The New Zealand Curriculum sets the direction for student learning. We strongly align with its vision of growing "Confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners". The NZ Curriculum, also has 8 principles, which underpin the school's decision making. (As shown)
A number of values are outlined in the NZ Curriculum: Excellence, Innovation, inquiry and curiosity, Diversity, Equity, Community and Participation, Ecological Sustainability, Integrity and Respect. However, along with considering these as we design our school curriculum, we have our own set of school values (see Values page).
When we plan our units of learning, we think about the Key Competencies, and how we can use the learning experiences to develop these. The five competencies are; Thinking, Using Language, Symbols and Texts, Managing Self, Relating to Others and Participating and Contributing. Our school Learner Qualities run alongside these competencies. (See page Learner Qualities)
Kaitieke School Curriculum
Whilst the NZ Curriculum sets the general direction, we have designed our own school curriculum that best meets the needs of our specific students, within our local environment and contexts.
What makes us stand out, is the way we balance a student driven curriculum with quality teaching and learning, to enable every learner to achieve their best.
We now promote a pedagogy, in which we encourage our learners to take responsibility for their own learning. We support high learner agency and use progressions of learning in maths, reading and writing, so that the children can identify where they are at at any one time and know what their next learning steps are. We also have a progression linked to Our Learner Qualities. These are behaviours that students need to develop to support themselves to drive their own learning. These give effect to the Key Competencies and values.