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 holiday. Isn’t it lovely to have the longer days and warmer weather!

This term Mrs Powley will be teaching Monday, some Tuesdays and Wednesdays; and Miss Lincoln will teach most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Our Cornerstone Value is this term is KINDNESS: (Ngakau aroha) – ‘Willingness to help, show concern for and be friendly to others.’ This means being a friend.

Our Key Competency is: FRIENDLINESS.

A Kaharoa Learner is friendly. They can relate to a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts. To achieve this a Kaharoa Learner is inclusive; a team player who listens, is open to different points of view and is willing to negotiate and share ideas. They show empathy and are polite. They are aware of how their words and actions affect others and interact appropriately. They know when to compete, and when to co-operate; how to respond when winning or losing.


Division, Algebra, Money and Geometry will be our topics this term.The children will also be practisng their quick addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts throughout the term.


We will be practising all the Athletics events during the first 4 weeks of term in readiness for our School Athletics Day on Friday 9th November. As you will have noticed your child has a pedometer. We are part of the New Zealand Healthiest School Challenge which is to have our children out and about! As a class we will enter our steps online and Gemma McCaw and Cory Jane will then take us on a ‘virtual world tour’. As our total steps increase we progress further ‘around the world!’


We will be learning about our brain and our body- specifically our digestive system. What actually happens to food we eat? Learning about our body, how it works and what it needs to function the best it can ties in with being kind to ourselves. When we feel well we are ready to take on new opportunities and give them our best! Our brain needs nourishment and sleep just like our bodies to function well.

Mighty Miro Detectives

We have learnt in our detective work that persevering and being resilient are part of learning. When we are in a ‘learning pit’ i.e. an area of learning we are unfamiliar with, we find learning difficult - however this is when the best learning is occuring!! As we learn more we are able to find our way out of the pit and onto easy ground - this is when learning is easy as we have learnt what to do! Continuing to persevere, being resilient and failing well whilst knowing that this is also part of the learning pit is a focus this term. If you wish to know more go to this address.smile https://www.challenginglearning.com/learning-pit/

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