Room 03

Hosea Taani: Room 3

Welcome to Room 3

Malo e lelei, Nau Mai Haere and welcome to Room 3.

I look forward to be working with the Year 8 of Room 3 Kereru Syndicate. I have experience teaching in both England and South Korea (English Academy), and have spent 4 and a half years working as a Specialist Teacher in the Birkdale area (Resource Teacher for Learning and Behaviour). I return to the Birkdale community after working as a class teacher at Northcote Intermediate (2017).

I look forward to learning and where possible, adding value to the learning experiences of the students of Room 3. I welcome all conversations with whanau concerning your child’s learning, and I hope to create greater partnerships to overcome the challenges 2018 may bring. Looking forward to the year ahead!

Term 1 – This term will be very busy. Room 3 will be adapting to new routines and improving their work and study skills. The school continues to use its Problem Based Learning approach, which involves students participating in real problems while learning to use vital problem solving skills. We will start this term off with a Science Quest, “Let The Buyer Beware”. Students will explore, explain and decide what area is best suited for a buyer. Poetry will be the focus for Reading and Writing. Mathematics in Term One will focus on Number and Algebra (place value, basic facts), and finishes with Geometry and Measurement. It will also be a time for assessment with students completing PAT assessment. Sporting opportunities will include the Shore-to-Shore Fun Run, Softball and Cricket Zone days, and Swimming Sports. Room 3 will also begin learning the languages French and Maori

Independent and organisation habits are encouraged throughout this term. I ask that parents and family support and encourage this by signing the homework diary each week and by establishing nightly homework routines.

Term 2 – Room 3 will start the term the Quest, “Faster, Higher, Stronger”. The Quest involves students explore thinking skills to form a well-founded judgment. The Commonwealth Games will take place during this unit, providing even greater relevance. Science Fair will also begin towards the end of the term. This will provide a greater opportunity to apply or learn investigation skills through fair testing. Students are encouraged to begin thinking about interesting topics to investigate for Science Fair. Term 2’s topic for reading and writing will be creative writing. The concept Myths and Mythology will be used to create our own myths. Mathematics for the term will be the strands Number and Algebra (Multiplication and Division), and end the term with Statistics (grouping – constructing and interpreting). At the end of this term, the first written academic Reports will be sent home and will be followed by our Student Led Conferences.

Term 3 – The term will begin with Science Fair and end with the Quest, “Waste not, Want not”. This will involve the thinking skill, ‘compare and contrast’ and involve students deciding how to reduce their waste stream. Mathematics this term will start with Algebra – looking at fractions, decimals and percentages. Geometry and Measurement will cover symmetry, transformations and angles. In P.E. we will start training for the upcoming Athletics Day in term 4. School production, Sports Camp and Cross Country will also complete the term.

Term 4 – Our last two Quests for the year are, “Predicting the Weather” and “Filemoni’s Dilemma”. Using the thinking skill, compare and contrast, they will decide if Filemoni should leave his homeland or come to New Zealand. Students will focus on understanding how people pass on and sustain culture and heritage for different reasons and how this has consequences for different people. Reading will focus on biographies in the, “Hero or Villain” Quest. Mathematics for the term is Number and Algebra (patterns and relationships), Geometry and Measurement (time, date and change, shape and space, location and bearings). Students also have school and North Shore Athletics, EOTC week, and final academic reports to look forward to.

I look forward to the year ahead while working closely with students, parents’ and family. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can do this by calling the school during office hours or emailing me at or leave a message in your child’s homework diary. You can also keep updated on what is happening at school through the Birkdale Bulletin newsletter that is emailed out each Friday. The newsletter has articles featuring our activities and successes for the week. Do not forget to “like” or “follow” our Facebook page, as this is another interactive way to find out what’s happening in our school community.

Malo ‘aupito, Ngā mihi,

Mr Taani

November 21, 2012 |

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