We have been focusing on nurturing all five walls, with the understanding that this will allow us to thrive. To help students understand these, there is a Whare Tapa Whā set up in our classroom. Student self portraits are inside the whare, visually representing the class. The five walls are updated weekly, with photos of student work and comments about well being for the week.
Taha wairua/spiritual wellbeing in our classroom is about connecting to our Tūrangawaewae. It is the idea of where you feel at home and connected to.
With our Tūrangawaewae being Aotearoa we have been learning about Māori histories and legends. This all started very naturally during lessons about Papatūānuku and Ranginui, the Earth Mother and Sky Father, through Māori myth and legends and how these stories are taonga to people.
The students’ interest in learning about Māori myths and legends, sparked future lessons and became student-led, opening opportunities for integrated learning. In particular writing and The Arts where we have been creating pieces that tell the stories Māori myth and legends through the eyes of the students.
Hazel drew a picture
Hunter also came in one morning and lay down on the floor, put his legs up to the sky, and said
Taha hinengaro/mental and emotional wellbeing is about how students think and feel about themselves and the world around them. Wellbeing affects how students cope with challenges and stresses. Room 14 has been learning to describe feelings and ask questions about personal needs and wants.
We began talking about our wellbeing by discussing different ways we feel at school. We talked about what these feelings look and feel like. We then talked about what we need when we are feeling certain feelings. This allowed students to share some ways they can cope and deal with their feelings appropriately.
During the conversation we also discussed what makes us feel good at school
Taha tinana/physical wellbeing is something that tamariki enjoy. They enjoy moving their bodies and learning about healthy food. When we sit down for morning tea and lunch, the students enjoy their healthy snacks while we discuss how healthy foods make our brains work, our legs move fast and our arms strong. Every morning we participate in a variety of fitness activities. This is not just improving student fitness but also their minds.