Environment for Learning - Parent/Community Consultation 2018

Tēnā koutou Whanau.

We have nearly completed our property renewal works, and the Board would like to improve our school environment next.

This project has been on our minds from the beginning of our renewal project as the final phase in making our school fit better with the way we teach, how our children learn and enhance the culture of Little River School.

We’re thinking about the spaces outside the classrooms as our environments for learning.
Some think of these spaces as; the playgrounds, the court, the field or driveway and paths.

Looking at these spaces together, they are our largest learning space, and areas with a variety of uses.

The playground is often the place where our learners grow valuable principles like the competencies of relating to others, participating and contributing or managing self.
Where friendships are developed and where we can be immersed in nature.

We’ve been brainstorming what we’d like to have in our school environment. These have been categorised in the following ways:

                                 Category - Examples

Playground Equipment – playground upgrade, swing

Enviro Learning – gardens, ponds, minifarm for studying creatures

Social Space – social seating, picnic areas

Safety Improvements – shade, entrance paths, bike parking, combine sandpits

Cultural Responsiveness – welcoming signs, mural, naming signs

Landscape Design Improvements – storage for gear, weather fit

Spatial Play, Undeveloped Areas – creative play zones

Question Title

* 1. What do you think could be done to improve learning, teaching and make our school better?