We are living in exponential times. The digital revolution, globalisation and unprecedented population growth has meant that the world we live in has shifted drastically – and will continue to shift in the foreseeable future.
"Our children are growing up in a world that is becoming increasingly inter-connected, and as such they need to not only see themselves as Kiwi kids, but also as citizens of the world."
As such no student in the history of education has needed to be like today’s modern learner. Students need to be able to think and work creatively in both digital and non-digital environments to develop unique skills and solutions. They need the ability to think and work analytically without instruction or supervision, as well as collaborate effectively as part of a team.
"Schools therefore need to provide young people with opportunities to explore real-world concepts and issues, think critically and acquire skills that they will need to apply throughout their educational and future professional journeys."
Here at Whangarei Primary School it is our vision to provide a programme of learning that emphasises the development of these skills within the context of the New Zealand National Curriculum. Our aim is to ensure that our young people equipped to become life-long learners, well prepared for the exponential times that they are living in.