At primary level, children are placed in a wide variety of learning situations. They are usually based in one classroom and may join with other classes for some activities. Class sizes vary but are generally smaller in the junior school. The primary school day typically begins at 9.00am and finishes at 3.00pm, with breaks mid-morning, lunchtime and occasionally mid-afternoon.
New Zealand families can choose between state and state-integrated schools funded by government, or private schools, which charge fees.
Māori and Māori-speaking teachers and teachers from Pacific cultures are in demand across the whole schooling sector, including primary.
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