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Curriculum

At RPS we follow the New Zealand National Curriculum and endeavor to integrate student learning to make more meaningful connections where ever possible. The eight learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum are; English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences and Technology.

 
 

Literacy at Remuera Primary School

Literacy is seen as being vitally important at RPS. Literacy includes reading, writing and oral language. The school has strict guidelines for teachers outlining the frequency of literacy lessons and their structure. Professional development for teachers in this area is given a high priority.

During the early years of school, children need to learn to read and write. The initial focus when children begin school is to learn letter names and sounds and to build a bank of known words. Children also need to develop a variety of strategies that they can use to read or spell an unknown word. They need to develop an understanding of how print works, including basic concepts such as directionality of print. Children also need to learn how to gain understanding from a text that they have read.

As children develop, the focus turns instead to learning through reading and writing. Children are encouraged to use inferential and evaluative skills to think in depth about the text that they are reading or writing. The students will read and create texts for different audiences and purposes, and that use a variety of structures.

With a large variance in reading and writing abilities within any class, teaching in literacy is done in small groups to meet the needs of individuals. Progress of children is continually tracked and their next steps identified.

At RPS we believe that:

  • Children need to be effective communicators to be successful participants in NZ society. Success in literacy underpins success across the other curriculum areas.
  • Strong oral language skills are vital to success in reading and writing.
  • Making meaning through reading and creating meaning through writing are important skills to develop. If a child doesn't understand what they have read, they have not read successfully.
  • Student's enthusiasm and motivation for literacy are often good indicators of future progress. Children need to be actively engaged. The importance of consistent support at home with readers and spelling homework can't be overemphasised.

If you have any queries about Literacy at Remuera Primary School, please contact Brianna Rees

briannar@rps.school.nz

 
 
 

Mathematics

As it is one of the three core subjects, effective teaching in mathematics is a priority at Remuera Primary School. Our commitment to working with children to progress their mathematical thinking is underpinned by the following principles:

  • We acknowledge that all students have the capacity to become powerful mathematical learners.
  • We understand that student development is a process that is optimised through explicit and structured teaching in a stimulating and well-resourced environment.
  • We believe in tailoring our programmes to meet the needs of our students, with an appropriate degree of challenge to match capabilities at each level.
  • We make a conscious effort to embrace tools and technologies that enable children to reach their potential.

Class programmes are structured and well resourced, with teachers setting clear targets and monitoring children's performance as they strive to meet them. Students are also involved in setting their own goals in this subject. Numeracy progressions are based on the structures outlined in the Ministry of Education's Numeracy Project books.

Remuera Primary is a mathletics school, meaning that we use the web-based mathletics programme to support and enhance our children's learning in mathematics. All children are given an access password on enrolment and teachers tailor the programme to meet students' needs. The programme is fun and challenging, with an emphasis on teaching the children basic numeracy skills and developing content knowledge in mathematics 'strands' such as geometry and measurement.

For our more able mathematicians we provide enrichment classes - Mindlab and GATE Mathematics, and a support class - Booster Mathematics. All three of these classes are for Year 3-6 students and are conducted by our vastly experienced specialist mathematics teacher Mr Geoff Woolford. They are run on Wednesdays and involve groups of 12-15 students working in another room with peers who have the same needs.

If you have any queries about Mathematics at Remuera Primary School, please contact Mark Hassall

markh@rps.school.nz

 
 
 

Gifted and Talented Education (GaTE)

We aim to challenge our high performing students and provide a range of opportunities for them to express their gifts and talents. On top of in-class grouping and differentiation to cater for the range of needs and abilities, we have the following enrichment groups running outside the classroom for Year 3 to 6 students:

GATE Mathematics

These challenging sessions for our more able mathematicians are conducted by specialist mathematics teacher Mr Geoff Woolford. Sessions are 45 minutes long per year group and class size is limited to 12 children.

GATE Writing

In GATE Writing students have the chance to hone their writing skills in a supportive and stimulating environment. Lessons run in the first half of the year and are conducted by Associate Principal, Mr Mark Hassall. Sessions are 45 minutes long per year group and class size is limited to 12 children.

GATE Science

GATE Science is a fun, 'hands-on' programme in which children get to develop their skills and knowledge in the subject through experimentation and focused study. Sessions are 45 minutes long per year group and class size is limited to 12 children. Lessons run in the first half of the year and are conducted by Associate Principal, Mr Mark Hassall.

Epic Minds

Epic Minds is an innovative in-school methodology for the development of thinking abilities and life skills through strategy games. Lessons are conducted by specialist Epic Minds teacher Mrs Marilyn Stafford. Sessions are 45 minutes long per year group and class size is limited to 20 children.

Seminar Days

These cross curricular days are run throughout the year for selected groups of 12-15 students. Seminar Days in the past have explored cooking, photography, the language of Shakespeare, French language, journalism and stop motion animation.

Selection for the groups carried out by teachers is broadly based on the following criteria.

  • High Level Task Commitment
  • Creative Thinking Skills
  • High Level Academic Achievement

If you have any queries about any aspect of Gifted and Talented Education at Remuera Primary School, please contact Mark Hassall

markh@rps.school.nz

 
 
 

ICAS Examinations

ICAS Examinations at Remuera Primary School

What are ICAS Examinations?

