• Class Overview

  • Tūāpapa

    Tūāpapa is Castlecliff’s beginning class.

    Whaea Donna and Whaea Tracy plan and teach together supported by Whaea Samantha and Hemi.

    We are a team who are dedicated to building the social, physical and academic foundations of learning for each child.

    Everyday the whole school joins for karakia, celebrations and daily news in the hall. We then do some exercise. Then we start our learning programe up till play time at 11.00-11.25am. 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

    • 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