The wonderful Kaitake class! Taught by Jonathan Faapoi.

Kia Ora! My name is Jonathan Faapoi and I am the teacher in Kaitake room. This is my 5th year teaching at Midhirst School and I love the rural feel and friendly community. Some of my passions are music and sports and I enjoy sharing these passions with the Tamariki. 

Structured Literacy

At Midhirst school we follow a Structured Literacy approach for the teaching of Reading, Writing, Handwriting and Spelling. Structured Literacy is explicit, systematic, and sequential teaching of literacy at multiple levels – phonemes, letter–sound relationships, syllable patterns, morphemes, vocabulary, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and text structure.

In Kaitake class for structured literacy we use the Code to focus on spelling patterns, rules and morphology and a range of different texts including: decodables, novels and sophisticated picture books all integrated together to explicitly teach reading, writing and spelling.  

PR1M3 Math

At Midhirst School we follow the Prime Math programme as our main approach to mathematical teaching and learning. This programme is built on clear, well-structured progressions that map a pathway through year 1-8 based on practices used by top performing countries in international studies. The Prime math programme follows two foundational principles. 

Principle 1: Teaching is for learning; learning is for understanding; understanding is for reasoning and applying and, ultimately problem solving. 

Principle 2: Teaching should build on students’ knowledge; take cognisance of students’ interests and experiences; and engage them in active and reflective learning. 


This Term Kaitake Class has been learning about writing from other peoples point of view. The writing we want to share is based on a mountain bikers POV. Below is the video the students watched to inspire their stories.

Kaitake Writing

Informed and Empowered Parent Information

Years 5 & 6 Pre-Learning Letter to ParentsCaregivers.pdf
Years 5 & 6 Letters to ParentsCaregivers.pdf

Important Links for Home Learning:

      Maths BuddSeesaw   ReadWorks