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Little Silver Fern


Our Preschool consists of two distinct learning areas – Inside and Outside. We have created a natural flow from the inside to the outside for our students. Both areas have been created to meet the needs of these active bodies and minds. Indoor and outdoor learning have equal value.

Young students learn through exploration and play. They are encouraged to question and work out problems for themselves, whilst being supported in a caring and nurturing environment. Inside areas are designed to meet traditional learning alongside 21st Century learning incorporating ICT.

The outside environment has unique characteristics and features.This outdoor learning area is  enhanced by an environment that is richly resourced with play materials which can be adapted and used in differentways.  Teachers use this approach to learning to consider experiencesgained rather than equipment being used as the key to the learning happening.

This enquiry-based learning process differentiates depending on the age group. Enquiry involves an active engagement with their learning environment.

It is an effort to make sense of the world around them and the reflection on the consequences between the experiences encountered and the information gathered. It could look like:

  • Exploring, wondering and questioning
  • Experimenting and playing with possibilities
  • Making connections between previous learning and current learning
  • Talking and defending a position
  • Solving problems in a variety of ways

Te Whariki, the New Zealand kindergarten curriculum, alongside the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), is used to inform our teaching and set direction for units introduced.

During all this learning only English is spoken.  Learning another language in the early years is far easier than in later. Learning through ‘play’ is by far the easiest.

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New Zealand Trip!
20 Jul, 2018
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10 Aug, 2018

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2017-2018 Prizegiving 6 July, 2018

Well done to all of our students on all of your achievements and accomplishments this year.  Enjoy the break and… Read more

PYP and International Baccalaureate Information Afternoon 27 June, 2018

On Wednesday 27 June, parents were invited to attend an information afternoon with Ms Kirsty, SFIS IB Coordinator, to hear… Read more

UDIS Sports Exchange 1 June, 2018

On Friday 1 June, Silver Fern’s Year 4/5/6 students travelled to Udon Thani to participate in a day of games… Read more

Badminton House Competition 25 May, 2018

Last Friday, 25 May, the students at SFIS held a badminton house tournament.  Each student had a chance to compete… Read more

Family Fun Friday 25 May, 2018

Thank you to the PTA for hosting Family Fun Friday. Teachers, family members and students played games… Read more