From the Team Leader
The term is heating up (literally!) and we are well underway with our inquiry into SMART CONSUMERS. Thank you to all our parent helpers who came on our very successful trip to New World and those that accompanied room 21 on their trip to Fresh choice and the beach with the visiting Chinese schools from Ningbo in China.
Camp is fast approaching for year 6. A big thank you to all those parents who offered their help for our camp. We can’t do camp without parent helpers. We had quite a few Dad’s sign up this year and we are sorry we were not able to take you all.
Welcome to New Students
Rm 22: Heidi Lee, Tyron Zhang, Leo Xiao, Bianca Hu, Vinooshan Vijithan
Rm 21: Tina Qiu
Rm 22: Lucas Huang, Justin Lee, Victor Wu
Room 23 Meet the Teacher Presentations
Our LearningNewsela:Newsela is a reading website that provides articles around a huge variety of subjects. The text in each each article is able to be adjusted to the learners reading level. Teachers are able to send out a link so that students can sign up to it.Rm 21 have created a class group so they just need to log in and join Room 21 PMPS with the code 6zFzJF or use this link:https://newsela.com/quickjoin/#/6ZFZJF They will need to add their details.
Chapter chatChapter chat: This year some classes will be participating in something called ‘Chapter chat‘. Students will complete questions and tasks during the week, based on the shared book we are reading as a class. On Fridays, they will have the opportunity to share their answers and tasks in and live forum with students all over New Zealand through the twitter site. Room 21’s twitter handle is Titoki sixes! At times, students will need to complete ‘Chapter chat‘ tasks for homework so that they are ready for Friday’s session. The very best tasks from all over NZ get selected by the makers of ‘Chapter Chat’ and are posted on the Chapter chat Facebook site.MathleticsWill be in full swing this year. I will start posting tasks and organising levels as soon as I have access to the student’s accounts.LibraryRm 22, 20 and 21 Library day is Wednesday and room 23’s day is Monday.Rm 21 will be continuing with book club this year. Students will need to ensure their book reviews are done in time to share them with their group on Wednesday, this is part of their homework. All students will get the chance to select the book club they want to be in and decide if they would like to lead one. The book club is a student-led initiative.ValuesExcellence, respect, resilience, responsibility. In place of the old banana bucks system, we will be giving out value hearts that will help the student’s to earn house points. Records will be kept of the student’s house point total and they will be able to try to earn a reward at the end of term and also gain points for the house competition. Value hearts will be given out for any behaviours or actions that show the school values.Class dojoSome classes are using class dojo. Dojo is a sharing and communication platform. Teachers will be able to post photo’s of things that happen at school so that you can stay up to date with what is going on. Parents can also communicate through the site and give feedback. If you have received a password you will be able to access your classes dojo. Please enter them so that teachers can keep you up to date with what’s going on at school.Inquiry this term: ‘SMART CONSUMERS’Big Idea: Decision-making is influenced by a range of social factorsConcepts: Responsibility, decision-making, connection, consumerism, choice
Students will understand:
- How the media influences decision making (decision making, connection, responsibility)
- How consumerism affects choices (consumerism, choice)
- Self management and responsible action (responsibility)
- What is media?
- How are decisions influenced?
- What informs consumerism?
- How are choices connected to trends?How you can help:
- Volunteer to be a parent helper at camp (Forms will come out soon)
- Talk about the school values at home. Notice when your child does something that exemplifies a school value and tell them. E.g “When you did that….you were being resilient”.
- Discuss with your child the things that you consider when you buy something so that you are a smart consumer.
- Talk to your child about the persuasive techniques employed by advertisers. Point them out during your day e.g. on the T.V, at the supermarket, on websites, on the packaging.
Dates for the DiaryCamp: Tuesday 12 March returning on Friday 15 March. (Information pack will come out soon)Three-way conferences: 10th – 11th April
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