Milton Primary School - Respect, Responsibility, Confidence

Integrated Learning

 What is integrated learning

Integrated learning supports learners to be actively involved in their learning, through being part of the decision-making process.  It values leaners’ prior knowledge and uses this as an initial starting point.   Learning areas are viewed as interconnected rather than isolated form one another so integration ensures that children receive a balanced and enriched curriculum and enables children to transfer understandings across learning areas.  Integrated learning, through a concept, filters into all curriculum areas and through all teaching and learning experiences, to make learning purposeful and authentic.

 

 Technology is:

Technology is intervention by design: the use of practical and intellectual resources to develop products and systems that expand human possibilities by addressing needs and realising opportunities.  Adaptation and innovation are at the heart of technological practice.  Quality outcomes result from thinking and practices that are informed, critical, and creative.

 

Our Beliefs about Technology:

Children will engage in creative problem solving to help them develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to participate as informed members of a technological society.  Through technological experiences children will learn to:

  •        Identify needs
  •        Design, analyse, discuss and trial possible solutions
  •        Use their initiative and demonstrate creativity
  •        Find a compromise if appropriate
  •        Evaluate the effectiveness of their solution
  •        Consider the impact of their practice on others and their environment
  •        Understand the language of technology

 

Social Sciences is:

About how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens.

Our Beliefs about Social Sciences:

Children need to develop an awareness of their own cultural backgrounds and that of others in New Zealand and in other parts of the world; knowledge of New Zealand as our country and its place in our world; an understanding of relationships between different groups of people; and an ability to participate in a changing world as informed, confident and responsible citizens.

 

Science is:

A way of investigating, understanding, and explaining our natural, physical world and the wider universe.

Our Beliefs about Science:

In preparing our children for an environment that places an ever-increasing emphasis on science and technology an effective, well-balanced science programme is essential.  Children learn about and develop an understanding of the natural and physical world through observation, investigation and testing their ideas to help them clarify their thinking and develop scientific knowledge.