Sunday, September 24, 2017

Term Three, Week Ten

Week Ten:

Time has raced by again! A3 and I have had a fantastic term full of fun and adventure; I am incredibly proud of my class's work ethic and the ownership taken for achieving their individual learning goals this term. Like all the rest, Week Ten is a busy one. We will be practicing, practicing practising for our Cultural Festival this week, completing our e-asTTle writing test, maths workshops and lots of visual art. Ask your child about their Who am I? portrait. We are layering our black and white portraits over flags which represent our heritage and our families migrations to New Zealand.

Cultural Festival:

  • All children performing need to bring back permission slips ASAP
  • Dress rehearsal on Wednesday
  • Matinee and evening performances on Thursday
  • Tickets are limited to 400, on sale before school in library. Last day to purchase on Wednesday morning unless sold out prior.
  • Children may be collected during intermission or at end of the show (from holding room/designated classroom) on Thursday evening. You cannot collect your children at any other time during the evening performance.
  • Performers need to be dropped off at 6pm 
  • Show starts at 6.30pm
  • All audience members including children will need tickets

A-team performance:

As per email, if your child is in the A-team performance your child will need to bring in a costume before/by our dress rehearsal on Wednesday.
  • Children in the heroes group will need to wear white clothing.
  • Children in the soldiers group will need to wear camo or khaki/dark green clothing.
  • Children in the refugees group will need to wear bright colours; if possible girls should bring scarves and long floaty skirts.
We don't want you having to purchase costumes, the closest approximate you have will be fine.

Children will need a clearly named bag to keep their costume in, these can be stored in A6 as soon as they are ready.  

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Term Three, Week Eight

Week Eight:

Our students have now all returned from the excitement of camp and EOTC week. Mrs Wenman and I are incredibly proud of the personal growth demonstrated by all our tamariki. They spent the last week stepping outside their comfort zones and giving the activities all they've got; despite fears and the unfamiliarity of many of the experiences and environments. This week our students will have many opportunities to reflect on their "best week ever" and what they are proud of. Encourage your students to talk to about what challenged them, what was hard, and what they achieved despite this.

Literacy:


  • Continued writing focus on narratives
  • e-asTTle testing will take place before the end of term, your child will be asked to independently create a narrative/story in response to a writing prompt.
  • Reading books will resume coming home as normal this week.


How you can help:


  • encouraging your child to read everyday
  • modelling reading in your free time (if its something you enjoy then they will too)
  • encouraging them to complete their set punctuation tasks on studyladder. The activity pod is called Punctuation Practice and I can reprint their log ins if they have lost them
  • asking them to: retell a story you have just read/watched, identify who the main characters were and how they changed, what the big problems were and how they were solved and what the author/director/playwright might want us to learn from the story and why 



Numeracy:


  • We are focussing on supporting and extending our children's addition and subtraction skills through the context of money.

How you can help:

  • Collecting your change and have your child make $1.00 or another amount in as many different ways/combinations of change as possible.
  • Encouraging your child to estimate and check how much particular groceries or the whole bill will come to
  • If you are out and purchasing something small by cash encouraging your child to handle the payment for you and give or collect the right change.
  • Encouraging your child to practice their maths by using the following sites:
  1. http://maths.prototec.co.nz/ (your child should know whether they are practicing levels 4, 5 or 6)
  2. https://www.studyladder.co.nz (the activity pod is called Money)
  3. http://www2.nzmaths.co.nz/newcoins/games.htm
  4. http://www.mathplayground.com/index_addition_subtraction.html




Saturday, September 2, 2017

Term Three, Week Seven (EOTC and Camp)

Week Seven:

Welcome to week seven, it's certainly an exciting one!

Best of luck to the Year Fours heading out to camp, you will have an incredible time! Just a reminder that you need to organise your own transport to and from the Gulf Harbour Ferry Terminal. The ferry leaves at 10.00am so our students must be there by 9.30am. The will need to be picked up on Wednesday at 2.30pm.

I am delighted to attending our Year Threes' EOTC week. This is what's organised and everything you need to know:


Year 3 EOTC Week Info & Timetable

(For A3, A4 and some students from L5)
Important to note:
  • Year threes come in mufti all week
  • Please supply morning tea and lunch for your child as normal.
  • However Students will need packed morning teas and lunches (instead of lunch orders) on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Parent helpers can come on buses or take own cars and meet there
  • Chromebooks & bookbags will not be needed this week

(Apologies that it's a little hard to read - a clearer/larger copy should have reached all year three parents by email)


Monday, August 28, 2017

Term Three, Week Six

Week Six:

(Very important - parent helpers needed for Year 3 EOTC week!!!)

A3 have been busy, busy, busy!

First of all a big thank you to everyone that booked in to discuss their child's report and progress. I really valued being able to hear both you and your child's concerns, hopes and learning goals. If you didn't get a chance to come in and would like to discuss your child's learning please pop in or flick me an email to arrange a convenient time.

