Friday, 23 February 2018

Learning Areas in LC2

You may have noticed the different learning areas created throughout Learning Common 2. We believe the environment is the third teacher and should support, provoke and inspire the children's thinking and learning. These areas evolve to reflect our current learning focus. This blog and our Learning Journey Wall (in the hallway outside LC2) will be two places you can check for updates about the learning happening in LC2. You'll also see our learning documented in photos and explanations around the common. Please use these as prompts to talk with your child about what they have been doing. 


Exploring a variety of expressive mediums fosters imagination, creativity & wonderment of the world. A space to discover how learners are able to interpret through materials and articulate their own ideas.

Construction Area
With an emphasis on recycled and natural materials as one of our features within this space, we have observed the diverse group of learners using this learning area to explore.
The open ended possibilities of these materials have enabled students to reuse these for more than one purpose.  In this learning space students will further explore Mathematics, Science & Social Science concepts in non-traditional learning.
So far, this space has been used for problem solving, negotiation of space and materials, small group interactions, conversations, measuring height, volume, balancing, organising and classification.
Identity is our current focus topic, and we are beginning to see just how much the Hobsonville Point development is influencing ideas of how the small groups are planning and creating within their everyday play.

Light - as a provocation in the classroom where the children come together to explore array of materials in collaboration.

Language & Mathematics:  A working space supporting children through the materials. Using language to promote meaningful experiences.  Where children are exposed to a variety of shapes, sizes, properties of volume capacity that they are working with and within, counting objects, these are all in-conjunction with teachers supporting this with language identification in order for children to gain a clear understanding and comprehension of the learning that is happening.
Science & Technology:  We encourage possibilities of exploring transparent and coloured objects against the light – offering opportunities to make comparisons from one material to another.

Social Sciences:  This space promotes and enriches small group learning together.  Making comparison with other perspectives and adding to their own pre-existing knowledge.

Books support children’s literacy within our classroom.  This area offers many learning possibilities within the curriculum. 

Language & Social Sciences:  Through teacher interactions which help to promote meaningful experiences for children throughout the day. An emphasis on reading stories and promoting small group experiences to further support the rich love of communication. 
Mathematics:  Children continue to recognise familiar symbols through pictures and text.

Mathematical resources continue to support and foster the learners through their learning.  This area offers many learning possibilities within the curriculum. Problem solving with open ended materials & traditional resources encourages the rich learning of how objects have meaning in context for students. This area supports the children’s ability to make sense of how these works together, extending and developing skills within our curriculum

Language & Social Sciences:  A space to share with others collaboratively and learning alongside others.  Sharing ideas, challenging theories through the many tools of communication.
Mathematics:  These experiences continue to offer the opportunity for children to become more familiar with shapes, exploring volume, estimating space needed, sorting, balancing & classification of objects.

The Science area displays recycled, man-made and natural elements for the children to explore the vast array of gifts of Papatuanuku.  As the children explore these materials they develop their ideas and working theories of the wider world around them

Language & Social Sciences: Children discover learning together, elaborating on current knowledge of vocabulary making sense of their world as they make these connections with objects and words.
Science:  Children are beginning to work by de-compacting their working theories/ideas, and find ways to rediscover through their exploration.    

The family area is a place where the children are able to role-play, a place to gather, enjoy, and make connections from their home to school and of their wider community.  This is a place to explore learning concepts and learn together.

Language & Social Sciences:  This curriculum area supports and promotes children to be further exposed with the rich language that is promoted in the classroom from teacher to student, and student to student.  A place that fosters social gathering as a learning community.
Mathematics:  Children explore concepts of sorting and classification as they discover through the materials, students gain an awareness of mixing ingredients together – whether it is done with natural materials like sand and water, children gain a better understanding of components that mix, and measuring quantities needed to make their own recipes.