Term 2
Welcome back to school!
I hope your holidays have been enjoyable, and you have rested up. Term 2 is packed with lots of learning and exploring.

Important notice: 
Unfortunately camp has been postponed to August.
School Disco friday week 1 (seniors 7:00pm-8:30pm). Please ensure students are dropped at the hall at 7:30pm, and are picked up from the hall at 8:30pm.

Welcome to 2017!!!
I am excited to be working with parents, whanau/family, students, and other staff members in providing a positive and caring environment in which students can learn, develop and flourish.
Each student is special in their own unique way, and I en-devour to work with each student, encouraging them to be the best them they can be.


Term 2

We are learning about measurement and basic algebra.

Measurement focus: 
Use of correct units.
Knowing the what measure of unit is appropriate, and the order the units go in eg 60 sec in a 1 min, 60 min in 1 hour.
Understanding what measurement is and the different ways we use it eg:
Time (sec, min, hours)
Distance: mm, cm, m, km
Speed: m/sec, km/hr
Area: mm2, cm2, m2, km2
Volume: mm3, cm3, m3, km3
Capacity: ml,l
Temperature: oc
Mass: g, kg

Term 1

We are currently looking at what does the equals too (=) mean.
It is more than the answer to a mathematical question, or what goes at the end of an equation.

It can be related back to how it is used in every day language; this is equal to that...which means this is the same as that.

In mathematical terms:
2+5 = 7
2+5 is the same as 7

We are currently using weights on a balance scale to show how sums balance.



Writing focus is instructional/procedural writing.
This will be done through science experiments using scientific formats eg:


Term 1

This term we are focusing on report writing.
In week 3 (Tuesday), the senior school went to the West Lynn Gardens and Butterfly House to look at the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly.
Our pre-writing assessment was based on this experience.

Things of note that students need to show are:
appropriate vocabulary
flow in writing
correct sentence structures
understanding a report is a factual text that is used to inform reader on a particular subject

Here are some pictures from the day on the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly-


Term 2

Science: The Material World

States of Matter: Solid, liquid, gas
The water cycle.
Types of reactions: Physical reactions, and chemical reactions.


Term 1

"Who Am I?"

We are exploring who we are and how we connect to those around us.

Students have been looking at cultural identity through celebration, how we celebrate certain events and how other culture celebrate similar vents.

It is a key for students to understand and see the similarities between different people and cultures that exist in our community and how 'We' as New Zealanders fit into New Zealand.

Later in the term students will be asked to bring something that means something to themselves and their family, this can be done through a photo or parents are welcome to come in on the day and help explain the importance of the object.