Welcome to the Purapura whānau! New Entrants, Year 1 and Year 2 Our whanau believes in encouraging every child to be a curious and motivated learner who bring their own passions, knowledge and personality to share with the team. We are very lucky at GHS to have a wonderful team of teachers and teacher aides committed to teaching and nurturing the tamariki together with their whānau. In Purapura, we are driven by our school values and our Positive Behaviour to Learning approach, ‘The GHS Way’. We place emphasis on Social & Emotional coaching to support our children to form relationships, solve problems and become confident GHS citizens. This is balanced by an academic approach that builds the foundational skills for Literacy and Math and helps the children develop an inquiring mind.
But…we can’t do it alone! When you join GHS in the Purapura whānau, you are making a commitment to ‘teaching and nurturing our community together’. This is our school mission and we truly believe in what we are trying to achieve. In the Purapura whānau we will support you, as much as your children, to create a successful school experience for all. Using Hero, attending workshops, checking in with your child’s class teacher, working with your child on their goals at home are all ways you can work with us to do this.
Purapura Whanau New Entrants:
Led by Gill Steel, we have an amazing programme in place for our New Entrants and their families. Whether you are old hands at GHS, or new to our community, Gill and the team work hard to foster positive relationships with whānau, and get to know them even before they start. At school, we support the children to explore and discover new learning through research-based approaches to Reading, Writing and Maths; using equipment such as Numicon and a tailored structured literacy programme.
Year 1 & 2:
As the children move through the first two years of school, our team of experienced and dedicated teachers continue to foster that sense of awe, wonder and inquiry; whilst at the same time, developing independence and responsibility. We build on the learning from your child’s first ‘settling term’ at school as a New Entrant, using the same equipment and approach to Reading, Writing and Maths. This way, the children experience consistency and develop confidence in knowing what school is ‘all about’. In these years, your child becomes more aware of their own abilities, and will work more closely with their teacher to identify their strengths and next learning goals. By the time they move on to the Teina whānau, in Year 3, the tamariki are ready for that challenge!
What will they be getting up to in Term 1?
At the start of the year, and as additional New Entrant classes open up, we always spend time getting to know each other. It takes time to settle into new routines, and find our place in our new classes so we don’t rush this.
We learn about our values, our expectations and most importantly, what makes us uniquely ‘us’. We build this into our learning through statistics of likes and dislikes, through reading stories (like, ‘Beautiful Oops’) about Resilience, Responsibility, Kindness and Respect and through sharing personal stories and whānau photos. We build a foundation to stand the rest of the year on.
After about three weeks, we will begin our inquiry for the term and get stuck into our Reading, Writing and Maths programmes. This term, our Inquiry is all about Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the history of our local area. We will be exploring what is special about our area, and how our area is important to people.
We will be discovering how the area has changed, and about how the way we live our lives here has changed too. We will be linking our initial learning from the start of school to how & why Te Tiriti o Waitangi was written and how to make a treaty work well.
We will be taking our learning outside, exploring what’s around us and using some fantastic resources to enhance our learning; creating shelters, building waka, sharing stories under the native trees. We might even come across a moa or two!
In Term 2, our tamariki have hit their stride and are ready for a new challenge. In our New Entrant classes, this challenge may also involve welcoming new children into their whānau, as more friends join us at GHS. Our Year 1 children this term, will begin the Better Start to Literacy programme. This is our scientifically-supported approach to teaching children to read & write. Our Year 2 children follow a similar pattern through our Structured Literacy approach. We’ve had a term settling into the routines of Literacy instructions and are ready to take our learning on. In Mathematics this term, we are all continuing our Numicon journey, exploring strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and working with larger numbers. We are also discovering more about Geometry and Measurement; weight, volume and directions will be a feature this term. All this is linked, where we can, to our Purapura Inquiry theme: The Tree of Life-our Living World! We are super excited to begin this topic, which will see us taking adventures in our local area, becoming scientists and learning about the Scientific Method, drawing diagrams and writing reports and instructions as a way to share our findings, and using digital tools to enhance our discoveries. Our Big Idea is ‘Discoveries are better together’, and we can’t wait to start!
Will be updated later in the year.
Will be updated later in the year.