Waimakariri have been learning all about 'The Learning Pit' and how it can help with their learning. Amelia pelham made a wonderful scratch about it which is fantastic and explains it really well.
We would like to say a huge congratulations to Samuel and Charlotte from Waimakariri who managed to get their work published in the Toitoi magazine. You tried so hard with your illustrations and it is a wonderful achievement to have work published. Well done both of you!
Waimakariri Hub Newsletter - Term 4, 2017
Welcome to Mrs. Tina Norton to Waimakariri 1, it has been a great start to the term and we are looking forward to spending the term with her. Mrs. Tina Norton is a longstanding reliever who some of the children have had as a teacher before.
Mrs. Carmen Aldridge will have her release day on a Friday and Mr Glen McKenzie will be in on these days. Both Hollie and Tina will have release days over the term for the completion of assessment and report writing.
Angela Clarke continues to be the fourth teacher in the hub for mathematics this term. She will be working with some of TTRR, Ōtākaro and Waimakariri Hub children from 9 - 10:10 on Mondays - Thursdays.
The rest of the hub children will focus on extending their Multiplication and Division learning for Weeks 1 to 3. In Weeks 4 - 6 is set aside for assessment being GLoSS, IKAN and PAT Mathematics tests. In Weeks 7 - 8, the focus will shift to Problem Solving and Ratio’s & Proportions. The children have been taught how to do multiplication arrays and these will become part of the Homefun this term.
This term we are looking at ‘The Brain’ with the big question of ‘How does our brain grow?’ This will include an integration of Literacy, Technology, Science, Te Reo Māori and Digital Technologies. The children will produce a variety of outcomes relating to the brain. We anticipate this learning being interconnected and fun to build on current understandings to create new deeper understandings. If you have any information at home, please discuss this with your child to support their learning.
In Week 8 on Wednesday 5th December, 2.15pm till 3.30pm we are going to hold a parent sharing session so you can come in and view what your child has been learning and the learning outcomes they have produced. We anticipate students to be able to share and talk you through their learning. There will be information on the blog for your reference also. Please note that it is our preference and expectation that these outcomes can be completed at school in the time given. However, if a child wants to complete some parts of this at home we encourage this level of commitment and ownership of learning - especially if they have been away from school.
After a successful term of inquiry learning, we have learnt a number of things and we have adapted our literacy programme to reflect this.
During the first three weeks the children will be refreshing their explanation writing skills and filling in any learning gaps they may have in preparation for the writing sample as part of our assessment calendar. During Weeks 4 - 6 the children will be required to produce a number of written outcomes in relation to the inquiry.
After assessment in Week 7 - 8, the children will write a range of creative narratives.
During the first three weeks, the children will have two reading sessions with a teacher each week focussing on reading and understanding a range of texts about the brain. The reading assessments will be a PAT Comprehension test and Running Records for some learners.
Sport & Physical Education
Athletics practices started last term and will continue until week 3. All children are learning and developing their skills in high jump, long jump, discus, shot put, relays and sprints. Athletics Day is on Wednesday 1 November 2017. Further details will be available closer to the time.
Our Physical Education programme this term will consist of tournament type round robin sporting activities. The children will put themselves into teams to decide a colour, mascot, flag, rules and roles. On Wednesday afternoons, the skills of the game will be taught and practised. On Thursday afternoons the tournament games will be held.
We are very excited to be working towards our camp at Wainui from Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th December. This is the second last week of school. A huge thanks to Glen McKenzie for the organisation he does in order to see our tamariki have an amazing experience. There will be a number of letters and pieces of information coming home over the next few weeks.
Thank you to the parents who offered to help and 16 parents and 3 teachers have been confirmed as the adult supervision for this camp. Once we have received all permission forms we can finalise numbers for travel to let parents know who have offered to take children to and from camp.
If your child in not attending camp, please come in and see Carmen or put this in writing to her. It is important that camp numbers are finalised by Friday 27th October (end of Week 2). If your child is not going to camp, they are expected to attend school on those days and will be allocated a classroom to be in probably a Year 3/4 class on Wednesday and Ōtākaro on Thursday and Friday. This may change dependent on numbers of children not attending camp. If they are not attending school you must notify the office as per normal procedures.
Beach Ed is happening for our Year 5’s on Thursday 23rd November, leaving school at 9.00am and returning by 3.00pm. Beach Ed is a full day surf safety course delivered at the Waimairi Beach by surf lifeguards. Beach Ed is age-appropriate learning for school year levels 1-8 and is delivered by the surf lifesaving club for groups of between 30 and 100. Beach Ed also covers module 8 of Swimming NZ Kiwi Swim Safe Program.
We have used the Sounds Alive spelling programme over the past two terms and we will continue to use this in Term 4. The children were retested at the end of Term 3 to ascertain the level they are working at. Hopefully your child has progressed to a new level. Spelling is also integrated into our Literacy learning.
Arrays will be part of our Homefun to increase the instant recall of both multiplication and division facts. It is okay for your child to focus on one or two multiplication facts. Please help your child learn these.
Blog - we will endeavour to keep the blog up to date so feel free to check in and see what is going on in the hub. http://waimakariri2017.weebly.com/
Scholastic Book Orders are due Tuesday 31 October 2017. This is the last order for the year, great opportunity to buy Christmas presents.
All camp permission and medical forms are due by the end of Week 2, Friday 27th October.
Senior Prizegiving is on Tuesday 19th December. More details to follow.
Last day of school, Wednesday 20th December at 12.30pm.
Term 4 is a sunhat term, please ensure your child has a hat at school everyday. No hat means children need to sit/play under the shade sails in the U.
In closing, Term 4 is already shaping up to be very busy but an exciting time with varied learning experiences and development of life skills.
As always, we look forward to seeing you around. Please contact us in person, via email or phone if you have any questions or concerns.
Carmen, Tina and Hollie :)
We were extremely lucky to have Stacy Gregg come and share her books with us this week. She even read us a chapter of her new book The Thunderbolt Pony which we loved listening to.
This week Top Team returned but this time bringing lots of water which was very exciting. The children had a fabulous time enjoying getting incredibly wet. We've seen a great improvement in being able to work collaboratively and it was fantastic seeing the children using their communication skills to achieve the task successfully.
Thursday - Mufti Day - please bring a gold coin to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Friday - is our shared lunch for Bridget McGrath
PS - if you want to contribute to our surprise for Bridget please send this to school tomorrow Thursday by 3.00pm.,
Tuesday - Top Team Challenge
This is the water based Top Team Challenge and the children may get wet. It is highly recommended that all children bring a change of clothes.
Thursday - Mufti Day
Mufti Day is on with a gold coin donation with proceeds going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust.
We are continuing to work really hard on our Inquiry outcomes, these are going up on the walls in the space, feel free to come in and check these out. These are outstanding pieces of work especially the 3D technology models. Thank you to families who have assisted with model outcomes.
Happy Week 10!
There have been several cases of headlice reported yesterday and today, please check your child's hair and treat as necessary over the weekend. Thanks for your assistance with this matter.
It was great spending the afternoon with our buddy hub Totara. We made bookmarks for each other and learned to do a four way plait for our bookmarks. Thanks Totara!!! We ended with a practice for our Anei Ra sing off and wow this was amazing. Looking forward to Friday to hear the whole school sing off!