Kotahitanga Year 7 – 8

The Kotahitanga Team believe in a collaborative and cohesive approach towards developing responsibility and independence in learning. We encourage our students to create successful pathways for the future.

We teach a broad range of skills and competencies to connect the NZ Curriculum subjects, Key Competencies, Inquiry Learning, Technology, Second languages and our School Values to ensure our students are well rounded to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

We encourage ownership, empowerment and leadership whilst supporting our students to work collaboratively and confidently.

Focus areas for September 2017:
Current Themes: -Writing – report, expository -Maths – Measurement, Number and -Statistics -Algebra
-Science experiments and explanation, -Health – body, Te Reo Maori, History – pre 1900’s NZ, Year 7&8 Kapa Haka
Current goals for this month: -writing and then moderate as a group. -Responsibility – self management and making the right choices/decisions.
Teaching and /or Assessments successes for this month:-Maths has seen top end students making big leaps.
-PAT testing
Trends and next steps: -Inference – making students THINK about what they are reading.
-Still inference – more focus on question interpretation and making sure students understand what they are looking for.
-Digital media in CS12 with students producing quality. -Student agency by using their interests in class lessons
-Enrichment classes – moving towards term 4. Self-confidence and self-management, goal setting and reflections
PB4L focus: -Positive praise and empathy with choices. -Sports teams and lunchtime sports.
-Re-emphasise on RESPECT of school rules and EXCELLENCE in attitude.