Teacher: Shannon Napier

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Term Letter

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Totara Term 1 Newsletter 2018

Welcome back! I hope this finds you all well and excited about the year ahead. Team Totara have started the term with diligence and enthusiasm and we have already launched into our learning.

Our Cornerstone Value for term 1 is Obedience and our Key Competencies are Self Manager and Thinker. All of which will be important for our team as we head into the year and prepare our children for the ‘busy-ness’ of High School.

We will be investigating the ’The Plant Kingdom’ this term in Science. We will be looking at plant structure and how they function. We will also look at plants under the microscope.

We have decided to stream our Maths classes this term in Totara and Tawa. Groups will be fluid and children will move back and forth depending on their ability in the different topic areas. The senior school is using the NZ based ‘Maths Whizz’ online maths support programme this year. I have been really impressed with it so far and would like the children to use it for approx 10 - 15 mins per day in addition to our to our in-class lessons.

In our Writing sessions we will be learning skills that will help to improve our writing structure and composition whilst also using smart vocabulary to maintain reader engagement and enjoyment. Report writing will be done during our science investigations.

Please help me encourage regular reading at home, 25 - 30 mins a day would be great! Shared novels need to come to school each day. Our library day is Thursday and 4 books can be issued at one time. I encourage children to have one new magazine issued per week.

It is the Kahu members turn to do their presentations this term. Topics should be familiar and easy to talk about, e.g., a family holiday, a sports trip or musical rendition. Presentations should be about 5 minutes long and if slides are used then they are to back up what they have to say, rather than be the focus of their presentation.
Please ensure your child has sunblock on before school and a school sunhat. Team Totara can have water bottles in class providing they won’t spill if accidentally knocked over. It would also be appreciated if you could please send in a box of tissues into class, we go through so many! If you have any questions or problems, please email me on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or leave a message at the office.

  • School and Rural Swimming Sports (week 5), CBOP swimming sports (week 10)

  • Intermediate Immunisations (week 6)

  • PAT testing (week 6 - 7)

  • Waitomo Caves camp (week 7 or 8 - to be confirmed next week). More information will be sent home once our programme has been confirmed.

  • Team Totara’s ANZAC Ceremony (week 10)

Nga mihi Shannon Napier

Learning Resources

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