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Room 2

ROOM 2 2018

Welcome to Room 2 ‘Where we like to learn’


To my Students

  • You may call me Whaea Sandra or Ms McGregor.
  • Please bring your togs and towel in a tog bag or a plastic bag every day.
  • Please name all your belongings before you bring or wear them to school.
  • You will have 2 new library books to take home every Friday.
  • You will have a reading book to read and ring words to learn for homework every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night.
  • We have a fruit/ vegetable break at 10.00am where we stop work and eat a piece of fruit or vegetable to keep us energized.
  • Please always ask for help when you need it.
  • Please remember to learn and practise our 10 great ways to treat others.

10 great ways to treat others

  • Use kind words
  • Help when you can
  • Share and take turns
  • Listen to what others have to say
  • Be honest and truthful
  • Think before you speak or act
  • Remember your manners
  • Hold your temper

9)  Think about the feelings of others

10) Work and play fairly

General information

Set activities include:

Library- Monday (Period 5) and Friday (Period 1)

Swimming- Daily (Period 4- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Period 3 Friday)

Syndicate Assembly- Thursday afternoon (Period 5)

Music- Wednesday (Period 2)

Kiwican- Wednesday (Period 5)

Homework: The homework book is an important form of communication between ‘Home and School’. Please feel free to give me information and to ask me questions straight after the last reading book title in the book.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

  1. The learning of High Frequency reading words: These are colour coded- pink, red, yellow, blue, green, orange. They are kept permanently in your child’s book bag as we use them at school too.
  2. Reading: The name of your child’s reading book is written in their Homework book. Books are either independent readers (Chosen by the child) or instructional readers (Chosen by the teacher).
  • (To) beside the title of the book means please read your child’s book to them as the book is new to her/him.
  • (With) beside the title of the book means please read your child’s book with them as they have only had the book read to them.
  1. Two library books- These are issued on Fridays. When these library books come back to school they go onto our class library bookshelf until the following Friday… or they can be exchanged for two new library books at interval or lunch time any day of the week. Please note in Room 2 we issue and return books in 2’s.
  2. Show and tell- Children may bring interesting things from home to share with the class at any time. Interesting photos or video clips may be emailed to me and shared using the data projector.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

  1. Two library books
  2. Over the weekend think of three things you did, saw or thought about in the weekend, to talk and write about at school on Monday.

Curriculum Overview


Manaakitanga- Supporting and caring for others

Tu Pono- Knowing oneself and one’s identity

Whakakahatia- Endeavour and application

Whanaungatanga- Valuing and respecting our community

Kaitiakitanga- Valuing and respecting our environment

Key Competencies:


Managing self

Relating to others

Using language, symbols and text

Participating and contributing

Learning Focuses

Inquiry – Term 1 Weeks 1, 2, 3 Who am I? Ko wai au?

Outdoor Education– Term 1 Weeks 4, 5

The Garden– Term 1 Weeks 6, 7, 8

Sea Study- Term 1 Weeks 9, 10, 11

 Writing- Monday/ Recount writing, Tuesday/ Memoir writing, Wednesday/ Exploring new text, Thursday/ Cameo writing, Friday/ Inquiry writing. Independent writing will be included in Reading Rotation Activities.


Word attack skills (Fix it strategies): These strategies help your child to work out words they don’t know.

  • Use information in the pictures
  • Sound out the word (Robot and blend)
  • Look for groups of letters you already know (Chunks)
  • Look for little words you already know inside the bigger word
  • Connect to a word you already know e.g. a word that would rhyme with it
  • Reread the sentence a few times
  • Read passed the unknown word thinking what will make sense and then reread the sentence
  • Think about what you already know about the topic and think about what might make sense


Number Strategies: Number Knowledge: 

Know the groupings with five, within ten, and with ten.

Communicate and explain counting, grouping, and equal-sharing strategies, using words, numbers and pictures.

Generalise that the next counting number gives the result of adding one object to a set and that counting the number of objects in a set tells how many.

Statistics: Level One

Patterns and Relationships

Equations and Expressions:

Know the forward and backward counting sequences of whole numbers to 100.

Use a range of counting, grouping, and equal-sharing strategies with whole numbers and fractions.

Number and Algebra: Level One

  • Collect and sort everyday objects into categories.
  • Make a picture graph.
  • Make a block graph with materials.
  • Say why everyday objects belong together.
  • Count the number of objects in each category.
  • Talk About a graph and give simple reasons:
  1. “There are more boots because it is cold today.”
  2. “Happy faces has the most because we like them.”
  3. “Most people got blue because there’s more blue ones in the box.”


I am pleased to tell you that we are using a website called IXL in our classroom this year. IXL is a comprehensive learning program offering unlimited maths practice problems in thousands of skills—all of which are aligned to the national curriculum. One of the best things about IXL is that your child can access it from home, so you have a chance to see your child’s progress.

To get your child started on your home computer, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to https://www.IXL.com
  2. Enter your child’s username and password in the upper right corner and click the button to sign in. (Note: Your child’s username and password are provided separately.)
  3. Click on the name of the subject you’d like to work on at the top of the page and navigate to your child’s year level.
  4. Select a specific skill to practice from the list of skills. You can place your mouse over any skill to see a sample question and click on the link to begin. In addition to making practice exciting, IXL is designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace. The program is adaptive and will adjust based on your child’s demonstrated understanding of the material. All of your child’s results will be saved, so you can monitor his or her progress anytime by clicking on the Analytics tab at the top of the page. For on-the-go practice, you can download IXL’s free tablet apps for iPad, Android, or Kindle and sign in with your child’s username and password.