Kia ora and welcome to the Kotuku Hapori!
The Kotuku Hapori consists of approximately seventy Year 4 students and four lovely teachers, who work collaboratively to plan for, teach, assess and nurture our students. We are situated on the third floor, called ‘Ohunga’ - which means ‘branches’ in Maori. Our learning space is divided loosely into three areas, called The Lagoon, The River and The Forest - named after common habitats of the white heron (kotuku). Students work increasingly independently and collaboratively in these spaces, interacting with all the Hapori teachers, throughout the week. We also have a number of breakout spaces that are used for a variety of purposes, including small group teaching.
Students start their day with their home whanau group, which is an important time where they build relationships and learn our school values, equipping them to be good citizens both in the community and online.
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 (guided by the LAUNCH cycle) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) based learning. We are constantly looking for opportunities for students to Wonder, Innovate, Nurture, Grow and Succeed - "WINGS".
In Year 4, ‘Growth Mindset’ thinking guides our learning and develops the fundamental skills for ‘Self Directed Learning’ (SDL), to prepare our students for their future. We create an inclusive environment where they are encouraged to collaborate with each other and to give things a go, make mistakes and persevere, thereby developing Key Competency as well as 21st century skills. Students also learn to become more responsible for themselves and their belongings, and to become more involved in the decision-making for their learning.
We use a range of technology to assist with our learning, across the curriculum. We have a large number of laptops and iPads in our Hapori, allowing us to provide 1:1 devices, enabling students to engage in creating, investigating, designing and innovating. In Year 4, there is a switch from being merely ‘consumers’ of technology to becoming ‘creators’ themselves. This is an exciting progression, which they thoroughly enjoy!