Haere Mai and welcome to Term 2! Hopefully, everyone has had a wonderful Easter break and is coming back to school healthy, safe and ready to learn more exciting things in B2.
I love this picture!
Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for their very good wishes at the end of term. We had a great wedding day and the sun shone continuously on Manly beach for us that afternoon. We felt very blessed. My new name is Mrs Staden-Lea but Ms Fletcher will do just as nicely! Thank you everyone.
Maths – for our maths work this week we will be reviewing number formation and focusing on doubling numbers to 10 and then 20. We also continue to do our Calendar Maths each day which looks at the date for the day and then we achieve lots of working out about that number. We all love Calendar Maths – it’s a chance for everyone to have a go and we all get thoroughly carried away with all the mathematical possibilities just one number creates.
Reading –I am looking forward to our reading groups starting up again. Try to make sure that your child is reading their home reading book daily with you. It really makes all the difference. If your child is only willing to read one page then that is fine, one page is better than none! They can follow the story while you finish it for them.
Word work - Put sounds together to make a word, put words together to make a sentence and put sentences together to make a story. This is true for both reading and writing and is a great way to look at how important it is to build on our sound knowledge.
Inquiry - Our inquiry this term is about ‘change’. We will start this off with looking at how the children have changed since they were born. It’s always helpful to start with something the children have experience of firsthand.
Writing - I can’t wait to have all the class writing again! Last term we worked on getting the children to write independently. They should all now have the skills to sit and write anything they want! We use sound knowledge, word cards, classroom words and asking others to help with this. B2 are great authors.
Te Reo Maori – We will be matching words for different emotions with pictures. For example, drawing an angry face next to the word riri. Ask your child if they know any other words they have learnt.
School Values – ORCA – The symbol of the orca is very important to Whangaparaoa School and is carried with us everywhere, every day on our uniform.
Each letter of the ORCA stands for a different value:
O – Ownership
R – Respect
C – Collaborate
A – Achieve
We continue looking at these values and how we can take them on board in our classroom.
Home books - This term I will be incorporating some spelling words into your home books if you wish to learn these with your child. I will put new ones in every two weeks. The children are regularly assessed on their spelling knowledge so I will be taking words from the Essential Spelling lists that we use. There will be three at a time to learn, if your child can already spell a word please use this as a time to celebrate what they have achieved. Each child has a list appropriate for the stage at which they are learning.
Remember in Term 2 and 3 we do not need to wear hats outside.
Library day is Tuesday.
Sharing news is on Monday and Friday.
Many thanks for your continued support we can’t do anything without you!
Libby and the children of B2