We are the Years 5 & 6 learning team. Our teachers are Katie Owens, Hannah Parker, Lorna Fitzgerald and Lea Ettema and Fiona Bisphan our wonderful learning support.
We are nurturing life long learners and good citizens through child directed learning. We use inquiry and a range of thinking strategies to encourage children to become open minded learners, self managers and creative thinkers.
Access to learning and appropriate challenges for all children are essential with the development of a positive mindset e.g. A ‘can do’ attitude , I will give this a go, mistakes will help me with my learning.
The skills associated with learning to learn will be explicitly taught and encouraged with children being the heart of the matter: “Ko ngā tamariki te pūtake o te kaupapa.”
Our focus will be developing citizenship with the key emphasis being that of service - learning. Service - learning utilises the wider community and makes clear links to the NZ Curriculum and Key Competencies. Children will be encouraged to reflect on their experiences. Our Kete time will also see children making wider connections in our community that includes interacting with the elderly and early learners. We will also be using contexts across all curriculum areas to make learning both purposeful and meaningful.
Ultimately we are making links each day to citizenship which adds to our 3 Kete, Knowledge, Character and Relationships.