#19 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 9 o Hōngongoi 2021

21st Century Learning/Ināianei Tonu

Formative Assessment Part 2

Formative assessment is a paradigm that has been identified as having the highest effective rate on student learning and achievement that also supports diverse students in an equitable, fair and positive socio-cultural way (Hattie, 2003). 

Formative assessment is the foundation to 21st Century learning and as mentioned in last week’s newsletter it is impossible to talk about 21st Century learning without understanding the importance of formative assessment. 

Below are 5 key formative assessment strategies that Dylan Williams believes are crucial for student learning. Pin it in your line of sight to refer to often. 

In addition to this here is a video (well worth the 16 minutes) in which he explains it further. Dylan Williams – what formative assessment is and isn’t.

Kupu o te Wiki

This week’s kupu is a great one for our well deserved break. Hararei is a transliteration of holiday and can be used in any sentence where it’s appropriate.

Hararei – Holiday


Examples of ways you can use it in a sentence:

Kia pai te hararei Have a good holiday

Key-ah pie teh ha-rda-rday

Pēhea tō harareiHow’s your holiday?

Peh-hair tore ha-rda-rday

Or just throw it into an English sentence to begin with:

Have a great hararei?

Did you have a good hararei?

How to find the Matariki Constellation

It’s not too late to get up before sunrise to see Matariki before it’s over. Here’s a great resource for finding it.

Insert video please:

Hauora/Learner Support

The Ministry of Education has useful information related to Wellbeing in education on their website.  Watch the video below to learn about the resource which each school has received.  There is also a link below to access the free copy of the resource: Mental Health Education and Hauora.

Teachers can download their free version of Mental Health Education and Hauora and supporting resources from NZHEA.

Mental Health Education and Hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing


Using a combination of paint and wallpaper, these 3D Matariki pictures were created by 7EVS from Orewa College for Matariki celebrations.

Future Ready/Digital Curriculum/Anga Whakamu

Inspired learning with everyday items / Te ako awe mā ngā matū ā-rangi

The DTHM for Kaiako are constantly updating their website with ‘up and go’ teaching resources. This latest project, Inspired learning with everyday items was created by Malcolm Clarke, Te Wainoa Te Wiata and Karl Summerfield at Ara Ako who gave their time, knowledge and creativity to design this for others to be inspired. These kaiako attended Ara Ako 2021 as individuals.

Inspired learning with everyday items is a rauemi / resource that supports students to explore computational thinking using everyday items in your classroom. The resource is made up of a teachers resource, student slides in both English and Māori as well as supporting rauemi / resources. 

(This rauemi is available under CC SA-BY-NC at dthm4kaiako.ac.nz. Rauemi by Malcolm Clarke, Te Wainoa Te Wiata, Karl Summerfield created during Ara Ako 2021).

Full lesson can  be found here.

The Challenge: Can you use everyday objects to provide hands-on experience with computer science concepts? This is a starting point for you to develop your kete of ideas for demonstrating sorting algorithms.

Everyday items:

Language development:

Example activity:


A great way to introduce STEM into our classroom is through our literacy programmes. Below is a lovely story about Rosie Revere Engineer who has set herself the challenge of building a flying machine. Unfortunately, her first attempt does not work. The resources linked below follow the process of planning and designing a flying machine, which can be created and tested in the classroom.

This process also ties in having a Growth Mindset to learning and challenges students come across along the way.


Kāhui Ako Calendar/Maramataka

Te 19 Pipiri/June ki te 11 Hōngongoi/July Matariki Celebrated

Rāpare, te 5 o Hereturikōkā//Thursday 5 August

@ Orewa Primary – 3.45pm

Rāpare, te 19 o Hereturikōkā//Thursday 19 August

@ Silverdale School – 3.45pm

Rāpare, te 2 o Mahuru//Thursday 2 September

@ Orewa Beach School – 3.45pm

Rāpare, te 16 o Mahuru//Thursday 16 September

@ Orewa College – 3.30pm

Rāpare, te 30 o Mahuru//Thursday 30 September

@ Wainui School – 3.45pm

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