Junior learning hub opens
‘‘We can get children out of the corridors and into classrooms ’’
A new junior learning hub has relieved some roll pressure for a Cromwell primary school, but there is still an immediate need for more classrooms.
Cromwell Primary School officially opened its new modern learning space for Year 1 pupils on Tuesday.
With a growing roll that does is not showing signs of abating, the Ha¯rewa Learning Hub has been a long-time coming for teachers and pupils who originally started plans in 2015.
Year 1 teacher Danella Smallridge said the final design was a large open space that could be closed off into different areas, including play areas, quiet working zones and closed off areas for focused work. The room is also kitted out with ergonomic furniture and ’’calming’’ colours
‘‘It’s not just your class, my class - it is about teachers working together and students working together. In 2015, as part of my study through Otago University I looked at modern learning environments with a special emphasis on learners with a dyslexic learning style and other learning challenges. My main concern was the trendy big open spaces where no-one could concentrate and I didn’t want that for our learning hub.
‘‘We have a lot of experience working in a big space so are getting the hang of how we can do things differently...I believe there are good things with modern learning - techniques and environments but also there is good old school stuff. I’d like to think we use the best of both worlds. We try to have a balance of the two.’’
With growing numbers there was ‘‘ripple effect’’ of classes shuffling around to snap up space.
‘‘There is a whole class of new entrants starting after Queen’s Birthday. Five new entrants who already started have been in a teaching resource room and we have had children working in the hallway.‘‘
Principal Wendy Brooks said the hub would alleviate pressure in other areas of the school in terms of numbers.
‘‘We can get children out of the corridors and into classrooms. I think its great the teachers coming in have had the chance to establish a teaching model for collaborative teaching before they get to be in a new learning environment. I think it’s really important and it is well embedded and our parents love it. It is about the fact it is a great match with staff, our pedagogy learning environment and the children.’’
.Danella Smallridge, Jim Porteous, 5, Louise Haig, Mason Adams, 6 and Cath McLellan in the new hub.
Wendy Brooks, principal