• Class Overview

    Our new entrant classroom
  • Tūāpapa

    Tūāpapa is Castlecliff’s beginning class. Whaea Daphne and Whaea Tracy plan and teach together supported by Whaea Emily. We are a team who are dedicated to building the social, physical and academic foundations of learning for each child by using the ‘Walker Play Based Learning’ philosophy.  

    Everyday the whole school joins for karakia, celebrations and daily news in the hall.

    We then do some exercise and class news before the play based learning starts. We have a minimum of 15 different working spaces.  This is where children spend from 9:45 – 10:30am each morning investigating, in spaces of their choice, followed by a morning tea break from 11:00 -11:20am.

    After this much needed break we get into a literacy programme until lunch at 12:45pm.

    The afternoon starts at 1:30pm when, during the warm weather, the pool is used to teach swimming and cool the children down after running about with friends. During cooler weather we do alphabet clay work, ‘Perceptual Motor Programme’ exercises, waiata and te reo Māori on different days. We finish the day with Mathematics and a karakia before we go home at 2:45 p.m.

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  • Class Educator

  • Kia ora. My name is Daphne Stedman. I live on a lifestyle block in Maxwell with my husband, two cats, chickens, sheep and a few cattle. I have three beautiful daughters and two granddaughters who I love to visit in Raumati. For recreation I walk, swim, sing and play the piano and in summer I occasionally kayak. I love worshipping God at Westmere presbyterian church and am kept busy with many activities there. I really enjoy seeing children develop in these early years, and it is a privilege to be teaching and learning alongside them.

    — Daphne Stedman
  • Kia ora, my name is Tracy Katene. I was born and bred in a small
    town called Waipukurau. I am the youngest of four. In 2015 I completed my Bachelor of Teaching through Te Wananga O Raukawa. I took a year’s break before continuing teaching certification. In this time I worked in a variety of schools, as a reliever or teacher aide, before leaping into my role here at Castlecliff School, which I am thoroughly enjoying. I love spending time with my family and friends over food and a cuppa either sitting casually on the couch or outside in the sun.

    — Tracey Katene
    • Foundational Movement Skills

      Learning both big and small movement skills.

    • Socialisation

      Learning to manage our bodies, feelings and minds.

    • Alphabet Knowledge

      Learning letter names and sounds.

    • Language building

      Building our language by doing things and talking to each other.

    • Writing and Reading

      Writing our names, letters and numbers. Learning the beginning words for reading.

    • Mathematics

      Recognising numbers, patterns and shapes. Counting and understanding quantity.

  • Class Timetable