Welcome back to Term 2.
We had an eventful first week with our first ever professional class and individual photos taken! Not to mention an unusual day with the bomb scare.
Before I share an overview of the term ahead let me mention a few other things happening in the class:
I am putting together a Gaura Nitai Drama Box (dress up box) for whenever we do plays or skits on festival days or for school assemblies. We often end up visiting Jagannath class and asking to borrow props/costumes from their dress up box so I have started to collect a few items for our own box.
If you have anything you could donate that might be neat to have in a drama dress up box for our class – please send it to school with your child. Anything at all that you think could go in the box.
Books! I would also like to request books for our class library shelf. Do you have any quality books that aren’t being read or used?? I am often picking up the $1 books (or sometimes free) that they sell at the public libraries to add to our class collection. It’s good to have a wide range of books for the kids to read during SSR.
If you can, please send with your child any books you are willing to donate.
Badminton! This term we have a field trip to the Massey Badminton Club on Thursday 1st June. I have booked 5 courts for one hour for the kids to enjoy indoor P.E during the winter months. It will also be good practice before the Badminton Tournament in Term 4.
Science Roadshow! The kids are in luck – this term we have two field trips. The Science Roadshow is in Auckland this term and we have booked a session for Wednesday 21st June. If you are able to provide transport and/or support on either of these field trips please let me know. I will send more details closer to the time.
This term I have assigned a project for homework. Please see your child’s homework book for more information. The assignment is in two parts. Part One – history of an Inventor and an Invention Part Two – create your own invention. Along with this, spelling homework will continue as usual. There will also be occasional Shastra homework and additional maths homework. This term I will try to send home any maths class work that doesn’t get finished in class – that way we can hopefully ensure we are covering all set work.
Here is a brief overview of the term:
Reading: The focus will be on Finding the Main Idea and Summarizing (this will lend itself to the research project)
Writing: The genre for this term is Report Writing and Explanation texts. Focusing on good paragraph structure, including details and connecting phrases that help our writing to flow sequentially.
Inquiry: Endangered Animals is our school wide topic and we will understand the various types of Conservation Status (such as Endangered /Threatened/Safe/Extinct) as well as the causes for animals/plants to be in various categories. We will use blooms taxonomy to analyse and evaluate these causes and form well reasoned opinions. We will also include some philosophy for children lessons (P4C) throughout the term linking to both our Inquiry and Shastra topics.
Maths: Each group is covering a range of different topics but the common focus will be on decimals (place value, converting decimals to fractions and add/sub/mult/div of decimals).
Shastra: We have already been revising shlokas learnt over the last two terms and they sound really fantastic both the Sanskrit and English translation. We will introduce new shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita and discuss the qualities and philosophy of Prahlad Maharaj. Celebrating the pastime of Narasinghadev this coming Tuesday. We are also currently finishing the Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu timelines that we started last term.
Health: We will continue the Growing as a Group unit – developing interpersonal skills in relating to others.
Art: we will continue the unit we started last term on Stencil Art.
Any questions don’t hesitate to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org