Juanita Heremaia Room 7
Kia ora and welcome to all parents and students of Room 7!!
We are a Year 8 class and part of the Weka Syndicate. I have returned to teaching full time after being on maternity leave and relieving in 2015. Our classroom has had a few upgrades over the holidays and I look forward to the fresh start with you all.
This term I hope to meet with all parents at the Parent-Student-Teacher conferences to discuss your child’s goals for 2016 and how we can best support their learning. Please take the time to encourage your child to participate in any of the sporting, cultural and academic activities available at our school.
Students should use the first couple of weeks to set up routines that include being prepared for each day with the correct equipment and doing homework which students have access to through their Homework Diaries and on Google Classroom.
Our 2016 topics: Maths, Reading, Writing, Visual – Oral Language, Te Reo Maori, Spanish, Social Science – Science, P.E., Block Sport, Technology, The Arts, Library and Homework.
The major quest is ‘Let the Buyer Beware’ for Science and this will include a trip to Takapuna to look at the ecology of the area. Our transactional Writing and Visual Language poster will be integrated with this topic.
We will concentrate on Number/Algebra for Mathematics. PAT testing will also take place this term.
English includes looking at the different forms of poetry and using the Three Level Guide strategy to enhance their learning.
The 40 Hour Famine, Shore-to-Shore Fun Run, Swimming Sports and Meet the Teacher Evening will be held this term.
For Social Science we will be studying ‘Disaster Strikes’. This will be followed by the ‘Science Fair’ where each child will learn about fair testing strategies. Your assistance with this topic at home is encouraged.
For Reading we look at myths from around the world and students will produce their own myths in Creative Writing. Students will also get to write their Speeches and present these to the class. Please have them practice saying these out loud with you at home.
We will continue with our Maths units (Number/Algebra, Geometry) with a focus on Statistics near the end of the term to align with our Science unit.
At the end of Term 2 the first Written Academic Reports are sent home and will be followed by Parent-Student-Teacher interviews.
Following on from the Science Fair we are studying ‘Faster Higher Stronger’ for our quest. Students will make a Well Founded Judgement to decide whether athletes can live up to the true spirit of sportsmanship. Please contact me if you or someone you know, competes in high profile sports and would like to share their expertise in this area.
Mathematics will continue with our Number and Algebra units as well as the Geometry and Measurement units near the end of the term.
Our literacy program is based on the ‘Nitty Gritty’ novels. The Three Level Guide strategy will be a major focus in this unit.
Visual language we will be doing a film study.
We also have the school Cross Country and the school production.
The last term! Our quest for Social Studies is ‘Filemoni’s Dilemma’. Students will skillfully compare and contrast life in New Zealand and Samoa to decide whether Filemoni and his family should emigrate.
Our Maths program will continue with the Number/Algebra and Geometry/Measurement units.
The Reading and Writing units will be based on ‘Heroes or Villains?’ and looking at a range of biographies. They will also define what makes a hero or villain.
Oral language will allow students to listen and analyse various texts.
Year 8 EOTC is this term, as well as Athletics Day. The Final Written Academic Report will be sent home towards the end of the year.
‘You can keep up to date through our weekly school newsletter, the Birkdale Bulletin which comes home every Friday. It has articles on our activities and successes.’ Feel free to email me at email@example.com regarding any queries you may have.