Kia ora and welcome to the Kotuku Hapori!
The Kotuku Hapori is our Year 4 team and is made up of three whanau groups, (Kotuku 1, 2 and 3) which the students start their day in, for ‘Whanau time’. During these sessions, students spend time learning about our school values, digital citizenship as well as learning the skills to direct their own learning and build relationships. Learning is guided by four terrific teachers!
Our learning space is on the third floor called ‘Ohunga’ - which means ‘branches’ in Maori. Students work increasingly independently and collaboratively in a variety of spaces, interacting with all the Hapori teachers, throughout the week.
We focus on developing our students’ Literacy and Mathematics skills, through a range of real life, hands on learning activities, integrating all curriculum areas, with an increasing level of inquiry and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) based learning. Students are also very fortunate to have specialists available for P.E, Music, Visual Art and Chinese.
In Year 4, ‘Growth Mindset’ thinking guides our learning as well as developing the fundamental skills for ‘Self Directed Learning’ (SDL) to prepare our students for their future. Students are learning how to use their assessments to identify what they are good at and what they need to learn next. This enables them to able to select guided learning groups for Reading and Writing and weekly workshops for Maths, which best meet their individual needs.
We use a range of technology to assist with our learning, across the curriculum. Apple Classroom and the Apple Suite Apps are used to complete a large component of our learning. We have a large number of laptops and iPads in our Hapori, allowing us to provide 1 1:1 devices, enabling students to engage in creating, investigating, designing and innovating.