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TPPS Learning Principles


These principles put our Achievers at the centre of teaching and learning so they can experience a curriculum that engages and challenges them, is forward-looking and inclusive, and affirms our New Zealand unique identity.  The principles relate to how curriculum is formalised at Te Puke Primary School and are particularly relevant to the processes of planning, prioritising, and review. 

1. Treaty of Waitangi & Cultural Diversity

The TPPS curriculum reflects Te Puke and New Zealand’s cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all our Achievers and their families inclusive of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Māori and tikanga through our Learning Progressions, Kapa Haka and daily exposure from Year 1-6.

2. Achievers at the centre

TPPS learning environments recognises the Achievers’ as its core participants, encourages their active engagement and develops in them the understanding of their own AGENCY in their learning.

3. The social nature of Learning

The TPPS Learning Environment is founded on the social nature of learning and actively encourages well organised CO OPERATIVE LEARNING.

4. Emotions are integral to learning for our Achievers

Our teachers within our learning environments are highly attuned to the learners motivation and the key role of EMOTIONS in achievement.

5. Recognising Individual Differences of our Achievers

The TPPS learning environment is acutely sensitive to INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES among learners in it, including their prior knowledge, connections and experiences that they bring.

6. Stretching our Achievers

The TPPS learning environment devises programmes that demand hard work and challenges our Achievers to achieve PERSONAL EXCELLENCE regardless of their personal circumstances.

7. Assessment for Learning

The TPPS learning environment operates with clarity of expectations using assessment strategies consistent with these expectations - there is a strong emphasis on FORMATIVE FEEDBACK to support learning.

8. Building Horizontal Connections

The TPPS curriculum offers all Achievers’ a broad education that makes links across areas of knowledge and subjects as well as to the wider world whilst also having a degree of SOCIAL ACTION that contributes back to the community.

9. Future Focus

The curriculum encourages students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focused issues as SUSTAINABILITY, CITIZENSHIP, ENTERPRISE, and GLOBALISATION.