Totara

Teacher: Denise Sharp

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Class Blog: https://sites.google.com/kaharoa.school.nz/teamtotara-2017/home

Term Letter

The 2019 Kaharoa School class stationery lists for 2019 are available http://www.myschool.co.nz)”>online and in store.

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Welcome to Totara 2019!

I would firstly like to say a huge thank you to the whanau and students that have welcomed me to Kaharoa School this week. I feel privileged to be serving such a caring and welcoming community!

Here is a little bit about your child’s new teacher! I am currently in my fifth year teaching, having previously taught the extension class at Kaitao Intermediate. I held positions of responsibility there, including leading mathematics. Mathematics is definitely a passion of mine! Last year I also worked for Massey University. In this role I mentored teachers in facilitating their teaching in mathematics. On a personal note, Rotorua has always been my hometown! I lived out at Ngongotaha for years, and recently moved to Lynmore to be closer to the lakes and forest.

My goals this year are to embed the Kaharoa Cornerstone Values into our classroom, and set students up for the best possible start at high school by building independence and self-management. I will also work hard to ensure students are happy, healthy and whole at school and support them to achieve excellence in every way they can.

Homework
Learning topics this term:
Help needed!

  • Maths Whizz. Please use Maths whizz for 10-15 minutes every night or morning that suits your family’s schedule.

  • Reading. Read, read, read! Read every night, for at least 25-30 minutes.

  • Homework Challenge: The Kaharoa Homework challenge will commence in Week 2. The specific challenges will need to be agreed on by both family and teacher. It will be great to see lots of Totara names on the honours board by the end of the year!

  • Our focus this term is ‘Identity’. There will be a major focus on Science;, covering genes, DNA, fingerprinting and genetic modification. There will also be a social science focus exploring concepts that shape our identity, specifically family, role models and exploring differences and similarities between different cultures.

  • Maths will be focused on problem solving in the area of geometry and number properties. You can help by talking to your child about the maths you come across in everyday life. Ask them how they would work things out a ‘different way’, or what they learned in ‘shareback’ today.

  • Writing will focus on Memoir first, exploring moments that make our family special, role models, and moments that have shaped our lives. Then we will move on to report writing, to tie in with the science focus in our Identity topic unit. You can help at home by asking students what their focus or goal is this week, share examples of writing, and discuss why different aspects have been highlighted ‘gold’.

Do you have any connections, or know of anyone who could work with our class on one of these topics? We are looking for guest speakers, class trips etc. to bring our learning to life! If you do, please let me know via email and I will give you a call smile

Other notices
If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch via the office, or send me an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Manual begins in Week 2. Students will need to have covered shoes every Thursday.

  • Swimming is every day except Thursday.

  • Library day is Friday, and students can issue up to 4 books. Please help ensure that books come back to school regularly so students always have fresh material. The Mobile Library will be here every second Monday starting Week 3.

  • Students need to be sunsmart and come to school with a hat and sunblock to stay safe in the sun.

  • Camp in Week 4. The dates have changed from the original advertised dates on the school website. Please see the newsletter below!

  • Our Cornerstone Value is respect and our Key Competencies are self-manager and a thinker. Students will be learning how to ‘Pause, Breathe, Smile’ as a tool to facilitate these aspects of being a successful learner.

Nga Mihi Nui,

Denise Sharp

Learning Resources

Please click for information that was sent home for parents:
http://nzmaths.co.nz/nzc-and-standards
http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/
http://members.learningplanet.com/act/mayhem/free.asp
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/
http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/tabletrees.html
http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/BangOnTime/clockwordres.html
http://nz.ixl.com/
http://www.mathletics.co.nz/