# 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

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      1. Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths: 2020 Focus

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

      3. Tuhituhi/ Writing: 2020 Focus

      4. Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support: Helping Students be Calm

      5. Pānui ngaio/ Professional Reading & Viewing: Why consuming is necessary to create 

Kia Ora koutou. We hope you are enjoying the wonderful summer and are feeling relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. We welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and look forward to working with our Orewa Kāhui Ako teaching community.

1. Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths

The maths group will have their work cut out for them this year as we juggle three focus areas:

  • Keeping Maths at the forefront of discussions and empowering teachers with the most relevant strategies and resources
  • The 2020 Digital Curriculum is upon us. We hope to have a greater understanding of the strengths and needs with regard to the digital curriculum across the community
  • We made a tentative start with the Tuakana-Teina programme last year. Having spoken to the students and teachers involved, we feel there is a lot of potential for growth and learning in this model. So our third focus in this group will be to look at the individual needs of each kura, and how these needs could be met by a core group of students. The beauty of this type of programme is the reciprocal learning gained by both the tuakana and the teina.

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

Ngā mihi o te tau hou! Happy new year!

This year some of our kura are trialing lesson plans created for teachers to be able to put up on a screen and teach. The lessons come with a detailed set of teacher notes to guide and removes barriers for those of us who are less confident in our te reo Māori.

For those of you who would like to jump in and try these lessons for yourself feel free to use the overview, lessons and lesson plans below. If you would like any support, please feel free to contact markralston@silverdaleprimaryschool.nz and we will endeavour to provide any support you may need.



Lesson example

Teacher notes example

Lessons include:

  • A karakia
  • A waiata/ song
  • Recap of a past language structure or command
  • A new language structure
  • A kemu/ game

If this is successful, we are hoping to roll these lessons out across our Kāhui Ako to kura that are interested in coming on board.

3. Tuhituhi/ Writing

Our writing focus goals for 2020:

  • Embedding a robust moderation programme
  • Models of effective practice

In 2019 we established a termly moderation across our schools in writing. Week 8 (week 9 for Orewa College – term 1 only) of each term has been set for our moderation meetings. All teachers are invited to attend. Information about this term’s text type for moderation will be confirmed at this week’s leaders meeting. More information will be shared in next week’s newsletter. Our review of the Orewa L.P.F. matrix is nearly completed and a glossary of writing terms will be shared on its completion.

The writing focus group is also designing community wide graphic organisers/ anchor charts that will help students with their writing. We would welcome some teacher feedback on the headings and points included in our initial draft poster. Posters will be used from Year 1 -10. persuasive writing

We will be working with students to help in the design of writing symbols / logos for each heading. Please let Sandy Blackburn if you would like to take part in this with your students.

Writing ideas

STORYATHON is an exciting and free online event for Year 3 to Year 8 from Australia and New Zealand. Students are challenged to write a story that is EXACTLY 100 words. Microstories focus attention on important writing features such as:

  • the impact of just one word
  • great expression
  • effective punctuation
  • crafting opening and ending paragraphs
  • the discipline of writing precisely

School Kit registration for 2020 is now available. Suitable for years 4-8, Get NZ Writing is back for 2020. 3000 classrooms will construct 96,000 unique pieces of writing that will then be swapped all across Aotearoa.

NZ Writing Conference July 23rd -24th 2020 Follow the link to the NZ Gazette for more information.

4. Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support Group

Can you remember a time when you were anxious, scared, overwhelmed, over tired, or stressed out? I know we all can. For students at the start of a new school year, and possibly a whole new school environment, there are plenty of opportunities for calm to turn into a storm.

‘The Mommy View’ has some fantastic posters and printable mini books to help children to calm down in any situation. Some posters cost approximately $3 but they can be very relevant in a classroom situation. The students can construct the mini book and keep it in their pocket or pencil case.

8 Ways Kids Can Calm Down Anywhere PLUS a Printable Mini Book

There are many posters and tips available on the internet but having something close at hand and tangible can really help distressed students to focus and become calm.

How about getting the students to create their own mini poster for the classroom wall or create a card (baseball card size) and keep it in their pocket or pencil case. They can personalise it with ideas and strategies which work for them.

5. Pānui ngaio/ Professional Reading & Viewing

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

Important dates

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Weekly News Update # 33

30th November 2018

Kāhui Ako Conference ‘19


The timetable for our Kāhui Ako Conference‘ 19 workshops is now complete. We have endeavoured to ensure the vast majority of delegates have their original choices. Those with clashes in the timetable have been contacted and workshops rescheduled. Follow the link to the link to conference timetable for session times.


PaCT Pilot Group

On Wednesday this week teachers from Wainui School, Orewa Primary and Orewa College met with Kerry Upson form Team Solutions. Our focus for the professional development was on assessing using the Learning Progression Framework, discussing principles that underpin judgement making (OTJ ) and entering our data through PaCT.

While we did find the initial sign up and login to PaCT quite cumbersome and complicated, once set up found the entry of data was very simple to follow. We were able to view student reports for parents and teachers available through the tool and how these are useful for defining the next steps of learning and informing teacher practice. Schools involved in this pilot group will make decisions based on this trial if they would like to implement this further in their own school settings for 2019.

Please contact Sandy Blackburn or Linda Rubens if you would like any more information about this.

Four new features released in Progress and Consistency Tool – Education Gazette

The Progress and Consistency Tool released new progress features in October that have been designed to make students’ progress and achievement in relation to The New Zealand Curriculum more visible. Follow the link to see the latest features here Education Gazette

Orewa Kāhui Ako – End of Year update 2018

Below is our end of year update of the Kāhui Ako achievement challenges as set at the beginning of 2018. We have included the outcomes from our goals, as well as next steps for 2019. Our next steps are guidelines to support our futures planning, and may alter as the year progresses in response to our community needs and updated focus areas.


Action Plan updated – Focus Areas:

●      PTC2  – Practicing Teacher Criteria: Inquiry, improvement to classroom practice

●      Writing / Maths: Using Learning Progression Framework (L.P.F.) effectively, alignment of assessment across schools, models of effective practice for all learners, developing and embedding robust moderation programme.

●      Te Reo Tikanga: Identifying our practice from ECE to Year 10. Supporting teachers in their everyday practice, build confidence.

●      Learner Support: Develop a system to identify and share resources and programmes that support teachers to work effectively with learners and their wide ranging needs.

2018 Outcomes 2019 Next Steps

●      Moderation sessions of writing samples to identify base practice / alignment across schools.

●      Continuum in writing moderation designed and shared.

●      Use of a common assessment tool identified – L.P.F. selected.

●      Unpacked L.P.F. framework with within school lead teachers. (writing)

●      Developed / refined Orewa Kāhui Ako writing matrix based on L.P.F. exemplars.

●      Termly moderation meetings held using L.P.F.

●      Initial set up in pilot of PaCT group – trialing in writing.


●      Timetabled PD staff meetings  in our Kāhui Ako schools in 2019 on L.P.F. led by Across School Leaders.

●      Plan termly across the community  moderation sessions /embedding into our practice.

●      Developing the digital curriculum in writing – supporting best practice models.

●      Explore integrated curriculum and design thinking in writing.

●      PaCT pilot – continue to explore the potential of this for our community.


●      Inquire into classroom /school practices in maths.

●      Maths inquiries shared.

●      Use of a common assessment tool identified – L.P.F. selected.

●      Unpacked  L.P.F. framework with within school lead teachers. (maths)

●      Developing Orewa Kāhui Ako math matrix based on LPF exemplars.

●      Maths PLD application completed for funding 2019.


●      Confirm maths PLD – funding accepted.

●      Refine math matrix – trial with moderation. (within school leaders)

●      Establish moderation cycle.

●      Sharing of completed  math matrix  – across Kāhui Ako.

●      P.D. within schools – inquiries shared.

●      Explore maths – digital curriculum.

Te Reo Tikanga

●      Hui with Orewa Kāhui Ako Te Reo Leaders.

●      Korero on school practices/ resources used from years 1 -10.

●      News updates: Te Reo glossary developed.

●      Initial korero on pathways of our learners.

Te Reo

●      Hui – Develop overview of pathways from

Y1 -10.

●      Sharing of resources to support pathways.

●      In school support – Across School Leader.


Learner Support 

●      Otumoetai Learner Support 6 point model explored and shared across schools SENCO’s.

●      Kāhui Ako SENCO /RTLB meetings established.

●      Teresa Rosborough – meeting with all Principals/ SENCO/RTLB to unpack pilot model.

●      Continuum for Learning Support designed and shared.

●      Learner Support register – designed / refined / protocols shared.

●      Northern Presbyterian Support Services – initial meeting to confirm their support to run a  pilot with our community.

Learner Support

●      Continue Orewa Kāhui Ako SENCO /RTLB meetings.

●      Collecting of data: Learning Support register across schools. (termly)

●      Collating of data – re needs. ( termly)

●      Support for schools – working with Northern Presbyterian Support Services Pilot.

●      Development of our own Kāhui  Ako Learner Support model.


●      2018 Kāhui Ako Orewa Conference “Connecting Communities” – workshops run by teachers for teachers in our community. T.O.D.

●      Weekly updates established, Google+ Community page, weekly ACOL meetings, fortnightly COL Leaders meetings, visits to liason schools established.

●      Across school combined BOT /principals  meeting.

●      uLearn 18  &  ‘He waka eke noa!’ conferences  – presenting our Kāhui Ako Journey.

●      Appraisal of ASLP/ ACOL .

●      Appointments for 2019- 2020  ASLP /ACOL positions confirmed.

●      Appoint within school leaders. ( in process)




●      2019 Kāhui Ako Orewa Conference  “Weave the people together” – workshops run by teachers for teachers in our community. T.O.D.

●      Planned staff meeting timetabled for each school – led by Across School leaders each term.

●      Orewa Kahui Ako Principals meetings, community meeting, BOT – 2 x year.

●      Continue Newsletter update , Google + Community links

●      Develop Kāhui Ako website

●      Link newsletter updates to schools B.O.T. (within school leaders to set up)

●      Within School Leaders – Staff meeting time slot / management meeting sharing updates.

●      Sharing of Professional Readings in focus areas – alongside newsletter.

●      School Liaison visits -continue to develop.

●      Set up induction for new team members of the community.


If you know of colleagues who have not yet joined our Orewa Kāhui Ako Community Page  on Google+, please do share this link with them.


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Thursday 6th December

Final 2018 Orewa Kāhui Ako Leaders meeting

3:30 – 4:30 pm Orewa College



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Weekly News Update #32

23 November 2018

He waka eke noa: We are all in this together

On Friday, 16 November, the across school leaders were invited to a conference hosted by the Albany Kāhui Ako entitled He waka eke noa. It was wonderful to connect with other Kāhui Ako leaders who are either starting out on their journey, or are well along the pathway. The day started with a keynote address by Dr Ann Milne. Dr Milne is both provocative and blunt, reminding us of our responsibility to be culturally aware and responsive.

A selection of breakout sessions:

We then broke into smaller groups to discuss the successes and pitfalls we have encountered in our own communities. After morning tea, we attended workshops. The workshop entitled Ensuring Effective Collaboration in Kāhui Ako was based on the bestselling book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team is a model and development programme that guides intact teams through a journey to improve in five areas that are key to productive team dynamics. They made the valid point that teams should be built on a foundation of trust. Without trust, healthy and candid debate cannot take place. The feeling we left this session with was that for a Kāhui Ako  to develop, we have to move away from my way or your way to the best way.


Another workshop was based on Design Thinking facilitated by Core Educator James Hopkins. This was a fast paced session outlining the concept of Design Thinking and the steps used in this process. Design Thinking is used to create learning experiences that help people unlock their creative potential and apply it to the real world. Design Thinking can be applied to all kinds of problems, seeking alternative answers to solutions. But, just like humans, problems are often messy and complex, and need to be tackled with some serious creative thinking. Different points of view are key in pushing teachers and students to advance their own design practice. For a quick ‘boot camp’ on the steps, follow this link to Design Thinking  Stanford.

Linda and Sandy hosted a session called From Community Schools to a Kāhui Ako.  It was an interactive session with many pertinent questions from the attendees. We looked at our starting point, which was setting up face-to-face meeting time, which we feel is a real strength of our Kāhui Ako. We moved on to the surveys we ran and the results, through to our focus groups and the strides we have made with these areas. Finally we looked at what we hope to achieve over the next two years, which is clarity and acceptance by the wider Orewa Kāhui Ako community. What we found to be really affirming was the number of Kāhui Ako groups that are also looking at the Learning Progression Frameworks (LPF) as a common moderation tool. We have been asked to share both our slides which outline our journey, as well as the writing LPF matrix with a number of fellow Kāhui Ako leaders.

Panel discussion led by a principal’s group:

The day ended with a Q and A session with a group of like-minded principals. The panel consisted of: Claire Amos, Maurie Abraham, Steve Saville, Nicola Ngarewa, Natasha Hemara and Andy Kai Fong. They spoke about disruption in education and how leadership is a combination of moral purpose and courage. If you would like to hear from them, they have launched a Facebook Group, DisruptED and they’re also on Twitter @DisruptedNZ. And last Friday they launched their first of a fortnightly series of podcasts where they want to reach out to teachers throughout New Zealand and help connect the innovators that are in all schools. The first podcast was a conversation amongst themselves, sharing their thoughts on leading in this space, and in the future they’ll be talking with teachers. They want to encourage teachers to share their stories of innovation and disruption.

Here’s a link to their first podcast on SoundCloud.

Visit to Whangaparaoa Kāhui Ako

We were pleased to be invited to the Whangaparaoa Kāhui Ako All Teacher PLD session on Tuesday 20 November. They kicked off with an update on their Kāhui Ako and celebrated their progress. They introduced the across school leaders to everyone, where this group outlined their focus areas. This was followed by a series of workshops. The options included sessions on Coaching and Inquiry, Transitions, Community Organisations, Learning Behaviour and Support, Anxiety and Mental Health, and for those who wished to simply network and chat, they had a fitness session or a walk to the beach option. It is great to be able to connect across communities and celebrate the progress they are making.

Ngaio pukapuka kōrero / Professional Reading

With the end of the year fast approaching, it seems timely to take stock of what we are grateful for. When we promote gratitude in our students, we are giving them a great gift. What we understand about the effects of gratitude is similar to what we understand about the benefits of giving up grudges and more generally embracing a stance of greater appreciation. Dwelling in negative emotions, including selfish emotions, is not the optimal state for learning,

growth, or well-being. In this blogpost, Maurice J Elias  looks at some classroom activities to promote gratitude.

Finally, thank you to all who have submitted their workshop choices for the

Kāhui Ako Conference ‘19. If you have any concerns about your choices, please send Linda an email: l.rubens@orewacollege.nz The timetable will be ready for you in next week’s newsletter.

If you know of colleagues who have not yet joined our Orewa Kāhui Ako Community Page  on Google+, please do share this link with them.

Coming up:

Orewa Kāhui Ako Conference ‘19 timetable will be out by next week.

                                                 In school leaders’ meeting dates

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16 November 2018

Orewa Kāhui Ako Conference ‘19

A huge thanks to all those who have put together workshops for our second Kahui Ako conference. There is a definite increase in depth of coverage and the abstracts all reflect a growing  level of expertise across our Kahui Ako. This ability to share expertise through workshops by teachers for teachers is going to be a real strength of our Kahui Ako. Ka pai everyone!

Thank you to all that have signed up for their preferred workshops. If you haven’t put your selection in yet, please remember that today, Friday 16 November, is the deadline. Here is the link to the workshop descriptions. And here is the link to the workshop selections. This link is also where you note your dietary requirements.

PD Reflections

Albany Senior hosted a conference for across school leaders on Friday 16 November. We attended a session called Ensuring Effective Collaboration in a Kāhui Ako. The challenge they put to us was how to work in a space of disruption. They led us through the following questions: How to find a new way of being for your community. What ingredients do you need to ensure that you lead change across your community that ensures sustainable effective collaboration? It was an interactive workshop led by Nikki Urlich and Shona Smith. More information on this conference in next week’s newsletter.

School Visits

We are continuing to build a Kahui Ako leader presence through ongoing school visits this year. It is an excellent way to strengthen networks and share understanding of the strengths, needs and processes of individual schools.  

This week Sandy and Sorrel visited Orewa Primary and met with the Principal and in school leaders for the third time to update what is happening with Kahui Ako focus areas – Learning Support, Maths, Te Reo and Writing.  Along with these focus areas, future directions were noted, as the initial surveys and processes to work on Maths and Writing have been completed, with moderation processes beginning to be well imbedded.

It was suggested that we consider looking at how we might work towards integrating the new Digital Technology curriculum into schools as a Kahui Ako prior to 2020.  This would be a great way of using the strengths of collaborating across our community to see how other people are working on this and share best practice.

With all the innovative practice across our Kahui Ako, the visit also highlighted the importance of initiating an in depth discussion around how we assess and report. With the removal of National Standards and move toward LPFs and  trials of PACT this assessment discussion needed – what are other schools doing, what changes are coming, what is worthwhile, what not, when, how much. How does what primary schools do regarding assessment and reporting lead into college – assessment pathways. The possibility of a sliding scale on reports to more clearly indicate progress during the year was touched on, to cover learning in wider areas which may not show movement from one level to another from one report to another. This could be a good focus for our CoL.

Linda Rubens had her regular visit at Orewa North where Rhonda Beet, Debbie Waller and Linda worked on their presentation for the conference. Rhonda and Debbie are presenting their inquiry which is based on keeping reading alive in your classroom.
Te Reo nga tikanga Maori

The Te Reo nga tikanga Maori is completing a draft curriculum framework which references Tātaiako and the te reo Māori curriculum. The goal is to support integration of Te Reo in the classroom across our Kahui Ako by providing clear pathways with links to resources targeted at our teacher and learner needs.  They continue to build a glossary of pedagogical vocabulary available here to use in professional contexts.

Learning Support

Our Learner Support Register is being drafted and will be used to collect data from the beginning of 2019 from each of our schools. This will then be collated to inform  our future direction with the Northern Presbyterian Support Services. Over the next few weeks Sandy Blackburn and Linda Rubens will be contacting school SENCOs to share protocols on completion of the register.


The unpacking of the Learning Progression Frameworks for mathematics has been completed and a matrix created for quick reference by Lesley Carruthers and her team of in school leaders. This process has ensured a real familiarity with this tool and a deeper understanding of the LPFs and how to apply them for assessment. The matrix will be made available for in school leaders to share when the appropriate CLs have been added and will be a useful assessment reference tool for all teachers of mathematics.


The matrix of LPFs that will be used for moderation is now available and also can be viewed on our Kahui Ako Google+ Community Page.   The LPFs have been linked to appropriate curriculum levels.

Professional Listening and Viewing

  • Try learning how to say over 100 different things in te reo in less than an hour with Graeme and introduce your students to algebraic thinking at the same time!
  • Find out the #1 beginner mistake in Te Reo.
  • Build strong learning partnerships is a short look at how learning focused partnerships can develop networks of learning between learners, teachers and the community and whanau.

If you know of colleagues who have not yet joined our Orewa Kāhui Ako Community Page  on Google+, please do share this link with them.


In school and across school leaders meeting: 22 November


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9 November 2018

Conf'19 Invite

Kāhui Ako Conference ‘19

Please diarise the following date: 29 January 2019. For this conference we have over 25 workshops to choose from. We will email you the description of each workshop today, and a link to a form to fill in your choices of workshops. Please complete the form by next Friday, 16th November. In addition to the workshops, we have a dynamic guest speaker and some entertainment to raise your energy levels. More details to be revealed closer to the time.

Everyone can Create Workshop

Linda Rubens was invited to The Gardens School in Manurewa to do a session on creativity in the classroom. Her session was based on the resources provided by Apple for Education called “Everyone can Create: Photo.” There are four books in the series and they are designed to get students to unleash their creativity. The audience was made up of a range of teachers from ECE right through to tertiary educators. The sessions were dynamic and the energy level in the room was inspiring, given the hectic time of year it is for all of us. PD where teachers become the students is always good as it reminds us what school life can be like for those children in our care.

Pāngarau / Maths Focus Group:

Our own summary rubric of the Learning Progressions in Maths is now complete, thanks to all the hard work of the Maths Focus Group over the last term. There is a link to the rubric here and you might like to have a look. Feel free to make your own copy. The rubric covers levels 1 – 4 of the curriculum and we can use the summary to inform our teaching and planning or to make OTJs.The full Learning Progressions give a detailed overview of how each strand progresses, as students develop their expertise in mathematics. For exemplars of each progression, visit The Learning Progression Frameworks at https://lpf.education.govt.nz/Live/home.aspx. You will need to create a login and then all reading, writing and maths progressions are available to you.

PACT Pilot Group:

A group of teachers from across the schools are going to take part in a trial of the PACT system with their classes next year. PACT uses the Learning Progressions in reading, writing and mathematics to assess and inform teacher OTJs. If you would like to join this group, please contact Sandy Blackburn at sblackburn@wainui.school.nz  or Linda Rubens at l.rubens@orewacollege.nz If you are interested in joining us for some advanced PD, we have a facilitator coming to Orewa College on 28 November. Please let us know if you’d like to join us.


Yesterday we were very pleased to welcome our new Lead Teachers to the Kāhui Ako meetings. Mark Ralston, from Silverdale School, and Leanne Evans from Orewa College. In addition, Matt Harrison and Suzy Carnachan from Orewa College will be joining us. We look forward to having them on board.

Ngaio pukapuka kōrero / Professional Reading:

A very interesting reading from the Ministry of Education website about what cultural narratives are and how to embrace them within your community:

Link to Cultural Narratives

If you know of colleagues who have not yet joined our Orewa Kāhui Ako Community Page  on Google+, please do share this link with them.




  • Reflections on ‘He waka eke noa!’ Kāhui Ako Across School Leaders conference.


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At our  Kāhui Ako after school meeting last Thursday, there was a real buzz of excitement as leaders shared and developed their workshop abstracts for our annual Kāhui Ako Conference, Tuesday, January 28th, 2019. Mark the date in your diary to join our whole Kāhui Ako for a day of workshops, fantastic speakers and entertainment.  

Our 2019 conference theme is ‘Whiria te tangata’Weave the people together. With our Kāhui Ako focus on inquiry and collaboration we extend our invitation to all of our community teachers and principals to share your inquiry journey in a workshop. Team up with a colleague and share what has inspired you, what has worked for you, and what you will try next!  If you are interested in leading a workshop please feel free to contact us by November 10th indicating your interest or any further information you may need.

Invitations for teachers to sign up for workshops will be going out next month, with workshops finalized by mid November.  

Visits to our schools.

Next week Sandy Blackburn and Linda Rubens will visit Wainui School staff to lead professional development in an after school meeting on ‘Introducing the  Learning Progression Framework – Key to the Curriculum Progress Tools.  

This pilot will focus on

  • Why we are using the L.P.F. for our Kahui Ako
  • What the difference is between the curriculum tools of PaCT and LPF
  • What the LPF progressions look like
  • How the LPF illustrations work
  • How the learner can use the LPF to identify next steps in their learning
  • How LPF can support teachers when making OTJs


If your school is interested in a similar session for their staff, please contact either Sandy or Linda to set up a suitable time, either this term or in 2019.

Rōpū taunaki / Learning Support Focus Group

Linda Rubens and Leanne Evans took a drive out to Mt Wellington to attend a PD session on iPad accessibility. While this session was targeted towards learning support students, we soon realised that all students and adults for that matter could benefit from some of the functions available under the Accessibility framework. To give an example, we have found that students prefer their screens with the brightness at a minimum, which generally means that the teacher can barely make out anything on the screen. However, if they went to Settings and Accessibility on their iPad, they have the option of inverting colours and changing how warm or cool the colours should be. This was developed for people with low vision, but works equally well for students wanting a dimmer screen, that we can all read!


Guided Access, which can again be found in the Accessibility category on the iPad, can lock students into one app. This was designed with ADHD students in mind, but could help all students who get easily distracted. Lastly, and this is a good one for all of us with ‘older eyes.’ In the Accessibility setting, you can increase and bold the font. This makes emails, messages, and everything you read on your iPad and iPhone bigger, bolder and basically easier to read.
Ngaio pukapuka kōrero / Professional Reading

Continuing from last weeks ULearn reflection I have included the following links from two conference presenters Karen Boyes, and Mark Treadwell.

Winner of the NZ Educator of the Year 2017 and 2014 and NZ Speaker of the Year award in 2013, Karen Boyes is a sought after speaker who continually gets rave reviews from audiences around the world. Her dynamic style and highly informative content—which turns the latest educational research into easy-to-implement strategies and techniques — set her apart from others in her field.’  Follow the link to her website here


Everything is hard before it is easy- Karen Boyes  As our senior students in our Kāhui Ako prepare for their up and coming NZCA exams the following blog by Karen Boyes may be useful. Follow the link here.

Goal Setting in Primary School  – Karen Boyes

An essential part of learners being independent and self directed is their ability to set and reflect on goals for their success. At each age and stage of schooling there are several suggested key ideas and strategies that will scaffold the learning for learners to be able to be highly efficient and proficient goal setters further up the school. Ensuring the foundations are strong will facilitate success later. Follow the link here to read a blog by Karen Boyes .



What does the future of learning look like?

Author of The Future of Learning, MARK TREADWELL, says we need to embrace learning systems that have proved over thousands of years to be far more equitable and successful than rote learning has proven to be over the past two hundred years.

Question: If the purpose of education is to ready young people for the life ahead of them, what should the future of learning look like? Follow the link to an earlier 2018 publication from Mark Treadwell  here.If you know of colleagues who have not yet joined our Orewa Kāhui Ako Community Page  on Google+, please do share this link with them.