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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Totara Times - Term 2 Week 2

Totara Times – Week 2

Term 2 has started really well with everybody feeling rested and refreshed after the holidays. During Week 1 we had our swimming sports – this was a very exciting day with lots of enthusiastic participation and fun. Then, there was the very successful House Day with different games for everyone to enjoy. In between these two events, we got straight back into learning and working hard.

Learning in Totara

We have added in a new Key Competency goal this term and that is ‘Relating to Others’. We are working on co-operating in teams and being kind to each other. This will lead to another token that we can add to our kete.

Maths

We are continuing with work on Basic Facts, Number Investigations and Word Problems, and we have a new focus on Fractions for the next two weeks. We also have one session a week on Growth mind-set Maths where the children are encouraged to look at maths problems in different ways. We are continuing to run workshops to meet the differentiated needs of students. Mathletics is always an option for some extra work at home.

Reading

We are working on non-fiction texts and information reports to tie in with our writing focus. We will continue to reinforce strategies to help with our decoding and comprehension. Don’t forget that Reading Eggs can be done at home.

Writing

For the first three weeks of this term we are focusing on procedural writing and expressing ourselves clearly and precisely. Then we will move onto writing Information Reports to fit in with our Science Inquiry.

Inquiry

We are coming to the end of our Inquiry into Art in the Community and are working on the ‘Action/Celebration’ part of our Inquiry cycle. This takes the form of printmaking and recording our journey digitally through the medium of ‘Sway’, which can be accessed through Office 365.

Sausage Sizzle

Tomorrow will be the first of our fortnightly sausage sizzle.  Every two weeks the councilors will run a sausage sizzle for Bayfield students. It will always be the same day that we have assembly.

Important Dates
Wednesday 17th May – School Cross Country
Wednesday 21st June – Totara Team trip to Stardome




Thursday, 6 April 2017

Totara Times - week 9

Thank you to everyone who supported and helped to organise Music on the Field, its was a wonderful day enjoyed by all.
We have now finished with Kelmarna gardens for the term, the students have had wonderful learning experiences from their time at Kelmarna and we would like to thank you for all the parent support we have had. This program will run again in Term 4.
Learning in Totara
We are continuing to work towards our self-managing goals. We are proud to announce that some students have earned their self-managing tokens to add to their kete, these are students who are continuously showing the attributes of a self manager. We will continue to hand out these tokens as students meet their goals. 
Maths
We have been working on fractions over the past week and running workshops on a needs basis. Students have been thriving in these workshops and are ticking off their goals as they master them with practice. Next weeks focus is place value where we will be running workshops to meet the differentiated needs of students.
Reading
The Totara team is becoming more confident with our daily 5 routines and we are now able to add more options into the mix. We have spelling lessons and practice running now along with listen to reading and responding to writing on the blog. We are super proud of the self management displayed by our students during the daily 5. Part of this self management is to meet time deadlines and therefore students might bring home tasks sometimes to complete them for these deadlines.
Writing
We are wrapping up with our narrative topic and have some wonderful narratives to share. Students creativity has definitely shone through with this writing topic. Our topic for the beginning of next term is procedures to align with the procedures we using for our art inquiry.
Inquiry
We have begun to explore the different art features that reflect our community so that we can make good choices for our community print making. We have been asking the community their opinions and have been sketching out some brilliant ideas ready to make into prints at the beginning of next term. 
If anyone is an art enthusiast and would like to help with the print making process please let us know.
Important dates
13th April: House event day 
13th April: End of Term 1



Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Kelmarna Gardens







Totara Times - Week 7

Term 1 is racing by and we are already in Week 7. Totara team is humming with enthusiasm and hard work. Conferences went really well and everyone is clear about their learning pathways and their goals.

Learning in Totara
Self-management is still our focus. Each student has reflected on where they sit on this continuum and has set a goal to work towards for this week. We will continue to self-reflect and set new goals.
Maths
For the next few weeks we will be doing workshops on Number Knowledge as well as continuing our weekly work on Basic Facts, Number Investigation, Problem-solving and Growth Mindset maths.
Reading
The Daily 5 programme is running well with reading sessions and workshops happening every day. There have already been workshops on spelling, handwriting and different aspects of the writing process. Our reading focus has been on analysing narratives and short stories to complement the work in Writing.
Writing
We have written some exciting narratives and most of us are in the planning stages of our next one. There have been workshops on capital letters and full stops, on planning, on revising and reworking, on adding more detail and on using descriptive language more effectively. Because we are all at different stages in the writing process, we now book in a time to conference with Jordan or Trish when we are ready to publish. We have now shared lots of our writing on Kidblog.
Inquiry
We are starting an Inquiry into Art in the Community and we are looking at different art works on buildings and structures in the area.
 Our big questions are:-
·        How does art influence the community?
·        How do artists contribute to the community?
·        How can the status of Maori as tangata whenua be displayed in community art?
Important dates
31st March: Kelmarna Gardens
1st April: Music on the Field
13th April: End of Term 1


