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Welcome back to term 2!

We would like to welcome you back to another exciting and very busy term. We hope you have had an amazing Easter and Anzac break with your family. This term promises to be very exciting, full of learning opportunities and fun. 


Together we are continuing to explore our concept of change, slowly moving to view this through a more scientific lens in our learning over the next two terms. Through this, we will learn more about how the world works, with our central idea being around “Interactions between humans and the natural world lead to change.” We will also be linking our writing and reading programmes to this investigation as it will help us find answers to our questions and record our findings. Please feel free to encourage your child to share books, ideas or own investigations about this inquiry with their teacher and class. If you have any expertise or knowledge in this area and would like to come in and share something with us, we would love to hear from you! 


We will continue building on our knowledge of addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and applying different strategies to solve problems. We will continue to gain quick recall of basic facts and times tables and learn how to explain the problem-solving strategies we use, to each other. Other areas such as measurement and geometry may also be part of the learning this term. 

Home learning: 

Home learning will continue being handed out on a Friday and being due the next Friday. This includes daily reading, maths activities using Mathletics, spelling and an item of inquiry. These tasks have been designed to develop the skills of time management, critical thinking, and reflection and help to reinforce the learning they have been doing in class. This term we will have an increased focus on spelling. To help your child at home, you may like to consider supporting them with their words by finding different ways of engaging them in their home learning. For example, Friday/Weekend might be discussing the words - What are they, what do they mean? Monday/Tuesday - looking at the spelling, what are the patterns? Wednesday/Thursday using play-doh, sand, chalk or other experiences to make the words or write the words.  

Coming Up: 

  • Pizza in the Playground is continuing this term. Please ensure orders are in by Wednesday morning. 

  • In week 2 we have our book week with exciting shows and activities planned for the children as well as a character dress up on Friday. Please check Kindo for payment details. We also wish to invite any grandparents and/or parents in on Friday morning from 9-10am to read their favourite books with the students.

  • Our school cross country will be held this term, date TBC. Hopefully, all the children have been working on their fitness over the break. If not, now is a great time to start! We are lucky to have some sport coaching from Counties Manukau on Thursdays for week 1-6. Children will need to bring their named PE gear for these sessions as well as bring their running shoes for cross country training on Mondays and as requested by their teacher.

  • We also have the exciting ShowQuest performance in week 6.

  • The Life Education caravan is coming to us in week 7-8. 


All accounts have now been set up for our classes as a platform for sharing our work with you all. Please ensure you have signed up and logged in to receive important updates as well as to be an authentic audience for the learning that is shared. We encourage and welcome parent and student feedback on the items that are posted. 


We look forward to another fantastic term and would also like to invite you to contact your child's teacher first and foremost with any concerns or questions you may have. You can contact us using the email addresses below, or by phoning the office to arrange a meeting time.


Stacey Connolly (Team Leader) 

Lynda Frazerhurst 


Holly Austin 


Chris Morgan 


Jalena Eade