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Programmes

Curriculum

Our teaching and learning programme is based on the NZ National Curriculum Framework, which is laid down by the Ministry of Education. We interpret and develop our delivery of the curriculum, appropriate to the learning needs of our children. Our teachers are committed to keeping up to date with current educational practice.

How We Can Help Our Kids

Year 0-3

Reading

Each night your child will bring home a new reader to read with you. This is a time for you to read and enjoy your time together. If time is a pressure for you take turns reading a page each! Please remember to fill in your child's reading diary. These comments are very useful especially letting me know how the home reading is going. This is also a good place to write messages.

Spelling Words

Your child has a spelling notebook which they will bring home each night. This activity that will help your child to recognise, read and write words they will come across in the first years at school in their reading books and at story writing. They practice writing them each day at home and at school and the test is on Fridays. It is better for them to write the words on scrap paper so they can check if they LOOK right. These words are tested each term and they may have repeat words if they have forgotten them!

Weekend

Reading for the weekend is our poem clearfile. All week the children read a poem so they have learnt this off by heart. They then get to bring this home to enjoy with you and they can read these independently while you have a sleepin?!

Phonics Book

Children will get one of these when they know quite a few alphabet letters. They are given out Mondays and need to be returned by Thursday - into the marking box.

Numeracy

While there isn't any formal Numeracy Homework, there are many things that you can do at home to help your child. Such as:

  • counting forwards and backwards to 100... 
  • read and write numbers to 10/20/100 
  • saying before, after and in-between numbers 
  • ordering numbers from smallest to biggest/biggest to smallest 
  • solving simple addition problems e.g. "I had 2 apples to make an apple pie for dessert but I needed some more so I went to the supermarket and bought 5 more apples. How many apples did I have altogether?" 
  • separating sets to solve simple subtraction problems e.g. "If I bought 8 hair ties and I lost 4, how many hair ties would I have left?" 
  • count objects around the home, in the car, in the supermarket 
  • read numbers on letter boxes 
  • play some of the Maths games through Room2 's maths page

Enrichment Programmes and Experiences

We operate Extension groups for pupils with identified abilities in various curriculum areas. Extension groups include academic and sporting groups, Information Technology, the Arts, Dance groups, etc.

Leap / Reading Recovery

We have several remedial programmes, including Reading Recovery, for children who need extra support. These programmes take place during classroom hours. Other remedial programmes may include language, spelling, writing, mathematics and social skills.

Computers

We have a network established throughout the school. All classes have email addresses and access to a range of software and research media. We have approved site access for pupils to the Internet.

Sport

All pupils take part in Physical Education and sporting activities. Involvement in Phys. Ed. during school time is compulsory. Included in the sports programme are swimming, triathlon, cross-country, athletics and gymnastics.

Swimming

In the swimming season, all children take part in swimming instruction unless excused by a note from you. Named clothing is essential, and independence in changing is appreciated. The pool is filtered and maintained in top condition throughout the summer.

PLEASE REMEMBER that even when the weather is cool, the teacher will make a decision if there is swimming or not, so swimming gear should be sent along EVERY DAY.

Education Outside the Classroom

We have a policy of involving the students in Outdoor Education.

Religious Education

Children have a weekly 30 minute period of Christian Religious Education, taken by an accredited instructor. Parents wishing to withdraw children from Religious Education should advise us in writing.

Buddy Classes

Classes pair up, usually a class of younger students with a class of older ones for the purpose of giving students the opportunity to relate to students out of their age group. Older students are also able to teach skills to younger students. Literacy, art or sporting activities are favourites.