Welcome to the new Piwakawaka hub.
We are a combined Year 4, 5 and 6 class and have 2 teachers, Mrs Smith and Ms Rogers. We also have regular help from Mrs Kemp, Mrs Anderson and Mrs Carly which is greatly appreciated.
We have been asked what homework is expected to be done by the students and we have compiled a list for you to see what is routinely given. Occasionally extra homework will be given if needed.
Reading, while 15 to 20 minutes is the recommended amount of reading, it is important to note that, if your child is enjoying what they are reading, it is fine to encourage more time. We are also using Read theory, which all students have been given a username and password to use. Pobble 365 and Kiwi kids are also good sites to encourage reading comprehension.
Spelling, the students are given 10 spelling words each week. They are also tested each week. We recommend encouraging your child to: write them out three times, look, say, cover, write, check. Feel free to use any way you have found works for your child. We are currently teaching spelling rules to encourage greater understanding of spelling conventions. See if they can tell you what they are?
Math, basic facts, times tables and prototec or study ladder. Please do some quick fire math questions with your child every night, to help with rapid recall.
Topic, this is usually a pre cursor to the subject that will be being taught. We expect a double page spread with a border, illustrations, 5 facts on the one subject chosen, title and appropriate references.
Term 2 homework is focussing on the speech, so there will be no topic homework.
We are looking forward to doing some amazing things this year and have started the year with swimming sports, Triathlon and camp.
In our swimming sports we had some great competitors, four were invited to compete at zone sports. Well done to all who competed.
Triathlon was fun and the day shone for us.
The year 5 and 6 went on camp, fun and exhausting for all. Thank you to all of the parents who helped, we are very grateful. The link below will take you to the photo’s of camp.
Year 4 stayed at school and were taught by Mrs McCulloch and Mrs MacWilliam, enjoying a fun water slide and making gingerbread cookies.
After Easter we will have the opening of our new hub. The students are busy learning some new songs. We look forward to seeing you