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Learning for Life at Riverview School

PR1ME Maths

PR1ME Mathematics is a world-class programme, based on the effective teaching and learning practices of Singapore, the Republic of Korea, and Hong Kong (consistently top performers in international studies).  The programme, a collaboration between Singapore’s Ministry of Education and Scholastic Education, is designed to give schools outside of Singapore, the benefit of the world-class curriculum and teaching/learning experiences used in Singaporean schools. 

The programme uses concrete (equipment), pictorial (pictures), and abstract models (e.g. 2+1=3) of representations to support mathematical learning, following well-researched and tested progressions that continually reinforce prior learning, thus maximising retention.  It is a text-based programme, not a textbook programme, consisting of three books that are used in conjunction with each other: the Teacher’s Guide (planning and instruction guide), Course Book (buddy or independent learning), and a Practice Book (specifically-designed, independent, follow-up activities).

Write That Essay

Riverview School uses the Write that Essay approach to teaching Writing (aka The Hunter Writing System).  Developed by Dr Ian Hunter, the system is based on the explicit teaching of specific writing skills—taught year-by-year—from Year 1 to Year 12.  Based on writing instruction research from the past 150 years, the Hunter Writing System teaches students HOW to write—using a proven approach of sentence styles, paragraph models, and writing rules.  The system is measurable, teachable, and supports writing in any subject area.  

Dense grammar jargon is removed.  Instead, teachers and students learn the rules of great writing.  Sentences are taught as 12 distinct sentence styles.  Equally, paragraphs are taught
successively, so that the student learns a range of eight paragraph styles which mirror the cognitive and writing demands of their respective year level.

Positive Behaviour for Learning - School-Wide

The Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide framework, also known as PB4L School-Wide, is helping New Zealand schools to build school cultures where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life.  Essentially, it is a plan which enables the goals of the school to be achieved, especially the learning goals.  

PB4L School-Wide looks at behaviour and learning from a whole-of-school, as well as an individual child’s, perspective.  Although the framework is based on international evidence, it is tailored to our school’s environment and cultural needs. 

It’s not about changing the students; it’s about changing the environment, systems, and practices that are in place to support the students to make positive behaviour choices. 

PB4L School-Wide is based on the Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework developed at the University of Oregon in the 1990s.  PBIS is now in thousands of schools across the US and there are over 1050 PB4L-SW schools in New Zealand, including Riverview School. 

The framework is evidence based and uses our school’s HEARTWISE Values to teach and acknowledge appropriate behaviour.  For each Value and location in the school, there are associated expectations which are described in this matrix.  The ‘umbrella’ Everywhere expectations are standard for all locations.

For further information about the framework, visit

Other programmes that Riverview School offers.

Launchpad (Bible in Schools)

We have a team of people from our local community that provides a weekly 30-minute Christian Values education session each Monday during lunchtime. On your enrolment form, please indicate if you would like your child to attend.

Cool Schools – Peer Mediators

Cool Schools is a programme designed by the Peace Foundation to foster positive relationships and conflict resolution in schools.  Students are trained to help other students solve minor playground disputes themselves through mediation.  The senior students, who are selected and trained to help other students, work in teams of three.  These Peer Mediators not only help with conflict resolution at school but also become equipped with valuable skills for handling conflicts in their own lives outside school.

The students are identified by their bright yellow vests and clipboards and are available to talk to students each day at break times.  If the conflict is too serious for children to deal with, they are trained to refer the issue to a duty teacher.

Enviroschools / Eco-Warriors / Litter Busters

Riverview School is an Enviroschool.  This means that we undertake learning programmes in, about, and for the environment, and try to give our students learning experiences in the natural environment.  We also seek out opportunities to contribute to a sustainable future.  

All our students are encouraged to take an active role in protecting our environment.  We have a dedicated team of students, called the Eco-Warriors, which is actively involved in leading the school in environmental issues.  We also have a junior group of students called the Litter Busters.

Garden to Table

The Garden to Table programme is based on the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Programme in Australia, in which primary-aged children grow, harvest, prepare and share  fresh produce from their school vegetable garden. 

The Year 4 students work either in the garden or the kitchen, and then sit down together to share the meal.

Kapa Haka

We are proud of our Kapa haka group which performs with distinction at various times during the year.  Ngāti Rēhia support our Kapa haka group, and your support and help is welcomed.  All students take part in weekly Kapa haka sessions in their teams.

Lexia Reading

The Lexia Reading Programme is a computer-based personalised learning programme, used to accelerate a child's reading skills development.  Some of the skills that the programme focuses on are phonemic awareness, spelling, and grammar.

The Arts

In The Arts, ākonga/learners will participate in, and develop literacy in, dance, drama, music, and the visual arts, and be encouraged to develop a lifelong interest in The Arts.  Through this, they will have opportunities to discover their personal talents in The Arts.

Te Reo Māori me ngā Tikanga Māori

At Riverview School, Mrs Leone Cooper teaches each Year 2, 3,  and 4 class a 25-minute te reo Māori lesson each week. The Years 5-6 classes have 40 minutes of te reo Māori instruction. This is supported in class by the teachers’ use of te reo to practise what has been introduced and taught. We aim to build vocabulary and knowledge, and to be able to have simple conversations. Each child is also supported to research, learn, and present their pepeha. Learning is done through collaborative and independent hands-on activities that require ākonga to speak, listen and respond with each other, as well as reading and writing using simple sentence structures. The aim is to build on prior learning in a supportive environment.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

At Riverview School, we provide opportunities for ākonga/learners (for whom English is not their first language) to learn English in an environment that acknowledges and cares about their culture and heritage, and which fosters the development of skills in academic and social communication.  Classroom programmes will be modified to cater for needs, and to ensure that the ākonga/learner can participate fully in all classroom activities.

Special Needs

We are able to access the support of the Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), the Resource Teacher of Literacy (RTLit), the Northland Health Camp, and Group Special Education (GSE) for students about whom we (or their parents) have concerns.  These services operate only on referral from the school (with the parents’ consent) and, because of their workloads, usually deal only with extremely urgent or serious referrals – often after time spent on a long waiting list.  The school SENCO (Special Education Co-ordinator), Mr John Bowron, is usually involved with this. 

Keeping Ourselves Safe

Constable Rob delivers the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme.  Students will learn: 

  • how to work out when their safety is at risk 

  • how to keep safe when they meet and mix with other people 

  • who and how to ask for help if they, or someone they know, is being abused 

  • to go on asking for help until someone does something to stop the abuse 

  • that it is important to make and follow personal, family and school safety rules. 

They will know: 

  • that abuse is never okay 

  • that abuse is never their fault. 

There is more information about the programme to be found here: