• Howick Intermediate

    Howick Intermediate

    De Bon Vouloir Servir
    "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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HIS Houses

Howick Intermediate
Whanau / Houses

Cooper

Ngata

 

Mansfield

 

Hobson

   

 

 
 

Whanau Mansfield

My eyes are open but can I see?

 

Rationale:

Our students are inheriting massive challenges in the 21st century. Not only are they facing poverty, housing shortages, environmental issues, social concerns (mental issues, disabilities) and job security. They need to navigate, collaborate and solve these problems within a society that is largely diverse not only in ethnicity but personal perspectives.

We want children to realise that diversity is a large part of their society and there is a need for them to recognise, celebrate, and learn to work co-operatively within these communities. Our fertile question relates to our students to think outside of and beyond themselves and to see the bigger picture. Students will become aware of what’s happening around them thus creating future citizens which have formed a foundation of knowledge that allows them to make informed decisions.     

 

Term 1: 

Inquiry Focus:

Students need to understand :

  • Knowing myself helps me understand "Me" a little better.
  • What motivates me, makes me angry, inspires me, challenges me, makes me feel safe and comfortable?
  • Knowing myself enables me to define myself in the world. Where can I make a difference? How can I contribute?
  • How to define the world as it pertains to them.

Literacy Focus:

  • Students will be doing the CARS reading programme during the literacy block - this will entail deliberate acts of teaching around teaching students how to use a range of reading strategies to fully decode and comprehend a variety of texts.
  • Autobiographies - Students will write an autobiography, based on their findings about themselves and their lives so far.
  • Quick Writes - Teachers will provide images or videos that promote critical thinking, the students will then complete short pieces of writing about the image or video.
  • Recount Writing - Students will write a ‘slice of life’ recount of an aspect of their holiday or moment in time.
  • Letter Writing- the students will write a letter to the teacher introducing themselves in the beginning of the term.
     

 

Term 2: 

Inquiry Focus:

Students will:

  • Look at different perspectives and understand why one's perspective may differ to the others.
  • Interpret pictures and analyse them.
  • Capture the diversity of the school and be able to explain their point of view on the picture.
  • Highlight concerns in the school and possible solutions.
  • Build on their photography skills in order to complete the assignment for the term.

Literacy Focus:

  • Literacy Circles - In ability groups, students will read specified pages each week and then complete a Literacy Circles job which requires them to use different reading strategies.
  • Report Writing: Students will be learning how to write a report based on their findings for their Science Fair / Design topics.
  • Quick Writes - Teachers will provide images or videos that promote critical thinking, the students will then complete short pieces of writing about the image or video.
  • Persuasive Writing: Students will write persuasive speeches in Term 3. This term, they will look at persuasive language features.

 

Term 3: 

Inquiry Focus:

Students will:

  • Look at others perspectives in the Howick Community.
  • Interview members of the community through effective questioning.
  • Build on their communication skills.
  • Develop their personal skills.
  • Define the world as it pertains to Howick Residents.
  • Look at possible solutions for any issues raised by the residents.
  • Inform others with effective communication, written and presentation skills.
  • Continue building on their photography skills where photos will focus on the community.

Literacy Focus:

  • Whole Class Novel Study - Students will complete differentiated activities throughout the novel study. Each class will be reading a different novel with links to our inquiry. Students will also be completing the Book in a Bag project.
  • Persuasive Writing: Students will write persuasive speeches for the first 5 weeks of term. They will look at persuasive language features.
  • Advertising: Students will use their persuasive language to create advertisements for their business.
  • Newspapers: Students will create a newspaper front cover using slice of life recounts and adverts they have created.  

 

Term 4: 

Inquiry Focus:

Students will:

  • Reflect on what they have learnt
  • Apply what they have now learnt to the wider world.
  • Apply the knowledge they have learnt throughout the process.
  • Be able to make connections and see what is going on in the world.
  • Notice and be aware that things are happening and why they are happening.
  • Be able to confidently say “I am an informed citizen” through the evidence of their work.
  • Know what they are inheriting.

Literacy Focus:

  • Students will revisit the comprehension strategies taught in term one and reflect on their progress.
  • Poetry / Creative Language Contract - deliberate acts of teaching will be done through the genre of poetry. Students will use these skills to write a Creative Language Contract.
  • Quick Writes - Teachers will provide images or videos that promote critical thinking, the students will then complete short pieces of writing about the image or video.
  • Narrative- Students will learn the features of a Narrative and analyse characters, plot and images looking from different perspectives.