# 02 Weekly Update 2020



Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths Group: Digital Curriculum

Te Reo Me Tikanga Māori: Posters

Tuhituhi/ Writing: Moderation

Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support: Dyslexia

Professional Development/ Ngaio pukapuka kōrero: Sketchnoting

1. Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths

The Digital Curriculum is an ongoing and exciting focus for this group. We will continue to encourage attendance at the Digital Readiness sessions run by the Ministry. Keep a lookout for PLD sessions run at our local schools with details to follow in the next few weeks. In addition, the maths team decided that we will work through the pīko/ toolboxes on the Kia Takatū website. The aim is to align the toolbox resources to curriculum progressions. We will share the summary, with links to resources, as soon as we have them available.

2. Te Reo Me Tikanga Māori: Easy to use lessons

Having te reo visible in our kura is an important first step to normalising te ao Māori. Linda Rubens has created posters for our akomanga/classrooms that are “tau kē!” They can be printed and distributed freely and we encourage you to put them up on your walls and share them throughout your kura.

Link – Te Reo Māori Body Parts Poster

Link – Te Reo Māori How are you/Kei te pēhea koe? Poster

3. Tuhituhi/ Writing

Our first moderation meeting for 2020 has been set for Thursday the 25th March as we continue our goal of ‘embedding a robust moderation programme across the Orewa Kahui Ako.’ All teachers are invited to attend this kōrero. Moderation forms for pre-assessment will be shared with all within school leaders on the 12th March. Kura are welcome to use this for their own professional development in their assessment of writing.

Text type: Persuasive Writing

L.P.F. Aspects:

  • Writing meaningful texts: using knowledge of text structure and features
  • Writing meaningful texts: vocabulary knowledge
  • Creating text to influence others

Please send your writing samples to sblackburn@wainui.school by Monday 9th March.

Writing resources 

Write on magazine

Write On magazine is full of poems, stories and articles by young writers aged 6–19. It’s a great read, a superb resource for teachers and a welcome addition to any school, community or family library.

Write On is the longest-running literary journal of writing for kids by kids in New Zealand. We celebrate the best of children’s writing and provide an opportunity for publication. The magazine is published twice yearly in winter and summer.

AKO Magazine. SUMMER 2020

This is a great NZ resource available to all NZ teachers. Follow the links to some great literacy links in their latest 2020 edition.

A taniwha in the pipes: encouraging creative writing

Strong written language skills not only help students to cement and present their learning – some teachers are using creative writing to strengthen children’s sense of identity and build resilience.

Talking the talk. Oral language learning in early childhood is critical to success in later life. But how well do we do it in New Zealand?

Follow the link to the AKO Summer 2020 article on Talking the Talk.

4. Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support Group

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at some good sites for upskilling ourselves using short snippets, posters, tips and tools to help our learners.

Facebook has some great sites to support Dyslexia including:

Examples of information from the above sites include:

Posters / tip sheets

Movies / humour

I Am Dyslexic

Testimonials/ stories/poems

There’s nothing slow about me

5. Professional Development/ Ngaio pukapuka kōrero

Sketchnoting Workshop

Sylvia Duckwoth is coming to New Zealand again for another #SKETCHNOTEFEVER workshop on May 30. For those that attended her last workshop, we can testify that it was a most relaxing and inspiring day. If you are interested in attending, please click on this link to register: http://bit.ly/NZsketch

To keep up to date, follow us on our Kāhui Ako website: https://orewakahuiako.com/


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