Teacher: Kathy Snodgrass
Class Blog: http://kaurikidsofkaharoa.blogspot.co.nz/
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During these sessions, run alongside the classroom programme in Room Kauri, children become familiar with the school environment, classroom routines and etiquette, as well as meet other children who will be in the same classroom as them.
While children are involved with the teacher, our Principal, Mr Moyle will discuss with parents various aspects as set out below. This is an opportunity for parents to be fully informed of the school’s expectations, current education philosophies and to ask questions.
Children also have two class visits prior to starting school from 8.50– 12.20am. The children will become involved in the morning class programme, please bring morning tea. You will be welcome to stay with your child, or leave them depending on your preference.
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Welcome to Term 4!
It’s so hard to believe we are now starting Term 4! I hope that you enjoyed the gorgeous weather we had this term break, and everyone is ready to go. We would love to welcome Jireh and Leo to and their families to Room Kauri. We hope you all enjoy your first term as big school kids. This term the Key Competency we will focus on is being Friendly and a team player - being kind and caring, respectful and cooperative. Our Cornerstone value is Kindness (Ngakau aroha) – ‘Willingness to help, show concern for and be friendly to others.’ This means being a friend.
It’s fantastic to see that all of our families are joined up to the Class Dojo. This means (if you check it regularly) you won’t miss out on anything that happens during the day in our class, or on anything up and coming at school.
For our topic this term, we will be looking at Planet Earth
and our solar system as well as following interests and urges
of our tamariki . Kaharoa School take part in the Great Shake Out in the first week of school, so this will help us to learn about what to do in an emergency and how earthquakes are created. We will also take part in the Healthy Schools challenge - I will send more info home about this soon. Essentially the children are all given a pedometer and encouraged to do as many steps as they can in a day. We will put them all together via the website and race other classes from New Zealand to the finish line. This term also brings our school athletics day - so we will begin learning some new skills to help us participate on the day. We will learn hurdles, javelin, shot put, sprints and long distance running just to name a few. It is a fun event focusing on participating and learning new skills.
We will have a lot of fun packed into quite a short term!
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE KAHAROA SCHOOL HAT IS THE ONLY PIECE OF COMPULSORY UNIFORM AT OUR SCHOOL. This will be worn during outside activities in term 4. Please see Mrs Vosse in the office if you need to purchase one.
DATES FOR THE CALENDAR
Week 1 Lamb, kid and chicken day - Tues 16th
Week 2 Labour day Monday
Week 3 Scientist for a day
Friday assembly - Room one to share.
Week 5 ATHLETICS DAY Friday 9th November
Week 7 Flower day (more details to come)
Week 8 Dance Performance (more details to come)
Week 9 Learning stories / reporting to come home this week
Thursday 13th December School Picnic
Friday 14th December - school finishes at 12:20
Depending on the weather - we may also get the chance to swim in our school pool this term (We started in December last year, the pool was around 29 degrees!)
We will continue our learning through play journey this term, with tamariki having plenty of scope to explore their learning hands on - this may mean they get wet and/or dirty so a change of clothes in their school bag is a great idea. During the day, tamariki are taken in groups teaching writing, reading and maths concepts by myself or Whaea Mandy Du toit our wonderful teacher aid. Children will bring home a new reader every second day, and a poem on a Friday. They have access to the books they have previously read and are welcome to take a selection of these home with them.
Suggestions to Help Increase Understanding
· Give your child time to work out words (5 seconds or more is reasonable)
· After 10 seconds ENCOURAGE your child to use the following strategies when they come across an unknown word:
Correcting Mistakes Your Child Makes
· If the mistake makes sense, as in a misreading of house for home, let your child continue to the end of the sentence. Then go back and ask, ”What word is this?”
· If the mistake does not make sense, lead your child to correct the mistake by allowing time to self correct
· Reread what your child has said and ask’ “Does it make sense?”
· Finally, if the meaning is still not clear, look at the word and find familiar sounds such as ’s’ at the beginning and ’ing’ at the end.
What to Read?
One way of getting your child to understand what they are reading or listening to is to get your child to ask questions.
When you are involved with reading with your child try the following:
Blends and Contractions
As conventions of print come up in your child’s reading, refer to them and ask your child about them.
Contractions - eg: don’t-do not can’t-can not etc
Consonant blends - eg: dr, cl, pr etc
Word endings - eg: s, ed, ing, er etc
Compound words - eg: today (to day), something, etc
As your child progresses the following strategies can be used:
Pause: The First P
The first thing to do after a child makes a mistake is to refrain from doing anything, pause.
This means :
This allows time for your child to do his/her own thinking. Being able to problem solve is an important part of reading.
Prompt: The Second P
If a word is not attempted, go looking for more clues.
- “Read on”
-”Try that again”
-”Go back to the beginning
If a word does not make sense, give a meaning prompt. Ask a question about the meaning
If the word makes sense but is incorrect, give a visual or sound prompt. Direct attention to what the word looks or sounds like
Praise: The Third P
Praise can and should be given for:
-Prompted self corrections
Give time to work the word out.
If unable to work it out try some of the following:
Junior learning sites
|22-10||Labour Day - No School Today|
|22-10||Mobile Library Service|
|22-10||Go Bananas Religious Instruction|
|26-10||Friday Assembly (Whole School)|
|27-10||PTA Firewood Fundraiser|
|28-10||PTA Firewood Fundraiser|
|30-10||Scientist For A Day|
|30-10||Scientist for a Day|
|05-11||Mobile Library Service|
|05-11||Go Bananas Religious Instruction|
|09-11||Kaharoa School Athletics Day|
|14-11||Rotorua Boys High School Orientation Day|
|14-11||RGHS Orientation Day - Enrolled Students Only|
|19-11||Mobile Library Service|
|19-11||Go Bananas Religious Instruction|
|23-11||Friday Assembly - Whole School|
|02-12||Sanitarium WeetBix TRYathlon|
|03-12||Mobile Library Service|
|03-12||Go Bananas Religious Instruction|
|04-12||Meet My Teacher|
|05-12||CBOP / EBOP Athletics|
|07-12||Friday Assembly (Whole School)|
|11-12||Kapa Haka Dance Night|
|12-12||Final School Reports Due Home|
|12-12||Year 8 Prizegiving|
|14-12||Term 4 Ends|