Patoka School

Room 1

Room 1

Room 1 is our Year 0-2 classroom and Mrs Field is their teacher.


UNIT OF INQUIRY (Weeks 1-3 and 5-10)


For the first three weeks of the term, our focus will be on refining our Digital Photography and Graphic Design entries for the DigiAwards Competition. Starting Week 4, we will begin our ‘Under the Sea’ Science Inquiry in all earnest, which will be around sea creatures and our oceans. This will also include an environmental component on how we can change what we do in order to keep our oceans clean. We would like to take a trip to the National Aquarium in Napier and while there, visit some exhibitions at MTG.



Phonics – We continue to practice our phonics (letter sounds) each morning and have a specific song that we sing, together with using the phonics flashcards. We have a letter of the day which links to our sounds programme as well as our handwriting programme. We are fortunate that Miss Caroline is able to build on the phonics programme when she works with small groups of children during the morning programme.

Reading – In Room 1 our reading focus continues to change from group to group and we have a wide variety of reading abilities. Our very young children are learning to identify letter sounds in order to string the sounds together to make words which they can read and write, with the main emphasis being on decoding together with learning high-frequency sight words. For the older, more capable students who have mastered decoding and sight words, we are looking at how some letters form blends and digraphs and our reading focus is more on comprehension, retell and reading between the lines. Together with daily guided reading sessions for each group, we also read picture books and a big book every day.


Writing – We have a range of writing foci in Room 1, from our littlies learning to put letters on paper representing a story, to the more capable students expanding on their stories, adding detail and making their writing more interesting. We use the Writing Hexagons to track our learning goals and we talk about what we are learning to do and what we need to develop. During Term 2, we initiated the Early Words programme to assist with building writing vocabulary and confidence and this will continue during Term 3.


Oral Language- We have a big focus on oral language as it forms the basis for Reading and Writing. We build vocabulary through daily discussions in our reading and writing, together with news time and sharing of news from home. Tiny Tiger continues to be a welcome guest at different houses and during Term 3 he will be going on some extraordinary adventures.

Visual Language- Visual language is a big part of our reading programme in order to connect the visuals with the text. This also helps with inferencing and making meaning of what we are reading or writing.


Homework: Reading and Writing form an integral part of our Literacy focus and for homework your child will have:

  • A reading book every night. This will be a seen text that they have read with me that day. Please take the time to read the book again with them. This book will be familiar to your child and may sound ‘too easy’. That will be because they have seen it and we have read it during our guided reading programme.
  • They will also have (depending on their age and level), some spelling words each week. The younger children will have a different system as they need to master their sight words and letter sounds before getting spelling words. The older children will be receiving no more than 5 spelling words per week. Some students will have words from the Early Words programme which combines reading with writing.
  • Sight Word practice: For the children still learning sight words, there will be a coloured sheet of words to master and they will move through the levels until they reach the ‘cloud’. We have a reward system for mastering sight words. Some of the older students will continue practising their colour words to help retention of knowledge.


We understand that the majority of our children have lengthy bus rides home after school. Because of this, some families find it easier to do homework in the morning when the children are fresh. Please feel free to fit it in where and when it suits your family. The expectation is for homework to take no more than fifteen minutes per sitting. Please also sit with your child and spend the time helping them.


MATHEMATICS: Number (with a specific focus on Fractions)

In Room 1 we focus on a range of knowledge and strategies in Number as the children’s abilities differ. We have maths groups and the children are grouped according to the strategy that they use. Our focus remains on Number as we are building knowledge and strategies to be used later on, as they move through the maths levels. Fractions form part of Number, however, we are going to have an in-depth focus on this area in order to build our knowledge. We plan on having some hands-on experiences with dividing objects into ½ and ¼.


Homework: – Your child’s maths focus will be glued into their homework book as it is personalised to each maths group and strictly based on our Junior maths assessment. This is generally something you will be able to help with whilst driving in the car, eg. counting sheep, looking at numbers on letterboxes, etc.



We will be focusing on building the stamina and fitness levels of the children in running. Our cross country is in Week 7 and we will be running as a whole school from week 3-7 to help prepare the students. We will combine running games and skill teaching with running practise.



We will continue building our vocabulary through everyday classroom language and instructions, as well as the singing of songs, rhymes and participating in weekly Kapa Haka sessions. We will also extend our vocabulary through our unit.



Music & Dance:

Room 1 will continue joining in with whole school Kapa Haka lessons once a week.