Sunday, July 3, 2016

Life Skills at Hope School

Have you heard about The Key Competencies??

The Key Competencies are a big part of our NZ Teaching Curriculum. They are the knowledge, attitudes, and values that children need, in order to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their community.

At Hope School we use the term "Life Skills" instead of Key Competencies.  Because basically they are the skills you need to get through life.
There are five Competencies:
  • Thinking
  • Relating to Others
  • Using language Symbols and Text
  • Managing Self
  • Participating and Contributing
At school we usually focus specifically on one of these Life Skills each term.
This term we have been developing our understanding of Relating to Others.
Below are a couple of web site links you might like to look at. It may help you to understand the importance of these Life Skills.

TKI the online knowledge basket - Min of Ed

Parents Portal, Ministry of Education - Key Competencies

At Hope School we believe these Life Skills are just as important as reading writing and maths. In fact if you can ensure children are competent and confident users of these Life Skills they generally concentrate more, think harder and find learning more enjoyable in other areas of the curriculum. So we believe these skills are worth spending quality time on. We encourage and model these skills daily in our classrooms.

This term the Room 3 children have been working on a series of video clips showing what Relating to Others looks like when you are 5 or 6 years old at Hope School. Of course there are many components to Relating to Others. Take a look at our video and you will see some of them.


  1. AnonymousJuly 03, 2016

    Wow, Mrs Ross! What a great class that can work together so beautifully - we loved the video with such fantastic examples of helping each other get along. Well done Room 3 :-) Sarah

  2. What an amazing group of children you have in your class Mrs Ross. The world is a better place because of them. Charlotte


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