Each term, Bailey Road chooses one of the three writing purposes (To Entertain, To Inform, or To Persuade) to focus the instructional writing programmes on. These purposes cover a wide range of text types, and teachers and students are able to select text types that best fit their class's interests and needs. This term, our focus is To Inform, and classes will be looking at text types such as procedures, reports, biographies and autobiographies, explanations, technical descriptions, brochures, articles, interviews, and book and movie reviews.
Why do we teach writing To Inform? Information is an integral part of all cultures and languages. From a young age, children are exposed to vast amounts of information that shapes their understanding of the world. Through teaching writing to inform, students are able to communicate knowledge in a structured manner and form new understandings in a variety of ways. They are able to develop texts to which they feel a strong personal connection, developing a sense of authorship and ownership to engage their selected audience in an informative context.
The learning strand for Mathematics this term is Statistics, with the Number and Algebra strand being taught alongside with Statistics to develop knowledge and strategies.
Each team has developed lessons that involve students making links with other curriculum areas, such as Literacy (Reading and Writing), and Social Sciences (CPW = Curiosity, Purpose, Wonder). Students are learning the components of a statistical inquiry specific to their learning levels. This includes understanding a problem; planning an investigation; collecting data and recording information as a table, graph,
or chart; analysing the data; and then forming conclusions by seeing what outcomes can come from it.
Please continue to support your child’s learning in maths at home.
CPW stands for Curiosity, Purpose and Wonder
The purpose of CPW is to grow students towards being thoughtful, empowered and independent learners who know their own thoughts and value the stance of others. We encourage questions, challenges and problem solving. We value the input from families as an extra resource of information and welcome visits from experts to impart their knowledge. This term for our Curiosity, Purpose and Wonder learning our focus is 'Heritage.' Our question is: "How can New Zealand be influential?” We will be exploring how people have influenced New Zealand in the past. This is a broad focus that could steer us to look at politics, sports, music, films etc. We then want to consider how we can be influential at our school, in our community and even on our nation when we grow up.