Teaching and Learning - Ako

Students Years 1-8  (Primary Students)

Teaching and learning programmes for students in years 1-8 are developed in line with the New Zealand Curriculum and/or Te Whariki, depending on what is relevant for each student's learning needs.  Each student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) where the student (where possible), parents, whanau, therapists and the teacher(s) come together to set relevant learning goals for the year.  Communication, literacy, mathematics, health and physical education are a core part of curriculum learning for each student.  Students also explore different areas of the curriculum as well as learning relevant life skills.  Dependent on student's needs, programmes can also include:

   Sensory Based Learning.

   Hydro Therapy.

   Perceptual Motor Programme.

   Riding for the Disabled.

   Education Outside the Classroom.

   Big Fun Gym.

   Kapa Haka.

Students Years 9-13 (Secondary Students)

Teaching and learning programmes for students in years 9-13 are developed in line with the New Zealand Curriculum.  Each student has an Individual Education Plan (up to 14 years of age) or an Individual Transition Plan (for students over 14 years of age). To create this plan the student (where possible), parents, whanau, therapists and the teacher(s) come together to set relevant learning goals for the year.  Communication, literacy and mathematics (academic and/or functional), health and physical education are a core part of curriculum learning for each student.  A greater emphasis is placed on life and community skills, as well as a continued exploration of the curriculum. Dependent on student's needs, programmes can also include:

  Education Outside the Classroom.

   Duke of Edinburgh (students aged 14 plus).

   Kapa Haka.

   Jolt Dance.

   Special Olympics Inter-School Sport.

   Sensory Based Learning.

   Hydro Therapy.

   Perceptual Motor Programme.

   Riding for the Disabled.

Students Years 13 Plus (Tertiary Students)

Teaching and learning programmes for students in years 13 plus are focused on preparing students for life following school.  Each student has an Individual Transition Plan.  To create this plan the student, parents, whanau, therapists and the teacher(s) come together to set relevant learning goals for the year.  Programmes focus on the most relevant learning for each student and can include; communication, functional literacy and mathematics, life skills, community skills, work readiness, leisure skills, health and social skills.   Dependent on student's needs, programmes can also include:

  Education Outside the Classroom.

   Duke of Edinburgh. 

   Work Experience.

   Accessing the Community.

   Project Search.

   Special Olympics Inter-School Sports.

   Ara Courses.

   Jolt Dance.

   Kapa Haka.

   Sensory Based Learning.

   Hydro Therapy.

 

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