Last week we enjoyed our trip the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Exciting learning linked to our inquiry included: how a volcanic eruption in Auckland may effect us and why the Lapita people (ancestors of the Polynesians, including Māori) ended up traversing and settling throughout the Pacific. Here are a few photos (coming soon):

Friday brought us the Cross Country; everyone that participated did a fantastic job and had a heap of fun. Tackling the water slide and the tarp crawl seemed to be particular favourites, the whole experience prompted some wonderful writing.








Literacy:

We are continuing to explore the narrative genre, identifying everything that is important in building a great story. Whenever possible we have been squeezing in our guided reading sessions but due to Year 4 camp and Year 3 EOTC activities our students won't be bringing readers home in week 7. 

Numeracy:

Our introduction to geometry has started this week. The year 3's from A3 and A4 have started learning about direction and orientation while the year fours prep for camp. Although we have a no homework policy, students do reap the benefits of practicing their basic facts and building their number knowledge.  This is a really simple and useful website to help your child apply their maths knowledge at what ever stage they are working at. Additionally all of A3 have had studyladder logins from the beginning of the year and should be able to complete 3 at home activities a day for free.

Year Four Camp:

- All payments need to be in (or organised) by this Friday the 1st, otherwise your child cannot attend camp.
- You will need to arrange transport to and from the Gulf Harbour Ferry Terminal for your child.

Year Three EOTC Week:

- Three days spent out of school doing exciting activities (rock climbing, sports etc.) 
- Two days in school doing a range of outdoors, technology, art and sporting activites
- In order for the week to be a success we need parent helpers! So if you could please let me know ASAP if you available for a day or two to help out next week.




Monday, August 14, 2017

Term Three, Week Four

Week Four:

Just a quick update:
  • This week is Maths Week! - Ask your child about all the exciting maths activities going on at school
  • Cross country practice back on this week
  • Year 3/4 cross country scheduled for next Friday 25th
  • A-team cultural item- Our children have either chosen to take part choreographing and performing or working behind the scenes on our end of term performance. It is linked with our inquiry topic of movement of people.
  • A3 and A4 will begin to explore tourism as a reason why people travel. Talk to your child about where you have/would like to travel and why. Tourism padlet
  • Next Monday is our trip to the Museum- please get all forms and payments in asap!
  • Next Tuesday is an opportunity for you to book a check in meeting with me to discuss your child's progress to date this year and their goals for the remainder of the year (completely optional). If you book one please bring your child/ children with you so we can empower them to make good choices about their learning and understand where they're at.
  • Year four camp- please return all forms asap!
Hope you all have a great week.
- Jessica
     

Monday, August 7, 2017

Term Three, Week Three

Wow that went quick!

I hope that you all had a refreshing break, because A3 and Whangaparaoa School have already completed two very busy weeks and Term Three is not slowing down! There's a museum trip, cross country, Year 4 Camp, Year 3 EOTC week, our cultural festival and a whole lot of learning all coming up!

Literacy:

To keep up with the changing needs of our students our reading groups have evolved; A3 have collectively moved up 28 reading levels and counting since the start of the year! As I remind A3 we are all on our own learning journeys- it doesn't matter if we are still working on the same level or have traversed three, what matters is that we are learning and working to be the best we can be. On top of our guided sessions with levelled readers, A3 and A4 have been honing their decoding and comprehension skills by engaging daily with e-readers, physical books, Kiwi Kids news articles and other multi-media texts. They have also all been working hard to complete reading challenges (follow up comprehension and practice activities), with some even going above and beyond by choosing to complete these in their own time. Our inquiry topic, Movement of People, is also presenting us with plenty of opportunities to practice our literacy skills. Feel free to explore our inquiry padlets with your children, ask them their thoughts about what they have learnt and what they would like to find out more about; what they wonder.

Our writing focus for this term is narratives, A3 have brainstormed what they already know and will be exploring different features of the narrative genre each week. We will be completing our popular imagination writing at least fortnightly and A3 will also continue to have opportunities to complete their own writing and publishing pursuits. We have introduced small-writing conferencing groups this term, these are mixed ability and will ensure all students have opportunities for guidance and extension in writing.

Maths: 

Our immediate focus in maths is on revising our learning about multiplication and division as well as fractions. We have also introduced mixed-ability problem solving groups, to be reshuffled in week 5. Week four will see us celebrating Maths Week and we will move on to covering geometry and addition and subtraction over the rest of the term.

Inquiry: 

This terms inquiry is Movement of People. The two ideas we have explored so far about causes of migration are refugees and natural disasters. Feel free to explore the following padlets with your children, ask them their thoughts about what they have learnt and what they would like to find out more about; what they wonder.



Please remember to get forms in for our camp and museum trip ASAP!





 


Monday, June 26, 2017

Term Two, Week Ten

Week Ten:

A quick update:

Maths:

  • Continued focus on multiplication and division, 5s and 10s

Literacy

  • Writing linked in with publishing and presenting our inquiries
  • Guided reading; readers + parts for our Matariki Celebration both going home - please encourage your child to practice their lines every night
The Arts:
  • Starting our cats visual art inspired by Marjorie Sarnat
  • Waiata performances for our Matariki Breakfast celebration
  • Plays and readers theatre performances for Matariki Celebration

Inquiry:

  • Students have finished their research and presentations
  • Students to present their learning to each other and give and receive peer-feedback tomorrow

Another reminder about A3 and A4's Matariki Breakfast: 

We are looking forward to our Matariki Celebration on Friday 7th of July.

