Porohu  Coel}
Please choose one:
  • none
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • more than five
10. Are You Left Handed Or Right Handed or ambidextrous (both) {Harrison and Fletcher}
Please Tick One.

Left Handed

Ambidextrous

Right Handed


Thank you for taking part in our room 10 Census at Huapai District School.



Dates to remember:

Monday- Tessa TL release from 11.20-12.00 BIKING day 1
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day!   BIKING day 2
Wednesday-Walking Wednesday. Tessa on TL release all day to visit other teachers in their classes.
Thursday- TRYATHLON- bikes to be brought to school please
Friday- 

General Information and Looking ahead

Lots of colds and sore tummies in room 10. Thank you to those who have already dropped off newspaper and tissues. Could we please have some more tissues? Thanks


Home Learning

  • Reading daily.
  • Maths basic multiplication and related division facts practise in order of difficulty or common sense: x2, x5, x10, x11, x4, x3, x8, x6, x9, x7
  • Spelling- Each Friday students put 10 words onto their spelling document in their spelling folder on their school accounts. The words mainly come from errors in their writing but some are topic words and some are from their essential lists (the new students won't have these yet). These words are to be learnt throughout the week and buddy tested on a Friday. They will have time in school to learn them but will also need to spend some time learning them at home, especially if spelling is something they need to improve on. They are developing different strategies for learning words.



Term 1 Week 5


Welcome to Erika Kuschel (mum of Liz and Abbey) who is our new learning assistant in room 10. We look forward to working with you.
Critical learning time: Between 9am and 12.30pm is when we are working on core curriculum areas. We begin with reading/writing/spelling and then maths after morning tea. This is also the time that Erika will be working in our class. All of our learning is valuable but students find it very difficult to 'slot back in' if they miss this time. We have had many students this week going in and out to the dentist at this time. If it is at all possible could you please try to make appointments outside of this time.
Staff begin their maths problem solving professional development this Monday and set their own goals around teaching practice for the start of the year. I will be working to develop student awareness of their strengths and next steps and student self-assessment and goal setting in reading, writing and maths. Alongside this I have already begun to focus on student self-management and learning focus by introducing new systems for independent work and developing engagement and self-motivation of students. Students will be setting goals this week with a growth mindset. See video: Carol Dweck Growth Mindset

Inquiry

Whakawhanaungatanga1. (noun) process of establishing relationships, relating well to others, is our term 1 inquiry. 

'Ehara taku toa i te takitahi, engari he toa takitini'

My strength is not mine alone, it is the strength of many.

This week we continue to look at roles and responsibilities in different communities. Students have already committed to their classroom jobs and some responsibilities in the wider school community. This week we consider the purpose of being at school and the teacher/student responsibilities.

Reading
We have covered 4 of the 5 from our daily 5. Each student has his/her own reading bag with a set of reading materials inside. This means that they are organised and ready to focus on reading mileage.
Writing

On Monday students will focus on their recount goals linked to structure. They will be writing to improve on their last piece.
  • Orientation – an opening statement/s that introduces the context: the participants (who), the event/place (what) and when it took place (when)  , (where), (why)
  • Body – a sequence of events, new section or paragraph for each main idea
  • Connectives showing time sequence (first, then, next)
  • Personal comment or reflection in the ending. (e.g., ‘I had a great day’)

Friday is Poetry reading and writing day as students go in and out for choir and kapahaka. They are looking at language features in poetry and developing language and choice of vocabulary in their own writing. Last week they wrote a colour poem. I will put some of their fantastic work on the blog when it is complete.
From Tuesday through to Thursday they will be completing their 'Family Tradition' writing this week. 


Maths
This week I will complete my testing of the 6 new students and establishing ability groups for addition and subtraction. There is a broad range of abilities in room 10, as always, and this will give me the opportunity for some more targeted teaching. 
This week we will be working on some statistics investigations.


Dates to remember:
Monday- Tessa TL release for the morning.
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day! 
Wednesday-Walking Wednesday
Thursday-SWIMMING DAY 3!
Friday- 

General Information and Looking ahead

Lots of colds and sore tummies in room 10. Thank you to those who have already dropped off newspaper and tissues. Could we please have some more tissues? Thanks


Home Learning

  • Reading daily.
  • Maths basic multiplication and related division facts practise in order of difficulty or common sense: x2, x5, x10, x11, x4, x3, x8, x6, x9, x7
  • Spelling- Each Friday students put 10 words onto their spelling document in their spelling folder on their school accounts. The words mainly come from errors in their writing but some are topic words and some are from their essential lists (the new students won't have these yet). These words are to be learnt throughout the week and buddy tested on a Friday. They will have time in school to learn them but will also need to spend some time learning them at home, especially if spelling is something they need to improve on. They are developing different strategies for learning words.





