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Term 3
Welcome back to School for term 3. 
Term three is a 10 week term. We have a busy term filled with lots of learning and fun.

Term 2
School reports are coming home soon (week 9), followed by parent teacher conference (week 10).
Please ensure you fill out the interview newsletter that was sent home on Friday week 8.
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.


We have noticed that there are gaps in students knowledge of fractions.
There will be a concentrated effort to help children make connections.

Students need to see the connection:
 1/4 has to 2/4, 3/4, and 3/4

1/3 has to 2/3 and 3/3

1/5 has to 2/5, 3/5, 4/5, and 5/5

You can help at home by using everyday scenarios and applying it to fractions, ask more probing questions like: how would you go about solving this question? or how much is left left after 1/4 is taken away, rather than just I get 1/4 of 24 lollies.

We have had look at transformations of shapes as well:
TRANSLATION: Moving a shape from one place to the next using left, right, up, and down to describe where it has translated to.

ROTATION: Rotating a shape around a point, describing where the point of rotation is as well as the direction and degree of the turn; left, right, clockwise, anti clock wise, clockwise, quarter, half, three quarter turn, and 90,180, 270 degrees.

REFLECT: Reflecting a shape along a mirror line both inside and outside a shape, identifying all lines of symmetry in a shape. 

ENLARGING: Making a shape bigger or smaller by a set ratio. Fro example, making a shape twice as big, or ten times as big.

Term 2

We have had a good focus on time, looking at minutes and hours and their relationship.
How to add time through an hour:
e.g. I woke up at 8:15 am, and spent 55 min getting ready. What time was I ready?

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.


Report writing
We are focusing on Africa as our topic, writing reports on the continent, countries, cultures, animals, whatever the kids feel they want to write about.
Ensuring students know a report have the following: 
Subheadings (3 to 4)
Paragraphs (3 to 6 sentences)
Diagram (picture with labels relating to something they are writing about)

We will also be looking at narrative writing, with a focus on African myths and legends.
A narrative as an introduction, problem, problem resolution, and conclusion.
It also requires students to think of the characters, what they look like and their personalities, and the setting (time and place) of the story. 


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-


Our topic this term is based around the book Sosu's Call.
It is a story about a disabled child in an African village and how he saved the people in the village.

Our big focus will be "Africa" branching out into the culture, stories, art, animals, and countries in Africa.

For art we,will be looking at an African myth and students will make a mask of a character so they can act out the story. 

Term 2
During art this term we have been making prints. I plan on making a huge class collage of our prints. The theme was the jungle.

Students have done really well with understanding what effects the rates of reaction.
Temperature, surface area, and concentration.

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.