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Stories of Change - Putaruru Primary School

Learning with Digital Technology at Putaruru Primary School

Kimai, Putaruru Primary School Kimai lovingly traced the artwork on the iPad as he told us about his visit to the Marae, - the story they learned there and the art that came from the visit.  At times he looked into the distance, remembering the story in detail and reliving the visit to the Marae.  He told his story with pride, confidence, knowledge and ownership.

 Kimai and his fellow classmates at Putaruru Primary School were sharing their inquiry into the possibility of creating a Ki o Rahi field in the school grounds.

 Teacher, Fraser Quinn, said that the inquiry has been totally student driven, with the starting point the possibility of creating a Ki o Rahi field at Putaruru Primary.  The inquiry has evolved organically with the students asking questions, brainstorming possible solutions in a Google doc. and then contacting experts as ideas took shape.  While the 7 pou in the game relate to Matariki, a decision was made to use the 7 Marae in the Putaruru region to represent the game’s 7 pou.  Stories heard on each Marae would be translated into carvings with the help of their expert carver, Kyle. 

 Science questions are bubbling out of the inquiry as students consider using different grasses to represent different zones of the game.  Mathematics problems relating to measurement, diameter, circumference have been grappled with and students have stepped up to communicate and sell their idea firstly to the BOT and then with the wider community as they seek support and help to bring their idea to fruition.

 All of this has been made easier with the use they are making of technology – communicating with experts for support, researching ideas, and creating videos to help others see their vision. Maori Television has been emailed and is interested in re-telling the students’ story.  Local businesses have got involved after requests from the students and are lending a hand with support and materials.  The students have connected with their community and the experts within it.

 The class is abuzz with enthusiasm about their project.   When asked what it had meant to them so far, students responded with:

  •  Learning like this helps me keep on track – the game has helped me physically too.
  •  Learning how to co-operate and work as a team and communicate with each other.
  •  I have learned about radius and diameter and how to use a compass.
  •  Making all the movies and circling the field and doing Maori art – all the Maori patterns, and playing the game of Ki o Rahi have been good.
  •  Planning where the field is going to be and getting the radius right has been fun.

 … And getting back to Kimai – the fun part for him has been visiting and listening to the stories at the Marae and then making that into the artwork for the Pou.


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