First Year PCT Programme (for Teachers who Teach 0-3 Year Students)

Course Programme

9.30am – 10.15am

10.15am – 10.30am

10.30am – 12.30pm

12.30pm –  1.00pm

1.00pm –  2.30pm

Mentoring Time – burning issues, reflection, inquiry, next steps, goal setting, networking, collegial collaboration

Morning Tea

Content Facilitation


Content Facilitation, reflection.

Information about the Induction and Mentoring Programme and working towards full certification;

Unpacking the codes and standards, setting goals in alignment with your school procedures;

Creating effective classroom/learning environments and management/organisation;

Student engagement and developing connected, positive relationships – some ‘starter off’ behaviour management strategies;

Promoting a growth mindset, wellbeing and mindfulness;

Teachers to participate in circle time training and drama activities to develop empathy, cohesiveness, cooperation and collaboration with their own students.

Presented by Jo Williams

Getting Started

Elements of an effective reading/literacy programme;

Teaching approaches;

Strategies and skills, reading tips, resources and useful websites.

Presented by Jo Williams 

How are you going?

This session is a debrief, reflection and review of your previous two sessions. We recognise that in Term 1 the Getting Started session and the Reading session for first year beginning teachers is a lot of information to take on board. 

This zoom meeting allows teachers to discuss their practice so far and provides an opportunity to ask questions, gain clarification, add and enhance ideas already shared. 

We will return to some behaviour management strategies and reflect on how developing positive, meaningful student relationships is a continual progression. 

Presented by Jo Williams

starting back

Unpack the learning progressions and alignment in the New Zealand Curriculum with the Number Framework;

Focus on developing a problem solving approach in mathematics;

Explore how to develop students’ collaboration skills and resilience when working as mathematicians;

Focus on developing students’ mathematical communication skills.

Presented by Lucie Cheeseman

Lucie Cheeseman

Review the features of an effective, balanced writing programme;

Unpack the writing skills that students need to develop in order to write independently;

Explore a holistic approach to writing, looking at how writing can be integrated across the curriculum and through play, sensory opportunities and day to day experiences.

Presented by Jo Williams

Importance of Oral Language

Looking at the Standard – Te Tiriti o Waitangi Partnership;

Demonstrate commitment to tangata whenua and Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand;

Unpacking ‘Protection, Partnership, Participation’;

Introducing Te Reo Maori activities and resources.

Presented by Raewyn Flynn 

Integrating more Te Reo into the Mainstream Classroom

This session will demonstrate fun, hands-on exploration and investigation activities that teachers can implement in their own learning settings. By looking through a science lens, we are able to harness children’s innate curiosity leading to their engagement. 

We will explore how we can foster a student’s sense of wonder and develop early inquiry, questioning and thinking skills. There will be opportunities in the day to explore websites, resources and further readings and to make links with other curriculum areas.

Presented by Graham Cox 


A fun, engaging and practical session focusing on how best to get music up and running with your junior students, providing them with a range of musical experiences. 

We will look at music elements and the music curriculum, whilst linking to other curriculum areas.

Useful websites and resources will be explored.

Presented by: Robyn McQueen

What have you observed this year about your students and their various learning styles? 
What have you noticed about your students’ thinking and questioning tendencies?   
What have you noticed about the processing abilities of individual students?   

Have you recognised that there have been dyslexic students in your learning environment this year? You may have sought advice from colleagues/RTLB members to help you put certain strategies into place. Or you may have taken it upon yourself to follow your own line of research.

This zoom workshop endeavours to clarify some of the questions you may have around dyslexia. It will be a practical, straight-talking and illuminating session providing a succinct and holistic insight into the dyslexic student, and give teachers some common indicators of what to look out for and how best to meet the learning and emotional needs of dyslexic students.

Teachers who have recognised and understood dyslexic students in their class are able to pass on valuable information to the student’s next teacher so that their learning and emotional needs continue to be met rather than the possibility of them ‘flying under the radar’ or giving up on school altogether.

Presented by Jo Williams

Jo Williams