it certainly has been eventful with Cyclone Gita putting a stop to our swimming
activities for the foreseeable future and preventing us from enjoying our green
spaces! Thank you to all of you for your support, in clearing our school,
looking after children, baking etc, we really are so very fortunate to have
such an amazing community of people all working together to get our school up
and running again. Can I ask please that the children wear footwear to school to protect them from the lime and mud that
is still around outside?
Our Literacy Rotations are up and running really
well. The students are fully engaged in their activities. We will go to the
town library in week 6 to get some new books to inspire us. Feel free to rotate
books / comics from home, I will ask the children to bring home ones they have
finished and we are accessing our school library weekly on a Monday morning.
The students have been assessed and given
spellings to work on each week. Starting this week, they will write these down
in a spelling notebook for them to practise at home, if possible.
In school we are working on them in a variety of
·writing them in sentences,
·working on their meanings,
·completing worksheets looking at their sounds
·learning the rules that are associated with them
·playing a variety of computer games designed to help them remember them
on the STEPS programme
·playing a board game using them with a teacher aide
I know the children and yourselves are very busy
with many activities after school but reading regularly with your child and
encouraging them to be independent learners, practising their spellings would
We have started a new topic this week. We are
going on a Virtual Field Trip with
the LEARNZ team! What this means is
that the students will be following a group of scientists as they explore the
marine environment on our doorstep, looking at the theme of Sustainable Seas.
We will do lots of reading about the subjects covered, take part in online
activities, watch videos and our class has been lucky enough to be selected to
be a “speaking school” live on a web conference on Wednesday at 2pm, asking
questions we have come up with, which will be broadcast around the country! We
have sent an ambassador to represent us, “Aqua” the little blue penguin and he
will have his own page that we can read and look at to feel fully involved.
Here is the link for you to have a look at with your child at home.
Click on Why
is plastic so bad for sea creatures? and watch the video to find out more.
Write down every time you use a piece of plastic
for a whole day.
We will continue our inquiry into the marine
environment up till Week 8, following the children’s passions and interests and
the theme of healthy seas, healthy people. We then break for Easter and for the
last 8 days of term Mr Andrews and Mr Kemp will be teaching Room Sunflower as I
am on leave, the topic focus will be on the Commonwealth Games being held in
Australia for those two weeks.
As always, feel free to contact me should you wish
to discuss your child’s needs, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Today we have sent home a notice to let you know that due to where Cyclone Gita is projected to track at the moment; we have been advised to close the school tomorrow, Tuesday 20th Feb. So, keep safe and we will see you on Wednesday. Kind regards, Kat Rayson
Routine:I believe that
children thrive in an environment where clear routines and expectations are
delivered. A timetable for the week and a visual timetable for the day is clearly
displayed in the classroom. This will change with the seasons, for example
swimming may be replaced with sports once the pool is closed. We have a class
treaty of expectations that the students decided on and have signed up to.
Daily 5 / Reading / Writing: This is how I organise my literacy time to maximise my teaching
opportunities with each child. It takes time to set up the routines for success
at the start of the year but will pay off in the children’s increased
independence and engagement.
Book Boxes: Students are asked to regularly bring in books/magazines/comics
from their home collection, which they love to read and add them to their
personal browsing box of books. We are creating a box of books which are a
‘good fit’ for each student meaning that they are books the child enjoys
browsing through, reading to themselves or sharing with others.
will be worked on every day in class through our class literacy programme.
Words are sourced from the essential spelling lists, the children’s writing,
topic work and the ‘Steps to Literacy’ Programme. They will do worksheets,
computer games, group games with a teacher aide. Also, I like to use our
spelling to practise our sentence structure skills weekly, working on our
grammar and more complex punctuation use.
Library day:is Monday afternoon. I would also like to
go into Motueka every three weeks to visit the town library in order to extend
the student’s reading and author choices. We will utilise the big school bus in
order to make this happen.
Maths: This year we are staying in our class for maths. The students will be
assessed and placed into differentiated groups. We will be doing basic facts
practise every day to reinforce their number knowledge and will also be doing a
weekly problem solving session where they can apply the strategies they know.
Keeping up their speed and accuracy in maths is
essential too. I will send home their studyladder and sumdog usernames and
passwords so they can practise at home in a fun way.
Sports: Our class will also be
involved in some sporting activities around the region as part of the Motueka
Term 1 Swimming Sports and Summer Tournament.
Term 2 Gymnastics and Cross country.
Term 3 Winter Tournament.
Term 4 Athletics.
Dates for these events are still to be finalised.
Homestudy:We have changed
our approach to homework at Brooklyn. We are all aware of how busy our parents
and students are with after school activities and sports.
If there is a research task or work that needs to
be finished, I will send this home on a needs to be completed basis.
It is expected that your children will be
encouraged to read at home both with you and to you to keep those literacy
Repsonsibilities:If your child is unwell or unable to attend school, please let the
school office know as soon as possible. I want to encourage the students to
become more independent learners, so I will be expecting them to organise their
own property and resources. So far, they are doing an amazing job!Hats and sunscreen need to be worn at school
during these hot summer days. I have class sunscreen available for those who
wish to top up after a swim. It is expected that all students take part in
swimming lessons, so togs and towel need to be brought every day please or a
note to explain why they are unable to complete their lesson for that day.
Assembly: Every Friday @
2:30 pm in the school hall, all parents, family and friends are welcome to come
celebrate with us.
Clothing: Please ensure
that all clothing is named. If your child has misplaced an item, the first
place to look is the lost property box that is situated outside the hall.Lost property is put out on display at the
end of the month and any that is not claimed is given away to charity. Any
named items found will be returned to the family.
is key. It is how we ensure the best outcomes for our students. I am available
every morning from 8.30 – 9.00 should you need to discuss anything with me, and
again after school from 3.00 to 3.30. You can also contact me via my email email@example.com or leave a message with the school office that you would like me to
call you. As a school, we are looking
into aligning our communication efforts. I hope to be implementing a similar
system to Class Dojo that enables clear and prompt communication directly with
you and the opportunity to see and comment on your child’s learning. More on
this in the future when it is finalised.
trip: Don’t panic! I am not suggesting that we save all
our pennies and send the kids to the UK for camp! I need to inform you that I
have taken leave for the last 2 weeks of this term, (which is only 8 teaching
days due to our Easter break.) I will be travelling to the UK to visit family
and be back for the start of Term 2. Mr Kemp and Mr Andrews will be covering my
class during this time so the children will be taught by familiar faces who
know our routines and expectations.
I look forward to working with you and your child