What we do to ensure all students get the best possible education.






Literacy is about being able to gain meaning through reading and listening and communicate through writing and speaking in English.

Classroom programmes focus on Literacy every day. Literacy is incorporated in all the curriculum areas. A wide variety of assessment tools are used throughout the year to measure progress in reading and writing. We provide extra teaching for students struggling to keep up with their peers in reading and writing and the parents are kept informed of their progress termly.



Mathematics is made up of Numeracy, Geometry, Measurement, Statistics and Algebra. Mathematics is taught every day. Numeracy assessments and PAT Maths assessments are used across the terms to measure progress. We provide extra Numeracy teaching for Y4 students who are of concern. Their progress is monitored termly each year as they move up the school.


Target Groups

Students who are not achieving as expected in Numeracy and Literacy will be in the Target Groups. Their progress and learning programmes are monitored closely. Parents are regularly informed of their progress.


Social Sciences

Social Sciences are divided into 5 themes.


Students learn about the cultural practices, values and beliefs of the Tangata Whenua

Multicultural Society:

Students learn about the diverse cultures that make up our country.


Students will learn how people lived in the past and how the past influences our Lives today.


Students will learn about how society organises itself within the family,

the local community and the country.

Current Events:

Students will learn about the current events that are happening in the country and the world.

They will consider why these events are happening and how the affect people’s lives.


Science is divided up into 4 areas

Living World:

Students will learn about the plants and animals, how and where they live and survive.

Students will learn about prehistoric animals.

Students will learn about the flora and fauna of the NZ native bush.

Planet Earth & Beyond:

Students will learn about the earth and its geology, volcanoes and earthquakes,

land formations and weather. They will learn about the solar system.


Material World: 

Students will learn about the different features and processes around

water, mixing and melting, wood and paper.

Physical World: 

Students will learn about the different elements in our world, eg water and its different forms,

light and sound and energy.




Technology is a creative, purposeful activity aimed at solving practical problems through the

development of products and systems or environments.

Students will learn about how to make nutritious meals or snacks, how to use  biological

processes  to make food like yoghurt or bread, how to use materials to create useful things

or models.

Year 7 and 8 students go to Titahi Bay Intermediate to learn technicraft using soft materials,

hard materials and food.


Health and PE

Health is divided into 4 areas.

Personal Growth & Development:

Students learn about hygiene, nutrition and how to keep their body healthy.

They learn about changes at puberty.


Students learn about and how to manage their emotions. They learn how to

cooperate and get along with other people.

They learn about what they are good at and develop positive self esteem.


Students learn about keeping themselves safe. They learn how to

identify hazards and how to minimise risk to their own safety in

different environments. Students learn how they can help other

people keep healthy and safe.

Movement and Motor Skills:

Students develop and strengthen their physicality through skills, games and sports.



As part of the PE programme, Tairangi School participates in a wide variety of sports run by

local Porirua Primary Schools Sports Cluster and other local sports bodies.

If you would like to support the children by coaching a sports team please contact the school




Swimming lessons are provided at the local pool in term 4.

It is expected that every student will participate in swimming lessons

so that they can learn the basics skills of swimming and water safety.

Parents are asked to pay towards the transport. School funds cover the pool entry costs.


The Arts

Visual Art:

Students learn about using different media (pencil, paints, crayons, collage, clay, etc)

to create pieces of art. We participate in Visual Arts exhibitions (eg. Artsplash in Wellington)

and other competitions (eg. Peace Week).


Performing Arts:    Music, Dance and Drama

Students learn music, dance and drama through class programmes and groups perform

at events locally or in Wellington. Students often showcase their talents during our twice

termly celebration assemblies and our annual Tairangi’s Got Talent show.



The NZ curriculum requires Y7 and Y8 students to learn to communicate

in another language, develop their capacity to learn further languages

and explore different world views in relation to their own.

We offer Spanish. Spanish is taught to our Y7 and Y8 students by a teacher

who is  fluent in the Spanish Language.


Samoan Language

We offer Samoan Language for students wishing to develop and

strengthen the use of their first language.


Te Reo Maori

Te Reo Maori is taught in all classes so that all students have a

basic understanding of the language and culture of the Tangata Whenua.


Last Updated (Friday, 17 April 2015 13:05)