Chris Thorne: Room 14
Welcome to a new and exciting year in Room 14. We have a busy 2018 ahead. Students, your journey as independent learners continues!
Term 1 – The year kicks off with our first Thinking Based Learning task titled “Let the Buyer Beware”. This Science based Quest will have us investigating the geology of the North Shore area. It will include a field trip to examine local geology firsthand.
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. They will also have the opportunity to craft and share their own.
Students will also be writing webpages as part of our Visual Language unit. The aim will be to effectively use design principles to convey information and ideas to an online audience.
Other events in Term 1 include school swimming sports, the Shore to Shore fun run, and a ‘Meet the teacher’ interview.
Term 2Can we live up to the true spirit of sportsmanship? That is the question facing students when they tackle ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’, Term 2’s major Quest.
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. Students should be working towards gaining entry into the North Harbour Science Fair competition.
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 the Student Led Conferences.
Term 3 – Every year a large number Room 14 students are actors, prop makers or backstage crew in the school Production. This year is the school’s 53rd show! I strongly encourage all students to audition for a role.
‘Disaster Strikes’ is the major Quest for Term 3. It challenges students to prioritise needs following a disaster. After a disaster what is the best way to spend financial aid?
Other Term 3 events include the school cross country, and a host of sports Zone 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. ‘Deadlock’ is the last major Quest of the year. This Quest investigates a territorial dispute that exists between South Korea and Japan.
The lives of heroes and villains are investigated in final literacy unit, which explores biographies. There is also a film study that teaches students how to gain a greater understanding of messages and themes in feature films.
Parents, your children can expect homework each week. This will include regular spelling, mathematics, reading and research activities. We will continue to utilise Google Apps, such as Google Classroom, Docs, and Drive, to facilitate the completion of school and homework tasks. Your involvement in your child’s learning is critical for success. You can help by ensuring that they are doing their nightly reading. Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns, feedback or questions.
You can keep up to date through our weekly school newsletter the ‘Birkdale Bulletin’ which comes via email each week. It has articles on our activities and celebrates our successes. Also, make sure to “Like” Birkdale Intermediate on Facebook to receive updates about school events.
Mr Chris Thorne
Kiwi Team Leader