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Our Learning This Term

posted May 10, 2018, 7:10 PM by Reception @TMCS   [ updated May 13, 2018, 3:15 PM ]

Our Term Two overarching topic is Structures and Systems - where we identify how things are connected, arranged and organised to create actions and reactions.

These concepts will be explored through Science using the Physical World strand for our Taupiri Junior School and Year 4 students where students will explore everyday examples of physical phenomena, such as movement, forces, electricity and magnetism, light, sound, waves, and heat. Taupiri will be looking at Light and Shadows to tie in with Matariki while our Year 4’s will be looking at Electricity and Forces linked to their Finlay Park camp experience and learning around the Hydro Dams on the Waikato River. Maungatautari Syndicate and our Year 3 students will be looking at the Living World, with the Evolution and Ecology strand exploring and classifying different groups of animals, how living things are suited to live in different environments with the adaptations they have. Both of these groups will be visiting the Hamilton Zoo during the term as part of their studies.

Te Reo Maori:-

This year we are commencing a te reo Māori extension group for students who have indicated an interest and competency in extending themselves in te reo Māori (Māori language).  Students who wish to be involved, are able to attend an introductory session where they will be assessed in written and oral form. A group will be gathered from this to attend a programme once a week for half an hour.  We have started initially with our senior students, those in Years 5 and 6. There has been a high level of interest which has been very pleasing, so two sessions are required to assess the students.

The programme will be centred on everyday language and build on what is delivered in the classroom programme. We will look to extend this programme to Pirongia Syndicate in Term Three and Taupiri syndicate in Term Four.

Our school learning focus in Term Two for te reo Māori is Myths and Legends followed by Matariki (Māori New Year).  We hope to build our vocabulary and understandings (tikanga) around these concepts. The New Zealand Curriculum emphasises the importance of te reo Māori and the benefits of learning it.  The Labour government have made this a compulsory element of primary school learning. We believe learning a second language is an important skill for any child to help develop the linguistic part of their brain.

Our Vision              

ALIM:- Following on from last year’s Advanced Learning in Mathematics development and two groups of students involved we are now developing learning opportunities for children across all levels of our school with this programme.

Other Happenings:-

Arts & Cultural                                                                                                                                                                                                        

§  Kapa Haka:- Our whole school will continue to be able to enjoy Kapa Haka this term, with our tutors Matua Sean and Whaea Te Awhina. The performance  Ropu (group) will have a slot each week to practice together.

§  Musical Tuition:- Our students who are learning instruments through school are settled into their lessons and routines. We look forward to having some students share their talents with us as the year goes on. We have many tutors available for a wide range of instrumental tuition, these can be found on our website.  

§  Choirs:- This term we will soon be busy preparing for the South East Country Cluster Music Festival which will be held at our school probably on Thursday 26th July, the first week after the holidays. We are also enrolled for the Kids for Kids Choir Festival in Week 5 of Term 3.

EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) Health & Physical Education

§  Outdoor Education:-The Pirongia Syndicate have their big Outdoor Education week happening in Week 5 of this Term. The Year 4’s will be heading away to Finlay Park on the 30th May and the Year 3’s will be involved in Outdoor Education activities and heading to the zoo that week as part of their learning and experiences.

§  7 Aside – Our Maungatautari Students will be hosting this year’s South East Hamilton Country Cluster & Aside tournament for the first time in 3 years! This is a fun tournament where students play codes they don’t normally get to experience in their weekly sport.

§  Winter Sports:- Thanks to Mrs Hawthorn (Rugby and Basketball) Mrs Copponi (Hockey) Miss Murphy, Miss Spence & Mrs Platje (Netball) Camille Stranks (Football/Soccer) and all of our parent Managers and Coaches who are supporting our children in so many teams and sporting codes this winter.

We have:

9 Hockey teams,

               11 Football /Soccer teams,

               6 Rugby teams,

               4 Basketball teams and

    8 Netball teams competing in the various inter school competitions this year.

§  Other PE Activities involving - large ball skills, coordination and fitness will be undertaken across the school. Cara Wharerau our new Sport Waikato Energize leader will be supporting our teachers with aspects of this teaching and learning.

§  Maungatautari Syndicate students will be involved in a variety of on and off site learning opportunities and competitions this Term, including; The Science Roadshow, Leadership Day, Trip to the Zoo, Fieldays’ Tractor Pull and 7 Aside.