Debbie Cornelius Room 10
2016 is upon us! Hello and a warm welcome to all new students in Room 10 and their parents and caregivers. This will be an exciting, and stimulating year for all of us! I look forward to meeting you at teacher/parent information evenings and school events. The link between home and school is of vital importance so please offer children your time, support and interest to encourage success in their learning.
This is the term for developing the routines and habits for success at school and beyond. Each week over the year we will cover Maths, Reading, Writing, Visual or Oral Language, French, Te Reo Maori, Social Science or Science, P.E., Block Sport, Technology, The Arts, Library and Homework.
Homework: I would like to encourage positive homework habits. Homework will be given on a Monday and handed in and marked on a Friday. Students will also be able to access homework on Google Classroom. I request parents support positive homework habits by signing children’s homework diary on a Thursday evening. Please also help children to organize nightly homework routines, and working around duties and commitments. The homework diary is also useful for communication between home and school.
Thinking-Based Learning: Our first major unit this term will be a Science unit called ‘Let the Buyer Beware’. Children will learn about geology, in the local area, within a context of purchasing property. We have a trip to see the features of Takapuna’s volcanic landscape.
Maths: We start with Number and Algebra Unit 1, focusing on addition, subtraction and place value. We conclude the term with Geometry and Measurement Unit 1, focusing on estimating and measuring. Problem-solving strategies are to be taught throughout the term.
English: This term children will study a wide range of poetry in our Reading and Writing unit. They will learn about, and apply the Three Level Guide strategy when critically analysing text in order to become deeper thinkers and writers. For Visual Language, children will be creating and presenting their own ‘Me Mag’ cover.
Other exciting events include: Swimming Sports, 40 hour Famine, Meet the Teacher Evening, Class photos, and the Shore to Shore Fun Run. Please encourage children to take advantage of these opportunities on offer.
Thinking-Based Learning: Our major Social Science quest this term is ‘Disaster Strikes.’ Students will make a well-founded judgement to decide on the three most important areas needing funding. Our ‘Science Fair’ follows this unit, and students will learn to use fair testing strategies to make informed scientific decisions. An important part of this investigation is choosing a topic that can be counted and measured, so please assist them early on in this investigation.
Maths: Our focus this term is Number and Algebra Unit 2 focusing on multiplication, division and number strategies. We conclude the term with Statistics focusing on the collection, analysis and display of information.
English: For Reading and Writing this term, students will analyse myths from around the world and then create their own. They will then have the opportunity to choose any topic and create and present speeches for our Oral Language unit.
You will receive written reports this term and be part of Student, Parent, and Teacher Interviews.
Thinking-Based Learning: The first unit this term is Social Science based and is called ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger,’ and this ties in with the Olympic Games. Students will make a well-founded judgement to decide whether athletes can live up to the true spirit of sportsmanship. A minor unit ‘Predicting the Weather’ follows this.
Maths: Our focus this term is Number and Algebra Unit 3, which focuses on fractions (ratio/percentage/decimal) followed with Geometry and Measurement Unit 2 (symmetry/transformations/angles).
English: The literacy programme this term is based on ‘Nitty Gritty’ novels. Students will apply the Three Level Guide strategy to critically analyse them, and demonstrate their deeper understanding. For Visual Language, children will view various Pixar Movies to find hidden meanings.
Other events include Cross-Country and the School Production.
Term 4 – Phew we made it – The Last Term!
Thinking-Based Learning: This term we focus on a Social Science unit called ‘Filemoni’s Dilemma’. Students will skilfully compare and contrast New Zealand and Samoa and make a decision whether Filemoni and his family should emigrate. Depending on time restraints this unit will be followed by ‘Rip-off’.
Maths: Our focus is Number and Algebra Unit 4 (Patterns and Relationships), and Geometry and Measurement Unit 3 (Time/Rate/Change), and Unit 4 focusing on shape and space.
English: Our unit this term is called ‘Hero or Villain.’ Students will read various biographies and compare and contrast attributes to determine what defines a hero. They will then write as one of the characters and focus on a key event. For Oral Language children will apply the Three Level Guide while listening to various texts.
Other events include: Athletics Day, and EOTC Week. Final reports will be issued.
Please remember to contact me through your child’s diary if you have any concerns or queries. 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.
Here’s to a successful 2016!
With Kind Regards