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.
This year we continue our DMIC journey or Developing Maths Inquiry Communities, where roles and responsibilities of teachers and students are changing. Students take more responsibility for active listening and sense making. In a lesson, solutions to problems are discussed, negotiated and constructed in a collaborative way. Learning conversations include all students and everyone feels that their contribution is valued.
Parents can help support their child’s learning in maths, at home by ensuring they know their basic facts and times tables.
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 will have a Social Science and Visual Arts focus.
Our question is: "Who am I? Ko wai au”