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Totara Times - Week 5

We are already half way through the first term and just look at how fast it has flown by. We have another exciting five weeks ahead of us and are moving into an ‘Art in the Community’ inquiry. We are looking for community artists who might like to contribute and share their expertise. If you are an artist or know of someone who might be interested please contact us. 
Admin
Learning conferences are approaching quickly, please make sure you have booked in for a 15 minute session. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing learning progressions and goals.
Please remind students to bring a sunhat each day, even if the weather looks cloudy, as the weather has a tendency to change quickly.
We have PAT tests running this week across reading and math.
BYOD
We are continuing to have more students bringing in their own devices which is a great addition to the learning tools. Students are showing great responsibility with devices and are adhering to the ICT agreement.
Learning in Totara
Our key competency continues on with self-management. As we unpack self-management, students have begun self-assessing their self-management abilities and making weekly goals to show their progress.
Maths
Our focus in now geometry, we are exploring shapes both 3D and 2D and looking at ways of building, sorting and using shapes in the real world. Alongside this inquiry, we have also been working on basic facts, number investigations and problem-solving.
Reading
The daily 5 is running smoothly in the mornings now with each student on their own timetable. The reading sessions are focused on short stories and narratives to link into the learning we are doing in writing.
Writing
The focus of our writing sessions is now narratives, where we will look at the problem, resolution model and how to develop a character. Students are learning about booking in for workshops that meet their learning goals.
Technology
Students are becoming more and more confident with the use of technology in our routines. We are all now able to make our own daily 5 timetable on OneNote. This week’s goal is to begin exploring kid blog and publish our writing on the blog. Once this is up and running we will send out a link for you to view their writing as well.
Important dates
17th March: Kelmarna Gardens
20th March: Goal setting conferences – school closes @ 12:40pm
22nd March: Goal setting conferences
31st March: Kelmarna Gardens
1st April: Music on the Field

Totara team
Jordan Meade
jordanm@bayfield.school.nz
Trish Fransham
trishf@bayfield.school.nz


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Totara Times Week 3 Term 1


We have had a fantastic start to the year and Term 1 is now well underway. The Totara team is humming with enthusiasm and hard work.
Admin
The swimming programme at the Tepid Baths ends this Friday. The children have really gained a lot from this intensive session.
A gentle reminder that all children need a named sunhat every day and that they have a small piece of fruit or vegetable for their brain break. Some children have been eating their whole lunch at morning tea time so could you please check with your child to ensure they have enough food to eat during the day.
BYOD
Lots of children are bringing their own devices which is great. We are working with them to unpack the Internet agreement to ensure that they really understand what they have signed and the responsibilities that go with using any devices at school.
Learning in Totara
Our key competency focus continues to be on self-management and the children are making great progress with this as they get to grips with different ways of doing things in a new environment.
Maths
The children have become ‘Data Detectives’ as they planned an investigation into a problem by posing a question, gathering data then analysing it before presenting their information in graphs and then interpreting their results. Alongside this inquiry, they have also been working on basic facts, number investigations and problem-solving.
Reading
The focus in Reading has been on building reading stamina so that the children can work independently during the daily Literacy sessions.
Writing
The focus will continue to be on the process of writing within the context of ‘recount’ writing.
Technology
Our focus has been on setting up routines with devices and teaching the children how to log in and use Onenote, Twitter (for our guided Chapter Chat sessions) and Reading Eggs.
Important dates
24th February: Kelmarna Gardens, 5 – 7pm School Picnic
17th March: Kelmarna Gardens
20th March: Goal setting conferences – school closes @ 12:40pm
22nd March: Goal setting conferences
31st March: Kelmarna Gardens
1st April: Music on the Field

Totara team
Jordan Meade
Trish Fransham

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Totara Times Week 1 - Term 1

Totara Times

Welcome 


Welcome back to all our families, we hope you had a lovely holiday. We would like to extend an extra welcome to Lacie Corlett and her family who are new this year to the Bayfield family.

A few housekeeping points:

Please send students with a named sunhat each day, drink bottles are also welcomed in the classroom during this hot season. We also request that students have a small piece of fruit or vegetable for brain break each day and have been very impressed with the healthy lunch boxes we have seen so far.

