Sunday, 13 August 2017

Weekly Update

Term 3 Week 4

Just a quick reminder as a couple of the kids seemed to have forgotten. We have school cross country practice on Mondays and Wednesdays and we may, on occasion, have a practice on a Friday as a VLC. It's fine for the children to practice in their uniform, but they may bring a change of clothes if the want to. All children are expected to participate unless they bring a note from home. Also, thanks to all the parents who have offered their help for our museum trip next Monday. I will be in contact with the people we need to help later in the week.

This week is maths week so a lot of our focus will of course be on maths. We are having daily estimation challenges and the children are working through a range of maths problems during the week in order to solve a puzzle. Our writing and reading is tied into our inquiry topic about movement of people (predominantly refugees)  and the children will be producing newspaper articles. We will also be spending time this week working on our performance for the cultural festival in week 10. The children have been given an opportunity to choose if they wish to perform or be part of the 'back stage' team.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Weekly Update

Term 3 Week 2

What a wonderful day for our first cross country practice. It was great to see all the kids getting involved and giving it a go, a few weeks practice and i'm sure they'll all be flying around the cross country course. Just a reminder that cross country practice is on Monday's, Wednesday's and Fridays and, if you prefer, the children may bring a change of clothes to run in.

Our learning this week is again based around our inquiry 'Movement of People'. In writing we are producing diary entries from a refugees perspective our reading will focus on independent/group reading and comprehension and in our inquiry lessons we are looking at some refugee scenarios. In maths the children are working in groups to plan and cost their ideal party. This requires them to use a number of the strategies we have been learning about earlier in the year. Later in the week we will be revisiting multiplication and division.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Weekly Update

Term 3 Week 1

Welcome back. Hope you all had a great couple of weeks with your kids, they were all full of stories of what they'd been up to over the holiday and seemed to enjoy catching up with each other again. Just a couple of diary dates this week. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the second rippa tournament for the 4/5/6 boys and girls team and also any 5/6 children in Quest have an author visiting between 11am - 12am. On Friday we have our first year 6 visit to Whangaparaoa College, we will be leaving at 9.10am and be back in time for morning tea.

This term we are looking for 'Wet Weather Warriors'. The idea is to encourage kids to walk / bike / scoot to school, even in winter, so we are having a TravelWise competition. The kids need to try to come to school in a TravelWise way on Wednesdays. They can collect a card and get their first stamp from our TravelWise Team, by the office, before school this Wednesday Morning. They can collect a stamp every Wednesday morning this term - If they collect 8 or more stamps they will get a Wet Weather Warrior badge. The class with the most Wet Weather Warriors will win a pizza lunch at the end of term!

Our learning for this week will mostly link into our new inquiry topic 'Movement of People'. In writing we are creating a poem related to refugees and our reading will comprise of individual/group reading and comprehension. In maths we will begin with a little revision of the topics covered so far this year.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Weekly Update

Term 2 Week 9

Welcome to week 9. Two weeks to go this term and we've got a lot to fit in. The children will be working hard to complete their inquiry projects this week. They are working in groups to plan and organise a lesson around our inquiry topic 'Changes' and will be teaching their lesson to other children from A team next week.

We are also starting our art for this term. The children will be creating a tapa design which we are hoping to get painted onto a large piece of fabric, creating a collaborative tapa. We will be working with A6 on this and hopefully the finished project will look pretty spectacular. Watch this space.

Our maths learning this week is based around Matariki with a focus on shape, position and direction. In writing we are using storybird.com to create picture books to share with A1 and A2 and our reading will again involve comprehension, individual and group reading.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Monday, 19 June 2017

Weekly Update

Term 2 Week 8

Sorry for the late post, can't believe it's week 8 already. No particular diary dates for you, although if you haven't returned the 'access to student email' permission slip yet, could you please get it to me as soon as you can. If you have any worries about this, just let me know.

Our learning this week in maths is related to multiplication and division. We are looking at different strategies we can use to solve these type of questions. In reading we are focussing on comprehension, group and individual reading and reading for fun. Our writing is based around a short animation called 'The Alchemist's Letter'. Your children will be learning about descriptive writing, the use of emotive language, smilies, metaphor and symbolism. Our inquiry focus is changes in matter and your children are continuing to plan a lesson around this topic, that they will be teaching to another class in week 10.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Weekly Update

Term 2 Week 5

It was great to see so many of you at the student led conferences last week. The children really seemed to enjoy sharing what we do in class with you, I hope you all enjoyed the time you spent with them. They did an awesome job!

A couple of diary dates for you this week. On Tuesday we will be using the school bikes with A6, so if your children want to bring their own bikes, that's also fine. On Wednesday 31 May from 6.30 to 7.30pm in the school staffroom there will be a parent information evening presenting how we are progressing on our journey with e-Learning. The agenda for the evening will be:
- What we have achieved so far!
- Teacher tools.
- Google Apps for Education.
- Student tools for learning - sites / apps.
- The SAMR model for integrating technology.
- Good sites for learning at home.

If you have the time it would be a great opportunity to find out more about how we use devices in the classroom.

Our maths learning this week is around fractions. We will be looking at ordering fractions, addition and subtraction with fraction and equivalent fractions. We will also be looking at decimal fractions. In reading, we are working on writing a description and later in the week we will be using 'The Game of Awesome' to help plan a story. Reading will again be a mixture of comprehension, group and individual reading and novel studies. Our inquiry cycle is at the questioning stage so we will be encouraging the children to decide on what areas they would like to investigate.

Thanks for your time and hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Weekly Update

Term 2 Week 4

Welcome to week 4. The main date for your diary is Wednesday 24th May when the children will be sharing their learning with you during our student led learner conferences. I have been really impressed with the amount of work the children have put into these and how supportive and helpful they have been to each other. If you are unable to make the conferences, please take some time with your child to have a look at the presentations they have put together on their devices.

Our maths learning this week is still focused on fractions, specifically ordering and equivalent fractions. During writing we will be using the 'Game of Awesome' as a writing prompt. This is a game put together by the Ministry of Education specifically designed to encourage and inspire writing. Our reading will again revolve around comprehension, group and independent reading and novel studies. Our inquiry has moved into the finding out stage where the children will begin to identify what specific area of 'Changes' (scientific) they would like to find out more about.

Hope you all have a great week and please, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Kind regards

Sam Unwin