Te Aroha Primary School

Term 3 Week 3 2021

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Kia ora koutou

Welcome to week 3 and a start of another fantastic week at TAPS. I would like to draw your attention to the Key Dates at the end of the newsletter which gives you a good indication of some of the important happenings at our school this term.

Our PTA is organising the annual Duck Day race in September and we ask that all families please support this fundraiser. Please see the poster below for the details.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson

Principal / Tumuaki

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Cook Island Language Week

Rm 10 celebrated Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week by exploring some traditional aspects of Cook Island Culture. Students made an ei katu, designed a tivaevae pattern, learnt a Cook Island dance and a song on the ukulele. Such a fun week! Mako rai.
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Parent Maths Survey Voucher Winner

Thank you to all parents who completed the Parent Maths Survey. This information helps us in reviewing what we do at our school and in this case in the area of Maths.

The winner of the $30.00 Countdown voucher is Jaime De Young

Waihou Hub Pirate Day

Key Term Dates


1. Ready Set Go Programme - 11 August

2. School Cross Country - 18 August

3. District Cross Country - 25 August

4. Ready Set Go Programe - 25 August

5. Totara Springs Sports Camp - 30 Aug - 3 Sept

6. Thames Valley Cross Country - 7 September10. Ready Set Go Programme - 8 September

7. Interschools Bowls Competition - 10 September @ St Joesph's School

8. PTA Duck Day Race fundraiser @ Herries Park@ 12.30pm - 18 September

9. HPV 2nd Vaccination 21 September

10. Ready Set Go Programme - 22 September

11. School Closes for the Holidays - 1 October 2021

Classroom Round Ups

Rm 1 Mrs Johnson

Pirate day was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all of the children. Thank you for help with the pirate outfits and a special thanks to the mums who made the delicious cakes. This week is Maths week, so it will be the focus of our learning. We will count in both English and Te Reo Maori, work on number knowledge to 10, dice patterns and play maths games. Children will bring home a different Maths game each night this week too.. Our shared book, poem and art will all be based around numbers too. We will work on these phonics sounds s a t p i n m d and make 2 and 3 letter words with them.

Rm 2 Miss Green

A big thank you to parents who bought/ made goodies for our pirate day on Friday. Your contributions were much appreciated. Safe to say the kids had a wonderful day creating and participating in all things pirate! Costumes looked fantastic also! Last week we welcomed a new teacher aide to our class, Clarissa. She will be working with small groups during writing time Tuesday- Thursday to support writers. We are already loving having her with us. We have wrapped up our fraction unit and are focusing on number knowledge for the remainder of the term. Some maths homework will be sent home from now. This will include activities such as number formation practice, ordering numbers, addition/ subtraction problems to solve, practising before and after numbers, etc. We have a couple of groups moving sets in reading so their reading books will consist of new sounds. I am very pleased with progress being made with the decodable readers and hope you are seeing the progress at home also.

Rm 3 Miss Swan

The 100 days of school celebration on Friday for the Waihou Hub was a huge success and Room 3 had so much fun during our pirate workshops!
Writing: Room 3 did so well with their publishing work last week about Tarantulas. This week we are looking at different ways to plan our writing including creating a mind map and using the information we collect in our writing.
Reading: We are looking at e and y (ee) sounds this week and spelling words that are coming home this week will reflect this. Reading books continue to come home Monday- Thursday and the majority of reading groups are focusing on making predictions and thinking about what information the text can give us to form an opinion.
Maths: Maths groups this week will be learning about doubling and halving equations and working with numbers to 100. It is also Maths week and to celebrate Room 3 will be involved in some exciting in class activities.
Reminders for the week:

  • Whaea Armstrong will be in class on Friday.

  • Library day on Friday.

  • Children are allowed to bring a change of clothes for cross country training.

  • Please remember to bring along book bags and homework notebooks everyday. Room 3 needs their notebooks for word work during class times.

Please remember you can pop in and see me, contact me via Seesaw and email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz
Have a wonderful week!

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

Our Spelling words this week are all about op and ph. For those wishing to learn their words at home, a spelling list is available each week on Seesaw, along with a copy of our weekly class poem. We will continue to train for the upcoming school cross country each day (weather permitting). Please remember to bring a change of clothes (especially those who are 8 and over as they will be running the farm this week). In Mathematics we continue to develop our understanding of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). If you have any queries or concerns please feel free to get in contact via the Seesaw message function or through email mentwisle@tearohaprimary.school.nz.

