# 04 Weekly Update 2020


  1. Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths Group: Digital Curriculum update

  2. Te Reo Me Tikanga Māori: Hit the papa running

  3. Tuhituhi/ Writing: What is the purpose of writing?

  4. Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support: Anxiety Perspectives

  5. Pānui ngaio/ Professional Reading or Viewing: Be kind to Yourself

  6. Ngaio pukapuka kōrero/ Professional Development: DT session at Orewa College

1. Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, the maths group has been focused on developing a document that draws all the progressions together, with resources. This will be shared as soon as we feel it is complete. But in the meantime, Jackie Boyd of Silverdale School has shared the following document which has links to an array of fantastic resources. She has included a column with helpful hints to guide you along the way. Link to resources here.

Maths Made Easy workshops with Marie Hirst and Jo Knox for 2020 have been announced. Registration is now open and places are limited. Teachers can book individual workshops or take advantage of their bulk registration offers to save money. Find a link to their website here. Please contact Linda Rubens if you would like to take advantage of the bulk registration.

Maths in Life Poster

2. Te Reo Me Tikanga Māori

This year the Māori rōpū/team has hit the papa/ground running. Next Wednesday, we are starting our year off at our local marae, Te Herenga Waka o Orewa. Leaders from across the kāhui, including principals and Māori HOD, are meeting with kaumatua Kereama Nathan to kōrero about where we are at and where we are going.

The following day, new kaiako to the area are being welcomed on the the marae with a pōhiri. The aim is to establish and strengthen links to our marae as a central

place to develop te ao Māori in our community. Once welcomed onto the marae, it becomes your marae, no matter who you are or where you come from. Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae is a resource for our kura and a place we are all welcome to be a part of.

Last Saturday, kaiako and principals, were invited to participate in paddling a waka up and down the Weiti river with Kahu from the Ngati Paoa Iwi Trust, the Sir Peter Blake MERC centre and Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae. The purpose of the event was to look to the future to find a way we can provide waka experiences for our local tamariki on the Weiti River. Those in attendance had a wonderful time, being immersed in the matauranga/knowledge of Māori tūpuna/ancestors.

3. Tuhituhi/ Writing

Do our students understand the purpose of writing?

When students know what writing that achieves its purpose looks like, they can develop personal learning goals for improving their writing in a specific way.

Good writers:

  • identify the purpose and audience for their writing
  • think carefully about the possible content of their writing
  • gather, select, and organise ideas and information, either in their minds (to be drawn upon when required) or by recording them using graphic organisers such as word lists, flow charts, and mind maps
  • make connections between the ideas and information, ask questions about them, visualise them, analyse them, synthesise them, and evaluate them, in order to decide which ideas and information to include
  • visualise a structure or sequence that conveys their intended meaning
  • decide on the text form that best meets their purpose
  • discuss their planning with other writers and get feedback about it.

What do effective teachers of writing do?

Teachers’ instructional actions are most likely to be effective if they

(M.Gadd 2017 – full set article here )

  • are regarded as purposeful by students
  • include meaningful opportunities for student involvement
  • are explicit and direct
  • are differentiated in terms of student needs
  • lead to opportunities for independence and self-regulation by students



4. Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support Group

What Having Anxiety Feels Like is  a video by Meghan Reinks (3 min, 23 sec long).

And this is a short video by (4 mins 35 Sec).

At school we can:

  • Understand the anxiety stage and recognising avoidance behaviours
  • Provide or support short-term relief strategies:
    • Breathing techniques
    • Calm space
    • Introductions before an event (e.g. meet teacher)
    • Facing new challenges with a buddy
    • Opportunities to share ideas (non public)
    • Distraction activity (e.g. drawing, smelling flowers- senses)
    • Reassurance
    • Diagrams / flow charts for next steps

5. Pānui ngaio/ Professional Reading or Viewing

This post is part of TED’s How to Be a Better Human series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from people in the TED community: browse through all the posts here.

6. Ngaio pukapuka kōrero/ Professional Development

We have booked a Digital Technologies PD day at Orewa College on March 26th at 10-3pm. This is Ministry funded and run by Core Education. It will be an introduction to Digital Technologies curriculum, including how to integrate in a variety of curriculum areas and levels. Staff from various schools attended similar sessions last year and feedback has been positive. There is no cost to schools for the training and lunch is provided.

Anyone interested will need to register using the link below. It would be fantastic if we could get a few people from each school.


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