Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Totara Times – Term 3 Week 4 ending 18 August

It’s already Week 4 and this term is racing by. We are doing lots of learning and everyone is focusing on their next steps and how to achieve them as they prepare for Learning Conferences next week.
Learning in Totara
Reading
The children are continuing to make and explain inferences in the texts that they are reading. They are learning to use the clues in the text to help them have a deeper understanding of what they are reading. Our next focus will be on finding key words and summarising texts.
Writing
Most children have successfully completed their myth or legend. We are going to use these narratives to create comic strips and tell their stories in a different way.
Maths
We have started our work on strategies for adding and subtracting. Alongside that focus, we are continuing our independent activities and problem solving. Learning times tables is an important part of our work too.
Inquiry
We are moving into our Production work now. The children have chosen the music for their part of the performance and have contributed to the writing of the script. We are beginning to choreograph our dances and think about our costumes.
Reminder:
Children should not be at school before 8:20 am unless they have a sports practice.
Important Dates
School Disco: Thursday this week. 17th September – starts at 6:00pm for Year 4’s
Learning Conferences: Tuesday 22nd August – 2:00-6:00pm
                                         Thursday 24th August -3.30-5.30pm
Awataha Marae visit: Wednesday 23rd August – we leave school @ 9:30pm and will be back by 2pm.  Parents are welcome to come but would need to provide their own transport.  It is at 58 Akoranga Drive, NorthcotePlease let us know if you would like to come.
Class and individual photos: Tuesday 5th September
Production: 19th ,20th and 21st September – details to follow


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