Room 12

Kate Brown Room 12

Parents and students, welcome to Room 12! We are a Year 8 class and part of the Kiwi Syndicate. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and having a wonderful 2016.  I look forward to meeting you at the teacher/parent information evenings and at school events. We have a busy and exciting year planned. Students, this year you will consolidate the skills you have already learnt and build on them as independent learners!

Homework will be given out and collected in every Monday. Students will be able to access homework on our Google Classroom website as well as in their homework diary. We will be setting positive homework habits by using our diary to organise students extracurricular commitments and weekly homework. Parents can support positive homework habits by signing children’s homework diary each week and using the diary to communicate between home and school.

Term 1

The year kicks off with our first Quest titled “Let the Buyer Beware”. This Science based Quest will have us investigating the geology of the North Shore area. It will include an interesting field trip to examine the geology firsthand. Mathematics begins with Number and Algebra, place value, addition and subtraction and finishes with Geometry and Measurement, estimating and measuring. Poetry from around the world is the focus of our English programme this term. Students will learn how a culture’s identity and beliefs are portrayed through poems.

Other events in Term 1 include; school swimming sports, the Shore to Shore fun run, and a ‘Meet the teacher’ interview.

Term 2

‘Disaster Strikes’ is the major Quest for Term 2. It challenges students to prioritise needs following a disaster. After a disaster what is the best way to spend financial aid? The Science Fair is an important event in the life of our school. The class will be working on these during the second half of Term 2, and finishing work over the Term 2 holidays. Our school will then host the North Harbour Science Fair.

Mathematics will build on lessons learnt in Term 1 and focus on developing core Number, Algebra and Measurement skills. There will also be a focus on developing problem solving strategies using real world examples.

Myths and Legends from around the world will be the focus of our literacy programme.

Written reports will be issued at the conclusion of Term 2 and this will be followed by parent interviews.

Term 3

The Production is a major event at Birkdale Intermediate. I will be encouraging students in Room 12 to take part as actors, prop makers or backstage crew. Mathematics for the term is Number and Algebra: fractions, ratios, percentages and decimals, and Geometry and Measurement: symmetry, transformations and angles).Reading and writing will be based on Stories of the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. School events for term 3 include the School Production and Cross-Country.

Can we live up to the true spirit of sportsmanship? That is the question facing students when they tackle ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’, Term 3’s major Quest.  We will also do a minor quest in Predicting the Weather. Other Term 3 events include the school cross-country, and a host of sports field days.

Term 4

The final term will be here in no time!! EOTC week and Athletics day are the highlights of Term 4, but there is still plenty of classroom learning to be done. Filemoni’s dilemma is the last major Quest of the year. It focuses on the topic of immigration. The minor quest is Rip Off which looks at making ethical decisions about clothing brands. Mathematics units for the term includes Number and Algebra: patterns and relationships, Geometry and Measurement: time, date and change. Reading and writing are focused on science fiction. This terms events are Athletics, EOTC week, and the final academic reports to look forward to. The lives of heroes and villains are investigated in final literacy unit, which explores biographies.

You can keep up to date through our facebook page and our weekly school newsletter the Birkdale Bulletin which comes home every Friday. It has articles on our activities and successes.

Parents, your involvement in your child’s learning is critical for success. You can help by signing your child’s homework diary each week, and by ensuring that they are doing their nightly reading. Please feel free to contact me at school if you have any concerns, feedback or questions through the homework diary or email.

I am really looking forward to meeting you all and working with you during 2016!


Kate Brown

November 18, 2012 |

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