Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Forest

This term all classes in Te Kakano will be visiting the Forest School in Poraiti. It is an absolutely amazing natural learning environment for the children to practise our four important school values:
                  RESILIENCE ~ RESPECT ~ RESPONSIBILITY                                                 ~RELATIONSHIPS~
The children had time to explore the Forest. As we are very good at playing and working together the children very quickly settled into some solid exploratory and creative play. Both types of play encourage high-order thinking. Science was very obvious throughout the morning. Movement and forces, natural habitats and much much more. The key competencies being developed was so

warming to see. We look forward to sustaining our relationship and understanding with The Forest.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Play based learning in Room 23

The children have been busy with play, climbing, building, transporting, gathering, ordering, rotating, pulling, pouring, tipping, turning, jumping, digging, running, playing with water and sand, making potions and imagining among other things.  

It is amazing to see all the children so engaged and having so much fun in their learning. Kids are being kids. We are so lucky to be able to play both inside and out of the classroom throughout the day.   

The children are following their own interests and wonderings and showing wonderful initiative and resilience. Oral language is rich and social skills are being built on every day.  

The students are listening to others, establishing respectful rules and manners and negotiating with each other.  These skills that are developing through play are the foundation skills needed for our tamariki to become confident and independent life-long learners.

"Our vision is for young people who will be creative, energetic and enterprising.  To be confident, connected, actively involved and lifelong learners." (The New Zealand Curriculum Framework Vision, 2007).

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Poi making in Room 18

We are learning to plait wool as part of making poi. Creating things together is part of celebrating matariki.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Rm 23 Nearly Complete!!

Room 23 have had their school visits from the very last few students due to join us! We have a really nice group of children who are all settling into school life very well. I have attached some photos and Learning Stories so you can see the fabulous learning we get up to while at school.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Te Kakano Teachers CRT Day

On Wednesday 31st May the Te Kakano teachers visited  the Forest School during part of their CRT Day.What an amazing environment children had to explore.We observed collaboration everywhere. ALL children were busy and engaged in exploratory play.Boundaries were clearly defined and respected.Running and still water was accessible for all children if desired.Provocations were set out among the trees and all the children we saw were having fun playing and exploring.It was a wonderful stimulating environment we would love to visit again !!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Learning stories from Te Kakano

Take a look at the learning stories the Te Kakano teachers put together in their meeting this week. Learning stories show just some of the areas of the curriculum the children learn about in their play. Learning stories are a way to celebrate children's learning, to learn about the importance of play as adults and a place to share the children's voice. 

Enjoy seeing and reading below about the children learning through play!