Term Overview

 Welcome back to Term 3. A special welcome to our new teacher Mrs Jenn Moffat and our new students in Room 1. A warm welcome to any other new students and whanau - we are delighted to have you as part of our Marist family! 

Another exciting term is ahead of us. Our theme for Inquiry learning this term is “If the Earth Could Talk”. The senior school students are currently looking into the effects of coral extinction and will pursue individual inquiries later in the term, from the earth’s perspective.

The Juniors are looking into life on our planet, what makes plants and animals grow and develop. They will drive inquiry learning depending on where students want to take their learning.

The table below gives more detail of this term’s learning:


If The Earth Could Talk

Key competency focuses

Ask appropriate questions to extend and enrich their learning. Accept and value differing viewpoints. Persist in completing tasks. Confidently communicate in a range of settings. Develop a range of strategies for thinking.

Encouraging us to value

Our RICH values of Respect, Integrity, Courage & Humility as well as our Maori Values Whanaungatanga, Arohatanga & Manaakitanga

Key understandings

The changes in our world

Religious Education

Sacrament  and God Strand


Oral language

Class and group discussions /

Listening to texts.  Oral Language experiences related to Topic and speeches.

Visual language


Viewing and presenting related to Social Studies, RE and other areas of English.  .

Written language

Reading and writing integrated with topic work with a focus on Writing Persuasive and speeches.



Number knowledge /

Addition and subtraction strategies

Seniors : Fractions, Place Value


Juniors- Statistics and geometry

Seniors- Patterns and Algebra


 Our Living World – life process.  Recognise that all living things have certain requirements so they can stay alive.

Physical Education

Juniors –Fundamental Skills

Seniors – Large Ball Skills and Rippa Rugby



Greet, farewell and acknowledge people and respond to greetings and acknowledgments. Introduce themselves and respond to introductions.


Simple greetings, Names for members of the family, colours, numbers, simple ways to introduce themselves and respond to them.

Home Learning

The purpose for home learning is to provide a positive link between home and school that promotes and enhances a child’s learning.

Students will still bring a book home every day, please encourage your child to read, discuss and retell their book to you or any other adult at home. Spelling words will still be sent home from Year 2 onwards to learn for the week.

Please encourage your child to keep working on Mathletics activities and tasks set each week.

Years 4 to 6 to continue working on their RICH challenges.

Students will need to bring their completed challenge to their class teacher by the end of second to last week of each term.

PE Uniform

Please ensure that your child brings their PE uniform to school daily as they participate in some form of physical activity every day.


  • Please encourage your child to read the book / library book they bring home each day.  Senior students are expected to read for at least 20 minutes each night.
  • Junior students need to bring back their readers daily.

We are happy to meet with parents to answer any queries or concerns. Please feel free to contact us if you need to.


Mrs Sharon Menezes.

Deputy Principal