Term Two Focus
Kia ora koutou,
A warm welcome back to school to all our Senior School students and families. The holidays hopefully provided you all with another chance to spend time with your families and even get away for a bit. We are now in full swing with our classroom programmes with students settled and familiar with classroom routines and systems. At the end of last term , our tamariki brought home a snapshot of their learning in their Reading, Writing and Maths books. We have appreciated the feedback received around this as it will help to inform further reporting as we continue to evolve our systems.
Our theme for Term Two is Sustainability with a focus on the idea of “Can a little make a difference?”. This is the question we are posing across the school as we begin to focus our learning on sustainability at school, home and the wider world. We are really excited to be bringing such relevant learning to our children and know that in the area of sustainability, it is the children that will lead the way to the future with creative thinking and problem solving to clean up and preserve our planet for future generations. We will be delving into food waste, packaging and how we can reduce our impact on the environment through product choice, recycling, and careful disposal of waste. I think you will agree, change starts little and all those little changes can have a big impact. We look forward to you supporting your children’s learning by helping them put their ideas into action at home.
During this term there will also be the opportunity for a large group of students to visit Zealandia Bird Sanctuary, with follow up visits with the education team. We are also making connections with Pest Free Upper Hutt to work alongside us with our learning and teaching programme in the local park environments.
This term we are also trying different ways of collaboration. Out tamariki have expressed their wish to work in different groupings and with different teachers to get their expertise. This will provide our students to develop their adaptability when working in new environments and with different people.
Each term we aim to set some key learning outcomes that to help our students to develop their levels of agency, collaboration, and progress in learning areas.
Below are the key learning outcomes for Term 2….
acknowledge amount of single use plastic in their lunch boxes and actively work to reduce this.
acknowledge their place in creating a sustainable future for Upper Hutt school, and find viable ways to encourage this at school.
Have more choice and design in their learning Pathways activities.
Use research skills such as note taking, skimming and scanning, summarising ( Reading Rubric) to find information relevant to an inquiry
Capture learning of the ilearn process and select an effective way to display this information.
Understand what is happening globally to act locally.
Be familiar and use the Reading, Writing, and Maths rubrics
Compare and Contrast with other school’s Enviro journey’s.
Take new knowledge out in to the community ie pests and trapping.
Children acknowledging that what happens in the city directly affects our waterways and the wider world.
As you can see there is a strong focus towards the environment. At home, you could discuss some of these ideas and concepts, especially as the arise in the news with your children to strengthen the learning happening at school.
The Senior School Team