Teacher: Maria Shoebridge

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Dear Parents

Welcome to term 3 in Room Rimu. I hope you had a lovely break with family and friends. We are excited to be in our new classroom now and are looking forward to exploring the space alongside Room Rata.

Lessons and activities this term will include:

Reading: Initially finishing novels from last term or SRA cards (short stories and comprehension questions). Rimu readers will then be moved into mixed-level groups to begin a new novel, most with comprehension questions every few chapters. These novels will remain at school (unless your child gets behind the rest of the group and needs to catch up). Children will continue to rotate through a variety of independent activities called ‘The Daily 5’ when not reading with a group.

All children are encouraged to read at home every day (there is an obvious connection between good readers and the amount of reading done!) This does not need to be recorded as children are expected to manage themselves. Reading at home can be own books, library books or books and journals chosen from the fluency boxes at request.

Library Day will continue to be Wednesday this term, the children are allowed up to 3 books out.

Writing: Descriptive writing (continuing to work on ‘show, not tell’ from last term), speeches and writing to persuade. I will continue to teach specific language skills needed in years 5 & 6 (such as dictionary/thesaurus skills, editing & punctuation, spelling rules and language features).

Maths: Rooms Rimu & Rata will continue our maths class crossover 3 days a week, working with multi-digit multiplication & division (using place value knowledge), and then problem solving leading up to the local ‘Rotomaths’ competition at the end of the term. Maths Whizz will be used for 15 minutes in class most days, before or after the group maths sessions. I look at areas of difficulty and individually support students in areas of need when possible. Even greater maths progress can be made when children are able to access this programme at home.

topic Studies: Electives begin this term, every second Friday afternoon, starting in week 1. Thank you to the many parents offering their time and expertise which has given students a wide variety of choices to select from.

Berni and Harold join us at the beginning of the term for Life Education. Our focus for this will be based around the brain and choices that we make to best look after it.

Consideration is our cornerstone value for the term - ‘A willingness to be kind, thoughtful and consider the interest of others before self.’ This means thinking of others.

Our school wide theme is based on the key competency ‘A Can-do Kid’. Rooms Rimu & Rata will encourage students to challenge themselves and act as leaders in various aspects of life such as cooking, science, physical activity and the arts. Room Rimu students will also research ‘consideration’ or ‘can-do’ heroes.

Near the term’s end we’ll spend a week creating art works (Art Week) then celebrate this art in a whole school exhibition.

We will restart our learning of Chinese with a new teacher and the Maori focus will be on animals leading into LCK Day next term.

Phys. Ed.: Gymnastics (weeks 1-6), then skipping. We will also continue with large ball games and some in-class warm-ups.

Good luck to all those continuing to participate in winter sports codes.

HOMEWORK: Although most Rimu children will not bring home regular homework sheets, spelling words or basic facts everybody is expected to read at home daily and learn their basic facts (particularly times tables and division). There is a range of maths worksheets available to help with this if needed. Students can opt to take home a science, literacy or maths problem solving task/challenge each week. Some students will be given spelling words to learn this term, with activities suggested for how to practise these. Sometimes also, work will come home that needs to be completed or maths tasks may be sent home if a need is noticed. Students participating in the Give it a Go Homework Challenge need to remember to bring in evidence of completed challenges (a minimum of 2 a term is recommended). The homework challenge Market Day is later this term.

Maria Shoebridge

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