Tēnā koutou e te whānau o Tūhono,

Welcome back everyone for Term 2.  We hope you had a restful and lovely Easter with your tamariki and enjoyed the lovely weather we had.  Kim has enjoyed having her two daughters back from University for two weeks and Mrs T has spent lots of quality time with her boys :)  We are looking forward to kicking straight back into our programme after spending Term 1 getting to know Tūhono, setting up expectations and routines.  There have been a few changes to our programme that will help our learners access their resources better and also add more personalisation and agency to their learning.


This is the name of our weekly timetable/plan that both the teachers and the students can edit and use to organise our daily lessons.  As each day can differ, we are setting aside time each morning to go through the timetable so that Tūhono clearly know what is happening and what workshops etc. that they are booked in for.  Click on this link to see a copy.

MATHSFree photo Education School Teach Maths Mathematics Abacus - Max Pixel

Our first focus to start the term is Addition and Subtraction.  In our workshops, we will be focusing on reviewing and introducing numeracy strategies that the students can use to solve.  The students started booking themselves into teacher workshops in the last week of Term 1 and will continue to do this at least twice a week, using online programmes like StudyLadder and eAko Maths, working on their knowledge goals with others and practising problem solving strategies.  Our online classroom has had lots more updated on it, so sit down with your child and have a look.  

 Tūhono Online Classroom

LITERACY - READINGReading, People - Free vector graphics on Pixabay

Chapter Chat was definitely a hit last term with all of our students reading either the novel “Wonder” or “The Mouse and the Motorcycle”.  We were able to base a lot of our reading programme on these books and were able to dig deeper into the story and the authors and the features of the text.  Tūhono also enjoyed participating in the weekly twitter chats connecting with other students from all over New Zealand.  This term we have decided to run the Daily 5 programme, which consists of a combination of the following: Read to Self, Read with Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing, Word Work.  We also will continue daily reading groups with a number of children and reading a novel together.  Check out our blog for more details throughout the term.  

LITERACY - WRITINGWriting - Free images on Pixabay

We are so lucky to have such keen writers in Tūhono who love to share their creative ideas with others.  To kick off our term, we are introducing Quick Writes, which help our students with getting their ideas down onto the paper or device and not worrying about spelling or thinking too much about it “Fingers of Fire”.  This really helps improve the amount of writing students are recording and is a good starting point for our writing sessions.  We will begin each day with 20 minutes of silent, uninterrupted writing using various prompts or free writing for those students that have lots of ideas to write about already.  We will continue to use our Tūhono writing graphic organiser for all of the different types of writing, as this is an important stage of the Writing Process.


Last term, each child was tested on the Essential Spelling Word Lists, which are the words that are used most in everyday writing.  Each student will identify the words that they still need to learn and the part of that word that tricks them when learning.  We will be using their notebooks to record these down and we will also share the list with whānau if you want to spend time at home practising them with your child.  


Term 2 sees the start of our annual Year 5/6 Interschool Sports Exchanges.  For most exchanges, we will have a rugby team, football team and 2 netball teams.  These teams have been selected and a notice will come home this week about our first exchange vs Puketapu on Friday Week 2.


This term we are going to base our W.I.T. around our magnificent Mounga (Mountain) that looks over all of us each day.  We have been lucky enough to get all of Tūhono involved in a hikoi up the mountain in Week 2 with TOPEC instructors (details were sent home about this last term).  To keep costs down, we are asking for private transport, but thus far, we haven’t got enough.  Please indicate on this link if you are able to help out.  Also a medical form was sent home, along with a gear list last term that must be filled out, signed and returned to school for your child to be able to attend.  This Thursday 2nd May, we are asking Tūhono students to come to school with all of the gear they will need to take on their trip in Week 2 so we can check that is appropriate for the trip.  It is really important that our students are well-equipped and well-prepared for any type of weather or situation that may arise on the mountain.  If you are having trouble getting hold of any gear, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can help.

Gear List

We will also be attending a session at Puke Ariki in June to make the most of all of the rich resources we have here in Taranaki for our tamariki to learn about our Mounga.  More details to follow later.

Ngā Korero mō te Mounga


These online tests are created for New Zealand students by New Zealand teachers annually in the above three areas.  If you would like to find out more information, please click here.  Entries close on the 24th May.


Permission to have image published online: Kaitlyn, Lily, Oscar, Angelo, Luke, Ryder, Isla, Joel, Layla-Jade, Jacob

BYOD Agreements signed and returned (these need to be done each year):  Declan, jacob, Luke, Elsie, Emma, Zach, Tuni, Ruby, Bailee

Seesaw invites still to be accepted: Ella-Jay, Emma, Eva, Hadley, Jade S, Joel, Layla-Jade, Luke, Mikaela, Oscar, Taylor, Tuni, Will

If anyone has any newspaper for our classroom for our current art work can you please send it to school this week.

With the colder weather approaching, some students bring (or leave) slippers in the classroom.

We look forward to having another awesome term with your tamariki.  Remember our door is always open (unless it’s a really chilly day!)

Ngā mihi, Anna and Kim


Tuesday 30 April -         Year 5 Future Ferns Netball Begins

Thursday 2 May -                 Year 4 Future Ferns Netball Begins

Monday 6 May -                 Year 4 Mounga Trip

Wednesday 8 May -         Year 5 Mounga Trip

Thursday 9 May -         Year 5 Mounga Trip

Friday 10 May -                 Interschool vs Puketapu at Puketapu

                                     Whakangahau 2:15pm Te Kākano

Tuesday 14 May -                 Rippa Rugby Tournament at Vogeltown Park

Monday 20 May -                 9-10am Whakatau for new students and whānau

                                         Student-Led Conferences

Wednesday 22 May         Student-Led Conferences

Thursday 23 May -         Interschool vs Coastal at Coastal

Friday 24 May                Reports go home

                                Whakangahau 2:15pm Kahikatea

Monday 27 May                Teacher Only Day

Wednesday 29 May        National Strike Day - tbc

Thursday 6 June -         Interschool vs Norfolk at Frankley

Friday 7 June                Trip to Puke Ariki

                                Whakangahau 2:15pm Te Puāwai

Friday 14 June                Grandparents Day tbc

Friday 21 June                Whakangahau 2:15pm Te Pihinga

Tuesday 25 June                Puanga Marae Whakangahau - overnight stay for those interested

Wednesday 26 June        Whole School Puanga Marae Whakangahau at Muru Raupatu

Monday 1 July -                 Interschool vs Waitara East at Frankley

Friday 5 July                 Whakangahau 2:15pm Tūhono
                                Last Day of Term 2