Term 1 Week 4

Another week has flown by. Welcome to Rishi who's arrival from his holiday in India was eagerly awaited. We hope you already feel at home in room 10.

Inquiry

Whakawhanaungatanga1. (noun) process of establishing relationships, relating well to others, is our term 1 inquiry. 

We look at our classroom community and think of qualities or strengths we can bring to make our community stronger.  

'Ehara taku toa i te takitahi, engari he toa takitini'

My strength is not mine alone, it is the strength of many.

We have compiled a list of words like; generosity, listener, caring, joyful, responsibility, love, kindness, energy, creativity, honesty, confidence etc. to write on the paddles of our waka rowers. Students will be thinking of roles and responsibilities within different groups and communities from family to global. Students are really beginning to take responsibility and a culture of care of 'we' not 'me' is slowly developing. This will be supported by setting goals based on a growth mindset. See video: Carol Dweck Growth Mindset



Reading
This week we continue to develop independent reading habits and group work habit. Our focus will be on  'Listen to Reading', 'Work on Writing' and 'Word Work'. Each student will be setting up a reading bag which will contain their books, reading mileage chart and word work. 

Writing

Students have completed their visual language poems. I will be putting some of them on the blog page. Every Monday this term we will be looking at recount writing. At the moment students are looking at the structure of a recount. They have each self assessed a piece of writing and set their own goals linking to structure. We decided on the following criteria:
  • Orientation – an opening statement/s that introduces the context: the participants (who), the event/place (what) and when it took place (when)  , (where), (why)
  • Body – a sequence of events, new section or paragraph for each main idea
  • Connectives showing time sequence (first, then, next)
  • Personal comment or reflection in the ending. (e.g., ‘I had a great day’)
Tuesday through to Thursday will be spent planning, drafting and re-crafting a piece of writing each week to link with our inquiry. This week students will be writing to explain a family tradition. This could be a celebration, food, an activity, a weekly event etc. You could talk with your child about your own family traditions to get them started.


Maths
This week we continue in mixed ability groups. We are working through Jo Boaler's 'Week Of Inspirational Maths'. This maths is designed for students from year 5-9 so it is more than a week's work for us! We are working to create a classroom with a love of maths collaboration and exploration. We will also be setting knowledge goals from some knowledge testing. Students are learning about finding patterns in number sequences; using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; how to read a maths problem well; how to write a maths word problem; how to get creative to solve problems. I also need to test my 6 new students to see where they sit in the ability groups.


Dates to remember:
Monday- Tessa Classroom release for music time. PE (throwing) with Maree.
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day! 
Wednesday-Walking Wednesday
Thursday-SWIMMING DAY 3!
Friday- 

General Information and Looking ahead

Please could anyone provide some newspaper for art use and some boxes of tissues for runny noses?


Home Learning Options

  • Reading daily.
  • Research the work Whakawhanaungatanga and see what it might mean.
  • Maths basic multiplication and related division facts practise in order of difficulty or common sense: x2, x5, x10, x11, x4, x3, x8, x6, x9, x7
  • Take a photo of your family with yourself included. If you live in two homes, take 2 photos. Only 4 photos so far. These are for our family photos gallery wall to celebrate whanau and diversity. We only have 6 for our photo gallery- it would be lovely to have more. They are so cheery. 


Term 1 Week 3

Only 7 days in and the class are producing some super work! What a great welcome to our new families we had at the Whakatau last Friday. Thank you to Porohu for the karakia before the kai and to Aryana for welcoming the new students and their whanau so well. Thank you also for the thought that went into the plates of food for sharing. We had a feast!

Inquiry

Whakawhanaungatanga1. (noun) process of establishing relationships, relating well to others, is our term 1 inquiry. 

 We continue by looking at our own learning community and our school vision:

 Together we learn, care and grow     Me ako tahi tātou, kia puawai ki te ao marama

If we are trying to create a culture of care within our classroom and school community, how can we do this?
We begin to think of our classroom as a waka on the ocean. How can we work together to achieve success and develop a 'we' not 'me' culture. Students will consider their own strengths and set goals towards growth in challenging areas. Our focus to begin with will be on work habits and dispositions. We will consider the school values and key competencies (from NZ curriculum) as well as Art Costa's 'Habits of Mind':

Reading
This week we continue to develop independent reading habits. Our focus will be on 'Read to someone'/buddy reading and 'Listen to Reading'. I am testing our 6 new students and we begin tomorrow with students in 4 reading groups. These groups will change as I complete my testing and get to know them all as readers.


Writing
This week students will complete their amazing visual language pieces and poems called 'Looking Like Me'. These include photographs, pastel and dye and collage. They wrote a recount today and will be working on recount writing each Monday either with myself or Kevin who is taking the class for my team leader release time. This week the focus was on structure and next week we will follow up on that. They will also complete some other short and quick pieces of writing about themselves to get them all back into the swing of writing again.


