This year Rimu Syndicate will explore a number of Inquiries. We will begin in Term 1 by looking into our unit around Turangawaewae and Whakapapa. Throughout this unit we will be exploring who we are as people, where we come from, and our connections to people, places and the past. During this unit we will be creating visual mihi which represents who we are, our families (Whakapapa) and where we belong (Turangawaewae). Students will be sure to be having lots of conversations to learn more about their family. Students will be required to bring photos/things that are of importance to complete this task. Classroom teachers will advise of specifics such as what and when this needs to be brought in.
In Literacy we will be focusing on descriptive writing and recounts. This will be closely linked to our Inquiry study and our camp experiences.
In Numeracy, we will be developing our number knowledge and developing our addition and subtraction strategies, and carrying out statistical Investigations.
Our PE programme will comprise of preparation for our school athletics day in Week 7 (Wednesday 15 March). Following this we will continue with our Sportstart PE programme - exploring Physical literacy through invasion games for the remainder of Term 1.
In line with school wide policy, there will be no formal homework grid or tasks assigned to students each week. We recognise the value of student experiences out of school and following discussions in class, they will be able to identify a number of examples of home learning which they hadn’t necessarily seen as learning before. There is an expectation that work not finished during class time will be completed in their own time as requested by the classroom teacher.
We encourage children to read for at least 15 minutes each weeknight. In some classes reading challenges will be available for students to complete if they wish.
From time to time, students will be required to collect/collate/organise materials from home in order to use for classroom programmes. Classroom teachers will communicate this information.