Welcome to Karaka! Year 2 

About Us

Karaka is where tamariki are encouraged to develop positive friendships, be ready for learning, with support of their kaiako, identify their next learning step and use physical and digital resources as a part of their learning.


In Karaka, each child has a guardian teacher who is their main connection and contact for them and their whānau. The learners benefit from the shared ideas that come from the collaborative planning that happens in Karaka. There are times where the kaiako and classes will come together for learning.


The core curriculum areas of Literacy and Numeracy is a high priority for our teaching and learning programs in Karaka.  We use the Better Start Learning approach which has already benefited our Literacy learning.  Learners have the opportunity to learn Music, Health and Physical Education, Science, Social Sciences, Technology, the Arts (visual, dance and drama) and Digital Technology. We have a specific Te Ao Māori time each week and integrate Te Reo throughout the week.  

It is always exciting to see the significant growth that takes place in our Karaka learners as they transition from the Kōwhai classes to then be ready for Year 3 at primary school. We are so proud of all our learners!

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