Monday, August 7, 2017

Term Three, Week Three

Wow that went quick!

I hope that you all had a refreshing break, because A3 and Whangaparaoa School have already completed two very busy weeks and Term Three is not slowing down! There's a museum trip, cross country, Year 4 Camp, Year 3 EOTC week, our cultural festival and a whole lot of learning all coming up!

Literacy:

To keep up with the changing needs of our students our reading groups have evolved; A3 have collectively moved up 28 reading levels and counting since the start of the year! As I remind A3 we are all on our own learning journeys- it doesn't matter if we are still working on the same level or have traversed three, what matters is that we are learning and working to be the best we can be. On top of our guided sessions with levelled readers, A3 and A4 have been honing their decoding and comprehension skills by engaging daily with e-readers, physical books, Kiwi Kids news articles and other multi-media texts. They have also all been working hard to complete reading challenges (follow up comprehension and practice activities), with some even going above and beyond by choosing to complete these in their own time. Our inquiry topic, Movement of People, is also presenting us with plenty of opportunities to practice our literacy skills. Feel free to explore our inquiry padlets with your children, ask them their thoughts about what they have learnt and what they would like to find out more about; what they wonder.

Our writing focus for this term is narratives, A3 have brainstormed what they already know and will be exploring different features of the narrative genre each week. We will be completing our popular imagination writing at least fortnightly and A3 will also continue to have opportunities to complete their own writing and publishing pursuits. We have introduced small-writing conferencing groups this term, these are mixed ability and will ensure all students have opportunities for guidance and extension in writing.

Maths: 

Our immediate focus in maths is on revising our learning about multiplication and division as well as fractions. We have also introduced mixed-ability problem solving groups, to be reshuffled in week 5. Week four will see us celebrating Maths Week and we will move on to covering geometry and addition and subtraction over the rest of the term.

Inquiry: 

This terms inquiry is Movement of People. The two ideas we have explored so far about causes of migration are refugees and natural disasters. Feel free to explore the following padlets with your children, ask them their thoughts about what they have learnt and what they would like to find out more about; what they wonder.



Please remember to get forms in for our camp and museum trip ASAP!





 


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