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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.

Other programmes that Riverview School offers.

Bible in Schools

We are fortunate to have a team of people from the local community who provide a 30- minute session each Monday for our Years 1-2 students, and each Friday for our Years 3-6 students.  If you do not wish your children to attend these classes, please inform the Office;  non-Bible students will participate in alternative activities.

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.  Mrs. Heather Heihei is in charge of the 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.

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is an early literacy intervention that helps six-year-old children, who are not getting under way, to make accelerated progress.  Daily individual lessons, with a specially-trained teacher, are provided for a short time, alongside classroom instruction.

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 1 and Year 2 class a 25-minute te reo Māori lesson each week.  The Years 3-6 classes have 30 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, enjoyable activities, which aim to build on previous learning experiences.

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), Mrs Jenny Henderson, is usually involved with this.