Years 3 and 4

HOLISTIC CURRICULUM

Educators support self-esteem and positive social relationships, guiding students to grow socially, emotionally and academically.

REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCES

Our educators link curriculum subject areas to real-life interests and experiences to keep students focused and engaged.

PERSONALISED LEARNING

At this age, children have different levels and interest in reading and writing. Our skilled educators consider the strengths and needs of each student and use this to create a unique learning experience for each child.
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Donna Maher
YEAR 3-4 EDUCATOR

“I love the family-feel of Seven Oaks and that I am able to get to know all of the children so well. Giving children opportunities to explore their own interests and see them engaging in ways that they enjoy is a wonderful thing that brings me so much happiness.”

Tabitha McGee
Tabitha McGee
YEAR 3-4 EDUCATOR

“I am particularly drawn to Seven Oaks' holistic approach, utilising meaningful experiences that inspire children to be a constructive force in our world.”

A stimulating and rich learning environment

This is typically the age when the rational/logical centre in the brain begins a concentrated phase of development. This part of the brain defines our individual separateness and girls and boys tend to divide socially. This is a period of exploring, observing, discovering and explaining – when lifelong beliefs and subsequent behaviours start to emerge in response to experiences.
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Making it meaningful

Our skilled educators identify the different interests, goals and learning styles of each child to guide their learning.The authenticity of our learning experiences across all subject areas promotes interest and makes our learning more meaningful. Students can often be found exploring a nature reserve, tramping, visiting beaches or libraries.

Cementing learning through experiences

In this class, all students formally engage in reading, writing and maths in a structured and sequenced manner. Educators work alongside the students, engaging each child in ways that best suit their style of learning. Personalised projects are encouraged and educators work with the children to explore their interests and passions.

They are met at their individual learning levels and supported to work at a pace that is appropriate for them, expanding and developing their literacy and maths skills. Numerous hands-on ‘out of the classroom’ activities and engaging materials link to these foundations they are developing. For example, cooking cements maths skills, hiking supports science projects, zoo and farm visits support animal studies and playing an active part in the annual school production develops teamwork skills.

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Having influence and working collaboratively

Learning becomes more project-based and is more directly structured around curriculum goals. The children have a lot of say in what goes on during the day, which engages them in class and allows them to feel safe trying new things, adjusting to difficulties and asking for help when needed. Students are often teaching one another skills they have learnt, taking their learning to new levels and developing collaborative relationships.

Developing self-awareness skills

In this important stage of personal development, students are asked to take responsibility for the decisions they make and how these impact on others in the class. Daily centering supports the children to come back to themselves and notice how they are feeling, and what they need.

“His energy can be focused on learning and not worrying”

Seven Oaks School would have been off my radar had it not been recommended by a leading Christchurch businesssoman, whose... Read more

Di, parent

“Our boys look forward to going to school and they are engaged”

We are delighted with our experience at Seven Oaks School. All of the educators, as well as the head of... Read more

Cecily, parent

“Everything from emotional intelligence to eco-literacy”

Seven Oaks School offers the individual approach we were looking for our children and we would highly recommend it. We... Read more

Jokacota, parent

“Moving her to Seven Oaks was the best decision we have ever made”

Amazing school. My daughter was not coping well with the modern learning environment at her previous primary school. She was... Read more

Meeghan, parent

“Both of our children instantly felt a strong sense of belonging at their new school”

The decision to move our children to Seven Oaks School was based upon the fact that we wanted our children... Read more

Leeane, parent

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“His energy can be focused on learning and not worrying”

Seven Oaks School would have been off my radar had it not been recommended by a leading Christchurch businesssoman, whose... Read more

Di, parent

“Our boys look forward to going to school and they are engaged”

We are delighted with our experience at Seven Oaks School. All of the educators, as well as the head of... Read more

Cecily, parent

“Everything from emotional intelligence to eco-literacy”

Seven Oaks School offers the individual approach we were looking for our children and we would highly recommend it. We... Read more

Jokacota, parent

“Moving her to Seven Oaks was the best decision we have ever made”

Amazing school. My daughter was not coping well with the modern learning environment at her previous primary school. She was... Read more

Meeghan, parent

“Both of our children instantly felt a strong sense of belonging at their new school”

The decision to move our children to Seven Oaks School was based upon the fact that we wanted our children... Read more

Leeane, parent

“We love the wide curriculum”

Seven Oaks School offers the individual approach we were looking for our children and we would highly recommend it. We... Read more

Jo, parent

“Our son thrives when he can learn in a hands-on environment”

Seven Oaks has been a fantastic fit for our family. In particular, the play-based learning philosophy for the new entrants... Read more

Matthew, parent

“All about developing more than just educational outcomes!!!” 

The right school... Small class sizes. Play-based learning is developing our child amazingly well. Key element for me is it's... Read more

Liam, parent

“Can’t wait to send our youngest next year!”

We are happy we made the choice to send our 5-year-old son (now 6.5) to Seven Oaks. He has been... Read more

Kurt, parent