About us

 We now have a new campus in Grey Lynn! Send your Expression of Interest to info@summitpoint.school.nz 

Summit Point School offers a unique learning opportunity, helping to achieve educational success, develop independence, create happy memories, build positive relationships, social skills and self-esteem. Contact us now. 

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Multi-sensory approach to learning

Auditory, Visual & Kinesthetic: Helping students succeed. 

A hallmark of our program is the emphasis we place on teaching students how to learn, and we do this using a multi-sensory approach, activating all three modalities, auditory, visual and kinesthetic. Through careful research, we know exploring ideas, using all three learning styles will support our students' cognitive development.  This evidence-based approach is used across the whole curriculum. Careful analysis of data, ensures our approach remains personalised for each individual student.

Most mainstream teaching methods use sight or hearing, however dyslexic people may have difficulties with either visual or auditory memory, or both, despite having satisfactory hearing and sight. Vision may be affected by difficulties with tracking or visual processing. For example, some dyslexics find it hard to follow a sequence of words on one line and may lose their place. This is not the result of poor vision.

Research suggests that by involving more of the senses, especially touch and movement, the dyslexic brain creates more memories supporting the visual and auditory memory pathways.

  • With instructional learning (typically called remedial or intervention) our primary areas of focus are literacy and numeracy
  • These are delivered through an explicit, cumulative, Structured Literacy approach
  • Students work in small, well-matched groups rather than traditional year levels
  • Instruction covers the development of alphabetic knowledge, hand writing, letter formation, Phonological Awareness (which is a meta-cognitive skill), encoding (spelling), decoding (reading), syllabic awareness (we use this to teach reading), morphology, semantics (vocabulary), syntax (sentence structure), and writing mechanics. The curriculum moves through the writing of a phrase, sentences and paragraphs; first in isolation and then in context.
  • This approach allows an awareness/ability to think about one's own thinking for the sound structures of language. Phonological awareness allows one to attend to, discriminate, remember, and manipulate sounds at the sentence, word, syllable, and phoneme (sound) level.

 

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Learning program with a purpose

“Our learning is centred around big concepts that inspire thought and action with a focus on intellectual, emotional, and social growth.”

We employ a discovery approach to learning. Discovery learning is an inquiry-based, constructivist learning theory that takes place in problem-solving situations where students draw on their own past experience and existing knowledge to discover facts and relationships and new truths to be learned. Students interact with the world by exploring and manipulating ideas, objects, wrestling with questions and controversies, or performing experiments.

As a result, students may be more more likely to remember concepts and knowledge discovered on their own. Models that are based upon discovery learning model include: guided discovery, problem-based learning, simulation-based learning, case-based learning, incidental learning, among others.

This teaching method supports students to gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.

At Summit Point School:

  • Your child will help to co-create their learning experiences
  • Your child will learn to take ownership over their growth as a learner
  • Progress is measured against your child's individual profile: not against their peers in mainstream schools
  • Literacy and numeracy are provided through explicit daily workshops that cater for the needs of the group
  • Our multi-sensory, Structured Literacy language programme is back by research
  • We apply the evidence-based Science of Reading 
  • Additional workshops operate throughout the week to support your child as needed through one-to-one tuition

The Summit Point curriculum has been developed using an integrated, discovery/ inquiry learning model. When correctly implemented this develops creativity, independence, critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.