Maths
This week students are working in mixed ability groups. We are working through Jo Boaler's 'Week Of Inspirational Maths'. We are working to create a classroom with a love of maths collaboration and exploration. If you want to read more about Jo Boaler, maths and brain science, click on these links on the link above:

Dates to remember:
Monday- Tessa TL release for the morning. Music begins with Renee and PE (skipping) with Maree.
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day! 
Wednesday-Wacky hat walking Wednesday!
As part of the Walk to school campaign run by Auckland Transport, we will have a CRAZY HAT- themed walk on Wednesday 17 February 2016 (week 3). Hope to see you all at the Domain with your wacky hat-creations.
Thursday-SWIMMING DAY 2!
Friday- Swimming sports either at Massey High or school. Please check your notice for details and return all permission slips tomorrow please.

General Information and Looking ahead

Please could anyone provide some newspaper for art use and some boxes of tissues for runny noses?
Thank you to Ella's mum for the art aprons! They are fab!


Home Learning Options

  • Reading daily.
  • Research the work Whakawhanaungatanga and see what it might mean.
  • Take a photo of your family with yourself included. If you live in two homes, take 2 photos. Only 4 photos so far. These are for our family photos gallery wall to celebrate whanau and diversity.



Term 1 Week 2

Firstly a big welcome back to all of our families, and a big welcome to our 6 students who are new to Huapai District School.

Inquiry

Whakawhanaungatanga1. (noun) process of establishing relationships, relating well to others, is our term 1 inquiry. This will mean that we will focus on social sciences learning objectives from the NZ Curriculum:

Level 3: Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • Understand how groups make and implement rules and laws.
  • Understand how early Polynesian and British migrations to New Zealand have continuing significance for tangata whenua and communities.
  • Understand how the movement of people affects cultural diversity and interaction in New Zealand.

 We will begin this week by revisiting our Huapai District School values and developing a set of expectations for creating and sustaining a successful room 10 learning community.


Reading
This week we will be focussing on developing independent reading habits, reading for pleasure and sustaining reading. Independent reading tasks will be chosen by the students to align with a format called 'The daily 5'. These are:
We will be working through each one and deciding what it should look like in order to be purposeful, enjoyable and develop reading.
I will be putting students into reading groups this week and need to test the new students to see where they will best fit.

Writing
This week students will be writing about themselves. they will be sharing their likes and talking about families and relationships. They will then share with another student and discuss similarities and differences. They will then produce a poem of words and an artwork based on the book 'Looking Like me’ by Walter Dean Myers .


Maths
Last week we looked at the maths symbols and did some work around maths language. This week students are producing a piece of work called 'All about me maths'. They are using numbers relating to themselves (like height/age/letters in name) and writing maths equations and word problems relating to these. We will begin to build the foundations of our maths collaboration and problem-solving work. Students will be working in a variety of pairs/groups this week.


Dates to remember:
Monday- Waitangi Day observed
TuesdayHouse T-Shirt day! 
Wednesday-Please note that the Walking School Bus starts in week 2.  Parent volunteers will meet the children, who have signed up for the WSB, at the Huapai Domain every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The bus meets at the domain from 8h20am and departs at 8h30am.  

New WSB members are welcome and, if you are thinking of joining, you can get a registration form from the office, or download it from the school website.

Every Wednesday, we also have a GIANT walk from the Domain, and we invite everyone to join us. Instead of dropping your child off at the school gate, why not drop him/her off at the Domain where there is more than enough parking.
As part of the Walk to school campaign run by Auckland Transport, we will have a CRAZY HAT- themed walk on Wednesday 17 February 2016 (week 3). Hope to see you all at the Domain with your wacky hat-creations.
Thursday-SWIMMING DAY 1!
Friday- Whakatau- Students please bring a small plate of home-made food to share. Families are welcome to attend this event and new families to the school will be welcomed at the whakatau.

General Information and Looking ahead

Groups: When I group students I look at their data from 2015 and group them from this data to begin with. Reading groups are mostly based on reading age, but as I get to know the students and their work habits and abilities there will be other factors to consider in terms of needs and groupings. writing will be needs based. The students may have writing groups at times and at other times they may opt (or be opted in) to focus learning sessions. Maths will be grouped for knowledge (once they have done a few short tests) and strategy (according to the domain - addition & subtraction/multiplication and division/fractions/proportions and ratios). Strand (geometry and measurement/statistics) will be taught towards level 3 goals as a whole class with focus groups for support/extension. There will also be mixed ability problem solving groups.


Home Learning Options


  • Reading daily.
  • Research the work Whakawhanaungatanga and see what it might mean.
  • Take a photo of your family with yourself included. If you live in two homes, take 2 photos.

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