New Entrant - Year 3
Team Kawakawa - New Entrants to Year 3
The transition of students from preschool to school life is extremely important. We encourage students and whānau to have visits prior to officially starting to build a connection with the kaiako, classmates and classroom. This gets new students familiar with surroundings and what to expect making them more comfortable and ready to fully engage. Our kura makes regular contact and has visits with the local early childhood providers.
We inspire inquiry based learning in all of our classes and allow tamariki to problem solve by roleplaying scenarios. This encourages the development of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. Whānau are welcome to visit or sit in on classes, at any time, as part of our wider learning.
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.