Monday, October 30, 2017

Term Four, Week Three

Week Three


Our reading and writing this term is heavily integrated with our inquiry focus of sustainability. At the moment A3 and A4 are at the finding out and sorting out stages of our inquiry cycle. They have been conducting research about one of the animals they encountered at Auckland Zoo, coming to understand the many threats animals face and the conservation efforts needed to combat these. Check out our work in progress here. As their inquiry learning draws on the skills and content of non-fiction report and persuasive writing we will be focussing on these genres alongside poetry, for a bit of fun and balance. 

Our spelling and handwriting routines have also undertaken a bit of a revival. Each week for the rest of term A3 will have a doc with at least three different 10 word spelling lists sourced from our Essential Word Lists. The idea behind this is that our students pick a list or combination of words that best challenge them, and complete at least three in class activities with these per week, with the option to practice at home. The lists will be in docs in their 'Reading' folders in their Google Drives.   


At the moment we are revisiting place value, number bonds to 20 and 100, identifying how many ones, tens and hundreds are in 1000 or more, rounding and multiplying and dividing by ten. The only fixed groups we have during maths are our mixed ability problem solving groups, the rest of our sessions are whole class or smaller group maths workshops informed by what your child already knows/needs to know.

Important to Note:  

- Our P.E. focus has moved on to summer sports and athletics, our year 3/4 athletics day is pencilled in for Wednesday 22nd November. Every Wednesday afternoon until this date our children will have the chance to practice their athletics skills as well as to make friends beyond our classroom.

- You should have received a Keeping Yourselves Safe newsletter. We will be running this programme in week seven. The Keeping Ourselves Safe programme enables children and young people to learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others. Students recognise the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and those who have been or are being abused are encouraged to seek help. If you have any questions about this programme or concerns about your child's participation please contact me as soon as possible.

- It's getting warmer, A3 will need to wear their school bucket hats during play times if they do not want to be restricted to the shade.

- Teachers around the school are running special Friday passions/clubs over the next five weeks. Your child has recently made a decision as to their preferred clubs, with their first session starting this Friday. 

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