We transition students from preschool to school life through visits prior to students beginning school and have regular contact and visits with the local early childhood providers. We inspire play based learning in all of our classes which range from New Entrants to Year Two. We welcome whānau at any time as part of our wider learning.
This year our team made the move to Structured Literacy and we are following the Better Start Literacy Approach. This approach provides our students with the skills they need to become independent and life long learners in literacy. This approach has many aspects and focuses around students building their phonological skills to be able to initially learn the sounds of the alphabet and to then progress to being able to use this knowledge to decode words in their daily reading. We are working in conjunction with the University of Canterbury who developed the approach and uses the decodable phonics books plus that have been put out by the Ministry of Education.