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Curriculum - Our Learning and Teaching - Term 2

posted May 4, 2016, 4:26 PM by Reception @TMCS

Our overarching, deep learning concept this term is Change. Our focus will be with the Social Sciences area and looking at the ‘Continuity and Change’ and ‘Identity, Culture and Organisation’ strands of the Social Science Curriculum.

This term we will also have the Firewise programme being taught in our Year 0 - 4 classes supported by the fire service. All classes will also be having lessons around Financial Literacy facilitated by ASB bank.  Environmental Education will be a significant component this term also with the Para Kore,or Zero Waste, theme coming through. Most students will also be involved in the Maths Road Show during Week 8.

As always, there will be a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy across all of our school and the Key Competencies; Thinking, Participating and Contributing, Relating to Others, Managing Self, Language, Symbols and Texts will be interwoven into all aspects of our learning, Along with our Vision - values and principles.

Physical & Outdoor Education:-

-        Our Pirongia Syndicate will be preparing for their EOTC – Education Outside the Classroom experiences happening in Week 6. The Year 4’s will be going to Finlay Park, while the Year 3’s build camping and other experiences on site and spend an exciting day at Narrows Park.

-        Winter Sports are all about to get underway from this weekend. We have 13 Soccer, 9 Netball, 5 Rugby, 5 Hockey and 4 Mini Ball teams competing for our school as well as having students involved in other sporting activities such as; squash, badminton, gymnastics, karate and cycling. Huge thanks go to all the parents who are supporting these teams and going the extra mile with coaching and managing our young athletes.

Cultural Activities:-

-        Our te reo Maori learning will be continuing with support from facilitator Jeanne Gilbert. Language this term will be focused on Marae and Marae protocols. Our whole school will be visiting the Cambridge Community Marae in Week 10.

-        Kapa Haka will continue for all of our school and we may soon learn when the Cambridge competition is happening for our Performance Ropu Group.

-        Grandparents Day - This very special day will be on Monday 20th June.  

-        The Country Music Festival is coming up this term, culminating in a show on Thursday 30th June in the TCC.

-        Jump Jam –This year we will have a Year 3 & 4 and a Year 5 & 6 Jump Jam squad. Our senior team is aiming to enter the National Jump Jam competition. Thanks to Mrs Hawthorn, Mrs Metcalfe and Mrs Ballantyne for enabling this opportunity.


-        Our Target Students who have been clearly identified across all levels of our school will be given extra support and tracking.

-        Mid-Year Reports:- This term our Year 4-6 teachers will be busy writing reports for their students, which will be followed by conferences at the start of Term 3. Our Year 0 -3 students will continue to get their reports around their anniversary of starting school,  as well as mid anniversary reports at 6, 18, and 30 months.

-        ICAS Exams – Our seniors who have taken up the extra challenge to sit these international examinations will be starting to take these exams from Week 3.