Literacy and Numeracy
Our goal is for all children leaving Tawhiti to be literate and numerate and we place a high priority on our reading, writing and maths programmes. Because all children develop at different rates, requiring personalised programmes, every class has a learning assistant to help support all children in their learning from 9am-1pm.
All learners have reading, writing and maths progressions. These progressions enable learners to work alongside their teachers and whanau to select goals, reflect, monitor their progress, and determine their next learning steps.
E-Learning also plays a large role in the day to day teaching and learning programmes happening in classrooms. All classrooms are equipped with ipads and interactive whiteboards.
Inquiry and STEAM
STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. However, our STEAM programmes are more than just the grouping of curriculum areas. STEAM lessons focus on real world issues and problems and immerse learners in hands on inquiry and open-ended exploration. Our STEAM lessons are guided by the following inquiry process.
Education Outside the Classroom
Education outside the classroom is very much to the fore at Tawhiti School. The school year starts with a ‘rolling camp’ at Lake Rotorangi (Patea Dam) where children stay overnight in tents. The activities they experience include waterskiing, kayaking, abseiling, archery and rafting. The ‘rolling camp’ is in place so that the children and their new teacher can get to know one another and develop a positive relationship, setting the scene for a successful year.
All year groups from Year 0 to Year 5 experience a camp at the end of the year while our Year 6 children head out mid-year to hit the slopes on Mt Ruapehu.
The Arts are a huge part of what makes Tawhiti unique! Every year we do a production at Hawera's Community Theatre. This involves each child participating in acting, dancing and singing within a class item. It is a must see! The arts are also included in our inquiry based STEAM learning.
Kapa Haka and Choir
We are lucky to have a kapa haka group, a junior choir and a senior choir that practise weekly. They perform in our assembly as well as at some local events.