Karori Normal School


Team Akakura 

Newsletter Term 1


Kia Ora Whānau and Caregivers,

Welcome back to school. We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing holiday this summer. We enjoyed meeting some of you at He Hui Mihimihi. 

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:     

Jessica Keetley in Room 19 


Wilhelmina Wooff in Room 20


Treena Tiller in Room 21 


Anita Patel in Room 18 

(Team Leader- apatel@kns.school.nz)

Team Akakura teachers will be working collaboratively this year so your children will get to work with a range of teachers throughout the year. 

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 identity through our inquiry topics. This will focus on the students being able to express and share their individuality.  Students will be able to recognise, value and celebrate their own identities and together we will create a classroom culture that acknowledges diversity to create an environment where we can learn as a team.

This term we will be going on a team trip to Capital E on Friday 15th March a more detailed notice will be sent home regarding this trip. 

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

Maths - Numeracy (Addition, Subtraction and Place Value). Strand Maths (Geometry).

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

Reading – Phonics work and comprehension.

PE – Small ball skills and summer sports

Te Reo –Mihi, basic words and phrases, Kapa Haka at Team Hui’s


The Year 4 classes will be attending Parkour at the Karori Rec Centre this term.  Parkour combines street-smarts and body-smarts. People who train parkour learn to interact with the world around them by creatively jumping, climbing, crawling, and even rolling. It's a physical art form of natural movement that is completely unscripted.

The children will attend 8 sessions. These sessions start on Tuesday 12th 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-school children.


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. More information regarding this will be sent out later in the term. 


Homework in Year 4 will be reading, spelling practise and basic facts. Each week the children will be expected to read, practise spelling words their teacher gives them and some basic facts that they need to be working on. Homework will start in Week 3. This will vary slightly from class to class. 

Kapa Haka / Te Reo 

This year all Year 4 children will participate in Kapa Haka during Team Hui and Kapa Haka on Tuesdays. The children will be given the opportunity to learn a variety of 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.


In our classes, we are encouraging the children to start taking some more responsibility for being sun smart so this term we would like the children to bring their own wide-brimmed or bucket hat to school. We do have some school hats that the students can use but would prefer 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 are lost or broken - please talk with your child so they understand this. 

When possible we like to make the most of sunny days by heading 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.

As always please don't hesitate to contact us, pop in and say hi or email to make a time to catch up if required. We are looking forward to getting to know our new Year 4’s and their whānau. 

Kind Regards,

Team Akakura Teachers