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:
- Relating to Others
- Using language Symbols and Text
- Managing Self
- Participating and Contributing
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.