Te Aroha Primary School

Term 3 Week 4 2021

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Kia ora koutou

Welcome to week 4 and a start of another fantastic week at TAPS.

This week sees all of our students participating in our school cross country. This will take place on Wednesday, weather permitting. If the event is postponed because of rain on Wednesday then it will be run on Thursday. Children will gather on the field at 12.30pm after a shortened lunch time at 11.50pm. We look forward to seeing all of our families at this event to support their children.

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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Tree Planting Day

Keep Te Aroha Beautiful and the Matamata Piako District Council held a ‘Schools Planting Day’. A big THANK YOU to Megan Diprose for taking a group of students to help plant over 200 native plants at the new extension to the Te Aroha Cemetery. Well done team!

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

We are very excited that Cross Country is just around the corner and that we will be running on Wednesday. Hope you will be able to join us on the day to see our very enthusiastic 5 year old runners. Further information about the day will follow. Our letter sounds for this week are g o b h and words that begin with these letters. In story writing we are working on always starting our sentence with a capital letter, making sure there is a space between words, ending with a full stop and reading the sentence over again to check. in Maths we continue with developing our number knowledge to 10. Many children need practise with writing numbers to 10 to ensure that the numbers are both the correct way around and are formed correctly. (Starting at the top , not at the bottom) It would be very beneficial for children to practise this regularly at home as well, just a quick daily 5 minute practise. For the next three weeks we will be having Science Workshops in the Waihou Hub on Tuesday afternoon. This means children will be divide into groups and they will attend a different workshop in one of the three classrooms each week. Our theme for this term is “Let’s Talk” so our aim is to promote discussion amongst the students as they experiment and discover.

Rm 2 Miss Green

Watch this space, this week we begin science workshops in Waihou hub and our big question is, how did that happen? All CVC words we segment and blend in phonics this week have the medial sound 'o'. In writing we continue report writing practice and independently record all sounds we can hear in words. We are focusing on rereading when we have finished to check that our writing makes sense. In maths each group is working on different skills such as using a number line to solve addition and subtraction problems and solving addition and subtraction problems using count all strategy. We will practice correctly recording sums. Some reading groups will have new sounds and books this week. Sounds, words to segment/ blend and heart word practice homework will continue to come home.

Rm 3 Miss Swan

Kia ora koutou,

Welcome to Week 4! Room 3 is super excited for the school cross country this week and we have been training hard. Parents and whānau are most welcome to come and watch!
Writing: We continue on with new ways to plan our writing and include WOW words to make our writing exciting to read.
Reading: We are looking at ‘oo’ sounds this week in phonics and reading books continue to come home from Monday- Thursday. Keep up the great reading Room 3!
Maths: We are learning to have instant recall of groupings within 20 and working with numbers from 0-100.
Reminders for the week:

  • School Cross country on Wednesday

  • Whaea Armstrong will be in class on Friday.

  • Library day on Friday.

  • Homework for the week: Spelling, Maths worksheet and daily reading book.

  • 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

I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Rm 5 Miss Entwisle

Our Spelling words this week are all about ug and qu. 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 look forward to competing in the school cross country this week. In Mathematics we are working looking at extending our addition and subtraction problem solving skills. In Writing we are looking at how to persuade or convince people. We will be publishing our speeches this week using Google slides. 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

We are all looking forward to cross country on Wednesday and hoping you are able to come along and watch.

We farewell Whaea Adreena on Friday from Room 6 and thank her very much for keeping our class ticking while I was away. We wish her luck on her next teaching adventures and hope to see her in the future. I will be back in class 4 days per week from next week.

Just a reminder to please keeps trading cards at home, we have had a few coming in last week.

This week we are practicing our using doubles and using this knowledge to solve problems using doubles plus one.

We have been really enjoying our projects in reading and some groups will be learning about Maui or Sir Edmond Hillary for their project / reading for information tasks this week.

Have a great week,

Trina Bankier

Rm 7 Mrs Paul

The dirtiest event of the year is finally here- Cross Country!!!! The children have trained hard- and those who don't love running so much have been given a job supporting children from our hub who need support. I am so proud of them.

In Maths this week we will be looking at the decimal point in terms of money and measurement. We will continue to work on fractions for maintenance.

In writing we will be starting to map out our speeches ready- ready for the second most anticipated event of the term!!!!!your child will possibly come home and ask for some help with this one!!!Please don't tell them if you hated speeches but rather encourage them to have a 'growth mindset' and give it their all!!!! Year 5 has no pressure regarding speeches.This is the last year that it doesn't- they will just be said in class.

We will be also be looking to start our calendar art this week- and having a week break before we start our new unit.

Rm 8 Mrs Young


P.E - Cross Country is this Wednesday. Please ensure a spare change of clothes is packed for Monday and Wednesday.

Maths/Fractions. Please continue to practice your tables at home.

Term 3 Inquiry - Let’s Talk - The Power of Speech will be our focus this week followed by …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.

Speeches - we will start looking at some inspirational speeches in class.

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.

Another action packed week ahead. Our school cross country will be held this Wednesday at 12.40pm (weather permitting). All parents and caregivers are more than welcome to come and support their children during their race. As this is a very busy day, can all parents/caregivers please stay in the spectators area. This will ensure the day runs smoothly and there are no obstructions for our runners.

Literacy: This week we will look at speeches and provide students with some in class support. A reminder that speeches are a homework task and the majority of this will need to be done at home for homework. In reading we will continue to practice our comprehension strategies though school journal texts in groups.

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

Banqer: Are we ready to start buying houses? This week we will look at our own personal financial situations and calculate how much it will cost to service and repay a mortgage if we choose to apply for one.

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 koutou! Kia mate ururoa, kei mate wheke (don't give up) Cross Country this week - this is a great event for students to demonstrate their perseverance. Please let me know if your child is unable to participate. Good luck to all runners. GO KOWHAI!

Writing - we continue to develop persuasive writing features in our work. We will be sharing our writing via Seesaw for parents and whanau to read.

Reading - we will be using school journals this week to integrate reading comprehension strategies to show our understanding in response to the text.

Maths - we focus on the value of fractions as a decimal.

Speeches - students should have a topic for their speech and should be well on their way to developing this. Information will be shared this week to support students with this task.

Here's to a great week!

Arohanui - Mrs B dp@tearohaprimary.school.nz


Below is the lunch menu for week four.
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