Nau mai ki te ruma 7! In Room 7 we work together as a team, supporting each other to succeed at school so we can thrive in our lives out in the wider world. Our school values of “Respect (Whakaute), Integrity (Ngakau Pono), Identity (Tuarikitanga), Challenge (Te Whero) and Honesty (Whakapono)” are woven into our daily routines.
In these early years, we focus strongly on literacy, which includes oral language, reading and writing. Children are encouraged to use their spoken language to express their feelings, opinions, and ideas. They are also expected to listen to others and respond appropriately. The children have at least four guided reading sessions, and a guided writing session every week. This is an opportunity to learn new strategies and practice their literacy skills with the close support of the teacher. They also have plenty of opportunities to use their skills independently, giving them a chance to experiment and discover on their own or with their friends.
Maths is an important part of the junior classroom. Many maths activities at this level are practical and fun and are often integrated with other parts of the programme.
Units of Inquiry are based around our local curriculum, incorporating Science, Social Studies, Health, The Arts and Technology.
During Term 1, we have daily swimming lessons, where the children can refine their skills. Later in the first term, there will be a fun Sports Day, organised by the EBOP Sports Team.
Young children learn through playing so you will see ‘stations’ set up around our room where they can choose to work alone or interact with others, as they make their own discoveries. This is a great opportunity for children to learn social skills, including how to talk to their peers, and accept others’ differences.
This year we are incredibly lucky to have Whaea Tui who comes into our class four times a week to help us with our te reo. We will learn lots of vocabulary and phrases to use at school and at home, along with aspects of local tikanga. Kia kaha te korero Māori!