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Term Overview

posted Feb 6, 2018, 6:57 PM by Reception @TMCS

Our overriding deep concept every Term One is Relationships. Relationships are the way in which two or more things are connected, and the factors that influence the nature of that connection.

This year we will be exploring relationships in many ways, starting with the usual ways e.g. friendships, families, class and whanau as we settle into our new class dynamics, and then through our Social Science and Science focus learning areas. Syndicates will be having major and minor foci this term linked with their main inquiries.

e.g. Social Science – Pirongia - looking at such concepts as; how time and change affect people’s lives, and how places influence people and people influence places.

Taupiri will be exploring the Living World, and look at such things as Life Cycles, while Maungatautari will focus on the Social Science aspect of their Taupo Camp experience later in the term.

As always Literacy and Numeracy will remain the key components of every classes learning each term, as students get more able their learning to read turns to reading to learn and there is more and more scope for integration with all learning areas. Devices are now an everyday part of developing literacy and numeracy as well as helping to explore interesting topics and extend ideas. They do not take away from pencil and paper but give alternative options at appropriate times.

Key Competency Focus:-  The Key Competencies are a very important part of the New Zealand Curriculum and comprise five areas:-

o   Thinking

o   Participating and Contributing

o   Relating to Others

o   Managing Self

o   Language, Symbols and Texts

All of these competencies will be involved this term. Some will be focused on more than others as different opportunities for skill development arise. For example; settling into new routines for every class as well as senior camp are great opportunities to develop Managing Self.

Our Vision is a very important part of how we teach and interact, we want to live by these values and behaviours of Kia Mai – Confidence, Kia Manaaki – Respect and Kia Kotahi - Together as One as well as Kia atawhai aa mua – Kia tipu ngatahi – Nurturing our future – Growing Together.