Stepping Up

Arahoe Primary School agrees that the “purpose of defining and identifying giftedness is to uncover individual abilities, qualities and interests, and the objective of differentiation is to further develop them.  Gifted education, in its simplest terms, is about enabling gifted and talented students to discover and follow their passions.  It’s about opening doors, removing ceilings, and raising expectations by providing an educational experience that strives towards excellence.”

To ensure our gifted students are identified and receive specific educational opportunities, Arahoe School has established a “Stepping Up” programme.  Children are nominated and selected, to take part in a variety of enrichment programmes which are run by passionate and talented teachers within and outside the school.  These programmes are designed to extend the children’s existing abilities and enable them to reach their potential.

Our Groups

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Stepping Up Maths | Mrs Jansz 


Our robotics programmes are varied and are designed to suit the different age groups involved.  They include activities such as building Lego models and programming robots like simple Bee-Bots and Lego Mindstorms and EV3's.  The children will share their learning through Seesaw.  Our robotics groups involves students from Year 2 to Year 6.

Stepping Up Gardening involves selected students from Year 5 and 6. The activities are designed to encourage learners to think about sustainability in school and in the wider community. We also cook with what we have grown and do experiments with plants.
Te Reo


The aim of this group is to extend the skills of students who are talented writers or have identified potential.  Skills are developed within the context of writing and presenting articles for our school Crunch TV programme.

This programme is designed to teach new skills and develop existing ones in students who have shown some talent and ability in art.  Projects include observational drawing, painting and ceramics.
In this group Year 4 students are learning how to code by using an internet programme called Scratch under the guidance of a talented Year 6 student  and his father.  
Te Reo

The Stepping Up Te Reo Group is made up of children from Year 5 and 6 who meet weekly on Fridays. We learn greetings, simple phrases, commands and some basic tikanga/customs. We may learn through arts, games, sports and practising our reo with peers.