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Immersion Learning

With so much content and knowledge at hand, it is vital that we identify the most relevant key concepts, authentic enduring understandings and powerful learning processes for our students.

We do this by realising the full potential of the New Zealand Curriculum, critically extracting key learning parts that allow us to fulfil our vision of enabling life-long learning, empowering students to contribute confidently and responsibly in our changing world.

In 2018, we are excited by the possibilities that immersing ourselves in the following concepts will bring.  It is through teaching these concepts that we bring the learning areas to life, giving them context and meaning for our students through a connected curriculum.  Literacy and numeracy is taught through integration and targeted approaches, sitting alongside Social Science, Technology, Health & P.E, Science, Languages & The Arts. 

2018 Immersion Concepts
  • Identity (Social Sciences, Health & P.E & The Arts)
  • Innovation (Technology & Science)
  • Systems  (TBD)
  • Contribution (TBD)
Past Concepts
  • Expression
  • Interaction
  • Experienced through The Arts, Health and P.E and Social Sciences
  • Energy
  • Experienced through Science
  • Creativity
  • Experienced through Technology & The Arts

Children learn best when it's something they are passionate about: however if we don't introduce them to exciting new concepts then they tend to stick to the familiar. Immersion learning is designed to expand their horizons and stretch their thinking, taking them to places in their learning that they didn't know existed.

Immersion is an integral part of Hobsonville Point education.  With three significant immersion phases a year, students experience curriculum with a focus on depth rather than breadth, which allows for deep inquiry and construction of meaning, through the various learning areas.  

Teacher's take great care in:
  • creating authentic learning contexts for the students,
  • designing transferable & relevant understandings,
  • personalising the learning content,
  • developing opportunities for life-skills (dispositions) to grow and,
  • connecting knowledge and skills.
Our staff essentially mine the New Zealand curriculum, selecting the most relevant and important parts for our community of learners, thus creating a rich and powerful localised curriculum.

Through immersion into new experiences, concepts, knowledge and understandings we aim to build on children's knowledge so they can do something purposeful with it.  

An important part of immersion is asking essential questions to help us unpack a concept or topic.  These questions help us to discover what is important, core ideas and follow inquiries.  Through this exploration phase it helps us to make sense of complex ideas, knowledge and know-how.

When we think about what is meaningful to experience and learn we want to engage our students thinking so they're curious, inquiring and excited by possibilities.  We know that from effective immersion, we are forming launchpads, from which they can create their own powerful learning stories.