Welcome to the first term of 2018! I am looking forward to getting to know everyone in the coming weeks. We have a jam packed term ahead, with Swimming Sports, MANA Reward days and plenty of opportunities to get involved.
for the upcoming Swimming Sports Day.
MANA is a big focus here at Devon, particularly in Term One. We will be spending the first five or so weeks with our topic study on MANA, and what it means at Devon. Please spend some time going through your child’s diary to find out all about it if you are unsure. We are hoping to have lots of students achieving their bronze, silver and gold badges.
Student diaries are essential to student organisation and learning here at Devon. Please ensure your child brings theirs every day. There is a space for parents to write notes for school.
Homework will be handed out on a Monday and due back completed by the following Friday. In Room 10 we stress the importance of being organised so if there is a legitimate reason for homework not to be completed I encourage students to approach me before the deadline or bring in a note if possible. If you believe that your child’s homework is too easy or too hard, please reach out so that we can adjust it accordingly.
Our Technology days are Monday and Wednesday. Students will be taking part in Metal Technology and Food Technology for the first two terms, and Wood Technology and Digital Technology for the last two terms.
The focus for the first six weeks is swimming. Please ensure that your child has their swimming togs and a towel every day. We intend to be swimming on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Even with Swimming being the primary PE focus, PE gear is needed daily throughout the school year, as we will often take part in other physical activities (particularly on a Friday)
We will be spending the term looking at Number and Number Strategies. This includes: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, among other things.
Literacy and Topic:
We are starting the term by looking at setting and writing SMART goals. This skill will be revisited throughout the year, as students will be expected to create weekly MANA goals that will be written in their diary. We will also be looking at letter writing, reading for enjoyment, and towards the end of the term, we will be taking part in the “Get New Zealand Writing” programme.
If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone through the school office, or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to a fantastic first term!
Mr Chris Miller