ICAS Examinations are multi-choice assessments in a range of subjects overseen by Educational Assessment Australia (EAA), a not-for-profit provider of education, training and advisory owned by the University of New South Wales. Although Australia-based, these examinations have become popular in New Zealand in the past decade due to the EAA's commitment to excellence and endeavour to provide a wealth of information for teachers, parents and schools.

Taking part in the ICAS Examinations is optional at Remuera Primary School.  Year 4 to 6 students are given the option of sitting three examinations (Science, Mathematics and English) as a package. Students in GATE Writing are also given the option of sitting the ICAS Writing Examination. Examinations take place on specific dates in Terms Two and Three.

There is a cost to parents for taking part and registration forms are sent out each year, early in Term One.

Why do we take part in the ICAS Examinations?

While these examinations are not based on the New Zealand Curriculum, and drawing comparisons between results on an ICAS assessment and those on a New Zealand Curriculum assessment is not always appropriate,  the examinations do offer the following benefits.

  • Individual student results papers are accessible to parents and teachers. These contain detailed diagnostic data allowing an analysis of strengths and weaknesses in a given subject
  • Taking part gives students experience in sitting large scale examinations and practising test-sitting skills such as time management and 'the process of elimination'
  • The structured certification gives the students something to aspire to in terms of their scores
  • Results show the students' relative position in the New Zealand test population
  • The children receive a full colour test booklet  and individual results can be accessed online by using a password

Certification

All students who take part in the examinations are given one of the following awards for each subject, depending on how well they perform.

High Distinction (the top 1% of participants)

Distinction (the next 10% of participants)

Credit (the next 25% of participants)

Participation (for all remaining participants)

Students with the top score in NZ in each subject will also receive a winner's medal and invitation to a special presentation ceremony.

For further information on ICAS Examinations, visit www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/about or contact Mark Hassall   markh@rps.school.nz

 
 
 

Learning Support

We aim to support our students who are struggling to make satisfactory progress. Children who require support are catered for by a group of highly committed staff including the Special Needs Coordinator, the Associate Principals, support teachers across the school and teacher aides. We also utilize the expertise of outside specialists on a regular basis.

For those children who require it, we timetable regular IEP meetings (individual education plan). The team involved in supporting the child will discuss how the child is going, what their next steps are, and how those goals can be achieved.

At RPS we run a variety of support programmes to assist these children. If your child is part of any of these programmes you will be notified by letter.

Intervention Groups

We have 3 part-time teachers across the school who work with small groups of children in one of the core subjects, providing additional support to that which the children receive in class.

Rocket Reading

Through the dedication of a small group of parents we are able to offer individual reading support to children in Years 3-6 who require extra mileage in reading and who lack confidence. If you are keen to participate in this programme as a parent volunteer please email Brianna Rees (briannar@rps.school.nz)

Booster Maths

If your child requires support with Maths in Years 3-6, we have a specialist Maths teacher who runs classes once a week.

If you are have any questions about any aspect of learning support contact one of the Associate Principals, Brianna Rees or Mark Hassall

briannar@rps.school.nz markh@rps.school.nz

 
 
 

The Library

Our library is a welcoming, comfortable, lively and cheerful place within our school. It is a place to read, do puzzles, check out the newspaper, finish homework, research topics, discuss books and what we are reading.

There are current topic displays to support classroom learning. The school librarian works alongside students and teachers, helping them to access relevant and challenging books.

We encourage every student to have a sense of ownership and belonging in our library space - everyone is welcome.

 
 
 

ICT - Information Communication Technology

Information Communication Technology is very important to our learning platform at Remuera Primary School.  In addition to having a suite of computers most classes have at least three computers available for student use.

In recent years we have made a strategic move to invest more in handheld technology.  Students now use IPads, Netbooks and IPods to access information and research portals via the school's wireless network.

 
 
 

Remuera Sport

This is a school committee made up of parents and a lead teacher that organises a variety of sports for children to take part in outside the school hours. Children are able to choose from a range of sports including soccer, netball, hockey, touch rugby and flippa-ball. Notices are sent home with newsletters regarding registration and cost.

 
 
 

Music

The school employs a part- time specialist music teacher who works with all students. The school choir is very strong and participates each year in the APPA Music Festival. We also have a range of musical groups that play an important part in the music programme.

 
 
 

Extra Curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities offered vary slightly from season to season. As well as sports activities run by the school there may be some independently run courses such as Soccer, Dancing, Speech and Drama, Performing Arts, Music and Art School. Information about courses and enrolments are often posted in newsletters or on the school website. A large team of parents is involved as coaches and managers, and new helpers are always most welcome.

 
 
 

Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)

Class trips and camps play an important part in the school programme. Consent forms are always included when you are notified of an out of school activity. It is important that these are signed and returned to the school. Safety is paramount when it comes to EOTC and parents are always needed to help with trips and camps. Please be generous with your time if possible. Currently we have a one night Year 5 camp and a three night Year 6 camp, both held in the first term. Year 6 children also have the opportunity to take part in 'Waterwise', a sailing and water safety programme that takes place at Okahu Bay.