Our overarching theme and context for learning in term one will be based around the concept of Whanaungatanga. This encompasses ideas of relationships through shared experiences, connectedness across wider social groups, rights and obligations. This theme will run throughout the year.
We will also be conducting a more traditional study of the Battle of Passchendaele this term as we approach its 100-year commemoration. Next term’s focus will be on elections and citizenship.
Our first writing focus for the year will be on recounts, although we will also be delving into report writing. Literacy Workshops will commence once writing samples have been analysed. The system of workshops will give each student an opportunity to tailor their learning around their own needs.
Reading groups will begin once the various reading assessments have been gathered and analysed. Until then we will be doing whole class reading and encouraging every student to build and broaden their reading experience through the commencement of a “Reading Challenges” programme.
We will continue our programme of differentiated maths classes this year. It has proved successful in offering more targeted support to students that need it and extension to those who had already mastered the requisite areas of the syllabus.
We won’t be handing out formal homework on a weekly basis, but may from time to time ask students to think about and discuss certain topics at home. This would compliment other discussions taking place at school.
However, we will be setting strict deadlines on activities and projects to be completed at school. If these deadlines are placed under threat through lack of productive activity, your child may be asked to complete the work at home. Some students may also chose to work beyond the allocated school time and finish work to a higher standard.
The other thing that we do encourage is the building of reading miles at home, especially if your child is a reluctant reader. More accomplished readers should be branching out into challenging texts and unfamiliar genres.