Here are a few snippets about Learning and Teaching from our recent newsletters:
The staff have have been reading a lot of research lately about learning and teaching and what supports effective practice. We keep reading similar elements: when students understand the purpose of their learning, they achieve better; when they are shown how to do they learning, they achieve more, that children learn more from their peers through conversation and collaboration and that feedback through the process of learning (from both peers and the teacher) is one of the most powerful indicators to support learning. The staff are using this research and other elements of effective learning and teaching to support and meet the Mission of our School Charter: To develop a community of innovative learners in a supportive environment.
Have you asked your child recently what they’ve learnt at school? What they have enjoyed doing? How they have helped planned their learning? We have exceptional teachers and children at Koputaroa who are designing the learning together. We have been researching and investigating the best ways for children to learn and much of what we read, shows that when children are involved with planning and designing their own learning, their motivation, engagement and achievement improves. This has to be a good thing! It’s great to see that on a daily basis we are fulfilling our school vision of: Inspiring Minds on the Journey of Learning. As indicated last week, early in Term 4, the staff, myself and the Board will host an information evening about Modern Learning and our vision for 2015.
In his new series. Nigel Latta takes a look at schools and explains how they’ve changed from when we went to school. His documentary is great at sharing the modern approaches to teaching and learning and what we aspire for our children.
It’s terrific to be able to celebrate some of our students recent achievements.
The Levin AFC Hearts Soccer Team (made up of Kop children) played in a soccer tournament in Feilding, against schools from Manawatu, Horowhenua and Tararua. Throughout the tournament our team only conceeded one goal and won the tournament! Fantastic, well done.
Secondly, on Friday, our Year 7/8 Miniball Team competed at the Horowhenua Schools Miniball Tournament. Our team made it to the final and only lost the final by 1 point to St. Joseph’s. Well done team, fantastic!