Today's schools are barely recognisable to adults who went to school in a different era. Grandmother Denise Mills and education reporter Simon Collins spent two days in a Year 4 "modern learning space" to report first-hand on the new world. Today: reading and writing.

Maybe, just maybe, modern ways of teaching reading are picking up the kinds of children who once never learned to read.

On the first day of our observations in the Year 4 learning space at The Gardens School in Manurewa, two boys were struggling with their writing.

Their task, set by teacher Carly Kidd, was to


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