A large part of their literacy focus this week involved the Ministry of Education theme of “Cook Islands Heroes”, with the school’s Maori language teacher Lucy Vano leading their studies.
Vano was especially involved in helping Year 3 students create their own books about Cook Islands leaders, the late Albert Henry and the late Sir Tom Davis.
“We utilised a lot of our Maori learning resources, got support from the archives and magazines and spent time learning about these two heroes in particular,” said Vano.
“The kids then made some small books and under some pictures of Albert and Tom they then created their own little stories to go with them.”
Vano said the youngsterts were split into groups within the class to create their literary masterpieces
“Splitting them into groups was a good way to get those students who are a bit further along in their Maori language to share their knowledge and help those who don’t quite know as much.”
A focus on improving the literacy skills across both English and Maori has been a school-wide focus this year.