Our small new entrant and early years team has three classes onsite at May Rd Primary School, and one class at each of our Dominion Rd School, Oranga Primary and St Andrews Rd (StAR) sites. We take a holistic approach and run a rich and varied programme, which is largely student initiated and student led. Learning is fostered through exploration and play. A range of approaches suited to various student need is employed: sensory programmes, intensive interaction, as well as a more structured TEACCH approach and Attention Autism. Each student is supported to develop a relevant communication system. Learning is fun and topics for exploration are drawn from the NZ Curriculum.
Transition into School
A successful transition to school and establishing early learning foundations are an important part of our Early Years programme.
We aim to build on the base created in Te Whaariki (the early childhood curriculum) which include Wellbeing (Mana atua), Belonging (Mana whenua), Contribution (Mana tangata), Communication (Mana reo) and Exploration (Mana aoturoa).
Early Literacy and Mathematics skills are taught within context. The programme is further enriched by outdoor learning experiences, drama and art. Attention is also given to helping students become as independent as possible. We are well supported by a team of speech language therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists