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News of November 2020

VLN Primary School – Registrations invited for online programmes for 2021

16/11/2020

All NZ children are welcome to learn with the VLN Primary – Nau Mai, Haere Mai!
Extend curriculum choices for your learners and increase your school's confidence and capability in online and distance learning.
A wide range of programmes are available including:

  • Languages and culture
  • Digital Technology
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Creative Arts
  • Science and Maths
  • Literacy

Students may participate from school or home, independently, in small groups, or with their teachers in a whole class situation.

Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Support

8/11/2020

Applications for 2021 Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Support close Friday 13 November 2020. 

Details and application forms are on this page of New Zealand Curriculum Online.

Diwali – festival of lights

8/11/2020

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most popular Hindu festivals.

Diwali in 2020 begins on 12 November and will continue for five days.

This page from New Zealand Curriculum Online presents ideas and suggestions for classroom programmes and school-wide activities to recognise and celebrate Diwali with students and their families.

New Inclusive Education guide – Collaborative planning for learning

2/11/2020

This new Inclusive Education guide provides strategies for how tumuaki and kaiako can build genuine learning-focussed partnerships with ākonga and whānau.

Three areas of collaborative planning are addressed in the guide: learning environment or classroom planning, individual or group plans, and cluster-wide planning.

Each area is interconnected to the other and each requires multiple voices to guide the inclusive design.

Supporting learning progress once students are back at school – useful teaching strategies and tools

2/11/2020

Strategies and tools that support teachers’ thinking as they notice and respond to disruption in the learning progress of students in years 1-13 are now available in one easy-to-access place.

In a year affected significantly by COVID-19, students will have experienced different learning opportunities at home to those in the classroom.

Some students may have made progress in areas different to those more focused on in school and teachers will look to celebrate and build on this. Other areas of learning may have seen some interruption and teachers will want to ensure any impact is not lasting.

A range of information is already available for supporting students studying NCEA and the Ministry of Education is now beginning to add to this with this collection of strategies and tools. It is intended to support teachers to consider how they respond if they notice students needing more support to move their learning along once they are settled back in the classroom.

Let us know how you find the material and any thoughts on what else would be helpful to schools and kura by emailing curriculum@education.govt.nz - we’d love to hear from you.


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