At times this is in the playground. Older students can often be seen helping junior students on the playground equipment, involving them in games and even leading activities. The introduction of our Village Playground Passes has developed this further and it has been fantastic to see the older students helping younger students on the flying fox and the spiders’ web.
Wairakei Primary School encourages the concept of ‘learn it - prove it’ where once a student has mastered a skill or new learning, they then teach it to someone else.
This was evident this term with our Extension Literacy Group. The students wrote descriptive pieces of writing about their favourite body part. Using success criteria they were able to extend their language choices and created some effective descriptive writing passages.
The next week, having mastered the skill themselves, they then taught students from Ohaaki and Te Huka the same descriptive writing skills.
We have had a focus on oral language. Manukura have been looking at this in terms of leadership and communicating to other students effectively.
We put this to the test with our New Entrants class. Our Manukura led the students through a barrier game activity. They had to clearly describe a shape made of blocks and rods with the aim to build two identical creations.
The Manukura had previously completed this activity with each other successfully - however they soon discovered they would need to simplify their instructions. After some surprised looks and some interesting shapes they had success.
Working together in a variety of ways helps to foster a positive school culture and strengthens our wharenui nga tae.