2015 Learning Theme: Together We Are Strong
Kia ngãtahi ai te tu
E pakari ai te tuarã
Stand united, stand strong!
Kia Ora Tatou, Greetings to all
We would like to welcome back everyone to Term 2 and extend an especially warm welcome to all our new families.
At Epsom Normal Primary School our vision and values guide our daily practices and inform our learning programmes. The school values that we will be focusing on this term are: Enjoyment and Respect.
Our Learning Programmes
I am a City Councillor – Term 1
Last term Penny Hulse, Deputy Mayor of Auckland, visited our school. Our students asked very thought-provoking questions, demonstrating their depth of learning about the topic. Penny Hulse was impressed by how our learning programmes are growing students to become empowered and creative citizens of Auckland City.
Our students also presented their strategic plans to the Eden/Albert Board last term at the school. The councillors commented positively on the ideas that the students presented and will give careful consideration to the students’ proposals.
The ‘I am a City Councillor’ topic was a suggestion from our parent community and has been a very successful topic of learning for the students.
Term 2 Learning Focus –‘I am a Chemist’
This term students will be walking in the shoes of and thinking in the mind of a Chemist.
‘I am a Chemist’ explores the study of matter and the changes that take place with that matter. Students will understand that matter is all around us and that science is actively at work in everyday life.
The Junior School will be carrying out experiments with the unit ‘Kitchen Chemistry’. Students will explore how matter changes by heating and cooling substances and understand that some changes in matter are reversible, and others are not.
In the Middle School unit ‘Boom, Fizz, Bang!’ experiments will involve the testing of pH levels for acids and bases, experimenting with changes in matter from solids, liquids and gases, and exploring how these changes relate to the water cycle.
In the Senior School unit ‘What’s the Matter?’ students will be investigating the Periodic Table. They will learn that matter is made of atoms, molecules and compounds. Students will create their own experiments, learn to make scientific observations, and ask critical scientific questions about the world around them.
We hope that you will embrace our topic for this term to encourage and enhance your children’s learning at home.