Monday, 7 August 2017

Welcome to Term 3.  I’m really excited and am enjoying my new role in Totara Team, working alongside Trish and back with the children.  We have a very busy term ahead.  I’m doing a lot of learning as well as the children!
Learning in Totara
Our focus was Keeping Ourselves Safe in an elearning environment with Constable Rob. It was extremely valuable and the children were very engaged with their thoughtful comments and questions.  He strongly encourages an elarning safety chat with your children at home.
We have started the term with an art focus, culminating with the Mini Art Exhibition this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please come along with before school or after to view your child’s art.  Thank you so much to Sarah and Creghan who helped with the framing, it was much appreciated. If anyone would like to help Annette set up the screens and art on Monday, or take down on Thursday, please could you email her on
Our new goals in reading are:
I can look for clues to confirm my predictions and inferences and I can make and explain my inferences using information in the text.  The children are enjoying being detectives and working the questions out using the text.
The first two weeks we had a Measurement rotation, with Trish teaching weight/capacity and Steph Length.  Now we are focusing on Addition and Subtraction strategies.
Term 3 we are learning how to write a myth or a legend using a narrative format.  The children’s narrative will be about how an animal got its feature or how a natural feature was formed eg rain, volcanoes erupting, snow.
Dance Students
Once again we have the dance students from Auckland University coming to teach the children for 6 sessions over the next 3 weeks.  We are very excited and privileged to have them.

Important Dates
The school disco is on Thursday this week, more details to follow.
Learning Conferences  for Year 4:  Week 5 or 6, details to follow.

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