The children plan their day in their work journals, and then the three-hour work cycle begins. As a child completes each activity on their plan, they check it off. They can choose to work individually or with others. The Guides observe the room so they can identify Teachable Moments and give Presentations.
Units of Enquiry include the natural and social sciences, geography, history and art. Children continue their work as the Guides continue their Observations and Presentations.
Throughout the week, as Teachable Moments are identified for each child, they are given Presentations designed to draw them to a particular learning material.
Guides meet with each child once a week to see how
they’re getting on with their work and feeling about school. Conferencing helps students take ownership of their learning, and the information collected by the Guide is added to each child’s record of lessons.
The Peace Process
Older children, or Guides, help children to reach a resolution when a conflict or misunderstanding occurs.
Finished work sharing sessions
Students can celebrate their learning successes at regular sharing sessions.
A virtue is picked each week for the children to practice and then reflect on. Virtues are qualities like helpfulness, love, patience, respect, courage and determination.
Children are assigned a school house when they begin at Matakana School. They wear their house colours for special assemblies and events.
A whole school assembly is held once a week.
Children visit the school library once a week.
Swimming lessons are held once or twice a week in terms 1 & 4.
Children can attend lunchtime clubs in term 2.
Kapa Haka, Choir, Ukulele, Glee Club
Musical activities are held once a week for year 4 to 6 students.