This is Taranaki class! We are taught by Mr Tom Lancaster and have the wonderful Bev as our teacher aide. 

       There are 24 Year 3 & 4 students in this room.  

Structured Literacy

At Midhirst school we follow a Structured Literacy approach for the teaching of Reading, Writing, Spelling and Handwriting. Structured Literacy is an explicit, systematic, and sequential teaching of literacy at all year levels – phonemes, letter–sound relationships, syllable patterns, morphemes, vocabulary, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and text structure.  In Taranaki class for structured literacy we use the Code to focus on spelling patterns, rules and morphology and a range   of different texts including: decodable texts, novels and sophisticated picture books all integrated together to explicitly teach reading, writing and spelling.  


PR1ME Mathematics

At Midhirst School we follow the PR1ME 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. 

Cross Country - Term 3

This term we have our Cross-Country.  This is a very important time in Taranaki as we are creating goals for ourselves and learning how to work hard to achieve these.  Each day we are training for this event and we have already seen the benefits daily running is having on our Taha Tinana (physical health) and Taha Hinengaro (emotional health). 

Term 3 Korowai 


Te Whare Tapa Whā is a model we can use to understand health and wellbeing. Think of your life like a whare (house) – or ‘meeting house’ – which has four walls to help it stand tall and strong.  Each wall represents an area of your life that contributes to you feeling good! You can use this house to check that all of your walls are being well looked after.