Karori Normal School


Team Akakura Newsletter

Term 1



Kia Ora,


Welcome back to school. We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing holiday this summer. We enjoyed meeting you at He Hui Mihimihi. We have all had a great few days getting to know your children and hearing about all the wonderful things you have all been doing over the holidays.


Again this year Karori Normal School teams are all named after New Zealand trees.


The Year 4 cohort is called Team Akakura.


 In Team Akakura this year we have:


●      Sam Butts in Room 14 (sbutts@kns.school.nz)

●      Margaret Wallis in Room 15 (mwallis@kns.school.nz)

●      Treena Tiller in Room 21 (ttiller@kns.school.nz)

●      Anita Patel in Room 18

         (Team Leader- apatel@kns.school.nz)



 Our Topics for Term 1

During the first few weeks of school each classroom will be working on getting to know each other and building a positive and supportive classroom culture. This is also when teachers will work on establishing the routines and systems within the classroom.


This term we will be exploring the key concept of Diversity further through our inquiry topics. This will focus on the children being able to show an understanding of themselves, their whanau, community, and country. Some classes will also be looking into the Treaty of Waitangi and looking into the diversity of life and life processes.


At the end of the term we will be going on a team trip to the Museum of Wellington City and Sea and Matiu/Somes Island.


An overview of what we are learning in each curriculum area is outlined below:

Maths - Numeracy (Addition, Subtraction and Place Value). Measurement (Volume & Length)

Writing- Recounts, poetry, procedural and reports. The text types will be dependent on where each class takes their inquiry.

Reading – Retelling the main ideas and summarising the key points

PE – Small ball skills and summer sports

Te Reo –Mihi, basic words and phrases




The Year 4 classes will be attending gymnastics at the Karori Rec Centre this term. The children will attend 8 sessions. These sessions start on Tuesday 13th February (Week 2 – Week 9). Your child will be bringing home a timetable and one will also be attached to this newsletter.


Could you please observe these safety requirements, The children need to wear suitable clothing (shorts/tights, t-shirts).  No toggles, loops or wide legged trousers, or skirts. Long hair is to be tied back.  No Jeans of any type (short/long/stretch) are permitted. This is for safety as they do not ‘give’ enough if they become caught in or on anything. We will still be going down even if wet so jackets and raincoats are required.


If you are able to help by accompanying us to and from the Rec Centre and with supervision and activities while there, please contact your child’s teacher.  Sorry, but we are unable to accommodate pre-schoolers.




Team Akakura will have one assembly per term. At these assemblies we will share photos of what we have been doing and sing some waiata.




Homework will be reading, spelling practice and basic facts. Each week the children will be expected to read, practice spelling words their teacher gives them and some basic facts that they need to be working on.



Kapa Haka / Te Reo

This year all Year 4 children will also attend kapa haka on a Wednesday. All children will be given the opportunity to learn some waiata this term. Later in the year we will have the opportunity to have some Te Reo lessons with Adrienne Troughton. It is likely that this will be in Term 4.




This year we would like the children to bring their own wide-brimmed or bucket hat to school. In our classes we are encouraging the children to start taking some more responsibility for being sun smart. We do have some school hats that the students can use but would love it if more of the children could bring their own so that they can be wearing the hats to and from school as well.



This year all the Year 4 classes will be using Seesaw as a way to share photos and clips of what the children are doing in class. You will receive a QR code that you can use to set this up.



General reminders:

Please ensure you name all your child’s belongings. This can make it much easier to match up lost property with owners at the end of the day and saves you time having to look through the lost property box.


Please remind children they are welcome to bring items to play with at break times however it is not the school's or teacher's responsibility if they get lost or broken - please talk with your child so they understand this.


When possible we like to make the most of sunny days by getting outside for PE and sport. Could you ensure that your child wears appropriate shoes to school everyday so that they are prepared for such occasions. Our P.E. day is on a Friday.


We encourage independence as much as possible so it would be really helpful if children could be responsible for making sure they hang their own bags up, look for any property that may have been misplaced and return their books to the correct place.





Team Akakura Teachers