Posts by Gwen Bowler

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Targeted Support Where it Counts

It’s a team effort at Wairakei Primary to provide various learning programmes that support our learners to be their best.
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Inquiry more than a buzz word

A student said to me recently, what is inquiry? It got me thinking, have I been explicitly teaching inquiry, or is it just a ‘word’ teachers and educa…
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Power for Learning Journey

Wairakei Primary started their Power For Learning (PB4L) journey several years ago with 2022 seeing a rebranding and introduction of the Tokarewa prog…
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Literacy all around us

Cast your mind back to when you were five or six and see if you can pinpoint when you learnt to read and write. I can’t. It happened over time. This i…
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What is a SENCO?

Supporting the pastoral, social and academic needs of students with identified special education needs is a team effort. SENCO co-ordinates all the st…
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Hands-on Experiences Develop Writing Skills

Playing on the playground, visiting the maze, painting self-portraits, noticing spring or blowing bubbles are just a few of the ‘recreative’ writing m…
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Creative Reactions

Twirls, spins, break dancing, robot arms, and laughter have filled Room 15 during the afternoons.
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Bricks Club Builds Social Skills

Whether you are the engineer, the supplier or the builder, Bricks Club is a favourite for students on this programme.

Math Around Us

Mathematics is all around us at home and at school. From doing jigsaws and playing Connect 4 during Discovery time, to more structured learning experi…
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Full Steam ahead for Tokarewa Programme

Showing POWER at Wairakei Primary has moved up a gear with the launch of the Tokarewa Programme.

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