This week Team 67 have been creating some bright artworks to display in the rooms. Working in the heat of the afternoon we have:
completed our learning via a step by step process
discussed and shared our specific feedback to each other
Via the visual art process, it is interesting to observe individual student's learning traits and personalities. A lot can be seen via an art lesson. We enjoyed getting to know about the children's whānau, interests, and stories they have to share.
Date: Tuesday 16 February 2016 Venue: Belt Road Rock Pools, Ngamotu Beach.
In order to link in with the tides (Low 10.57 – 0.9m, high 17.09 - 3.0m), our visit, weather depending, is to take place on Tuesday 16of February, at the Belt Road rock pools and Ngamotu beach. There is NO POSTPONEMENT DATE. If the weather is unsuitable the picnic will be CANCELLED. Please listen to the 93.2 More FM, following 8:00am news.
Children will have the opportunity to have a swim at Ngamotu beach under close supervision from staff and parents. Children will use NPDC changing rooms.
We do require at least 4 adults per room to be in the water from 11:30 -12:00 (Senior), 12:00 - 12:30 (Middle), 1:45 - 2:15 (Junior)
The bell goes at 8:55am. It is important for your child to be at school before the bell goes to unpack and have time to socialise and play. We encourage students to be independent and organise their belongings
water and snack in the classroom
Home learning is setup to support the learning that takes place in class. We believe that regular reading, learning spelling lists and basic facts are important. Apps and websites to support the reading, spelling and basic facts are linked on our class blog.
We will not be sending home 'sheets' of work to keep children 'busy'.
We also acknowledge that the children’s lives are full of activities outside of school hours, and we support the extra curricular activities that the students are involved in. We would like to set up a culture within the team that home learning is self directed and enjoyable for the children.
The team will visit the Library as part of their Literacy Programme. Issues and returns will be each Tuesday and the students will visit on a Friday for research purposes. Home Readers and Library Books must be transported to and from school in a Book Bag (available from the office).
Team 67 Blog & Individual Learning Blogs
Our main method of communication will be via the Blog.
Click here for Team 67 Blog. You must subscribe to Team 67’s Blog, your child’s individual Blog and the school website to obtain up to date notices, newsletters and communication. Each child’s individual learning blog can also be accessed via the link. We encourage you to comment on your child’s learning and acknowledge that this is their learning journey so please view rather than edit and correct. Games, apps and support for home learning is also found on the blog.
This term we will offer Discovery Time to our students on Friday mornings. This is an opportunity for the students to develop their oral language skills, self management skills, social and cooperative skills, and fine motor skills in a variety of creative settings. Over the term we will have various themes and focuses that the students will work towards.
Our Team Values
Cooperation and collaboration
Safe and secure learning environments
Student teacher & whānau partnerships
We believe that during year 3 and 4 it is an exciting time for the children as they consolidate their foundation learning and continue to develop their self-management skills including independence, friendships and social skills. Children transition from parallel play to interactive play. They begin to understand rules for games and the concept or winning and losing along with fair play. We witness students developing academically, socially and emotionally and we feel privileged to support your child on their learning journey.
Contacting the team teachers
If you would like to discuss your child’s learning, please contact the classroom teacher to arrange a suitable time. Student Talents Interests and Needs Conferences will be held in Week 3, further details will be send out soon.
Holiday reading returns are tumbling back in and I'm looking forward to masses more this week. From now on we'll be back to our usual two issues a week, although many of our avid readers choose to issue more. To protect our books when we're juggling them with wet swimming gear in backpacks it would be great if you can ensure that your child has their book bag. If not, new ones are available for $5 at the office..
'The family that reads together succeeds together' photo competition
It's not too late to get your holiday reading competition photos in. (If you forgot to take them, why not just pretend and create some this week!) We'll close the competition off this Friday 12th. Please send them to email@example.com and as we did last year, we'll have our new team of Book Buddies selecting the finalists for a National Library advisor to choose our winners.
We would like to invite you to a short session in Room 11 next Wednesday 10 February where Cecile Elliot (SNZ Education Adviser) will be available to outline the Kiwi Swim Safe programme (this is a focus within our swimming programme), its benefits and the holistic approach to swimming and survival skills, both in the pool and in the classroom.
We will be starting the session at 4.15. Please could you RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to your child's class teacher.
If you know of anyone else who may be interested in attending. please do pass this message on.
Maintain a challenging learning to learn community that responds to the interests, needs and talents of our learners.
Today in Team 67 we met with Room 8 and the teachers shared some information about themselves with Google Slides. The children had the opportunity to look at the slides, and then work in small groups to answer a quiz about each teacher. It was exciting for the teachers to see the teamwork that took place, the ability to remember facts, and the powers of persuasion some group members had to use in order to convince their team that their answer was the right one!
It was fun to share a little bit about us with our students and next week our students will do a similar activity and post their own google slide to their blogs.
Please take the time to have a look at our slideshows - and we would love you to leave a comment!
My name is Bonnie Mills and I am delighted to be collaboratively teaching Team 67 with Wendy Parkes. I am an experienced teacher and have taught a range of levels. I have previously taught at Central School and on the North Shore in Auckland. I am dedicated to supporting my students and ensure that they feel safe and secure to reach their potential.
My family and I moved to New Plymouth three years ago and absolutely love the Taranaki lifestyle. I am married to Toby and we have three boys Josh, Ryan and Benjamin. Prior to teaching I spent five years in the Royal New Zealand Navy.
I am a passionate teacher and the needs and interests of my students are central to my teaching approach. I hold high expectations for the students, I am firm but fair when managing behaviour and encourage all students to take risks with their learning. I am excited by the many opportunities available for the students and staff at Frankley School. Together we will learn to make a positive difference, become a creative learner and an effective communicator.
I appreciate your support and I value open communication. I look forward to working with your child and getting to know the Frankley School community.
A big HELLO to my future students and parents of Team 67!
It is with this letter that I wish to introduce myself to you all. Some of you may know me from my time teaching in both Room 11 and Room 5 last year. For those of you who don’t, I am Wendy Parkes ( Mrs ). I am married to Rob and will have two children attending Frankley School in 2016. I have been teaching for 16 years, in Hawera, London and then Vogeltown, Central and Frankley Primary Schools right here in New Plymouth. I have taught in all areas of Primary education. New entrants right through to Year 6. I am passionate about teaching and really keen to get stuck back into full time teaching now my children are older. I am excited about the opportunities for our tamariki in today’s education. Even in my years of teaching, the way teaching and learning has evolved astounds me, and I am in turn constantly adapting my pedagogy. I only want the best for the children in my class and will do my best to make that happen. I am human and I do need my communities support. The well coined saying “It takes a village to raise a child” is very true. Please make sure you come in to see us with any information we may need about your child, any queries, questions or complaints you have. Our doors in Team 67 are always open, our emails get read and we are very open to suggestions if you have them. We cannot address issues if they are not brought to our attention and I believe I have always had an open book relationship with my students and their whanau alike in my career. I want our kids to be excited about their learning and enjoy the journey they are on.
I am so excited about what 2016 will bring for us all.