Team Kereru

Kia ora and welcome to Team Kereru. Team Kereru consists of three classes: Te Rangi, Te Kauri and Te Rakau Nui. Our students are in years 5 and 6. We create a rich learning environment that encourages our students to use metacognition and problem solving strategies within their learning and social relationships. We encourage our students to be self managing and take responsibility for their own learning and the learning of their peers.

Team Kereru enjoys a wide range of sporting activities, participating in EOTC, and the Arts. We support collective responsibility and collaboration through cross grouping our students in Reading and Mathematics.

Our students work carefully in a blended learning environment. All students bring devices to school for digital technology learning and this is balanced with many other learning opportunities.

Mathematics and Statistics in Team Kereru (Year 5-6)

Mathematics is taught a minimum of 4 times a week. Learning sessions are between 45 to 60 minutes. Students are cross grouped across the Kereru Team based on specific student needs. The Mathematics Programme includes basic fact practise, Mathletics, lessons with clear learning intentions, supporting activities, success criteria and next steps. Mathematics focuses include numeracy strategies, practise activities, targeted workshops and / or groups. Student are grouped according to needs taking into consideration current data and classroom evidence. Number and Algebra is the focus of 50 – 70% of Mathematics teaching time. Other strands such as Geometry, Measurement and Statistics is taught throughout the year in 3 week blocks.

Literacy in Team Kereru (Year 5-6)

Reading Programme:

Reading is taught a minimum of four times a week. Learning sessions are 45-60 minutes. Students are cross grouped across the Kereru Team based on specific student needs and data. The Reading Programme consists of guided reading groups with differentiated text, clear learning intentions, supporting activities, success criteria and next steps. Reading focuses include vocabulary building, information gathering, decoding and comprehension strategies. Student are grouped according to needs taking into consideration current data and classroom evidence. Students can withdraw books weekly from the school library.

Writing Programme:

Writing is taught a minimum of 4 times a week. Lessons are 45 – 60 minutes. The Writing Programme lesson includes clear learning intentions, supporting activities, success criteria and next steps. Each genre is taught for five-week blocks.

STEPS is included in reading and writing tumbles as a literacy tool to develop vocabulary, spelling and language structures at the individual student’s level.