Junior Whānau

  • Class Overview

    Our junior immersion classroom
  • Junior Whānau

    Kia ora koutou and welcome to the Junior Whānau. This is a junior immersion classroom for Year One and Two students. We are situated in the old library, by the office. Our teachers are Sarah Sharman and Nicola Edwards. We have three wonderful support staff working alongside our teachers – Melissa Rerekura, Marisa Kemp and Janine Richardson. Whaea Nicola and Whaea Sarah (Hera) plan and teach together and our tamariki move between the two learning spaces. Letitia Steele is also part of this team. She has been teaching full time in Junior whanau while Whaea Hera has been away and she also teaches Reading Recovery to those who are needing extra support with Reading and Writing.

    We begin our day with yoga and meditation to energize our minds and get ourselves ready for learning. We practise our ‘release and focus’ throughout the day to settle us into our learning. We also do lots of moving with Jump Jam and Waiata-ā-ringa (Māori action songs). We are a Walker Learning classroom and investigate four times a week. During investigation, our tamariki explore in the different areas of the class. We incorporate the learning from our investigations into our Literacy and Numeracy programme later on in the day. As an immersion class we incorporate Te Ao Māori (The Māori World) throughout the day by saying karakia, singing waiata and speaking as much te reo Māori as we can. Our tamariki love this aspect of our classroom.

    Ngā mihi,

    Junior Whānau


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  • Class Educators

  • Kia ora, My name is Nicola Edwards. I have been a teacher at Castlecliff School for a number of years. I have the pleasure of teaching in the Junior Whanau alongside Whaea Sarah, Whaea Melissa and Whaea Marisa. I am a trained teacher in Reading Recovery and this year I am the lead teacher in Literacy. I enjoy playing netball and help with the Tee-ball on Saturday mornings. I have two wonderful girls Ava, 11 and Thea, 4. They keep me very busy.

    — Nicola Edwards
  • Kia ora whānau, my name is Sarah Sharman and I teach in the amazing Junior Whānau. At the beginning of 2015, I moved from my home and whānau in Wellington to Whanganui. Since then I have made this place my home. I love walking around the bridges and our visiting our beautiful beaches. I have a real passion for te reo Māori and I am continuing my learning journey every year. I also have a passion for Yoga and love teaching this peaceful practice to the tamariki of Castlecliff School. I practice Yoga myself every day and truly believe in the healing power that comes when we connect our bodies, mind and breath through movement. Tēnā koutou katoa.

    — Sarah Sharman
    • Whānau Approach

      We teach and learn together and then break off into our learning groups.

    • Teaching our Passions

      Each afternoon we teach our passion areas e.g. yoga, ICT, music, cooking etc.

    • Integrated te reo Māori

      Tikanga Māori is a strong focus of ours and we incorporate it into our day.

    • Strong Literacy and Numeracy Focus

      Quality teaching and learning happens every day!

    • ICT

      Ipads are integrated into all learning areas.

    • Strong Home-School Relationship

      Our ears, arms and doors are always open for all whānau!

  • Class Timetable

  • Tuesday