Teacher: Rose Powley / Gaynor Lincoln

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Term Letter

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Mighty Miro

Kaharoa School


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A warm welcome back to everyone after our 2 week July school holiday.

Mr Powley and I drove back through the Desert Road last Friday and Mt Ruapēhu looked stunning - snowcapped in brilliant white!

Thank you so much Miss Lincoln for all your wonderful planning and teaching in Term 2 whilst I was ‘in the office’. I’m looking forward to being back and sharing in Mighty Miro’s learning and teaching with you. This term Mrs Powley will be teaching Monday to Wednesday, and Miss Lincoln will teach Thursday and Friday.

Our Cornerstone Value is this term is CONSIDERATION:

Willingness to be kind and thoughtful, and to consider the interests of others before yourself. This means thinking of others.
As well as being proactive with this at school, in the playground and at home, Mighty Miro will all be taking part in the Christmas Box Operation. A shoebox is filled with gifts and a child from one of the islands will receive, possibly the only presents they will ever receive in their lifetime.

Please see attached form for more information.

Our Key Competencies are: A Kaharoa Kid ‘Can Do’.

They take risks, participate and contribute.

They are ready, willing and able to give new things a go.

To achieve this, a Kaharoa Kid is an important contributor to Kaharoa School life. They have a sense of belonging and actively involve themselves in school, local and wider communities. They contribute to the quality and sustainability of social, physical and economic environments.

Being a Thinker Thinking and reflecting are very important skills and this continues to be an ongoing focus for the entire year.

Life Education: Yay! Harold and Bernie are back. Mighty Miro’s topic is ‘Happy and Healthy’. We have 2 sessions in Harold’s caravan.

Students will explore the ways in which we can contribute to our own health and wellbeing. These include:- Balanced Diet

  • - Basic Needs and Body Care
    - Physical Development and Growth
    - Physical Safety

Gosh, the standard of Homework Challenge Presentations have been fabulous! Thank you parents for supporting your child with these. There have been impressive powerpoint displays, actual experiments demonstrated, models made and explained and tastings as well! With 3 challenges now completed there is one due this term and the last one due in Term 4. Regular weekly homework will be given on Monday and is due back to school on Friday along with personalised spelling lists. Children will need to return their readers to school each day to get a new one. If for some reason your child hasn’t read with a teacher that day, they will take home an independent reader one or two levels below the level where they would normally read with the teacher.

Science Being ‘Can Do’ Mighty Miro kids we will be experimenting with some ‘everyday’ substances to see what may (or may not) happen. We will ‘wonder’ about the possibilities and ‘why’ some substances connect and work together and why some do not.


Students will be learning about multiplication strategies with Mrs Powley and about time (digital and analogue) and money with Miss Lincoln.


We will be practising our gymnastics skills - developing further what we have learnt in previous years. We have some children in Mighty Miro who are regular gymnasts so they will be able to help us all with the correct techniques to use.

Electives For some of our Mighty Miro children this will be the first year they participate in Electives. These will be on Friday afternoons from 1:30-2:30pm in Weeks 1,3,5 & 7. An exciting time to learn a new skill or craft or develop further an interest in a particular area.

Art Week -Week 9-17-21 September

We will be creating Robots - all clean cardboard, bottle tops, metal and plastic, nuts and bolts, washers and screws, see through plastic bottles, drink cans, metal cans (e.g. peaches etc required please. We would love some parent help during Week 9 as construction will require tools and supervision.We’ll need drills, pliers, glue guns, blades. We will send out a help sheet closer to the time but the materials can be collected now and sent along throughout the term. Thank you!

Mighty Miro Detectives

Our ‘Detective’ theme continues. Wondering, thinking, analysing, problem-solving are all part of a normal detective’s everyday life. This is also part of your child’s everyday school life in all curriculum areas.

We are looking forward to meeting with you all in our Parent/Teacher Interviews in Week 2 to discuss your child’s progress and moving forward throughout the rest of the year.

Kind regards

Gaynor Lincoln & Rose Powley

Suggestions to Help Increase Understanding

  • Make a regular time for reading every day
  • Turn off the T.V.
  • Let your child know that you ENJOY the time together
  • Make listening to reading a SPECIAL time
  • Be seen as a reader YOURSELF
  • Encourage your child to make use of the local and school library

Be Patient
· 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:

  1. What do you think the word is?
  2. Read the sentence again and see if you can work it out
  3. Have a go
  4. Look at the picture
  5. What does it start with?
  6. After talking your child may be ready to read to you
  7. Do read first if your child wants you to
  8. Do take turns reading parts of the story with your child
  9. Try leaving out the last word occasionally
  10. Let your child join in with you. This gets easier with practice
  11. Praise your child’s efforts
  12. Talk about the book after reading it
  13. Do make reading fun!

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?

  • ·Involve your child in the selection of a story or book. Ask your child what interests him/her. Use this information to help select material. We as adults seldom read something that we don’t want to so why force young children to read something they are not interested in. This is not to say that there is not a time and place for compulsory reading of books. Your must balance that yourself.
  • Don’t restrict your child’s reading material to only books. Provide a chance to read other types of reading material such as magazines, comics, poetry books, newspapers, maps, recipes, letters, picture books, computer adventure games etc.

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:

  • Before reading takes place ask your child to think of one question to ask
  • Your child listens or reads (silently or out loud), thinking about their question
  • When reading is finished your child asks their question
  • You could also ask a question of your child
  • As your child’s questions become more complex you could gradually get them to ask more than one question.
  • This certainly helps with understanding what is read!

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 :

  • Don’t say anything
  • Don’t signal with your face
  • Don’t point
  • In fact, don’t do anything

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:
-Correct reading
-Self corrections
-Prompted self corrections
-Positive participation

Give time to work the word out.
If unable to work it out try some of the following:

  • Read on and see if you can work it out
  • Go back and read that sentence again
  • Think about if the word looks right
  • What would make sense?
  • Is there are word inside that word you do know? eg: handle- and -hand
  • Change the letter at the beginning to…. eg: wet imagine the w is a g. get-wet
  • What rhymes with…
  • Read around the corner
  • Look at the punctuation (take a breath for fullstops)
  • Make the reading sound like talking
  • Show me… useful when a word is said wrong eg: a for the
  • Look at the picture- eg: what is the expression on his face?
  • Sound it out
  • Is that a real word?
  • It could be but …. Does the word start like that?.....end like that?
  • Look at the whole word
  • Think about what is happening in the story

Learning Resources

Maths Buddy
The Maths Buddy website is a way to reinforce the concepts that we cover in class. Your child should already have a user’s account. http://www.mathsbuddy.co.nz
Study Ladder
For the younger members of our class, Study ladder is also a great resource, covering maths, reading and spelling. http://www.studyladder.co.nz

Junior learning sites


Helping Hands

Help Request Est.Time
Recycled Art Materials Wanted 1 hour
Plastic Bottle Tops Wanted 1 hour
1/2 Round or 1/4 Round Posts to Donate 1 hour

We need help!
If you can help with any of the items above, please click on a task to find out more and volunteer.