Ra Ngahere

 

As part of our programme we inspire children to grow as lifelong learners by nurturing their natural curiosity for the world around them, to extend this we have introduced “bush day” – Rā Ngahere.  This involves a group of 8 four year olds heading to 'the bush' on the same day each week as a continuous programme.

 

Our Ra Ngahere programme has been developed to build up the skills children require for a smooth transition to school, these are not the usual skills seen as needed for school such as reading and writing but skills for being confident, taking the lead, and taking responsibility for themselves.
The programme is  based on ‘Forest Kindergartens’ which are prominent in Europe.  The philosophy of Forest Kindergartens is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences over an extended period of time.  Essentially whatever the weather, the children are encouraged to play, explore and learn in a forest or natural environment.  The teacher’s role is to assist rather than lead the children’s learning.

The children will:

         Learn to take risks

         Develop self confidence

         Learn to be responsible for themselves, the environment and nature

         Observe the seasons

         Learn to love nature by experiencing it

         Be part of ‘team building’ experiences

         Experience being a leader

         Develop practical and self help skills

         Improve their physical development

         Learn to plan, organise, investigate, and explore on their own

         Learn to collaborate with their peers and develop a sense of community , belonging ,            and responsibility

         Develop curiosity

 

The programme runs on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm.