Pukeko Newsletter Term 3 - 2016
We wish to extend a warm welcome to you all and hope you’ve managed to grab some quality time with your tamariki. Also, special greetings to our new children and their families and of course their wonderful teacher, Mrs Louise Kidd. We are thrilled to have you all on board and wish you every success as you continue your journey of learning at Marshland School.
The teachers have planned and organised a range of learning opportunities for this nine week term. Our team will be following the Olympics with interest in light of the fact that some of our tamariki have relatives competing at this event. The Arts will be a major focus this term as we prepare the children for their first School Production.
Our teachers work extremely hard to ensure that the social, emotional and intellectual needs of all children are met. This means that, within this collaborative environment, the children may be grouped accordingly and see more than one teacher throughout the day e.g. Mrs Drury for Maths, Miss Mottram for Reading etc. Your child’s home group teacher will of course be responsible for all pastoral care and assessment and should be your first port of call if you have any concerns or enquiries.
Term 3 Programme
Reading takes place first thing in the morning which involves a group of children reading a book with the teacher in a guided reading session. They have must-do activities to complete when they are not with the teacher. Once they have completed their must-do, they have the opportunity to choose their own reading/language based can-do activity.
The children follow a structured writing programme based around the Literacy Learning Progressions and work towards class and individual goals. We are learning to present our work digitally in a variety of ways. You will be able to view your child’s work on our Writing Wall later this term.
This term the children will be solving addition/subtraction real world problems, many will also be covering multiplication/division problems. Towards the end of the term we will be introducing Statistics and linking this to the Olympics unit. Students will count, compare, organise, analyse, display and interpret data and at the same time, apply early additive strategies (recognise that numbers can be split into parts and recombined in different ways).
Please support and motivate your child as they complete their set tasks and read with them daily. We encourage all children to practice their spelling words at home by writing them down.
PE & Health - Jump Rope for Heart and Emotional Coaching
This term the Pukeko Hub are taking part in the Jump Rope for Heart Programme. This will involve the children learning the appropriate techniques to develop their skipping abilities. We will hold a Skip-a-thon on Friday 19th August where the children can bring a gold coin to donate to The Heart Foundation.
We are going to be focussing on Emotional Coaching this term. This will give the children skills and strategies to manage their emotions, show how they interact with their peers and give them the tools so they can solve problems.
Enterprise - Sale of goods produced
As part of the enterprise unit, completed at the end of last term, the children will be selling their pillowcases and a pack of five cards next Thursday and Friday, before and after school. These are priced at $10 for the package. Please bring the money to your home group teacher. The correct change will be greatly appreciated. The children have decided to use the proceeds for new educational games. We hope you will support them.