Welcome to Community 7

Kia ora Koutou,

Welcome to Term 4 of 2018.


The children are becoming established in our play-based learning approach. They can choose to work on any learning station in the classroom throughout the day.  Our daily timetable targets guided teaching of maths, reading, writing, phonics and handwriting as well as our inquiry focus. Our inquiry focus this term is science based called “How does your Garden Grow?”

The learning stations are learning activities which provide opportunities to practise and use numeracy, creativity, fine motor skills, alphabet knowledge, writing practise, reading skills, experience a range of tactile objects and problem solve. They provide opportunities to improve oral language, self-management and social skills. This is an approach that is in line with the latest research and understanding of brain development in this age of student. If you are interested in this look up Nathan Wallis and the Brainwave Trust. This latest research can help you understand your child’s thinking and can help with your parenting too.

The learning stations all have a strong social and oral language aspect where the children have to share, negotiate, turn take moderate their own noise level and respect others. They are learning to make good choices about their own learning and to manage themselves while having fun.

Each day we have a morning tea and afternoon tea break called read and feed, where I read to the children while they eat. After the second lunch play the children have another opportunity to finish their food. At lunch time the students go out to play then come in to eat lunch before we begin the next learning session. This is inline with research where students can learn more effectively when they have just eaten and their blood sugar levels are stable and higher. It also helps promote positive behaviour and increased ability to focus and cope with others.

The first two weeks of term involve training for our school Athletics Day. Some of the students have entered a pet or Science or Technology project  in EAST Day. (Ellesmere Agricultural Science and Technology Day) This is held at Ellesmere A&P show grounds and involves our local schools. The next really big focus takes place in week 6 when we celebrate our school’s 150th centenary.

We are pleased to welcome some new friends and their families into our class community this term.

Thank you for your continued support.

Nga mihi,

Mrs W


Com 7 Home Learning


Read their reading book everyday to ensure they are getting reading mileage.

Early reading books are designed to be read first in a guided reading lesson (with the teacher), then immediately afterwards with a buddy (paired up by the teacher) and then at home with you.

Work on the 36 high frequency words that I have sent home.

The sooner they get the first 18-20 words the better so it is important to work on these daily. Start with 3-5 words and add a new one as they learn them.

Work on their alphabet … all the letter names and all the associated letter sounds.

Alphabet knowledge is an important tool for decoding words.


It all begins with being able to write their own name. Focus on this if they can’t.

Early writing involves writing the letter sounds that they hear in words. They then progress to remembering how to write some high frequency words.

Work with them at home to write a simple sentence regularly.

Work on the Essential Spelling List words that I have sent home.

Start with List 1 and move onto List 2 when you feel they can spell List 1 confidently and fluently. Similarly move onto List 3 when they can confidently and fluently write most of the List 2 words.

Alphabet knowledge, especially letter to sound associations are crucial for writing because children write the letter sounds that they hear in words.



Practise counting everyday.

Count fruit in the fruit bowl, sheep in the paddock, macaroni on a plate.

Maths is fun and meaningful when you are dealing with real life situations.

When you shop get them to help you read the prices and talk about the coins and notes you will need.

Read the time with them and help them to tell the time mostly o’clock and half hour times. talk about am, pm and digital times as well as analogue times.

Fractions, cut things into halves and quarters with them when your cooking and making things with paper or craft.

Skip counting- they need to be able to skip count forwards and backwards in 2’s to 20, in 5’s to 50. and in 10’s to 100.

Don’t forget to count forwards and backwards in 1’s to 10, then when confident and fluent, to 20, then to 50.

Be on alert to pose problems for them, such as, if we have five biscuits and Dad has eaten three, how many are left?