Why have mixed year level classes at TRS.
1) Mixed year level classes give us more choice when placing students so that they have the best learning environment available to them. For example, this year we have six year 3 / 4 classes which means six options to cluster a single student together with like minded students, students they work well with and a teacher that suits their needs. If the scenario was straight year 3 and 4 classes next year and your child was a year 3 that option would be reduced to three larger classes. In our experience clustering students together based on social-behaviour-emotional needs has huge benefits for advancing learning.
2) Mixed year level classes also give us the option of placing students with the same teacher again the following year if they are remaining in the same learning team (whānau team). This can be hugely beneficial for our students as strong learning focused relationships have already been established therefore optimum learning can occur right from day 1 of the year.
3) Mixed year level classes also allow us to balance the numbers in each class. If the scenario was straight year 3
and 4 classes, this year we would have three year 3 classes with approx 28 students in each and three year 4 classes with approx 20 students in each. Having six classes of mixed year levels allows us to balance the numbers to approx 25 students in each class which is a more ideal number.