At Amesbury School we want all students and their whanau to feel welcome, settled and known. When new students join our hub we ensure they have a buddy for the first few days, to help them settle in as they develop their own friendships.
Our learning blog has a lot of information about what is happening in the hub. On the left-hand side of the blog is our What’s On, showing you what will be happening each day in the hub. Our planning link at the top of the blog takes you to all of our teacher planning, and our links page takes you to our Tizmos page, where we keep the links to all sites our students may use for their learning.
Students will be given a Google account as they start at Amesbury. Students in Harakeke Hub will also be given a Chromebook to use at school.
At Amesbury School students will work with multiple teachers for different areas of their learning. All students have a whānau teacher, who has oversight and overall responsibility for them. As a student starts school they will be informed who their whānau teacher is. The whānau teacher is the first port of call for parents; if you would like to pass on information about your child, ask any questions or arrange a meeting with teachers, the whānau teacher is the best person to contact.
Harakeke Teachers for 2017:
Demelza Topp - [email protected]
Lisa Bengtsson - [email protected]
Georgia Poole - [email protected]
Hazel Urquhart - [email protected]
Demelza is the lead teacher with oversight of Harakeke Hub. If you have any issues or concerns, please feel free to contact Demelza directly.
This information will let you know of our Amesbury School approach to home learning and our recommendations for activities and tasks students can be completing at home to help with their learning.
We recognise that students all have different learning needs and styles. As such, we do not send home hub or group home learning sheets; we prefer a more personalised approach, ensuring that students are completing tasks that focus on their particular learning needs. We allocate amounts of time to groups of students and recommend that they spend these blocks of time on activities that help their learning. We then have suggested activities that students can choose from, depending on their needs.
We believe that all learning should be positive and purposeful. If your child is struggling with their home learning, or very reluctant to do it, please feel free to talk to your child’s whānau teacher for some ideas or suggestions. Below are the home learning recommendations for students at Amesbury School, along with some suggested activities, tasks and practise they can be doing:
Year 3 and 4 students: At this age we would expect students to be completing learning activities at home for approx 30 minutes a day on at least 4 days through the week. See the list of suggested activities below.
Year 5 and 6 students: At this age we would expect students to be completing learning activities for approx 45 minutes a day on at least 4 days through the week. See the list of suggested activities below.
Suggested activities for Harakeke students:
Spelling: Most students will have a set of spelling words on their spelling doc to practise each week, ready for their buddy test on Friday. The spelling tab on our Tizmos page gives suggestions of different ways to learn spelling words. It also houses all of our essential spelling lists, along with spelling tests and links to useful spelling games and sites.
Maths: Basic facts - practise, practise, practise! Students should be learning addition and subtraction facts to 10, then to 20; doubles to 10 and then 20; then 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including division facts; then all other times tables, including division facts. Our Tizmos maths tab has lots of helpful links; we recommend the Prototec site as a good one for focused learning of basic facts. It also has links to other basic facts and general maths sites and games, such as Mathletics, e-ako and many more.
Literacy:We would like all students to be completing some personal reading at least 5 times each week (we suggest a bit of home reading time every evening). Most students will not bring home a daily reader, as much of our reading is completed through inquiry learning. At times students may have novels to read as part of their learning programme. They should all have a library book ‘on the go’ at all times. We recommend that students have a library or personal reading book to keep at home and one for school. Students may use home learning time to continue with their writing from school. Alternatively they can be keeping a journal, emailing relatives, friends and teachers, completing their own creative writing, or using our literacy tab on Tizmos to get some other ideas for writing.
Inquiry and areas of personal passion: We strongly encourage students to use some home learning time to follow their own personal passions, such as sports (e.g. participating in local sports teams etc), music, languages, art, coding etc. We have some additional tabs on our Tizmos site around some of these areas, such as our Mandarin tab, our Coding tab and our Inquiry tab.
At times your child’s teachers may contact you to suggest particular activities or practise your child could complete as part of their home learning. If you have any further questions about home learning for your children, please feel free to contact their whānau teacher.
In Harakeke Hub we don’t have a set time to visit the library each week. The library is simply seen as an extension of our hub, and students are around the library every day. We have a self-issue system in the library, using an RFID system. This means all students can issue and return books themselves at any time. Our library is open from 8:30am and remains open for a while after school. Students can also use the library during lunch time.
We encourage all students to have a book ‘on the go’ at all times, meaning they always have books they are reading at home and at school. They can issue multiple books at a time and can keep books in their tote tray to read at school, and take some home. Students can also re-issue books, if they are prompted to return them before they have finished reading them.
If any books are lost or damaged, please contact Angela Johnston ([email protected]). Our student-run system can mean that at times books can go missing in the system or be incorrectly returned. If you receive messages about missing books that you think you do not have at home, please contact Angela (see above) or your child’s whānau teacher to resolve the situation.