Whaea Mel Robinson: NGA HUA O TE PURAPURA PAI – ROOM 9
Tēnā Tātou e te whānau ō Nga Hua, ngā tau whitu hou, rātou ko ngā tau waru mai I tērā tau, he mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa.
I am so pleased to welcome you all to Nga Hua (Room 9) this year. We have many exciting opportunities for our tamariki to ‘Strive for Excellence’ and showcase their abilities. I would like to encourage our Mātua to take an active role this year by checking that your tamariki have completed the tasks that they have been set and homework diaries are signed. These tasks are given to help strengthen the week’s lessons and should take approximately 40 minutes each night.
Nga Hua o Te Purapura Pai is our Whānau Learning Class. We are very lucky to have the opportunity to learn and speak in both Te Reo Māori and English. This year we will continue to focus on strengthening Te Reo Maori by introducing 3 x 20 minute Te Reo Māori sessions in class and also introducing ‘Ngā Wāhanga Kōrero Māori’.
Term 1 – We will begin this year investigating the Science Quest ‘Let The Buyer Beware.’ This Quest sees students’ study the geology of the Takapuna area to determine which property could be the best to purchase and why. We will also be undertaking a field trip for this Quest to discover more about the geology first hand.
Our English programme begins with Poetry from around the world and an introduction to the Connect, Extend, Challenge reading strategy. During Reading, students will analyse poems as well as craft their own poem in a given style for Writing.
Throughout the year, Mathematics will focus on developing core Number, Algebra and Measurement skills. Ensuring the students continue to strengthen their basic facts also remains important.
School wide events this term include school swimming sports, the Shore to Shore fun run, and an opportunity to meet the teacher.
Term 2 – Our major Quest this term links with the recent Commonwealth Games and Winter Olympics. ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ sees students make a well founded judgment regarding the pressures that athletes face and how they can live up to the true spirit of sportsmanship.
During Reading, students will be studying ‘Myths and Legends’ from around the world. They will learn the characteristics of myths and craft their own myth during Writing.
The Science Fair is always a highlight of the academic year and students will need to select a topic to investigate and present their findings. This will begin in the second half of the term, and will be completed over the holidays for presentation during the third term. It is imperative that students begin to research topics that they are passionate about well in advance.
At the end of this term, students will receive their first written report as well as Student Led Conferences. It is important that you make this time a priority to discuss your child’s progress and be able to share in their success.
Term 3 – Our major Quest for the third term is ‘Disaster Strikes’ where students investigate how emergency funds should be prioritised after a natural disaster. This is particularly significant following the 40 Hour Famine where we are raising money to support the children of the current refugee crisis.
Our English programme is centered around ‘Novel Studies’ where students will apply their knowledge of the ’Connect, Extend, Challenge’ strategy to both analyse a novel and create a piece of writing in a chosen style.
The Production is a major event in the life of our school with many students and teachers working hard to present a quality presentation that showcases our talents. There are many opportunities not only on stage but also behind the scenes so be prepared to get involved. This is also the term when trainings for the bi-annual regional kapahaka competition will start (Manukuratahi). This will be held in November.
Term 4 – The final term is packed full of exciting experiences such as EOTC week, Athletics Day and end of year prize giving. Students will be given their final written academic Report at the end of this term. ‘Filemoni’s Dilemma’ is our last major Quest of the year. Students will skillfully compare and contrast the differences between two cultures and present detailed findings that show the depth of their research.
During English, the students will study ‘Biographies’ in our ‘Heroes and Villains’ unit.
Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any concerns, feedback or questions – my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The students all have access to ‘Google Classroom’, which supports their learning at home.
Our weekly school newsletter ‘Birkdale Bulletin’ is emailed home each Friday and you can also like our official page on Facebook to keep up to date with photos and articles on our activities and successes.
I am looking forward to meeting you all and working with you during 2018!
Weka Team Leader