Wednesday, 1 February 2017

First day back at school 2017!

Kia ora,

We started the day with an awesome powhiri to welcome new students. I am happy to have three new students in Room 5. Leikhrynn, Seddon and Manaaki-tia.  . Nau mai haere mai ki te kura o Tautoro!

Today Room 5 students carried out statistical surveys on things that they are interested in. They posed questions, collected data on tally charts and used google spreadsheets to collate and present their data. These have been posted to their blogs with the question, ‘What can you learn by reading this graph?’ Please check them out and leave comments. Students will be looking at their own, and other, examples of data displays and make statements about what they communicate.
This is Sonny's survey results. I find these results fascinating and I am eager to understand where students are in spelling/maths and plan a learning program that will see their ability and perception of spelling and maths improve.

Over the next two weeks I expect students will be asking questions about your views on the Treaty of Waitangi. They will learn about possible reasons it was signed in the first place and begin to understand kawanatanga and tino rangatiratanga. A whole school trip to Waitangi Treaty Grounds is scheduled for Friday 10th February.

Stationery lists have been sent home today. Please ensure your child has the tools they need to get started on their learning.

Homework Kaupapa
In Room 5 students have homework. It is up to whanau support to ensure children spend some time on the following areas.
  • Spelling
The spelling list words are taken home on Mondays. Read, cover, spell, check can be done independently.
Students are encouraged to log into the account to access work around word meaning.
  • Reading
Students are choosing books based on their interests. They are taught to read the blurb, check that they are not struggling with more than 5 words per page. For confident readers, the best support can be asking questions about the storyline or characters. In some cases students will need to take home the reader they have had with me and read it out loud to you. This is to support their reading fluency and to practice reading strategies they are taught in class.
  • Basic facts
Each term all students sit a basic facts test. By week two your child will know the facts they are working on and will choose practice work based on those facts to do at home. Students who take home chromebooks are encourage to use sites such as Hit The Button.

Occasionally there will be topic based work. Lastly, although homework is actively encouraged and a classroom system is in place to monitor it, is up to the individual child and whanau support to get it done. Students will not be reprimanded if it is not completed.

Classroom learning site is
This is a great place to keep up to date with your child's learning and the kind of work they are doing.

Our class blog
Here you will find links to your child’s blog. It is so awesome to have access to your child’s ‘portfolio’ throughout the year. Making positive and encouraging comments and suggestions is a great way to show your support.

Any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me or come in for a chat.

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