TPS Bilingual Whānau Classroom

Takaka Primary School Board of Trustees are planning the establishment of a dual-language, bilingual whānau (classroom) from January 2019, where students will learn Reading (Pānui), Writing (Tuhituhi) and Mathematics (Pāngarau), as well as oral language, tikanga and inquiry for 10-15 hours per week in Te Reo Māori.

This class is open to any students from Year 1-6.

This vision is moving forward with the blessing of Manawhenua ki Mohua, and we now seek expressions of interest from whānau about enrolment in this whānau (class) from 2019 onwards.

Currently we perceive that our bilingual class will have learning in Te Reo between 31%-50% of the day (mornings), led by a fluent speaker of Te Reo and, depending on numbers, supported by a kaiarahi/learning support assistant. The whānau class will cater for students from Year 1-Year 6.

Reading, writing and mathematics will be taught in Te Reo between 9am-12.00pm
Reading, writing and mathematics, as well as integrated inquiry will be taught in English from 12pm-3pm, with opportunities for older students to join the senior hub for activities in the afternoon.
Inquiry, PE, the arts, and technologies will be delivered in both Māori and English.

While this is our initial thinking, it is only with the input from enrolled students and their whānau that we will know what the final shape will be.