Our children went on a trip to Stanhope Primary School last week Thursday, as art of our Transition to School Programme. These types of trips help our tamariki with familiarising themselves with the school environment and learn how to socialise with other children and teachers.
The walk to school
Our short walk to the school was a delightful one. We saw lots of different animals, cars, houses and trucks. It was really awesome to see that our tamariki were very knowledgable about crossing at the traffic lights. They pointed out that only when the crossing light turns green, we can cross. Ka pai to mahi tamariki! This was the perfect opportunity for you to apply your knowledge in real life.
A warm welcome
When we arrived at the school we signed in at the reception and made our way to the new entrance class. We were warmly welcomed by the kaiako and tamariki in this class. The kaiako in this class told us they were getting ready for a tea party and that we were free to explore the environment. There were so many things to play with. Alexis, Madison and Vicharnie loved spending most of their time playing with babies and a huge doll house. Cailean, Joshua, Nikau and Tanush enjoyed playing with aeroplanes, a castle, and puzzles. They also spent a lot of time in the shopping corner.
Exploring the great outdoors
After spending about 45 minutes in the classroom, we went to explore the outdoor area. First we went to see the huge swimming pool right behind the class we were in. The children were really amazed at how huge it was and spoke about how they could not wait to come and have a swim in it. From here we made our way to the playground and all of them loved challenging themselves and having a go at what they described as a “bigger playground”. Children were able to differentiate between the outdoor play equipment at Little Moa’s and Stanhope Primary School. Tumeke to mahi tamariki!
After spending time at the playground we made our way back to Little Moa’s. After kai time, we sat around the table and had a discussion about the visit. Tamariki spoke about their favourite parts of the school.
What a great day!