Takapuna Grammar School
210 Lake Road, Takapuna, Auckland
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kcrs attributes

Knowing means

  • Understanding of how learning happens
  • Appreciating depth of knowledge and being able to discriminate its intellectual quality and accuracy
  • Being able to organise knowledge in ways that help to retrieve and apply it
  • Seeing knowledge not as an end in itself but as the way to further learning
  • Seeking knowledge across a wide spectrum of endeavour
  • Continually demonstrating curiosity and accepting challenges

Connecting means

  • Actively constructing understandings based on personal experiences, past and present
  • Understanding the relevance of learning
  • Developing a wide range of strategies for communicating meaning
  • Appreciating the value of personal narrative
  • Envisioning a personal future and proactively working towards it
  • Understanding your place in the world
  • Developing persistence, resilience and independence.
    Relating means
  • Applying knowledge across all  areas of learning and appreciating the links between skills and understandings.
  • Applying learning to personal needs and ambitions
  • Using assessment, appraisal and continual feedback to evaluate present learning success and outcomes.
  • Using knowledge to solve problems creatively.
  • Listening to others input and using knowledge wisely.
  • Developing a global perspective and a sense of service.

Supporting means

  • Believing in the capacity of all people to learn and recognising their individual talents and needs
  • Being consciously inclusive and promoting a positive learning environment for all
  • Acknowledging cultural diversity and in particular the bi-cultural nature of the New Zealand context
  • Creating and working in a collaborative learning environment. Being sensitive to issues related to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and cultural background
  • Being tolerant and encouraging of others viewpoints, including opposing or alternative one.


The strategies that a teachers uses in a learning context should both model and teach students learning behaviours to support them to become lifelong learners and to achieve personal excellence.

Fundamental to these strategies is inquiry-based learning.  This is an approach in which students have ownership of their learning.  It starts with exploration and questioning and leads to investigation into a worthy question, issue, problem or idea.  It involves asking questions, gathering and analysing information, generating solutions, making decisions, justifying conclusions and taking action.  Inquiry-based learning is based on the belief that students are powerful learners who are actively engaged in the process of investigating, processing, organising, and extending their knowledge within a subject or activity.

Strategies might include:
3 Level Guides
Use of Graphic Organisers
Enquiry learning
Authentic questioning
Habits of Mind
Thinking Hats
Blooms Taxonomy
Brain Compatible learning
Lateral thinking
Feedback, feed forward
Portfolios and exemplars