Welcome to Term 1, 2018. It's great to be back. Students are enjoying sharing their holiday stories and are eager to learn. Pelorus has moved back to its original classroom, back in the main block.
This term our main curriculum topic is Science (Living World), integrated with Social Science & Health. Our unit is called 'Genetics, Culture & Identity'. We will look at how genetic, environmental and cultural factorsshape the identity of New Zealanders. Lots of exciting activities are planned, including creating a model of a DNA double helix from jelly babies and liquorice, as well as learning about dominant and recessive gene traits.
Other exciting plans for this term include involvement in the NZ wide Chapter Chat - A Twitter Book Chat for NZ kids. The twitter chat is based around a chapter book, which is read aloud in class. Students do the provided activities throughout the week and then on Friday they 'tweet' (share) with the rest of the kids in NZ also taking part.
Bex Learning Hubs for Maths and Literacy are being used to enable students to progress through their learning individually. These google sites provide students with valuable information at their finger tips, to help them advance quicker and also look back, should they need need to revisit any learning.
As always, I welcome whanau/caregivers to come into class at any time to see what's going on for yourself. However, if you would prefer to keep up to date with daily learning online, sign up to your child's SeeSaw account. Details will be out in boomerang books shortly.
Dates of Interest:
- Thu 8 Feb - School photos - 9am
- Fri 23 Feb - Senior Swimming Sports - more info to come
- Mon 19 Mar - Top Team Pelorus Cluster event at RVAS - TBC
- Mon 26 Mar & 9 Apr - Y 7/8 to Tech Centre in Blenheim
- Thu 29 Mar - Teacher Only Day
- Fri 13 Apr - Last day of term