Pelorus Learning Area

Welcome to Pelorus. We are a class of 21 students, ranging from Year 5-8, 10-12 years old.

science 1024x580Schoolwide, our curriculum topic this term is Science. Pelorus students are exploring science in various ways. As well as stepping into the role of scientist, to experiment with fair testing procedures and produce a display for our school Science Fair, we will also partake in the Wonder Rocket Science Project. The Rocket Challenge is a 6-8 week unit of work exploring the real-world context of rockets. It is part of the Wonder Project, which is Engineering New Zealand’s schools programme – created especially to get young Kiwis excited about science, technology, engineering and maths. And what better place to be doing that, than where Rutherford and Pickering went to school?

Students are also researching Careers. They will be presenting their learning in the form of a Careers Expo, as a side-line to the Science fair later in term. Their aim is to explore potential jobs/careers, select one to research further and find out:

  • What duties, responsibilities and activities are involved with the job?
  • What study (if any) is required to get the job; tertiary or apprenticeship?
  • What future opportunities could open up?
  • What interests/likes or abilities would be helpful?
  • What advantages/disadvantages are there?
  • What is the average starting wage/salary and what pay increments?
  • What are the working conditions, including hours of work?

The recruit
During Literacy we will continue our involvement in NZ wide Chapter Chat - A Twitter Book Chat for NZ kids. This term the book is ‘The Recruit, by Robert Muchamore. Chapter Chat has proven to be a great way to engage students in reading, as it encourages class wide discussion and collaboration with weekly activities.

We are also trialling Literature Circles, which is much like a student book club. Students selected from a range of novels, and were then grouped according to their chosen books. Each week they meet to discuss themes within the stories, and plan their activities. It is very much student-led and aims to improve comprehension skills. We even have some students coming through from Wakamarina to join us.

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Bex Learning Hubs for Maths are being used independently by students, allowing them to progress through learning at individual paces. Reading & Writing Hubs currently require more guidance. These google sites provide students with valuable information at their fingertips, to help them advance quicker and also look back, should they need to revisit any learning.

In Week 4 of Term 4 we have our class camp in Greymouth, therefore we will be likely to do some fundraising between now and then to help towards costs. There will be a quiz night for parents and wider community nearer the end of term.   

As always, I welcome whanau/caregivers to come into class at any time to see what's going on for yourself and even lend a hand.

 Dates of Interest:

  • Mondays, Week 1 – 6 – Year 7/8 at Marlborough Tech Centre
  • Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15pm – Basketball skills and drills
  • Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th August – Parent-Teacher Meetings
  • Tuesday 14 August – Marlborough Cross Country
  • Friday 24 August – Pelorus Cluster Cross Country, in Canvastown
  • Friday 31 August – Marlborough Tech Challenge
  • Thursday 6 September – Science Fair & Careers Expo
  • Quiz Night – Near end of term (date TBC)