• Howick Intermediate

    Howick Intermediate

    De Bon Vouloir Servir
    "To serve with goodwill"
  • Howick Intermediate

    Howick Intermediate

    A school of excellence where every person is enabled to succeed in a safe, happy and stimulating environment.
  • Howick Intermediate

    Howick Intermediate

    A school of excellence where every person is enabled to succeed in a safe, happy and stimulating environment.
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HIS Houses

Howick Intermediate
Whanau / Houses

Cooper

Ngata

 

Mansfield

 

Hobson

   

 

 
 

Whanau Ngata

Is happiness the key to a successful future?

Rationale:

In an ever changing world we are constantly met with challenges and unexpected bumps in the road, therefore it is important to learn that we are responsible for our own thoughts, feelings and actions. This includes the way we choose to respond and react to difficult situations. Through exploring the concept of happiness students will learn that they have power over their own lives and how they view the world that they live in. Students will learn about what makes them happy/unhappy and how to make positive choices for themselves. Through leading happy and healthy lives students will develop higher self esteem, choose positive role models and learn skills to persevere when met with challenges.


Through exploring this fertile question students will develop critical thinking skills, communication skills, emotional intelligence as well as problem solving skills.
 

Term 1: What is happiness?

Inquiry Focus:

  • Students will attempt to answer this question through exploring what makes them and others happy. They will learn about the four areas of wellbeing in Hauora (taha tinana, taha hinengaro, taha whanau, and taha wairua) as well find out about their own past and present and how this influences who they are today.

Literacy Focus:

  • Through the NZReadAloud programme students will complete a novel study with other students across the country. They will read the book, ‘An Unexpected Hero’ and engage in critical thinking in class and online with their peers.

 

Term 2: How do I lead a happy lifestyle?

Inquiry Focus:

  • Students will learn that the way in which they treat their body has an impact on happiness levels. They will develop their understanding of healthy eating and exercise. Students will learn about the food pyramid and the ways in which diet and exercise has an positive impact on our levels of energy, productivity and happiness.

Literacy Focus:

  • Students will engage in a challenging and thought provoking text through participating in the ‘Literacy Circles’ programme. Each week they will have a learning activity to complete which encourages them to think critically about the messages within the text and how they relate to their own lives. Speech writing will also play a huge role in this term as students work toward drafting, editing and delivering an effective persuasive speech to their peers.

 

Term 3: How do I create a happy future?

Inquiry Focus:

  • Students will learn that they need to make positive choices for their future in order to live happy and successful lives. Students will engage in the financial literacy programme offered through the Getwise programme run by ASB. They will also work their way through a careers unit which will encourage students to think about what talents, skills and knowledge they have that will help them in their future careers.

Literacy Focus:

  • Students will find creative and attractive ways to display what they have learnt after reading a text through the book in a bag project. Alongside this students will engage in explanation and report writing in which they learn to use more technical and formal language for communicating their ideas.

 

Term 4: How can I make the world a happier place?

Inquiry Focus:

  • Students will learn that they can contribute to the happiness of those around them, others in the community as well as people around the world through engaging in charity work, fundraising or a community project.

Literacy Focus:

  • Students will engage in poetic and narrative writing this term. They will continue to learn about figurative language and how to use language in the best way to effectively communicate their message.