In case your invitation doesn't make it home I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to come and celebrate A3's learning about Matariki with us. A3 and A4 will be performing songs, plays, sharing the important ideas they have learned about Matariki and rounding off their celebration with a breakfast (morning-tea) feast. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for A3 to hone their performance and public speaking skills and enjoy the experience of performing to a real audience and hosting guests.

What you need to know:
  • Each child needs to bring a plate to share for morning tea (they should still pack some lunch)
  • The performance side of the celebration kicks off at 9.15am and runs until 10.30am
  • Shared breakfast/ morning-tea running from 10.30-11.00am (back to normal when morning-tea finishes)

Term Two, Week Nine

Week Nine:

Growth Mindset:

This week A3 have started examining what it means to have, and how we can develop, a growth mindset. Our children need to know and believe that they are always capable of learning more, improving their abilities and overcoming challenges because that is the truth! Unfortunately many of our children in A3 are inclined to give up if they perceive learning challenges as being too great so this is why our learning about developing a growth mindset is so important. Over the next couple of weeks we will be examining and discussing these videos as well as positively reinforcing growth mindset behaviour in class.

Here are some questions you can ask your children to reinforce their learning:
  1. What was the biggest challenge you faced today? (Ask your child, and then have them ask the question back!) 
  2. How can you and I think about these challenges in a new way? 
  3. What can we do differently tomorrow if we face similar challenges?
  4. When I make a mistake I feel _____ because _____. How does it feel when you make a mistake?
  5.  What do you do about those feelings so that you don't get discouraged? 
  6. How can we support one another when facing challenges that result in many trials?

Literacy:

On top of the normal reading programme, A3 and A4 are busy practicing their performances for our Matariki Celebration on Friday 7th of July. During writing today they polished off their draft invitations to inform you about this exciting event. The invitations should be coming home to you in their book-bags on Wednesday but I will post the details at the end of this and next week's blog posts just in case.

Maths:

We are strengthening our learning about multiplication and division; our focus this week are 5s multiplication and division facts and the associated mathematical big ideas which support our understandings about these. A3 are exploring multiplication and division by attending appropriate workshops, problem solving and playing a number of digital and physical maths games.

Here's our 5 x match which you can play Snap or variations of Go Fish or Memory with. (10s to come, 2s can be found in the last post)

Inquiry:

This week A3 and A4 will be using what they've researched to put together some form of presentation to use as a springboard to teach others about their learning. Next week they will begin teaching each other as well as older and younger students from our A-team.

A3 and A4's Matariki Breakfast: 

On Wednesday you will hopefully receive a formal invitation from your child about joining us for our Matariki Celebration on Friday 7th of July.

In case your invitation doesn't make it home I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to come and celebrate A3's learning about Matariki with us. A3 and A4 will be performing songs, plays, sharing the important ideas they have learned about Matariki and rounding off their celebration with a breakfast (morning-tea) feast. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for A3 to hone their performance and public speaking skills and enjoy the experience of performing to a real audience and hosting guests.

What you need to know:
  • Each child needs to bring a plate to share for morning tea (they should still pack some lunch)
  • The performance side of the celebration kicks off at 9.15am and runs until 10.30am
  • Shared breakfast/ morning-tea running from 10.30-11.00am (back to normal when morning-tea finishes)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Term Two, Week Eight

Week Eight:

Literacy:

This week A3 and A4 will be continuing work on their reading challenges as well as engaging in literature to do with our Matariki celebrations. In A3 we have also been learning about what makes a good review and are having a go at writing our own this week.

Maths:

We are now stuck into our learning about multiplication and division, A3 have been strengthening their knowledge about 2s multiplication and division facts and will be starting to look at 5s. They have been building their knowledge by attending appropriate workshops, problem solving and a number of digital and physical maths games.

Here's our 2x Match which you can play Snap or variations of Go Fish or Memory with. (5s and 10s to come, just check its all aligned properly before you print)

Inquiry:

A3 and A4 have now decided on their inquiry questions and started researching their answers. The end goal is to teach what they find out to each other so next week they will make their own decisions about how to present what they've learnt.

PE:  

- Monday soccer skills
- Wednesday bike skills
- On Wednesday we have our second year 3/4 vertical team soccer game. (Go A-Team !!!)
- Finally on Friday we have A-Team sports. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Term Two, Week Seven

Week Seven:

A quick update, Week seven will see A3 selecting their questions, and getting stuck into research, for their inquiries to do with change of matter. A3 will also continue their learning about Matariki, language features, winter sports skills and multiplication and division (this week our maths learning is centred around our two times tables). I have also finally started uploading some of A3's writing to the blog under the appropriate pages, whether and how our students' names and work will be published depends on what you authorised on the ICT consent forms at the beginning of the year.