• Howick Intermediate

    Howick Intermediate

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    "To serve with goodwill"
  • Howick Intermediate

    Howick Intermediate

    A school of excellence where every person is enabled to succeed in a safe, happy and stimulating environment.
  • Howick Intermediate

    Howick Intermediate

    A school of excellence where every person is enabled to succeed in a safe, happy and stimulating environment.
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Howick Intermediate
Whanau / Houses

Cooper

Ngata

 

Mansfield

 

Hobson

   

 

 
 

Whanau Cooper

How can others accept you, if you can't accept yourself?

 

Rationale:

We are so busy trying to please everyone around us that sometimes we forget to make sure that we are happy. We all want to be healthy and live full and balanced lives. However, we have never been busier or been faced with as many choices of what to eat, what activities to engage in, and what values to use to guide our actions. Helping children to understand these choices and providing them with the knowledge and skills to make good decisions has become increasingly important. This year we will first focus on looking at ourselves through the Hauora concept, the state of hauora is the feeling of healthiness and happiness that results when the four elements (spiritual, mental and emotional, physical and social) are in balance. We will then look at the science behind why it is important to be fit and healthy and how this is different for everyone. In term 3 we will look at our community and how we can help to foster a fit and healthy community. Finally in Term 4 we will look at strategies to maintain being fit and healthy throughout our lives and the impact that this will have on the people around us.
 

 

Term 1: What makes you who you are?

Inquiry Focus:

  • Students need to learn more about the different ways in which they think and learn in order to be successful.
  • Students will learn about the difference between having a fixed and growth mindset and how this is linked to success.
  • Students will learn about Hauora and how it is important to live a balanced lifestyle incorporating all 4 walls of the house: spiritual, mental and emotional, physical, and social. The state of Hauora is the feeling of healthiness and happiness that results when all 4 walls are in balance.

Literacy Focus:

  • CARS - There will be a focus on the explicit teaching of comprehension reading strategies.
  • The students will complete an Autobiography including the following genres: letter, recount and report.

 

Term 2: Why is it important to be fit and healthy?

Inquiry Focus:

  • Students will learn about the contents in food and drinks, and about the nutritional value.
  • Students will learn about the food pyramid and moderation.
  • Students will learn about the human body and how bones and muscles work together.
  • Students will learn to define a fit body and how it is different for everyone.

Literacy Focus:

  • Whole Class Novel Study - Students will complete differentiated activities throughout the novel study. Each class is reading a different novel with links to our inquiry. Students will also be completing the Book in a Bag project.
  • Essay Writing: Students will write essays that link to the inquiry topic.
  • Persuasive Writing: Students will begin to write persuasive speeches for the last 2 weeks of term. They will look at persuasive language features.
  • Book Trailers: Students will create book trailers for the novels that they have chosen.

 

Term 3: Is the secret to improving the health of our community in our pockets?

Inquiry Focus:

  • Students will analyse statistics from our community around health and fitness.
  • Students will then decide on an issue to focus on and work with a group to analyse this further.
  • Students will then create an app that responds to that issue.

Literacy Focus:

  • Literacy Circles - each group will read a different novel that is linked to the inquiry topic. Each member will complete 'jobs' and report back to the group once a week. A group leader will lead the discussion with the support of the teacher.
  • Persuasive Writing: Students will write persuasive speeches for the first 5 weeks of term. They will look at persuasive language features.
  • Narratives: Students will write narratives and evoke their creative side which will help them with the design of their app.

 

Term 4: How can I be fit for life?

Inquiry Focus:

  • Students need to understand that gradually building the skills and practices that contribute to a healthy lifestyle will help them throughout their lives.
  • Students will learn that people who have a healthy lifestyle have more skills, and they can cope better with life’s challenges.
  • Students will apply their understanding from throughout the year to complete a flatting assignment where they will look at choices around financial literacy, people they live with, how to look after each other etc.

Literacy Focus:

  • Students will be reading and analysing different forms of poetry.
  • Students will complete ‘visual rhetoric’ activities that require them to analyse images.
  • Poetry - deliberate acts of teaching will be done through the genre of poetry. Students will use these skills to write a Poetry Anthology.
  • Students will revisit the comprehension strategies taught in term one and reflect on their progress.