Te Aroha Primary Newsletter

Term 2 Week 3 2021

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Kia ora parents and whanau

Welcome to week three and another awesome week of learning and sport for our students.


Ready Set Go starts next Wednesday 26th May.in Room 1 at 1.40pm. If you have a 4 1/2 year old bring him/her along to Room 1 where we provide a programme to support his/her transition into school.


News from Mrs Paul:


Just a reminder to all those who signed up to play.

1) The fees deadline has well passed so if you haven't paid then you probably haven't been registered therefore you are not eligible to play.

2) From Yr 5-8 you have committed to a team, therefore you are expected to be there every weekend or you let your team down. 8 weekends is all it is and you are expected to put your team first. If you are injured you are still expected to be at the courts to support your team.

3) Doing a duty is a non negotiable requirement for ALL THOSE PLAYING. If you are unable to do yours then you must find someone to stand in for you. Anyone over the age of 14 is acceptable. You will probably only get 2 duties maximum all season.

Thank you to those who helped out last weekend- you are off the hook!!!! Thanks to Cam Melrose for organising this for us as it takes a lot of time.

Rippa Rugby:

A reminder for all those who are providing transport that this is June 9th. A list was sent home last term. We will have training again this week.

Yr 7/8 Technology at Te Aroha College

Please make sure your child is at school at 8.30am with long hair tied back and shoes that cover your child's foot. (no slides please) If you are dropping your child off at the College, please contact our office or contact your child's teacher via Seesaw.

Ngaa mihi nui

Kevin Johnson

Principal /Tumuaki

Key Term Dates


1. Learning Discussions Mon 5 Jul - 3.30 - 5.30pm

2. Learning Discussions Tues 6 Jul - 1.30 - 6.30pm ( School Closes at 1.00pm)

3. School Closes for the Holidays 9 July 2021

Classroom Round Ups

Rm 1 Mrs Johnson

The class is really progressing with our new structured literacy and it is exciting to see syllables, rhyming words and compound words making sense to the children. It will be great to catch up with all the Room 1 and 2 parents tomorrow at 3,15. If you have not yet returned a reply slip but wish to attend, just send me a message and include whether you require child care in Room 3 as well please. This week's phonics work will be practising the sounds these letters s a t p i n m d make and we will use them to make words. In Maths we are working on our number knowledge, some children will be working in the number range 1 to 10 and others from 1 to 20. This week there will be a few different activities coming home for reading homework. Thank you to all the parents for supporting their child's learning by working through their homework each day.

Rm 2 Miss Green

This week we have the decodable readers information Tuesday afternoon at 3:15pm. Some of you have indicated you will be attending. If you decide you would like to come along and learn more about our new reading programme, please let me know. We are making great progress learning letters, the sounds they make and how to form them correctly. This week our phonics sounds are g, o, b, h. Reading homework will continue to be sent home, just a reminder that the books send home for reading are not for children to read to you. They are for you to read to them. Maths this week we wrap up our unit on time. We will be able to tell the time to the hour and half past. The past two weeks we have had lunches in schools. The children have been very good at trying each meal even if it’s something they wouldn’t usually eat.

Rm 3 Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou,

Week 3 already! Room 3 has a busy but exciting week of learning ahead.

Writing: We are looking at the amazing Tuatara this week and learning about similes to make our writing exciting for the reader.

Maths: We are fine tuning our skip counting and subtraction skills

Reading: We have started our reading rotations during guided reading time and Room 3 have loved all the new activities to do. Spelling words and readers continue to come home. We are looking at the sounds -ck and -dge this week.

Reminders for the week: We welcome Mrs Ferguson back into Room 3 on Monday while I am away at a course. Library day will be on Friday. As the days start to get colder, please make sure your tamariki all have a school jersey and warm socks to wear. Please remember you can contact me via Seesaw or email mswan@tearohaprimary.school.nz

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

Our Spelling words this week are all about ad and ch. In Writing we will be starting to look at factual reports to tie in with the research we will be doing about Ancient Egypt. In Mathematics we are continuing to build our knowledge of adding and subtracting using tens and ones. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me via email at mentwisle@tearohaprimary.school.nz or through the Seesaw message function.

Year 4 Dictionaries

We extend a big ‘THANK YOU’ to The Rotary Club of Te Aroha for the dictionaries that our Year 4 students were presented with last week. This is an initiative that Rotary has run for many years and one which is greatly appreciated by the students of Te Aroha Primary.

