Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Term 1 Newsletter

Term 1 is almost over and our Syndicate sends a newsletter home to let parents know what we've been up to all term. This Term's report for Room 10 was written by Avania and Andrew:

Syndicate Newsletter - Room’s 9 and 10.  Term 1. 2017
Kia Ora, Kia Orana, Talofa Lava Greetings from Room10
This term both Room 10 and 9 settled in quickly. We made new friends and learnt about our teachers ( Mrs Puke Room 10 and Mr Noke Room nine) Once we were settled in our teachers made sure we what rules we have and why we have them. This took about two weeks and once Mrs Puke and Mr Noke felt confident about us knowing and following the rules we moved on to a new topic.

Our teachers started off by seeing what our prior knowledge is like then we began our study with insect & arachnid anatomy. We chose an insect or arachnid and researched it quite thoroughly. During this study we ventured out to the playground and tried to find and classify all of the different types of bugs we discovered, which brings me to the present where we are writing detailed reports on our chosen creature e.g Huntsman Spider, Monarch Butterfly, Glow Worms, Ants etc

While all of this was learning was going on many of the other classes went on trips, sport teams were organised along with extension groups such as language, Maori, maths and Mandarin. There was also lots of testing so our teachers had an idea of our academic prowess. During our maths section we covered addition, subtraction and multiplication algorithms along with estimation. Sadly our extension maths children are now at extension so they don’t join us during our maths time. We have a basic facts test every Friday as a bit of a recap. Next term we plan to cover more advanced maths such as fractions and decimals.

As far as Writing goes Room 10 started off with a piece of writing about our favourite place and we got some fantastic pieces of writing out of every student from both classes. Extension Language begun in week 6. Our teacher is Mrs Long and as we all know she used to teach in Room 12. We have been learning about simple sentences, compound sentences and complex sentences for the past 2 weeks. Here’s an example of each: The Chihuahua is  caramel-brown. (simple)  We have a rooster and he lives in a tree. (compound) My kitten Sox, always fights with Pebbles our puppy. (complex).

Sport has been a big success for Room 10 as we were the winners of the interclass sports
and are currently polishing up our Ultimate Frisbee skills after refining our cricket and softball skills.
On the final formal assembly Principals and Deputy Principals were awarded to many students by Mrs Mariassouce and Mr Fisher to star students

Written by Avania and Andrew

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