Maryann Peterken: Room 15
Kia Ora and welcome to Room 15! We are a Year 8 class and proudly part of the Tui Syndicate.
We have an exciting year ahead filled with new opportunities and challenges. I encourage students to make the most of their final year at Birkdale Intermediate by getting involved in the many extra-curricular activities and events on offer.
Homework is handed out every Monday and collected in every Friday. I encourage parents to support their children with this by helping them establish regular homework routines and signing the homework diary weekly. The homework diary is also a great way to communicate with me about any day-to-day questions you may have.
Below is an overview of the forthcoming year:
Term 1 – Takapuna Cliff Top or Thorne Bay? Two beautiful places to live, but what really lies beneath? We will kick the term off with our “Let the Buyer Beware” Quest where students will investigate the rock types of each area to make an informed decision about where best to live.
We will begin Mathematics this term with Number and Algebra Unit 1, where we will be focusing on addition, subtraction and place value. We will conclude the term with Geometry and Measurement Unit 1, where we will be focusing on accurately estimating and measuring.
In Literacy we will be studying poems from around the world.
This term we will also be focusing on developing the routines and habits for success at school and beyond.
Events to look forward to this term include Swimming Sports, the Shore to Shore Fun Run, 40 Hour Famine and Meet the Teacher Interviews.
Term 2This is a big and exciting term for Science as we embark on the school Science Fair in the later half of the term!
As we reflect on the Commonwealth Games, students will be faced with the question ‘Can we live up to the true spirit of sportsmanship?’ in our “Faster, Higher, Stronger” Quest.
We will begin Mathematics this term with Number and Algebra Unit 2, where we will be focusing on multiplication, division and number strategies. We will conclude with Statistics focusing on graphing.
In Literacy we will be studying myths from around the world.
Near the end of the term the first written report will be sent home with Student Led Conferences to follow.
Term 3 – Lights, camera, action! This term we have the school production taking place where students will have the opportunity to get involved and be part of the action.
What are the essentials in times of need? In our “Disaster Strikes” Quest this term, students will be challenged to prioritise the needs after a natural disaster.
We will begin Mathematics this term with Number and Algebra Unit 3, where we will be focusing on fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios. We will conclude with Geometry and Measurement Unit 2 where we will be focusing on symmetry, transformations and angles.
Lastly get your running shoes on as we have the school Cross Country taking place.
Term 4 – Don’t put those running shoes away just yet as this term we have athletics day and EOTC week taking place.
Who is the real Pocahontas? In this terms Quest “The Real Pocahontas” students will investigate to find out who she really was.
For Mathematics this term we will begin with Number and Algebra Unit 4, where we will focus on patterns and relationships. We will conclude the term with Geometry and Measurement Unit 3, where we will focus on time, date and change.
Near the end of the term the final written report will be sent home.
You can keep up to date with what’s happening around the school through our weekly school newsletter the Birkdale Bulletin or via our Facebook page.
If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming Meet the Teacher Interviews and at school events throughout the year!
Tui Team Leader