Welcome to Community 7

Kia ora Koutou,

Welcome to Term 4 of 2017.

This term our inquiry is continuing from Term 3 “Te Waihora, Lake Ellesmere”. The curriculum that this learning is based in is Social Science. We are also delving into the science aspect with facts and information about the lakes birds, fish and plants. This learning is building on the experience from our Lake Trip in Term 3.

The focus value is Kaitiakitanga with the children learning their role of caretakers for this wonderful local resource. Waste Busters came out to talk about water, the water cycle and conserving water.

This term is always a busy one with School Athletics, East Club Day. Towards the end of the term we have family Fun Day and our Final assemblies and Prize Giving which every one is welcome to.

Please read all the School notices and Website regularly to keep up to date and to see the details of these and other events.

Pre-School Programme will continue to take place every second Thursday from 2.00 – 2.50pm. This is an opportunity for children starting school at Southbridge School to get to know us and we have activities which link directly to the letter of the week and our current learning focus. The class children really enjoy the hands on nature of the activity and being the “big” role models and helpers for our new friends.

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?