Teacher: Gaynor Lincoln / Rose Powley

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Term Letter

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Mighty Miro

Kaharoa School


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A warm welcome to children and parents of Room Miro 2018. It’s already looking like a fun filled year of learning in Mighty Miro. Rose and Gaynor are looking forward to working together this year.

Our Cornerstone Value is this term is OBEDIENCE- (Aronga Taringa) – ‘Willingness to obey rightful authority.’ This means doing what you are asked to do by those who care.

Our Key Competencies are: Being a Thinker and an effective Self Manager. Thinking and reflecting are very important skills and this will be a focus for the entire year. Being a Self-Manager is vital for your child to learn to manage themselves in their daily lives; their bags, books, notices, routines and play.


We want all the children to start working in their books on Monday of Week 2 (5 Feb). The list was sent home with each child at the end of last year. We are using middle-sized lines to help the children adjust to reducing the size of their writing. If you have any difficulties with obtaining stationery let Rose or Gaynor know and we’ll do our best to help. If you need another stationery list just ask at the office.

It would help us a lot if you put your children’s names and subject on their books and their initials on their pens and pencils etc.


From Week 2 onwards the children will be given homework each week. This will consist of a reader per night, a list of ten spelling words per weekHomework will be given on Monday and is due back to school on Friday.

The 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. We’d also encourage as many children as possible to take on the Year 4

Homework Challenge. More info coming soon,

The children need to bring their (named) swimming gear in a plastic bag. Rash tops and goggles are encouraged. For all lunchtime free swims the children must wear rash tops. If your child is unable to participate in swimming sessions, please send along a note to explain why.

Talking of summer heat, Kaharoa is a SunSmart school and all children need to wear a hat when they are outside. Most of the children have

transferred their school hats to Mighty Miro from their last year’s class.

Term 1

Term 1 will begin with getting to know each other, and learn class routines, and how obedience, being a thinker and an effective self- manager.

Mighty Miro Sleepover

To help children have occasions to exercise the value and key competencies, we will have a sleepover in Room Miro on Thursday 15 February. All information and permission slip are attached to this newsletter.

The whole year will centre on Science. Our macro-concept for this Term is Obedience, which ties in with our Cornerstone value. We will be looking at aspect of weather, how they affect our world and how obedience helps us prepare for weather events. There are many cool experiments to do that will lend a realistic touch to our learning.

Mundy the Monkey

This year we have Mundy the monkey who will be accompanying one child home each week. For the privilege of taking him home that child has to write the next chapter in the book The Exciting Adventures of Mundy the Monkey. Mundy will spend the week living at your place with your child who will write about their house, family and home life in the exercise book provided. Photos are cool to include and can be emailed to Rose or Gaynor at School if you don’t have a printer.

Stationery Labelling when you are naming your child’s books.
Notebook – Spelling
Paste Books – ABC and 123
Green ILA4 Exercise books: Handwriting/ Maori, Reading,
Homework, Topic, Draft, and Free Writing.

Please try to buy the correct exercise books as our teaching is geared to these sizes.


Our writing this term will centre around personal

experiences to begin with and later report writing on

what we learn about the weather. There will also be

time for the children to write about their own choices


To start the term we will look at how numbers are put together, and how to read them. As we move into our Weather unit we will learn about data gathering, and interpreting data displays (graphing). Later in the term we will focus on addition and subtraction.

Detective Theme

Our theme for the year is How to be a good detective. We are looking at what skills detectives need to solve mysteries and learn to use these skills in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science. So it’s going to be a busy, but fun term.

If you need to see me at any time, just let us know and we can arrange a time that suits us all.

Kind regards

Rose Powley & Gaynor Lincoln


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