Teacher: Lisa Fell

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Term Letter

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30 January 2018

Dear Parents and Caregivers, Room Rata

Welcome to Term 1, 2018! I hope you all had a fantastic break with family and friends. I am excited to be teaching

your child in Room Rata this year and look forward to meeting with you soon.

The Key Competencies that we will focus on this term are Thinking and Managing Self.

Thinking and reflecting are very important skills and will be a focus for the whole year.

Managing Self involves goal setting, being organised, and building perseverance. This will be the basis of our topic

study this term and will lead nicely into developing a growth mindset, something which will help students all year.

The year will start off with settling in; getting to know each other; and learning about classroom routines and rules.

With both Rata and Rimu sharing the Kokako Centre, Mrs Shoebridge and I have decided to collaborate in

certain areas. To start with, we will collaborate in Maths and Reading. Each teacher will work with groups which will

be made up of students from both classes. Students will be grouped after testing and groups will be very flexible,

changing throughout the year.

Our maths will start with Movement, Position, Symmetry and Transformation. Following this unit, both Rata and

Rimu will work together on Place Value. Senior classes are trialing Maths Whizz, an online maths programme

where students have access to individualised learning and tutoring. This will complement the classroom maths

programme nicely. Students will be able to access this from home if desired. Logins will be sent home shortly.

Reading will focus on reading accuracy and comprehension. Students will be tested and grouped accordingly.

Groups will read with the teacher while the rest of the class will be doing various literacy activities. For this part, we

will be following a programme called The Daily 5. It allows students to get in lots of reading mileage and work both

independently and with buddies.

To begin with in writing, students will write about themselves and recounts about their holidays. Following camp

we will begin letter writing. Towards the end of the term we will write narratives with a focus on description.

Swimming will begin right away with preparation for senior swimming sports. Students need to bring togs,

towel, goggles if desired, and a waterproof bag every day, or a note from parents if sick. Rash shirts are

encouraged and are required for lunchtime swims.

Both Rata and Rimu will be trialling a different approach to homework this year. Students will not be bringing

regular homework (spelling words, maths questions) home each week. Instead they will have the option of taking a

maths, literacy or science challenge home each week. We still expect students to be reading daily and practising

basic facts. Sometimes work will be sent home for completion. I will be encouraging all students to take part in the

Give it a Go Homework Challenge. Two challenges per term are recommended for this.

We will be using Google Drive in class also. This allows for collaboration across students and the ability to

access learning at home if you have the internet. Logins will be sent home shortly.

Room Rata will be going on camp at the end of week 2 this term! We will spend the night at Lakes Ranch where

we will be taking part in fun, challenging team and individual activities. Please ensure you have completed the

permission form for your child.

If you have any queries, please feel free to email me

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I’m looking forward to an awesome year of learning with Room Rata!

Warm Regards,

Lisa Fell

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