Core Curriculum and Inquiry

Literacy

Literacy is one of the major priorities. The school has developed a strong literacy curriculum programme that focuses on the differentiation of learning programmes, understanding learning styles and using authentic context for learning.

By sound planning, monitoring and discussion, teachers will endeavour to meet the curriculum needs of able children within the classroom programmes of work. Advanced curriculum objectives may be set, or independent research activities may be followed. Where needed, the classroom programme will be supported by an ILP (individualised learning plan).

The school will endeavour to provide for some programmes (within the means of staffing, mentoring, budget, organisation and space) on a withdrawal basis. Through recommendations of class teachers / team groups will be withdrawn to cover a variety of interest focus areas. After children have been identified, groups will be established and sessions will run for a specified period. Opportunities will be given for inclusion in outside the school activities (e.g. Young Inventionz Exhibition, Otago Problem Solving, Science Certificates, Technology Roadshow, Science Alive).

Numeracy

Numeracy is one of the major priorities. The school has developed a strong numeracy curriculum programme that focuses on the differentiation of learning programmes, understanding learning styles and using authentic context for learning.

By sound planning, monitoring and discussion, teachers will endeavour to meet the curriculum needs of able children within the classroom programmes of work. Advanced curriculum objectives may be set, or independent research activities may be followed. Where needed, the classroom programme will be supported by an ILP (individualised learning plan).

The school will endeavour to provide for some programmes (within the means of staffing, mentoring, budget, organisation and space) on a withdrawal basis. Through recommendations of class teachers / team groups will be withdrawn to cover a variety of interest focus areas. After children have been identified, groups will be established and sessions will run for a specified period. Opportunities will be given for inclusion in outside the school activities (e.g., Young Inventionz Exhibition, Cantamaths for senior pupils, Otago Problem Solving, Science Certificates, Technology Roadshow, Science Alive).

Link to our Maths Blog

Inquiry

Our Vision

Tamariki who are:

  • inquiring learners
  • creative thinkers
  • skilled communicators
  • committed team players
  • and responsible citizens

We will achieve this through:

  • our shared vision
  • meaningful and enjoyable learning experiences
  • high expectations
  • ownership of learning
  • recognition of learning styles
  • developing the whole child
  • physical, cultural and emotional safety
  • modeling and fostering relationships
  • celebration of learning and achievement
  • partnership with whānau and community

We are committed to ensuring we provide children with authentic learning opportunities that enable them to become inquiring learners, creative thinkers and skilled communicators.

The school has developed an Inquiry learning process that enables students to develop: skills, strategies, ideas, knowledge, opinions and values that will help them to make meaning from their world. The key competencies, school values and learning areas are developed through this Inquiry process. This process clearly identifies stages and their purposes. Our Inquiry rubric identifies the learning outcomes for all students at each stage of the process. Teachers will use this rubric to:

  • guide their teaching
  • guide students to enable them to reflect on their learning
  • give informative feedback to students about their progress providing them with their next steps for learning
  • assess the ongoing development of students

Three cycles are undertaken across the year. ‘Attack’ weeks are also held to coincide with national and global events, e.g., Māori Language Week, Olympic Games etc.