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1611 Technology - 2 November 2016

Curriculum Report – Technology


Technology continues to be integrated throughout our everyday teaching and learning programme.

Food technology is regularly integrated within teaching and learning as our children particularly enjoy this. Our hall kitchen is well equipped with ingredients and utensils for cooking.

Building and construction is also integrated during developmental or stations. i.e. woodwork, class, wire, blocks, lego, mobilo, cardboard boxes etc.

Information and communication technology: Classes continue with the use of cameras, iPads, Apple TV’s, digital microscopes, light tables and computers.Chrome books are used in middle and senior syndicates.So far these have been very useful for the classroom programme in terms of familiarising tamariki with google docs, emailing, blogging, typing skills and researching. Teachers teach technology using an integrated approach through Literacy and Maths and Inquiry.

This has been evident too in the Junior Syndicates Oral language programme developed this year with the guidance of RTLB. The middle and senior syndicate have now also adapted this to ensure all children have opportunities to explore, investigate and communicate with technology in all forms.

Our ICT expert, Stevie Woodman also works hard to keep our Information, communication technology monitored, updated and useful. Regular feedback and surveys to staff and children help make sure we are making decisions about technology use in our school that is current and applicable to support the learning across the curriculum. Equipment is managed in classes and regular stocktakes occur to ensure equipment is in good working order.

Term 1: Whakawhanaungatanga - ourselves, our community

Term 2: Kaitiakitanga

Term 3: Olympics

Term 4: Contributing to Community - Waimate Show, Christmas parade

Above are the overarching themes our teachers have been guided by. Teachers provide experiences to provoke curiosity within but not limited to these themes. Learning is based on student interest and questions that they have.

Special Rights

Computers for support staff to document children's progress and learning have been requested for 2017. Regular contact with external agencies also means those children needing adaptive learning equipment  such as ipads and communication devices, are sourced to support IEP.

Assessment Procedures

There are no formal assessment requirements.

Looking Ahead

To have all classes stocked with appropriate ICT equipment applicable to the level of the children and their learning. Apps are monitored and discussed prior to purchasing to ensure they are good quality and supportive of curriculum delivery. All classes continue to be offered supplies for cooking and technology based learning as applicable. Kaz to look forward for 2017 at developing a cooking/life skills based session each week for our special rights students.

Report prepared by K Chamberlain October 2016