Little School offers an 8:30am - 3:30pm programme. All schools also have extended hours from 8am until 5:30pm. We operate within the same dates as a public school term, meaning we have four terms a year.
We will, however, operate for one week of the school holidays so our terms will be one week longer than schools'. This allows opportunities for families with older children to do various holiday activities that are sometimes difficult to do with pre-schoolers.
The Little School programme incorporates the philosphies of many theorists and educationalists from all over the world. The best from each of these ideas and theories, along with the New Zealand early childhood and primary based curriculums, are what creates our unique programme.
Brain Gym - Brain Gym is a programme of physical movements that enhance learning and performance in all areas. It is a programme dedicated to enhance living and learning.
Sensory Motor Development and Integration - Sensory Integration is a process that occurs in the brain. It allows us as individuals to take information though our senses, organise it and act and respond according to any situation. It is also the process which allows us to filter out any unnecessary sensory information. Sensory Integration forms the underlying foundation for academic learning and social behaviour.
Music - Music is a vital part of our programme at Little School. Music provides opportunities for children to learn, both socially and educationally. By children participating in singing, movement and dance, children's confidence and oral language is also extended.
Virtues - The virtues programme empowers children to live by their highest values.
Creative Development/Fine Motor Development - Art and Creative Development are integrated throughout our daily programme at Little School. Children are encouraged to use equipment independently to gain confidence.
Maths - The Little School Programme focuses on early numeracy awarenedd and concept development. A grasp of basic mathmatical concepts is vital for children starting school.
Writing - At Little School, children are encouraged to explore writing for a purpose as they play. They are encouraged to practice their writing skills through a mixture of cross-curricular free play and adult led activities.
Term Dates for 2015
|Term 1||Monday 12th January - Friday 3rd April|
|Term 2||Monday 13th April - Friday 10th July|
|Term 3||Monday 20th July - Friday 2nd October|
|Term 4||Monday 12th October - Friday 18th December|
Little School is closed the following days:
Local Anniversary, Waitangi Day - 6th February, Good Friday - 3rd April, ANZAC Day observed - 27th April, Queens Birthday - Monday 1st June, Labour Day - 26th October.
|8:00am - 9:00am||Children arrive to Little School. Fine Motor Skills equipment set out in the Main Room for children to do, as everyone is arriving for the day.|
|9:00am - 9:30am||Mat Time and Junior Mat|
|9:30 - 10:00am||Group Activities|
|10:00am - 11:15am||Rolling Morning Tea|
|10:00am - 11:45am||Developmental / Choosing Time and Home readers issued|
|11:45am - 12:00pm||Story and News time|
|12:00pm - 12:30pm||Lunch Time|
|12:30pm||Sleepers to bed|
|12:30pm - 12:45pm||Quiet Time|
|12:45pm - 1:30pm||Developmental / Choosing Time|
|1:30pm - 2:00pm||Group Activities|
|2:00pm - 3:10pm||Developmental Time / Choosing Time and Rolling Afternoon Tea|
|2:30pm||Sleepers awake and dressed|
|3:10pm - 3:30pm||Story and Farewell Mat|
|3:30pm - 5:30pm||Developmental Time / Choosing Time|