Transition to School Programme
This programme actually begins with our 2 and 3 year old children, where they begin to develop skills that they take with them into the Transition to School programme.
Our transition-to-school programme provides an opportunity for children to be involved in a variety of experiences that will ensure a smoother transition into the classroom environment.
Four year olds are encouraged to participate every morning for 40 minutes. During this time children are offered opportunities to develop their literacy, mathematical, social and fine and large motor skills.
We have a balanced programme that gives the children opportunities to experience what being at school is like. The four year olds bring a backpack each day and hang it up on a hook, and we encourage them to look after their belongings such as their lunchbox, jacket and hat.
Some other experiences offered in this programme are:
|Circle games||Art experiences|
|Letter sound bags||Sensorial experiences|
|Jolly phonics||Role play experiences|
|Scientific explorations||Baking experiences|
The main purpose of these group times is to foster children’s love of learning while developing their concentration, co-operation and communication skills in preparation for a classroom environment.
We enjoy working with our talented group of parents and involving them in our programme, and we encourage and appreciate their feedback.
In partnership with our own learning programme, we incorporate Te Whāriki into our early childhood education programme.
Te Whāriki is the New Zealand early childhood curriculum document published by the Ministry of Education in 1996. Teachers use the goals of the curriculum to help plan for childrens needs and interests during their early childhood years.
Te Whāriki is a Māori term meaning “the woven mat”. It refers to the principles and strands of early learning being woven together.
The four principles are: empowerment, holistic development, family and community, and relationships.
The five strands are: well-being, belonging, contribution, communication, and exploration.
You may ask to see or borrow this document once your child is enrolled, and you can learn more about Te Whāriki here.