The Discovery Time book is an exciting resource for primary teachers
Encouraging a student-directed learning environment where children create, explore and work on problem solving activities...
What is Discovery Time?
This exciting, activity-based programme provides a vehicle for teachers and students to explore curriculum learning and key competency development, in a fun, challenging, student-directed, authentic context.
Sessions allow for a wide range of activities from the arts to the sciences, following student’s ideas, interests and passions.
Teachers are saying...
“It puts balance back into the curriculum.”
“It puts students in charge of their own learning.”
“It’s a chance to stand back and really observe your students.”
Students are saying...
“It’s the best part of the whole week.”
“You learn to challenge yourself.”
“You get to do stuff that you have never done before - you think you can’t do it, but you can.”
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Why do Discovery Time?
In our schools we need to be educating the whole child – catering for the social, emotional and physical as well as the cognitive development of the student.
Research shows that the best way to do this is to ensure that children are given opportunities to engaged in:
The importance of play cannot be underestimated. It is what happens when children are self-directing and actively involved in their learning.
Being actively involved leads to more powerful understanding and ownership of new knowledge.
Make their own choices about what they will do and how they will go about it. The teachers may set the scene but the students decide what will happen next.
When you allow children to direct their own learning, be actively involved and playful then creativity, innovation and problem solving occur naturally.
and to be guided by Skilful adult involvement
This is the glue that holds all the other elements together. It is the careful adult observations, the conversations they have, the qualities they value and encourage, and the questions they ask that lead to a successful Discovery Time session.
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Hampden Street School continues to ‘grow’ their Discovery Time programme… “Discovery Time is a highlight of the Junior school week for teachers and parents. We now run 2 groups of 5 classes on Friday mornings. This is so that we can share the equipment we have more effectively. We also have a couple of young […]
We have had a request from Charlotte in Auckland and thought someone might be able to help. Sounds like a great development that I’m sure others would be interested in it too. So if you are doing something similar please let us know. Hi We are hoping to run a more fluid programme in our […]
We have been under way with Discovery Time for about a year now. Just the NE and Yr 1’s. We visited some great schools in Dunedin for inspiration. Our Board and PTA have supported us with money so we could buy lots of resources. It is still a learning journey but we are very excited about it. […]
Children had a lot of fun exploration and discovery while exploring the possibilities of primary colours – red, blue and yellow. The teacher provided a variety of brushes, sponges, rollers and a variety of thickness/ texture to the paint. “I’ve got 2 colours, red and yellow. No! Now I’ve got orange.”