Saturday, July 1, 2017

Term 2, week 10

Welcome to B7 - Term 2 2017.

Week Ten:

Dates for the diary this week:

* Hockey on Tuesday, block 1.
* Bikes on Thursday, block 2. We are learning how to check for traffic, indicate and pull out at a junction as well as some netball practice
* QUEST: Every Tuesday and Wednesday 11am - 11.45am.
* Passion Fridays: All session times are up in the classroom.


Get active with you whanau! Get out and practice riding your bike on the road with an adult with you. Practice signalling and safe cycling, show off wha you have been learning at school. Remember your bike is the key to your freedom until you learn to drive a car!

A big thank you to those who have made a real effort to improve your times table knowledge. Keep at it; we have started working on multiplication, division and fractions which anyone will struggle at without a strong times table recall. It has been so rewarding to see your maths confidence increase so dramatically (and it's only term 2)!


We are continuing to practice our misspelt words from our spelling assessment test last week.

Please have a look at your child's report writing that they finished publishing a last week. We have been working on using paragraphs, commas, semi colons and other punctuation.

This week we are writing a report on something that we have been wondering about (from tornados to alternative energy). 

In maths we are doing a whole class task this week. We are planning an overseas trip to a country of our choice. We have a budget to stick to and we will be researching the costs including hunting for flights, accomodation, insurance and spending money for food and entertainment.

In reading we are working on our note taking and summarising skills. We are taking notes on a topic of our choice to write about for report writing.  We are also delving into topics like solar energy, electric (self drive) cars and how the earth was created (the science version) :-) 

Come and have a look inside our classroom. We have finished our 'Hundertwasser' inspired pastel art. Our bright, interesting and imaginative styles are on display and looking so good! This term we will be working with paint and dye, producing 'tapa' cloth designs. 

Passion Friday activity lists are up in the classroom. Please do not be alarmed if you have not received your requested activities. Everyone will get a turn, we just need to be patient and wait for the next draw of activities.

Our netball and hockey skills have been improving too! It has been fun witnessing the class learning new sports and skills. We have a large focus on fitness and Physical Education. Please let Mr T know (a note or email will do) if you are unwell or physically unable to take part for some reason. 

We have been making the most of our bikes and the bike track over the last two terms. We have been increasing our balance and coordination. We have been practicing everything from manoeuvring at slow speeds to going over obstacles and ramps. Some of us are even pulling up the front wheel and learning how to 'bunny hop!' We are also focussing on road safety and how to correctly indicate at junctions.

Table tennis and badminton are now offered on Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes in the hall; get into it!

Please remember to bring a water bottle into school to maintain good health and concentration, (but remember to keep water and food away from your device when transporting).

Nice one,

Mr T

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