Work or Play - It’s all Learning
Things that are really good at school
The bank (x3) Loose Ends Music programmes
Writing Personal Learning Time New Kitchen
Friends Book Week Sustained Silent Reading
Library - Access IT system Gala Climbing trees
Orchard Swimming Pool (x4) Options (choosing learning topics)
Wooden cotton reels Playground (x3) Planning new play areas
Art Student Google accounts Maths (x2)
Things we want to improve and our ideas for these
More swimming - pool open a few more weeks or for two terms
Special fundraisers like market days
More wheel days
Get rid of wasps
Problem of footballs going into the orchard when kicked over the goalposts. We voted on moving the goalposts: For, 7: Against, 7: No opinion, 9.
Trips - like the pirate day last year
More camps and also for younger students. Tent City
Bike and scooter track - perhaps a pump track
Swings: perhaps 2, one for little kids and one for big kids. Have a roster of days or classes so everybody gets a turn; have a coin-operated swing.
More Loose Ends equipment; trolleys.
A slide for the swimming pool
Redo the lines around the sports field
Pet days: some children REALLY want pet days
Mirrors in the toilets so we can keep our faces clean
Tairongo Time - do it every week.
You’ll notice an impressive range of things the children enjoy at school and probably few surprises among the ideas for improvements. You’ll also notice there is no mention of wanting more maths or writing, which I think comes down to the children, even at a young age, separating work from play. Literacy and numeracy are seen very much by students as the ‘work’ of school, while the things that appear on these lists would mostly be regarded by children as ‘play.’ Work often becomes synonymous with toil and drudgery, play equates to fun and adventure. The responsibility for the distinction lies with us - teachers and parents. It’s we who talk to children about ‘school work’, meaning the stuff that happens in classroom lessons, and establish in their minds the concept of work as something that is important largely because it is difficult, challenging and not much fun.
The truth is that the curriculum - the things that are learned - encompasses everything the child engages with at school; there is as much learning in the sandpit as there is in the maths lesson. We will shift our perspective about the value of different activities, and do better for our children, if we stopped saying ‘work’ and ‘play’ and simply referred to everything as ‘learning.’
When your child comes home from school today try asking: ‘what learning did you do at school today?’ ‘What do you have for home learning?’
A couple of thank yous and a reminder
Thanks to the PTA for the disco last Friday - it was highly rated and appreciated.
Thanks to the Pool Committee for a stunning swimming season and a great season-ending pool party last Sunday. You do an amazing job that brings a lot of pleasure and benefit to our community. Remember to return your pool key to the school office and reclaim your $20 bond.
A reminder that if your child is receiving a report this week you will also have a learning conference next Tuesday - booking information will accompany the report.
Have a good week.
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