Second 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.

Morning – 

Refresher information regarding the Induction and Mentoring Programme;

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

Reflecting on our classroom/learning environments, management and organisation;

Developing connected, positive relationships;

Working with children with challenging behaviours and creating inclusive environments;

Revisiting health and wellbeing, growth mindset and mindfulness.

Presented by Jo Williams

Afternoon – 

Community engagement that strengthens success for Pasifika students;

Guidance around effective communication with parents/caregivers/community;

So’otaga – making connections, building on values, beliefs and a sense of belonging;

Exploring Pasifika culture, values, proverbs, celebrations, protocols and co-constructing

learning that encompasses cultural Fa’a Samoa that aligns with NZ key competencies;

Opportunities to learn greetings, instructions and simple songs through practical activities, useful websites and resources;

Discussion around Pasifika people’s achievements (artists, authors, mathematicians etc) that can be shared with our students;

Further reading/research recommendations.

Presented by Saga Vaisagote-Frost

This ‘how to’ maths session will build both teachers’ and students’ confidence and knowledge in all areas of maths, as well as emphasize how to have fun while learning. 

We will explore numeral identification, place value, multiplication and division, fractions, decimal fractions and proportional thinking through the use of materials, games and activities in order to reinforce and embed these vital maths concepts in primary and intermediate school classrooms.

Presented by Jill Smythe

This session will provide opportunities for discussions around English language learners, what they bring to our classroom, what they need and how best we can support them and scaffold their learning. Practical ideas, activities, resources, documents and websites will be explored.  

Presented by Jo Williams

This session addresses the importance of providing daily oral language opportunities, sensory experiences and different types of play. It aims to increase teachers’ pedagogical knowledge of the foundation skills that children in the 0-3 age range need to continue developing. A variety of practical, visual and fun activities will be presented, aimed at developing children’s speaking and listening skills, including their thinking, questioning and inquiry skills.

Today’s session highlights how the connection between oral language, sensory experiences, play and the foundation skills contribute to reading and writing development.

Presented by Jo Williams

Thinking about The Arts as a toolbox for exploring, discovering and presenting;

Developing ideas through making and doing Visual Arts;

Practical guidelines for organising arts activities.

Presented by Juliette Laird

Morning – 

This practical and visual session aims to provide teachers with a ‘thinking and questioning’ toolkit that can be used immediately to create and foster a thinking and questioning learning culture. We will discuss the importance of modelling thinking aloud and the need to guide children to ask different types of questions for different purposes.

We will look at using graphic organisers and other thinking resources such as Thinker Keys that can scaffold and extend children’s thinking and problem solving. ‘The person who does the thinking does the learning’ (

Presented by Jo Williams

Afternoon – 

Digital technology, cyber safety, management tips, integrating digital technology across the curriculum and an opportunity to explore some of the best websites.

Presented by Glenn Pressnell

Teachers’s Choice / Presentations

Morning – 

“Physical Education is the most effective means of providing all children and youth with the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding for lifelong participation in society” UNESCO 2015

The intention of this workshop is to build your knowledge and understanding of the physical education component of the Health and Physical Education learning area. The session will not give you all the answers but it will be thought provoking through a range of practical activities and discussion.

We will explore the different terminology used in schools, the Health Physical Education curriculum, what constitutes quality PE and participate in some activities that you can play with your students.

The takeaway from this session is that teaching Physical Education is easier than expected, you have the ability to change the rules of the activities and as long as you have learning intentions connected to what you are doing the possibilities are endless! We will broaden your perception of what is possible when teaching Physical Education.

Presented by the Healthy Active Learning Team, CLM Community Sport 

Afternoon – 

Teachers’ Presentations;

This is an opportunity to draw on the strengths and passions that our teachers have developed over their last two years of teaching. Now that the teachers are approaching full certification, we would encourage several teachers from the programme, who show leadership qualities, to step forward and provide short presentations of their choice, showcasing their areas of developing expertise from which we as educators can all benefit.

Presented by the PCT Teachers