Helping Make Learning Visible at Primary School

Moturoa School is a primary school situated in the coastal town of New Plymouth, in the North Island of New Zealand. The roll at Moturoa School may be not be large (100 children), but their approach to learning is expansive.

As principal Delwyn Riding explains “we are an inclusive school that is State and Montessori combined. We have a strong family focus and we are big on parent engagement with their child’s learning.”

As a primary school Moturoa is so committed to encouraging both students and educators to be independent thinkers and life-long learners that their school vision is “Together we GROW (Gratitude, Resilience, Orderly and Wonder)”.

 

“For us, excellence is achieved through current best practice embracing the Montessori philosophy across all contexts. We follow the Virtues of Character and learn together in a respectful environment”

— Delwyn Riding – Principal

Like their unified blending of teaching styles, Moturoa began their Educa journey as a natural progression in supporting children’s learning journeys. Before they started at Moturoa, children often attended the connected Montessori preschool The Casa.

According to Delwyn, parents at the Casa loved Educa so it seemed “best practice to continue with Educa to aid a seamless transition to school”.

Smoothing the transition from preschool to primary school benefits both the children and their families. As children grow, so do their portfolios – providing families with a clear picture of how their learning is developing from preschool right through primary school.

At Moturoa they are taking a “common sense” approach to moving documentation online. For them, Educa has provided the means to:

Children were thrilled by a visit from the Navy (HMNZ Endeavour). They got to read, play sport and and talk with them. Children were thrilled by a visit from the Navy (HMNZ Endeavour). They got to read, play sport and and talk with them.

  • Build a collaborative learning environment
  • Reach families with ease
  • Increase parent engagement
  • Give students agency

Students at Moturoa are well known in the Taranaki region for their innovative environmental programs and conservation planting which is restoring endangered native plants to the local area.

Educa Keeps Parents In The Loop

With the wide range of learning activities taking place at the school, parents now get to “see what is happening in the classroom immediately”. But it’s not just the parents who get to see learning in action. The ability for parents to link family members into a child’s Educa stories means “wider family get a glimpse into classroom life”.

Plus there’s the feedback and the fact that parents can comment on their child’s work. Educa has “made reporting to parents far more responsive” says Delwyn.

“It is motivating for all involved”

At Moturoa they take pride in being “globally aware, hav[ing] a strong sense of social justice and honour[ing] diversity”. For teachers, as well as the student portfolio component, Educa also means they can record their work for appraisals and track cultural competencies (using Ta Tātaiako) in the teacher portfolio section.

Ngamotu kindergarten planting day. Moturoa students

Tracking Activity

As principal, a brilliant feature for Welwyn is the range of graphs and reports that Educa gives her immediate access to. “These are easy to manage and track feedback exceptionally well”.

The reporting module provides a real-time analysis of stories written, with parent engagement, curriculum usage and story reports for child, educator and family instantly available.

Students from Moturoa with principal Delwyn Riding (main photo) at the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway Native Plant Display Station.  Students from Moturoa with principal Delwyn Riding (main photo) at the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway Native Plant Display Station.

Moturoa is a “small, family centred school with a big heart” and using Educa promotes their caring environment by making teachers lives easier, and families lives richer. Sharing the love and supporting the learning that “extends beyond the classroom” makes for a great educational partnership.

Question: What is the single biggest reason you would recommend Educa?
Answer: Its simple brilliance. It reduces teacher workload. 

 

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