Classes at Morningside School have been organised into seven collaborative teaching teams: Team Kakariki, Team Kea, Team Tui, Team Pukeko, Team Kotare, Team Kereru and Team Kiwi. Each team has two or three teachers plus teacher aides working with their students. Our eighth team comprises the two satellite classes from Blomfield Special School.
Team Kakariki has been set up as a Foundation class for students transitioning to school from their Early Childhood centres. The class programme is developed from both the Early Child Curriculum, Te Whariki, and The New Zealand Curriculum, and with a focus settling children into school and preparing them for more formal learning. When the children are ready they will move through to Team Kea. This may happen after a few weeks, or after a term or two or even longer, totally depending on their readiness.
We believe that an effective learning culture is one in which teachers work collaboratively with each other to teach their students so that they will learn more. Research tells us that schools organised in this way produce students with higher achievement and better levels of skills and understanding than do traditionally organised schools.