Key Competencies

Within each inquiry different Key Competencies, are explored and practiced: They include

  •  Managing self, 

  •  Relating to others, 

  •  Participating and Contributing 

  •  Thinking skills.

  • Using language symbols and text

Each of these sets of skills is monitored against criteria that are shared and evaluated with the children. Solo maps are created within each class to support the development of the Key Competency.

Wairakei Primary School believe that our student need the key competencies to live, learn, work, and contribute as active members of their communities. More complex than skills, the competencies draw also on knowledge, attitudes, and values in ways that lead to action. They are not separate or stand-alone. They are the key to learning in every learning area.

Students need opportunities to develop their capability as users of knowledge and skills in wide-ranging contexts now and in the future. This requires attention not only to their recall of knowledge, or ability to perform particular skills. They also need to be capable of using those competencies in diverse contexts – at school, in the community, at home, with friends, with peers, in mathematics and statistics, in the arts, and other learning areas.