Putaruru College

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Learning for Life - Whāia te mātauranga kei tua

Timetable

  • 6-day cycle
  • 4 periods per day + STAR time

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Learning Modules

A connected curriculum is the joining of 2-3 subject areas to provide contextualised links between the curriculum and the real world.

It is about creating an environment for learners where they can challenge themselves, make connections, engage in relevant and meaningful learning opportunities.

Learning modules are co-created by teachers and taught collaboratively. The Learning Modules are designed to raise student achievement by:

  • Improving student motivation and behaviours by involving students and promoting student ownership of learning.
  • Promoting student engagement by making learning relevant to real-life contexts.
  • Including a greater selection of content and contexts into the curriculum.
  • Providing opportunities to strengthen learning habits, self-esteem, resilience, and self-reliance.

Impact Projects

Our Impact Projects provide focus for community involvement. We encourage students to have a positive impact on others, the school and/or the community.

The Impact Projects start as teacher-led initiatives. However, as the year progresses, students to start to take more ownership of these by creating their own Impact Projects where teachers are there to support their choices.

Life Skills

Life Skills units promote student engagement by making learning relevant to real-life contexts. We include a greater selection of content and contexts into the curriculum and prepare students for lifelong learning.

Units covered:

  • Digital Literacy
  • Growth Mindset
  • Careers
  • Our D.A.R.E. Values
  • Building Self-Esteem
  • Writing Skills
  • Leaving Home 
  • Budgeting
  • Goal Setting
  • Google Suite

STAR Time

This is Sit Together and Read (STAR) time and has been introduced to:

  • Increase engagement with written texts.
  • Increase enjoyment of reading a variety of written texts.
  • Build knowledge, literacy, and resilience.
  • Increase thinking skills.
  • Improve vocabulary and writing skills.
  • Build creative and imaginative capabilities.

We have a wide range of books available at our school library. If students are interested in a book that we do not have, please ask them to speak with our school librarian who may be able to source the book for them.