Term 1 2020

Welcome to a new year at New Lynn School. We are ready for a great first term of learning in Mataī 9.

Our Topics this term are:

Maths: Statistics, Measurement, Addition and Subtraction

Writing: Recount writing Topics: Te Tiriti o Waitangi (week 1), Life cycle of a butterfly,

Phys Ed: Swimming, Athletics

I.C.T.: Using learning apps on our iPads

Art: Self-portraits (painting)

Music: Singing, Te reo Kori (te reo Maori action songs), Beat

Te reo Maori: Introducing myself, counting in te reo, waiata (songs)

The five Key Competencies of the NZ curriculum run through all that we do; these are: Relating to others, Managing Ourselves, Participating and Contributing, Thinking, Using symbols and texts

Trip to West Lynn butterfly house:

As part of our Science topic about life cycles, we will be visiting West Lynn butterfly gardens in week 4. I will send out more information closer to the time.


All stationery needs to be purchased from Warehouse Stationery. Please see me if you need a list for this.

Home learning:

Homework starts tomorrow. This includes a reader/book and either an alphabet or word bag of specific letters or words that children are currently working on learning.. Spending 15 minutes each evening reading the book together and going over the alphabet letter card or word bag is very helpful.

Please return the Book bag every day with the reader, reading log and alphabet/word bag in. Check it each evening for notices, and sign the notebook to show you have heard your child read.

Children are tested every Friday on the letters or words they bring home and new letters/words are put in ready for Monday.

Children will bring home their book bag from Monday to Thursday - there is no homework for the weekend.


Swimming will start this week. Our swimming days are Wednesday and Friday after lunch.

On these days children will need their swimming togs and towel in a bag. All uniform and togs/towels must be named as they can easily get mixed up when children are changing.

Brain break 10 am:

Our morning is quite long for littlies so we stop for a ‘brain break’ at 10 am. We only have fruit at this time, so please ensure your child has at least one piece of fruit they can eat during our brain break. Thank-you.


Children need lots of good food in their lunchboxes to keep them going. Please make sure that your child has plenty of food to eat. I do have a microwave in the classroom and I am happy to heat food if needed. Please do not send lollies or chocolate.

Change of clothes:

It is very helpful for our younger children to have a change of clothes in their bag. This does not have to be uniform. I have spare tops but no shorts available so leaving a spare pair of old shorts or a skirt in their bag would be great.

Arrival to School:

School starts at 8.55am. Please ensure your child is at school by 8.45am so they are able to organise their belongings and get ready for the day, as well as having some time to play with other children in the classroom or playground.

Parent - Teacher Meeting:

On Thursday 13 February school will be finishing at 1pm and parent interviews will start from 2pm - 7pm. This is an opportunity for us to meet and have a chat about how your child is settling into school and also anything else that you would like to share with me or know.

There will be a notice shortly where you can choose the time that best suits you.

If you are unable to make that day please let me know and we can make another time that suits you.

Starting School Form:

If you have not already filled in one of these forms and given it to me - it should have been in your enrollment pack. I would greatly appreciate it if you could fill this in and return it to me. This information is really helpful in ensuring a smooth transition to school. (I have attached one just in case you need it.)

Student Teacher:

I currently have a student teacher from the University of Auckland for 3 weeks. She is in the final year of her degree. Her name is Caitlin Flynn.

Thank you for your support of our school. If you have any queries, questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me or come and speak to me directly.

Claire Jackson

My email contact: clairej@newlynn.school.nz