Te Mihi Learning Community Term 2, 2016

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students of the Te Mihi Community,

Welcome back to the second term in the Te Mihi Community of 2016. We have a great term ahead of us and we are looking forward to spending time with your child helping and supporting them in their learning. As a senior student they will have many opportunities to take on leadership roles and to become involved in the life of the school. 

Mathematics 

In Term 2 we are covering geometry and we are continuing to promote number knowledge. We will focus on developing strategies to solve multiplication and division problems. 

Writing

The writing focus this term is the texts types Explanation (to tell or explain how things work or how they come to be) and Procedural (to tell how to make or do something). 

Reading 

This term we will be focusing on summarising a text and synthesising information. 

We recommend that every child reads part of a chapter book from the library or a chosen book from home at least three nights of the week. 

Sport/Physical Education

Our focus will be Winter Sports and large balls. 

Virtual Learning Network Primary 

The VLN Primary initiative aims to extend learning opportunities for our students by enabling online collaborations between schools. 

Semester one is well underway with our Year 6 students participating in a variety of classes, including Te Reo, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Astronomy and Computer Science. Semester two will start for our Year 5 students in Term 3. 

Inquiry Learning 

Initially we will be finishing off our learning on Turangawaewae then in Week 6 our focus is on Systems. The Driving Question is “How do the parts connect?” and the key understanding is “All of the parts make the whole”. This will integrate the learning from our key curriculum areas and allow students to problem solve in a way that is meaningful for them. 

Important Notices 

Digital school newsletters:A subscription is available weekly through Mailchimp. You will be able to view photos and videos and we recommend all families access this option. This link is available via the school website, contact us and newsletter subscription.

http://www.wairakeitaupo.school.nz/contact-us/newsletter-subscription/

Reading Eggs:If you would like your child to have access to Reading Eggs, an exciting online reading programme, there will be a cost of $28. Please let the office know if you want your child to participate in this programme. 

Cellphone and email informationPlease update this information with the office as these are the easiest means of contacting you about upcoming events. 

Student Bags: We are currently building a weatherproof space to hold all Te Mihi students bags. 

Upcoming Events

  • Leadership Day, Year 5, Friday May 13
  • National Young Leaders Day, Year 6, Monday May 23
  • ePro8 Challenge, this is an inter school science and technology competition, Wednesday May 25

Thank you for your support of your child’s learning and we look forward to continuing an excellent school-home partnership with you. 

Melanie Matthews Olivia Graham Sherryl Crawford Colleen Green

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