Welcome to Community 7

Kia ora Koutou,

Welcome to Term 1 of 2018.

We begin the year with a lovely little class and this will grow slowly during the Term.

Our initial Physical Education focus is Aquatics and we will be swimming at Southbridge Pool most days for the next six weeks. Our swimming time is 12.20 -1.20pm. Thank you to all the parents who are swimming helpers in the pool to enable us to meet the 1:4 ratio. If you are able to help out please let me know. In Week 6, we will be having a Swimming Demonstration Day and Sausage Sizzle to share and showcase our progress.

In the first few weeks we will complete some artworks to display in the Southbridge Horticultural Show in our local Town Hall.

Our Inquiry focus this term is Social Science, looking at transport from the past and comparing it to modern day. This learning links well to the celebration of Southbridge School’s 150th anniversary. There will be events, functions and open days at school to celebrate this in November.

Community 6 joins with us for collaboratative learning for the Arts, Science, Social Studies and an interchange for Reading. We start the day with a song and karakia together and often share a story in the afternoon. One of the special things we like to share together is a Teddy Bears Picnic so that is planned for this term.

For all days and events coming up these will be on our school Website and e-newsletter so it is important to read and check all posts.

We have a Maker Space in the shared breakout space between Community 6 and 7. We would love to use/recycle any boxes, craft materials, ribbons or “bits and bobs” that you might not need anymore. The children are veracious creators and any donations of sellotape will be most gratefully received.

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?