Rm 6 Mrs Bankier

Mrs Bankier is making a great recovery and we will welcome her back to school on Friday this week. Mrs Bankier will be working 3 days a week and Mrs Bartram will be working 2 days a week until Mrs Bankier is cleared to come back to school full time.

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

This week in literacy the children will continue their writing to inform.....the focus will be on working on the next steps that I identified with each one of them last week. We will be looking at recrafting their work in the proof reading process. I am really impressed with the level of improvement I am seeing!

In literacy we will be working on multiples and factors- knowing our tables will help greatly here. Some children are making awesome progress with their tables and are nearly at the end- woohooo. For others it is a 'work in progress' but I acknowledge the struggle and we keep working!!! We will also be learning some co operative games to play ad share(watch out!)

In our Inquiry we have looked at how the River Nile sustained life which the children loved. This week we will go onto the banks of the Niles and looked at how the houses were built using what they had. Ancient Cultures are fascinating and the children are loving learning about how tough life was.

Rm 8 Mrs Young

Hands on - Knitting lessons will start this week. Our first task will be knitted squares. We welcome any spare knitting needles and wool :)

Inquiry - Me and My Environment - Kaitiaki Guardians. This week we will be exploring Myths and Legends and mapping our school.

Literacy - We will continue with our new chapter book, graphic novel and movie - The Witches. This can be read through the Reading Folder on Google Drive or by listening to the chapters online. All tasks related to the chapters can be accessed through Google Classroom.

Maths - This week we will continue our Multiplication and Division unit. Our focus for the term will be ensuring we have all mastered our times tables and using the most efficient strategy when problem solving. Mathletics and repetition will be our focus for our times tables.

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.

This week we will be sharing our Jean Batten learning and some photos on seesaw so please keep an eye out. Room 9 had an exciting day exploring Jean Batten and simulating different aspects of her career with a range of different tasks. We have also shared on seesaw our character descriptions based on a soldier in the trenches.

Literacy: Guided reading groups will continue to work through their novels. We will also start to include SRA cards into our rotation allowing students to consolidate their knowledge and skills developed at group time. In writing we will continue to look at our understanding of grammar. We will continue to use quick writes to practice refining these skills.

Maths: we will continue to work on rotational and reflective symmetry. As well as revising our basic facts.

Homework: Weekly quiz, Mathletics - assigned tasks, reading 20 minutes each day.

Reminder: Netballers to bring their shoes to school for lunch time training on Tuesday.

Have a great week everyone.

Rm 10 Mrs Brittenden

Kia ora koutou - Kei ōu ringaringa te ao -The world is yours.

What a fantastic week we had last week - wonderful to see collaboration and perseverance being demonstrated as students worked their way through new learning - very impressive and the tasks completed were to a very standard. I am very proud of Rm 10 and am sure this will continue.

Maths - our focus is on multiplication and division strategies and we will also work in flexible problem solving groups at the end of the week. We will also be completing our enlargement drawings by painting these beautiful artworks.

Literacy - this links to our topic on Kaitiakitanga. We are enjoying exploring Maori Myths and Legends and developing specific comprehension skills through this as well as our writing skills as we put a modern twist on these traditional tales.

Online Platforms - we are using a number of online learning sites that can also be accessed at home. EPIC, Study Ladder, Prodigy, Mathletics, Sign Ninja

We will be completing our NZSL Taskboard this week - some fantastic entries were shared on Seesaw.

Looking forward to an awesome week.

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary,.school.nz


Below is the menu for Week 3 starting - Monday 17 May.

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A special invite for the Parents and Whanau of Room 1 and 2 children


We would like to extend an invitation to you to join us on Tuesday 18th May to find out more about the new structured reading approach that is being taught in Room 1 and 2 from this term and to view the resources that we will be using to enable your child(ren) to become confident, fluent and passionate readers. We all know how very important reading is for children to succeed. This workshop will be held in Room 1, starting at 3.15.


Room 9 learnt about Jean Batten, one of New Zealand's heroines, the first woman to fly solo from England to New Zealand . They learnt about what she faced during this challenge by completing a series of problem solving and code cracking tasks. There was teamwork, cooperation, collaboration, effective communication, leadership, compromise, consideration and respect to name a few of the skills that were practiced. It was a super fun activity that was hands on and engaging.

St John Ambulance Bowls Fundraiser

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