Daily Puna Ako time supports ākonga to develop social and emotional skills as well as key relationships with peers and Kaiako to support them along the way.
In Hikuawa all ākonga are part of puna ako classes, based on their school year level. We have seven puna ako groups currently and there is some collaboration across year levels. NE-Yr 2; Yr 3-4; and Yr 4-6. The school values and dispositions underpin learning in Puna Ako and these are taught through Mauri Tau and celebrated weekly at our junior assembly.
Kaupapa Ako is about literacy and numeracy where ākonga are taught in small instructional groups and have the opportunity to reinforce learning in independent station-based activities alongside their peers.
Rakaihautūtanga is about the integrated curriculum where ākonga inquire into one big idea that is shared across the hapori for a 6-8 week learning cycle.
This covers English, Mathematics, Science, The Arts, Technology, Health and Physical Education and Social Sciences and is underpinned by a te ao Māori perspective. The cultural narrative, local curriculum and place-based learning are also interwoven into Rakaihaututanga.
Hauora and well-being are promoted and supported through daily fitness, PE and sports opportunities as well as EOTC.
We have brain food (a wholemeal sandwich and fruit snack) at 9:30 to support ākonga to be ready for learning.