Our Programme

Our Tōtara Park School Curriculum ensures that all key learning areas are taught. 


Reading and writing skills starts from our New Entrants class and by the end  of their 6-year school journey, ??



Performing Art and Visual Art

Laila Brewerton, our talented release teacher, holds a weekly art workshop with each class to create artwork.  Here are some our artwork on Instagram.

In collaboration with Footsteps, Joanne Roelofs Music and Goodtime Music Academy, our students are given opportunity to develop and extend their interest in the performing arts.

Health and Physical Education

Swimming is compulsory?? for all our students from new entrants right up to our Year 6s.



Outdoor Ed??

Our school runs a Walking School Bus along California Drive in March and November.  With the support of our parent volunteers and staff, our students are offered a safe, social and healthy way to walk to school in the mornings with their friends.

Language and Culture

Te Reo Māori is embedded into our school curriculum across all levels. 

Kapa Haka is a performing art that connects to our Māori heritage.  It nurtures whanaungatanga and supports our P.A.R.K values.  Through kapa haka, it gives our non-Māori students a fun way to learn about our Māori heritage.

Our students are also given the opportunities to learn Mandarin due to Mandarin Language Assistant Programme, supported by the Confucius Institute and the Ministry of Education??,

Inquiry-based Learning

Through our inquiry-based learning, our students learn through action stations, STEM and passion projects about

  • Science

  • Technology

  • Social Studies

  • Engineering

Special Needs

Totara Park School operates a Special Needs Register which closely monitors the learning and social needs of all students. We cater for children with a variety of special needs by offering:

  • Individual Education Plans [IEPs]

  • Extension Activities

  • Buddy reading

  • Parent tutoring programmes

  • Teacher Aide support

  • Small group teaching

Other Initiatives

We are currently working towards becoming a Bronze Award Enviroschool.  Being an Enviroschool is about being empowered to create more sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly place for all to enjoy.

Learning at Home

There is a schoolwide expectation that our students will read each night at home.  Books are provided to our students to take home up to reading age 8 years.  In addition to the reading books, our Tuatua and Takutai students are given sight words to learn at home. 

Pods are also provide opportunities for other home-based learning experiences throughout the term.

If you are keen to extend your child's learning at home, below are some of the resources that might be useful.


TKI - Families and whānau supporting maths at home


Times tables


Math Centre



Storyline Online

Story Starters

Spelling City

BBC Bitesize


Science Kids


PBS Kids Science

National Geographic Kids

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