Learning Extension

Learning Extension

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Extended Learning (formerly known as the Advanced Learning Programme) is the term we use to define the programme we are delivering to our students, some of whom will be gifted & talented.

This is an opportunity for students to engage in a programme that prepares them to become future-focussed and flexible in their thinking.

  • To have opportunities to engage in critical, creative, and caring ways with complex issues shaping their world now and for the future.
  • To have provisions that are differentiated in breadth, depth, and pace to ensure opportunities for personal excellence.
  • Includes Learners from every demographic of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • To have the opportunity to develop self-understanding within responsive environments alongside peers who have similar abilities and interests.
  • The presence of a specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia) does not exclude a student from being identified as an Extended Learner. Such learning differences will be supported and accommodated.

These students often:

  • Learn more quickly / require less practice
  • Have an exceptional memory
  • Have the capacity for long periods of concentration 
  • May ask probing questions
  • Often are keenly alert and observant
  • Might have made leaps in learning
  • Often complex thought processes/ability to juggle complex material
  • Often divergent/creative
  • Often critical/analytical
  • May have exceptional reasoning ability

Note i: For every gifted child who displays one particular trait, there can be another who displays the exact opposite.

Note ii: The more highly able, the more pronounced particular traits and characteristics may be and potentially.

Extended Learning
Classes

At Ōtūmoetai College a student may be in one or more EL classes depending on their individual strengths and interests. 

  • Year 9 EL – English, Social Studies, Maths, Science
  • Year 10 AL – English, Social Studies, Science, PE, Maths A and B
  • Year 11 – English A + Maths ALA + Science AL
  • Year 12/13 – Eng A + Subject Selection + Scholarship

The learning needs of an Extended Learner student include:

  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Learn at readiness and pace
  • Others like themselves
  • To feel comfortable with themselves
  • Teachers who ‘get’ them
  • Support with perfectionist tendencies
  • Support with asynchratic development

Teaching and learning across Extended Learner classes is characterised by:

  • Differentiation – Content / Process / Product
  • Curriculum Compacting
  • Emphasis on higher order thinking
  • Concept driven learning 
  • A focus on “real” issues / ethical dilemmas / student interests
  • Emphasis on Key Competencies
  • Research and Inquiry Learning 
  • Open ended components to task design
  • Choice, student voice, creativity
  • Emphasis on Growth Mindset
  • High expectations including failing forward
  • SOLO Taxonomy – Pam Hook
  • NZ Curriculum documents
  • Understanding Learning Dispositions
  • The Ōtūmoetai Kahui Ako Writing Framework
  • Depth and Complexity Framework (J Taylor)
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