Rolleston Christian School

Enjoy academic success and develop personal gifts to bring hope and joy to the world.

Understanding Our Learning

Whole School Learning

Theme for the year

We will be doing an in-depth exploration of Peace. Starting in Term 1 by looking just at Peace in our Living Christianly Programmes, Circle Times, and LIGHTS. In Term 2 we will look at how Peace links with Love, then in Term 3 we will explore how Peace links with Excellence and to finish off the year we will investigate Peace and Hope together.

Each week there will be something in the Newsletter that will provide you with some information about what we are looking at that week in relation to our theme and provide you with some ideas and questions to explore as a family.

 

LIGHTS in 2017

This year we are launching our LIGHTS programme.  This is a learning process for making positive changes (see ‘Curriculum’ for a deeper understanding).  Each of the letters stands for a stage in the process. Each term the students will work through the LIGHTS steps in order to take a positive action that reflects the values for that term.

Term 1 – There are different emotions that we all feel. How does my peacefulness affect others?

Term 2 – The more we understand others the better we work together. How can we better celebrate our bi-cultural diversity in New Zealand and at RCS?

Term 3 – Nature works collaboratively to bring excellence. How can we work collaboratively with nature to bring excellence?

Term 4 – TBC

Note: These may be subject to change, depending on the direction that our learning takes throughout the previous term.

Kaitiaki

Learning at Home

2017 Home Learning

Home Learning is a wonderful opportunity to reinforce the values we are focussing on at school and discover many interesting new things along the way.  The projects are designed to explore our school values in a context outside of school.

As parents you are the facilitators of your child’s learning at home.  The projects will generally need the input of you as parents in order to ensure that deep learning is occurring.  Please see us if you are unsure of how to facilitate this learning without doing the whole project yourself!

Each term we will update the website with a new matrix of options, but you can continue to choose from the earlier term’s matrix too.

We hope you enjoy the process!

-Learning at Home – Term 1, 2017

Learning at Home – Term 2, 2017

Learning at Home – Term 3, 2017

Home Learning Routines

We expect that you will complete the following things with your child each school day:

Junior Hub

  • Listen to your child read the book that comes home, and record this in their reading log.
  • Help your child learn the spelling or sight words that come home each week.
  • Read to your child every day. Choose a book that is slightly harder than what they can read themselves.

Middle and Senior Hub

  • Your child needs to read independently for at least 15 minutes per day. Help them to find books they like at the library and encourage them to find a quiet space each day to read.  At this stage of reading one of the most beneficial things they can do for their reading development is to read!  Create a culture in your home that makes this possible.
  • Read to your child everyday.  Don’t underestimate how much children of all ages love to be read to.  Choose books that are harder than what they are capable of reading themselves. This both keeps them interested in reading and also prepares them for the types of books they will read in the future.
  • Help your child to learn the spelling words that come home each week.

Extra Home Learning

If you have time at home that you would like to dedicate to enhancing your child’s learning then please see the teaching staff for ideas of things that would be beneficial for your child.

Don’t under estimate the value though of doing things such as gardening, cooking, jig saw puzzles, board games, crafts, backyard cricket etc with your child.  These activities provide the foundation from which good academic learning takes place. The problem solving, social, and emotional self-regulation skills, along with the development of attitudes for perseverance and determination, and the development of physical strength, flexibility and skill, are invaluable to your child’s success at school.

Writing letters, emails or cards is also another fantastic way to develop your child’s reading and writing skills without making it seem like they are doing ‘homework’.  Pop in and ask your child’s teacher what their current writing goals are so you can be sure to tie these into the letter writing experience.

 

2016 Home Learning

Learning at Home – Term 1, 2016

Learning at Home – Term 2, 2016

Learning at Home – Term 3, 2016

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Manaakitanga

Support Your Child’s Learning

As parents you have a vital part to play in your child’s learning and development. The experiences, conversations and teaching moments you have with your child make a huge impact on their readiness to succeed at school. At RCS we hope to equip you with lots of ideas you can implement at home that will allow your children to really fly in their education.

 Develop a love of reading in your child

  • Read aloud to your children each day, no matter how old they are. Choose books that are slightly above their own ability level – this exposes them to language structures and vocabulary that they will need to understand for their future reading.
  • Visit the library regularly and keep lots of books in your house.
  • Read for your own enjoyment, so that your children see reading is an enjoyable activity.
  • Find books that your children love. It is ok for children to re-read books.

Develop a sense of curiosity and wonder in your child

  • Finding interesting places to visit, ranging from an art gallery to the wilderness, and having meaningful discussions with your children will spark curiosity and wonder.
  • Ponder things out loud with your children. Even simple things like where the water might have gone from the clothes on the line.
  • Engage with all those ‘why’ questions.

Engage in meaningful activities

  • Writing a letter to a relative can give fantastic opportunity for you to encourage and help your children with their writing.
  • Baking a cake can lead to some fascinating maths and science.
  • Doing a puzzle can help with problem solving skills.
  • Building with Lego  can develop creativity or good reading skills, depending on the type of building you are doing.
  • Playing board games can help with maths or problem solving skills.
  • Doing the gardening can build a deep understanding of God’s creation.

Practise the basics

  • Practising spelling words at home helps your child to feel more confident when doing their writing at school.
  • With little ones count everything you can imagine.
  • Practise basic facts every day.

Together we worship God with our lives.

Kaitiaki