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Healthy Active Learning || Success stories from Term 3, 2020

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Our Healthy Active Learning Team has been busy throughout Term 3 supporting schools in the Central Bay region with workshops and facilitation of traditional
Māori games.

Contributing to Kahui Ako

Healthy Active Learning Kahui Ako

The Healthy Active Learning Team was invited to run workshops at a rescheduled Teacher Only Day. This demonstrated the strong relationships we have in that Kahui Ako and allowed us to expand on the work we’ve done to date. It was also a great chance to collaborate as a Healthy Active Learning Team to showcase our expertise in Physical Education. We also contributed to the Mindfulness Workshop working alongside their facilitator in the afternoon sessions. Check out the video below to see the teachers participating in the Physical Education Games.

Hoops and numbers

Integrated curriculum activity

Words and actions


Learning intentions and success criteria

There were lightbulb moments for teachers this term as the team facilitated teacher workshops on stating a learning intention and success criteria and then reflected on the value added to the HPE lesson through this process.

At Owhata Primary School, the Year 5 & 6 classes have been involved in 1 x 45 minute boxing session a week for the past 2 years. Following our Healthy Active Learning workshop using the teacher release fund, one teacher said: “After the boxing session yesterday we went back to the classroom and talked about the learning intentions of boxing – dedication, determination and discipline.”

The students discussed what it meant and gave examples of how they saw others demonstrating the 3 D’s. The teacher explained that the student discussion was awesome and the kids were positive. This was the first follow-up discussion connecting a provider session back in the classroom.

Traditional Māori Games

“The first half of the year saw Cody teaching Kio-rahi which aligned with our Ko Au Turangawaewae unit. Students were upskilled to a level that they are now able to incorporate this game in our student engagement activities, which are organised and run by students.

"The second half of the year has seen Cody focus on “Brain Breaks”. These crucial engagement strategies have ensured our teachers have recognised the benefits of ‘Healthy Active Learning’ activities through the day, and not just at planned PE times. Teachers and students now appreciate how ‘Brain Breaks’ help energize and refocus their ability to ready themselves to learn”.

Assistant Principal at Rotorua Intermediate, Jodi Le Comte-Hepburn

If you want support with Ki-o-rahi in your school please chat to your Healthy Active Learning Advisor who work in with Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa.

Healthy Active Learning

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Debbie Garea

Tamariki Lead

027 487 5377

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