Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Final Post for 2017

Hi Everyone

Just wanted to send out a final blog to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We've had a great 2017 and it's been a privilege getting to know all of the children throughout the year. For those of you with children moving onto college, good luck for the future, it's amazing how much they grow when they move into the college environment and i'm sure they will all make a massive success of it. For those of you with children moving into Year 6, I hope you are happy with the class placements, a lot of time, discussions and thought has gone into these, with our main priority always being the children.

I hope you all have a happy and safe holidays.

Kind regards

Sam Unwin 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Weekly Update

Term 4 Week 7

Just a couple of dates for your diaries this week. Tomorrow is the Interschool Athletics Field Day at
Metro Park Silverdale. The children who qualified need to meet at 8.15am in O4. The Tu Maia Kapa haka Festival is at Orewa College, on Thursday all the poi and taiaha children in the attending group will be out all day. Friday is Celebrate Troy day! It's a free Mufti day. The kids can come dressed as ‘Caretaker, Custodian or Handyman/woman.

Our learning this week will be based around problem solving in maths. In reading and writing our focus will link to 'Sustainability' and also christmas related activities. The children are still working on their inquiry projects in response to our 'Sustainability' prompt, with a number of interesting pieces of work being created. Preparation for Year 6 camp and Year 5 EOTC will also continue this week.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Weekly Update

Term 4 Week 6

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine. Only a couple of diary dates for you this week. Cricket fun on the sports field after lunch eating on Tuesday. All children from years 1-6 are welcome to join in with Ramesh from Hibiscus Coast Cricket Club. In Year 6 Dare on Thursday, we have activities and a sausage sizzle for the kids until lunchtime, then the parents of our year 6 children are welcome to come to the classroom in the afternoon for the children to share their unfolding stories and talk about what they have been doing in the Dare sessions. It's also A Team's assembly this Friday afternoon, so please come along and support us.

Our learning this week is based around the children's individual responses to our inquiry topic 'Sustainability' with related reading and writing activities. Our maths focus is again decimals (add/sub, mult/div) and quick recall mental maths.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Weekly Update

Term 4 Week 5

Welcome to week 5. We have another busy week ahead of us with lots of different things happening in school. It's the book fair, with books on display in the library until Wednesday. The children will have the opportunity to put together a wish list of books so this is a great opportunity for a bit of early christmas shopping. The APPA choir performance is on at the Auckland Town Hall on Tuesday evening. I know all the children involved have been practicing very hard in preparation for this. We have a visit from 'The Bicycle Chap' on Wednesday afternoon, this is organised by Auckland Transport and fits in well with our inquiry topic of sustainability. Dare and Keeping Ourselves Safe will continue this week, also on Wednesday, and on Thursday we have the year 5/6 athletics day. It's also the last week for our amazing learning assistant Clare. She's made a great impact on the children's learning in A5 and A6 since she's been with us, so please remind your kids to say thank you to her this week. Her last day is on Thursday.

Our learning in reading and writing this week will again relate to our inquiry focus of sustainability. The children will be continuing to write their reports about their 'Carbon Footprints' and will be doing reading and comprehension work around various aspects of sustainability. In maths our focus continues to be around decimals, with workshops on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals. The children will also blog about their learning on Friday morning.

Hope you all have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Weekly Update

Term 4 Week 3

Week 3 and everybody seems to back in the swing of things and focussing well on their learning. A couple of notices this week. Firstly, no fee Halloween mufti day tomorrow. Please, encourage your kids to dress up. We will be continuing with our Dare and 'Keeping Ourselves Safe' programmes on Wednesday and the Year 6 dance lessons will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. There are also Year 6 parent camp meetings in the staff room this week to give you an idea about what happens at camp and answer any of your questions. The meeting will be run twice Tuesday 6.30pm and Wednesday 5.00pm, if you could make it along to one, that would be great. Also, we really need parent helpers during camp. The camp letter, emailed last week, had a police check form attached. If you are able to help please fill out the form and get it back to the school asap, these forms take a while to process and if we receive them too late, we may not have time to get them processed.
Finally, Please remind your children that they have to wearing their school bucket hats at lunch and morning tea, otherwise they need to sit in the shade.

During learning time this week we will be completing Maths and Reading E-asttle assessments. Our writing focus is still persuasive texts, although we will write some spooky stories for Halloween. In Maths, we are still working with decimals and the children are working on a carousel of activities during reading time.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Monday, 23 October 2017

Weekly Update

Term 4 Week 2

A couple of dairy dates to start this week.  Our 'Dare' for year 6 and 'Keeping Ourselves Safe' for year 5 programmes begin on Thursday this week, information should have been emailed to you about both of these. We will also be starting camp meetings with the year 6 children, it's important that we involve them in the planning for camp at this early stage to encourage their ownership of the activity. It's also the halloween disco on Friday 27th October. Tickets are available outside the school office before school or on the door, on the night.

Our maths learning this week is around decimals and money. We are looking at addition and subtraction of decimals and also solving word problems that include decimals. In writing we are focussing on persuading, using our inquiry topic of 'sustainability' as a provocation. Our reading will focus on comprehension, individual and group activities. In Inquiry the children are working on group projects that will help decide the direction they wish their inquiry investigations to follow this term.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Weekly Update

Term 4 Week 1

Welcome back, I can't believe that we are in the final term already. We've got so much planned for this term, I'm sure it will fly by too!

This week we are introducing our new Inquiry topic of 'Sustainability'. Our writing and reading will tie into this topic and the children will begin creating projects around an area that interests them. In maths this week we are going to spend some time looking at mental calculation methods and talking about why certain techniques are more effective than others. Will will also do some problem solving and estimating.

Hope you have a great week.

Sam Unwin