Term Overview

 Welcome back to Term 2. To any new students and whanau - we are delighted to have you as part of our Marist family! 

Our overall theme for learning this term is “ Mistakes are our friends” in the Seniors and “ Go, Go Gadgets’ which encompasses, Literacy, Maths, Science Technology and more. We will be visiting Motat and have workshops planned, where our students can build simple machines.

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


My Place in The World

Key competency focuses

Confidently communicate in a variety of settings. Reflect on their own learning. Accept and value differing viewpoints. Use a range of technologies. Analyse, validate, review and interpret information. Be creative, caring and critical thinkers

Encouraging us to value

Our RICH values of Respect ,Integrity, Courage & Integrity as well as  Whanaungatanga, Arohatanga & Manaakitanga

Key understandings

   Juniors:     simple machines help us and make living easier

Seniors: Innovation and Invention – Mistakes are our Friends

Religious Education

Holy Spirit and Church Strand


Oral language

Class and group discussions /

Listening to texts.  Oral Language experiences related to Inquiry Learning and Drama.

Visual language


Viewing and presenting related to RE, Inquiry learning, English and the Arts.  Use of digital devices.

Written language

Reading and writing linked with a focus on

 Recounts, Personal Experiences and writing linked with learning from other curriculum areas.

 Seniors : Biographies and Persuasive writing


Independent reading, reading to/with and by, Shared reading, Guided reading, weekly library sessions,

Texts linked with Inquiry.  Reading Comprehension practice. 



Number knowledge / Fractions

Addition and subtraction strategies


Algebra and Geometry



And Technology

Appreciate how Science is a way of explaining the world.

Understand how society and environments impact on and influence by technology.



Health   and

Physical Education

 Adventure based learning, Invasion Games


Visual Art

Drawing and Painting




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

Students will 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 be sent home from Year 2 onwards to learn for the week. 

For some other activities to work on at home here are a few ideas that you could try: Start a garden, cook a meal together, go for walks and find native trees, name them, play a game together, visit your local library etc. Any activity that involves learning in a fun, inclusive manner for parent and child will enhance your child’s learning. 

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 everyday.


  • Please encourage your child to read the book / library book they bring home each day. 
  • Junior students need to bring back their readers back 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