Homework
Homework this year will require students to be more self-managing. There will be less 'set' homework however there is still an expectation that you will read every night for at least 20mins.  Below are some other possible tasks you could do each night to enhance your learning:
· Mathletics Live
· Reading Eggs lessons and also reading the vast range of texts in the Reading Eggs library.
· Chapter Chat Questions and Tasks.  If you get behind during the week you could catch up by logging into your OneNote to access these.
· Writing on Kids Blog.  This should be quality writing rather than posting just anything.  If you would write it in your writing book at school then it is probably going to be up to blog standard.
· Personal Inquiries.  You will have passions and interests that you will be learning about throughout the year.  Much of this will be documented on OneNote so you can access this from home online

BYOD
The Totara team will be working with bring your own device. We will begin introducing and teaching the IT component of our learning on Monday the 13th February. BYOD allows your child the opportunity to work on their own device and therefore not have to wait for their turn on the in class devices. This access can greatly enhance learning. If you have any questions about BYOD or would like more information, we will be holding an information evening on Wednesday the 15th of February at 7pm.

Swimming
We will be swimming every day for weeks 2 and 3. As the Totara team will be swimming first thing in the morning we request that all students come to school with togs on and all their gear ready to go (goggles, towels, swim caps, slip on shoes, and gear to change into afterwards). Trish and her guardian class will be leaving school at 8:50, please make sure students are at school by 8:40.

Highlights:

  • ·  Swimming everyday for weeks 2 & 3.
  • · BYOD meeting for parents, Wednesday 15th at 7pm
  • · Meet the teacher, Thursday 23rd.
  • · Garden to table, beginning Friday. Any parents interested in joining us for these trips please       speak to Trish or Jordan.


 Learning in Totara

Self-management is the key competency we will be focusing on for the first three weeks of school.
Math
Our focus is Statistics at the moment so please check into the blog in a couple of weeks to see how we have all become data detectives.
Reading
We are focusing on building stamina with reading to deepen and develop our reading skills.
Writing
Writing has been focused on recounting a  ‘slice in time’. We will start uploading writing once we have developed our IT skills. Please remember to check in with the blog.


Totara team
Jordan Meade
jordanm@bayfield.school.nz     
                     
Trish Fransham
trishf@bayfield.school.nz 

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Week 10 Student Led Workshop Timetable

Student Led Workshops Booking Form
Tues 13th
Rm19
Rm20
Rm21
Hall
Kitchen
Field
Top Court
9am-9:50am (70)
Comics
Bruno & Arlo
(12)
Snowmen
Maggie & Ellie
(12)
Mini Xmas Trees
Ashton & Max
(12)
Lego
Jackson K & Haemish
(12)
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Piper & Mia B
(12)
Junior Athletics
10am-10:50am (70)
TBC
Jackson S & Harrison B
(12)
Hair Styles
Isobel & Theresa
(12)
Xmas Pop Up Cards
Taylor & Livvy
(12)
11:30am – 12:30pm (70)
DIY Stress Ball
Lily
(6)
Cushion Toys
Phoebe
(6)
Xmas Ornaments
Francesca & Eva
(12)
US Green Berets Training
Koria & Harrison T
(12)
Strawberry Santas
Flynn & George
(12)
Soccer
Carter & Seb
(12)
Hockey
Zoe & Annie
(12)
1:45pm – 2:45pm (70)
Xmas Ornaments
Honor & Yasmin
(12)
DIY Ink & Quill
Ranen & Alex
(12)
Pass the bomb!
Jack H
(4)
Drums & Guitar
Lucas
(8)

Science
Lucy & Suki
(12)
Skating
Gus & Robbie
(12)





                                                Student Led Workshops Booking Form


Weds 14th
Rm19
Rm20
Rm21
Hall
Kitchen
Field
Top Court
9am-9:50am (70)
Minecraft
Miller & Monte (12)
Xmas Decorations
Martha & Amelia
(12)
Xmas Decorations
Gabsy & Anna
(12)
Greek Mythology
Matthew & Leo
(12)
Gingerbread Men
Frankie W & Isla
(12)
Junior Athletics Save Day
10am-10:50am (70)
Star Decorations
Emilie & Tabitha
(12)
Pillow Cases
Jemima & Lauren
(12)
Dance
Alice & Maddi
(12)
11:30am – 12:30pm (70)
Santas/
Snowmen
Frankie A
(6)
Origami
Millie
(6)
Xmas Decorations
Henry
(6)
Bow & Arrow
Jacob
(6)
Steak Tacos
Jack L & Max N
(12)
Cardboard Castles
Matty & Junah
(12)
Hockey
Lochie & James
(12)
1:45pm – 2:45pm (70)
Acting
Lola
(12)
Roblox
Azzy & Mia M
(12)
Sock Snowmen
Estelle
(6)
Game
Sarah (6)

Surprise Teacher Workshop! (15)
Basketball
Jamie & Toby
(12)