What a wonderful day we had last Thursday. Children loving and encouraging their pets, creating works of art with flowers and vegetable and proudly enjoying the support of their families generates a very special atmosphere. The slightly overcast day was perfect for us. Thank you so much to Lisa Ogilvy and Sarah Wilkinson-Hart for coordinating such an outstanding day.
Curriculum / Learning and Teaching
Our Term 3 learning focus of ‘The Arts in Context’ was certainly embraced and celebrated by our whole school and parent community. The three wonderful productions that were created as an end product of the learning and teaching were a vivid presentation that all parents could see, be involved in and enjoy.
This term our ‘big idea learning’, revolves around Structures and Systems with the curriculum focus being Science and Technology. In Science the strand being looked at is Planet Earth and Beyond. In Technology we will be looking at the nature of technology its systems, characteristics and practice. Understand that technology both reflects and changes society and the environment and increases people’s capability.
In Planet Earth and Beyond – Earth Systems:- Students will investigate and understand the spheres of the Earths system for example; geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (life).
Structure and Systems:-
Identify how things are connected, arranged and organised to create actions and reactions.
Inquiry Learning:-This term for the first time our staff are trialling our new TIL - Tamahere Inquiry Learning Tree – which is a structure we have developed as a staff to facilitate our Inquiry Learning and teaching process.
Each syndicate will take their own learning journey from this framework.
In our Year 0 and 1 pod we will be discovering how important water is to us and the world we live in. We will investigate where our water comes from (the water cycle) and how our water becomes safe to drink. At the conclusion of our inquiry the children will create a resource that will encourage others to look after our precious taonga, WATER.
This term the Year 2 Pod will be focusing on Structures and Systems through the context of Our Kiwi Backyard Christmas. The focus of our learning will be Weather. The scientific side: We will delve into the different types of weather patterns, how these are created and some of the affects weather has on our environment. Children will experience theory and practical lessons to ensure meaningful and deep learning takes place.
The technology side: We will then use this new understanding to design an appropriate shelter that will be weather proof. Children will be supported the technological process of identifying an opportunity, design and making. This will be an enjoyable and contextual way to round of the unit and show understanding of the taught topic.
Throughout this unit we will be using a number of hooks and learning experiences to engage the children. We cannot let you into these yet as they are top secret but we are certain the children will keep you informed as these events happen!
Our Syndicate will investigate and understand the spheres of the Earths system: The Atmosphere, The Hydrosphere, The Geosphere, The Biosphere and the relationship between the sun and the earth. Children will work in a rotation with each teaching focusing on a Sphere. Children will apply their knowledge of the Earth’s Systems to design a spaceship to land on a newly found planet close to Mars. Children will collectively agree on the Sphere’s and systems of the new planet. A session working with LEGO, designing a Lunar Module and a Satellite will form the basic skills required of them to plan and design their own Lunar Module Capsule, keeping the new planets systems in mind.
The Inquiry for Maungatautari this Term is looking at the earth’s structures and systems. We will be approaching this concept with an ‘energy’ slant, where the children will become familiar with earth’s natural resources and how we use these for energy. The children will be given the opportunity to create a presentation that showcases deep understanding of a chosen natural resource and how our lives are impacted by this and how in turn we impact on it. We hope to conclude this learning with some kind of communication that may involve the school, local and wider community.
Wot Not to Wear School Fundraiser Thursday 6 November, 7pm, TCC. Only two weeks to go for this hilarious comedy starring Suzie Johnson from Oosh! Tickets are $30. We are selling tickets at Iceblock Friday this week after school, plus next week 28-31 Oct before and after school outside room 15 (Senior Block). You can also get tickets from the School Office or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for a fabulous night out of laughs, pre-show mingling and bubbles. Doors open at 6pm.
Scholastic Book FairWhen: Monday 3rd Nov, Tuesday 4th Nov, Wednesday 5th Nov.Where: Tamahere School Library.Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pmScholastic Book Fairs provide an exciting range of recently published children ...
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Notice to all Sunday Soccer FamiliesTo all those families who enjoy playing Sunday soccer, we have now moved the soccer goals to make way for cricket and athletics. Unfortunately, significant damage was done to our ...
Posted Oct 20, 2014, 5:45 PM by Reception @TMCS
Weetbix Tryathlon I will be organising a WEETBIX TRYATHLON team for 2015. Hamilton – Sunday 15th February 2015I have registered our school and when registrations are ready to be added, I will ...
Posted Oct 20, 2014, 1:59 PM by Reception @TMCS
Dental Therapist Visit FridayThe Peachgrove Community dental Therapist will be coming to school this coming Friday the 24th as part of our preventative fluoride programme. We will be seeing the children with ...
Posted Oct 20, 2014, 1:42 PM by Reception @TMCS
Music Mini Concert at Tamahere School!Hi There Folks,Music House are proud to showcase some of the talented students from Tamahere School in a mini concert. Parents of musicians please join us in celebrating your ...
Posted Oct 19, 2014, 5:38 PM by Reception @TMCS
Rugby Round-offAnother successful season of rugby has come to an end at Tamahere School. We fielded four teams this year in three different grades. Many players were new to the game ...
Posted Oct 15, 2014, 1:10 PM by Reception @TMCS
Car Keys FoundA remote access car key has been found on school grounds. If you have misplaced your keys please visit the school office.
Posted Oct 14, 2014, 6:10 PM by Reception @TMCS
Ezlunch by TextOrder Ezlunch by TXT!Computer not on? Racing out the door? Then why not order by text - order a combo lunch for Friday before 9am . To do this on your ...
Posted Oct 14, 2014, 4:28 PM by Reception @TMCS
Dental Clinic Fluoride TreatmentsThe nurses from the Peachgrove Community Dental Clinic will be coming on Friday 24th October (changed from 28th October) to apply a second fluoride treatment to those children who are ...
Posted Oct 14, 2014, 4:15 PM by Reception @TMCS
Board of Trustees Mid Term ElectionNomination forms and an explanation notice will be posted today to eligible voters for the Tamahere School Board of Trustees Mid Term Election where we have 3 spaces to be ...
Posted Oct 14, 2014, 1:38 PM by Reception @TMCS
Sun Hats and Sun Safe ClothingThank you for the wonderful start to our term with most students wearing hats and sun safe clothing! Remember students must wear covered shoulder clothing (no singlet tops) for boys ...
Posted Oct 13, 2014, 7:51 PM by Reception @TMCS
Sponsorship ThanksWe are grateful to have received support from our new platinum sponsors Z.B Homes who have made a generous donation to our school! Thanks also to our silver sponsors ...
Posted Oct 15, 2014, 5:48 PM by Reception @TMCS
Round the Bridges EventNovember 16th 2014We are enrolling a school team once again for this fun event. Please note that if you enroll with our school, there is no need to line ...
Posted Oct 13, 2014, 4:24 PM by Reception @TMCS