Rm 6 Mrs Bankier

This week is Maths Week and all about Money, so our focus will be practising using money to add and subtract.

We will be starting to have duties in class this week, which is a fun way to learn responsibility and leadership skills.

We have cross country practise each day so please remember suitable shoes to run in.

We have been focusing on persuasive writing so far this term, we are getting pretty good at following a plan and using paragraphs for each idea. This week we will look at interesting starters to our writing, with the idea of creating speeches from our writing.

If you would like to contact me for any reason please email me kbankier@gmail.com or send me a message through Seesaw.

Have a great week, Trina Bankier

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

We will be hoping that the weather clears for us to run in the farm this week. If your child is unwell or not feeling the greatest then walking the track is absolutely fine. We are simply aiming for participation!

Although the Olympics have finished, the children are still completing their player profiles which they have loved, so we will complete them this week. They have loved finding facts and watching the Olympics and we are sad it is over.

In Maths we will be focussing on equivalent fractions. This can be a real stumbling block for some children once you take away materials where they can see them. For this reason, those who need materials will stick with them! In writing we are hoping to finish off our Zoo writing which will be ready to publish for you.

In reading we will to continue to focus on getting information from text and looking up and vocab which is new to us. It is really important for children to be able to unpick texts - this is aided by understanding all the vocab!

Rm 8 Mrs Young

Maths WEEK - we will be completing a range of interactive tasks across our hub this week.

Fractions. Please continue to practice your tables at home.


P.E - Cross Country is next week! Eeek so we are busy running laps of the school and farm each day. Please ensure a spare change of clothes is packed for practice every day.

Term 3 Inquiry - Let’s Talk - This inquiry will be based around how we communicate. Mini units will be based around - The Power of Speech / Written Postcards/ Letters / Storybooks /Cooking / Communication through different languages.

Literacy - Our chapter book is - The Boy in the Tower. Log into Google classroom to see the tasks due this week.

Online interactive quiz with detailed answers. Please login via https://socrative.com/ Click on Student Login and enter TAPSROOM82021. Whanau can also take part every week!

Home Learning - Library Books + EPIC Reading. Mathletics + Prototec + Weekly Quiz

Email- kyoung@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 9 Mrs Gamble/Mrs Hodgetts.

Thank you very much to those that managed to get to our proposals. We appreciate your support and the votes will be tallied at the end of this week. Well done to everyone for all of the effort you put into your proposals. There are some fantastic ideas and we look forward to seeing what will go ahead.

Literacy: This week we will work on our persuasive writing that we planned for in week 2. In reading we will be using journals in groups.

Maths: We continue to develop our knowledge of fractions, decimals, and percentages.

Financial Literacy: Another exciting week in real estate! We have had some great conversations in Banqer around this subject.

Seesaw: We have had some really cool work posted in the last couple of weeks. Please remember to check out student learning and feel free to write comments. If you need to be reconnected at any point just ask!

Notices: Can students please bring a change of clothes for cross country and Totara practices.

Homework: Spelling - using the notebooks handed out last term students will record unknown words they use in writing and be bringing these home to practice. As well as sheets teaching spelling rules. Weekly quiz, mathletics tasks and reading 20-30 minutes each evening.

Have a great week everyone.

Rm 10 Mrs Brittenden

Kia ora -Whaiwhia te kete mātauranga (fill the basket of knowledge)

We had a fabulous time celebrating Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week last week and it was wonderful to see Rm 10 support, collaborate and learn through the arts. A truly special week (you can see what we did via Seesaw!) Congratulations to Baraka and Lucas, Liv, Paige and Bethan who did a fantastic job presenting their Kaitiakitanga Pitches on Friday. We are proud of you and look forward to hearing the results!

Maths - we continue looking at the relationships between fractions and the four operations. It is also MATHS WEEK so we will be taking part in some extra fun maths activities.

Literacy - we will be using journals this week to practice and revisit different comprehension strategies as we interpret the meaning of the text. In writing , we will be developing persuasive writing features.

Inquiry - LET'S TALK - we begin our inquiry work for this term by exploring Speeches that have changed the world. This is a great lead in for students writing their own speeches.

Cross Country - trainings are going well and this week, we hope to run the farm and school. Please let me know if your child is unable to take part.


Below is the lunch menu for week three.
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