Kia ora and welcome to the Kiwi Hapori!
The Kiwi Hapori is the home of the youngest learners at The Gardens School, as we cater for children in Years 0-1. Our Hapori is made up of several smaller home groups and children will have some interaction with all Kiwi Hapori teachers throughout the school day. Our Hapori is based on the first level of our school, known as the “Arua” level. In our space we have large teaching areas, breakaway spaces for small group teaching and spaces that are specific to different purposes. We also have the privilege of making use of both indoor and outdoor learning spaces.
Our teachers work collaboratively to identify the needs of the children, plan the teaching programme and assess progress made, to identify next steps. The Key Competencies are also an important part of our programme, which relates to our school wide vision for students to Wonder, Innovate, Nurture, Grow and Succeed "WINGS".
Children will be encouraged to become independent learners. They will also learn how to manage themselves and their belongings, how to make friends, and how to be safe in our learning spaces and outside in the playground. It is an achievement for these little ones to do things for themselves and become increasingly independent. Student engagement is encouraged by displaying a welcoming and inclusive learning environment, where children can be successful in their learning and understand that making a mistake is part of exploring, growing and experimenting. The Kiwi Hapori is the beginning of the learning journey and we encourage and aim to develop an understanding of the learning process required for successful learning. We aim to do this through direct teaching and play based learning. We have a focus on ‘how to be a good learner’ and the routines and expectations of being at school. We aim to provide children with the skills to develop a sense of belonging, being inclusive and celebrating the good in themselves and others.
Reading, Writing and Maths form the major focus for teaching and learning. To foster children's interest in literacy we visit the library on a weekly basis. Knowledge of alphabet letters and their sounds is a major component of our daily programme. Learning will take place in small groups, allowing teachers and students to focus specifically on individual needs. Throughout the year, the Kiwi Hapori will also attend specialist classes for P.E, Music, Art or Chinese.
It is important for children to feel successful by being able to confidently participate in our learning space. The Kiwi Hapori teachers will build on your child’s experiences from preschool/kindergarten and provide them with fun, new and challenging experiences.