Room 08

Lauren O’Sullivan: Room 8

Kia ora to all parents, caregivers and students of Room 8.

I am looking forward to joining the team at Birkdale Intermediate School. I grew up on the North Shore and I am absolutely loving being back again after many years in other places. I have a wealth of teaching experience, which includes teaching in Auckland, Switzerland and Germany. I am very passionate about ensuring learners are meaningfully engaged in authentic learning experiences. I also aim to develop a classroom culture of collaboration, respect for each other and fun. In my personal time I enjoy reading, outdoor activities, especially tramping, kayaking and cycling.

We are a Year 7 class and part of the Weka Syndicate. This term I hope to meet with all parents at the Meet the Teacher evening early in Term One to discuss your child’s goals for 2018 and how we can best support their learning. Please take the time to encourage your child to trial and participate in the wide variety of sporting, cultural and academic opportunities 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.

Term 1 – Tuesday 30 January to Friday 13 April (11 weeks)
The major Quest is ‘Let the Buyer Beware’ for Science and this will include a trip to Takapuna to view the local area and build knowledge of purchasing property. Our Transactional Writing and Visual Language poster will be integrated with this topic.
We will begin with Number/Algebra 1 for Mathematics, which focuses on addition, subtraction and place value. Following that will be Geometry/Measurement 1 looking at estimating and measuring. PAT testing will also take place this term.
English includes looking at the different forms of poetry and using the Connect-Extend-Challenge routine to enhance their learning.
The Shore-to-Shore Fun Run, Swimming Sports, Talent Quest and Meet the Teacher Evening will be held this term.

Term 2 – Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July (10 weeks)
For Social Science we will be studying ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’, which ties in with the Commonwealth Games. Students will continue to strengthen their thinking by making a well-founded judgement to decide if athletes can live up to the true spirit of sportsmanship.
The term will conclude with 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’ where your child 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.
In Mathematics, we will continue with Number and Algebra 2, where we will be focusing on multiplication, division and number strategies and learn about Statistics near the end of the term to align with the Science unit. Their projects should reflect their knowledge of tables and graphs. Mathex (school and North Shore mathematics competition) is also this term showcasing our top class problem solvers.
At the end of Term 2 the first written academic Reports are sent home and will be followed by student led conferences.

Term 3 – Monday 23 July to Friday 28 September (10 weeks)
Our major Quest for Social Science is ‘Disaster Strikes’. Students investigate three important areas they think should take priority of funding after a natural disaster. This term the 40 Hour Famine coincides with this unit and students have the chance to fundraise and make a difference to the lives of less fortunate people or places than ourselves. Mathematics will continue with our Number and Algebra 3 (fractions, ratios, percentages and decimals), and Geometry and Measurement 2 (symmetry, transformations and angles).
Our Literacy program is based on the ‘Nitty Gritty’ novels. The Connect-Extend-Challenge will be a major focus in this unit.
Visual Language we will be doing a film study looking at a range of films to decide what makes a film ‘good’.
We also have the Science Fair, Cross Country run, Production, Year 8 Ball and Sports Camp.

Term 4 – Monday 15 October to Thursday 13 December (9 weeks)
The last term of Intermediate school for our Year 8 classes!
The Quest for Social Science is ‘Filemoni’s Dilemma’. Students will skilfully compare and contrast life in New Zealand and Samoa to decide whether Filemoni and his family should emigrate.
Our Mathematics program will continue with the Number and Algebra 4 (patterns and relationships), Geometry and Measurement 3 (time, date and change, shape and space, location and bearings).
Our Reading and Writing topics will be based on ‘Heroes or Villains?’ and look at a variety of biographies. They will also define what makes a hero or villain. Oral Language will allow students to listen and analyse various texts.
Year 7 EOTC is this term, as well as International Day and Athletics. 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 will be sent to your email each week. It has articles on our activities and successes. You can also join our school Facebook page.

Feel free to email me at regarding any queries you may have.

I hope you all have a wonderful and successful year!

Warm regards,
Lauren O’Sullivan

November 19, 2012 |

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