After 4 years at the end of level 2 and on their final year at the end of Level 3. What you see in
the diagram is that it is not an exact measurement. Students do move between levels. Past
governments have tried with testing (National Standards) to get an exact measurement. This
provided huge anxiety and was based on the theory that we all progress at the same rate, that
we all are the same. Not a great idea which was binned. Schools use lots of evidence to figure
out where a child is working (Beginning Level, At Level, Achieved Level). This information will
then be passed onto the students and whanau during 3 Way Conferences. The most important
aspect of this process is the conversation we have about the learning and the next steps that
will need to be taken. As students get older these conversations become more detailed as they
gain a better understanding of the levels and stages in their learning. We try to build their voice
as they work through the school so they take ownership of their learning.
It is really important that as we have these discussions over learning we remember Reading,
Writing and Maths are extremely important but also being able to manage yourself, be kind,
work with others, have resilience and be a good friend are as important. This will also be a part
of our korero.
Next Monday the school will remain open for 3 Way Conferences. In the past we have closed
the school but thought this would provide an opportunity for our whanau to come into school,
see their child in class as well as have a conversation with their child’s teacher. Teachers have
been busy testing and writing reports so they have lots of information to share with you.
One of our big school-wide targets this year is Basic Facts. At each ‘Stage’ there are clear
expectations of what students need to learn. Stages 0-3 deal with groupings around 10 and as
they progress to Stage 8 number knowledge becomes more demanding. It is work that can
easily be practised at home. This link https://nzmaths.co.nz/number-facts-activities has lots of
ideas around what you could do. Just talking about numbers with your children brings in a whole
lot of concepts. Every Yr3-Yr6 child has been tested to see where they are working at and all
their classrooms will be making extra time every day to practice during term 3 and 4.
I always get so much out of spending time teaching in a classroom. Last week I spent three
days in the Kowhai classroom. Breakah was learning about Worm Farming and had lots of great
ideas to share when we read through the text. He stepped out of his comfort zone, backed
himself and his thinking. He is a very talented young guy. Eden has just arrived from the deep
South and is an amazing student to teach. She focuses on every word and then puts it to
practice. She always puts 100% effort into her mahi. Haere mai, nau mai, welcome to Mangonui
School. Danica won the principal award for kindness. We had a new student visiting our Pukeko
classroom and Danica made a special effort to look after her. Totally took the anxiety of visiting a
new school away for her. It was ‘pure natural’ kindness. Mangonui School has great students!!
Have a great weekend.