Celebrating the Curriculum: Oturu School


What do olive oil, tadpoles, soap making, and honey have in common? The answer is Fraser Smith's determination to use the New Zealand Curriculum's wide ability band for growth in a rich learning environment. Smith describes the curricula of Oturu School, where they are building confidence and knowledge in creating integrated and contextualised learning.

Smith is principal of Oturu School in Kaitāia, where he led the school community in developing their own curriculum. The story of how this was developed is told in Snap Shots, Curriculum stories on TKI. He is passionate about the environment and writes stories and songs and plays and sings in a band. He has published children’s literature including “Awatea’s Treasure”which is targeted at boys and  Māori students.

This talk was a part of Growing from Strong Foundations in Auckland on 5, June, 2018

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