Curriculum Overview

The New Zealand Curriculum document is online here or can be viewed at the office.

Curriculum content

The seven essential learning areas and corresponding goals are :

English - Oral

  • To have the right to express one's own opinions and respect others' opinions.
  • To listen carefully, thoughtfully, attentively.
  • To develop a broad vocabulary to speak with confidence.
  • To develop skilled questioning ability to experience many and varied opportunities for speaking and drama.
  • To develop courteous/polite attitudes

English – Written (Reading)

  • To enjoy Reading.
  • To comprehend what is read to write fluently in a variety of formats.
  • To develop competency and skill in spelling and proofreading.
  • To understand and use correct grammar and punctuation.
  • To develop neat legible handwriting to understand and access library resources competently.
  • To experience a variety of successful authors

English – Written (Writing)

  • To develop an awareness of quality presentation.
  • To emphasise content as well as presentation.
  • To share others' work in a positive way.
  • To develop observational skills.
  • To present material using varied media and methods.
  • To develop interpretative abilities to understand modern, relevant, technological devices


  • To enjoy Mathematics.
  • To master, recall quickly, retain and maintain, all basic facts and Mathematical knowledge.
  • To develop logic skills for approaching the concept of problem solving.
  • To have a quality understanding and skill in estimations and calculations.
  • To understand the processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • To be competent in the use of a calculator, but with full understanding of the processes involved.
  • To be able to apply Mathematics to real-life situations.
  • To maintain learned Mathematics skills through ongoing and regular practice.


  • To understand technology as applied to functions in everyday life.
  • To develop resourcefulness, creativity, communication & co-operation.
  • To develop the ability to recognise and adapt to cope with change.
  • To integrate and interact with NCS local environment.
  • To evaluate, analyse and assess critically, in a positive manner.
  • To be explore different types of technology.

Taha Mäori

  • To understand Māori culture and history.
  • To be exposed to written and oral forms of the Māori Language.
  • To have the ability to pronounce Māori words correctly and competently.
  • To know about basic Māori protocol.

Health and Physical Education

  • To understand the processes of growth and maturation.
  • To understand and appreciate the importance of physical activity to personal well-being.
  • To develop and apply a wide range of movement skills.
  • To accept challenges and extend their personal capabilities and experiences.
  • To take actions which contribute to their personal identity and self-worth.
  • To develop sensitivity and respect for other people.
  • To use interpersonal skills effectively to enhance relationships.
  • To identify the functions of resources and services that support well-being.
  • To meet and manage risks in their environment safely.
  • To help create healthy environments.

Social Sciences

  • To understand New Zealand's own multi-cultural society.
  • To know about, respect and be tolerant of other cultures.
  • To learn co-operation with, and understanding of, others.
  • To develop sound attitudes to life and responsible citizenship.
  • To have a sound understanding or The World's geography.
  • To be exposed to The World's history, with special emphasis on. Essential learning about NZ society.
  • To be exposed to and be tolerant of other groups in our community eg. people, who have disabilities, people who are elderly.


  • To enjoy Science.
  • To develop a sense of curiosity, to question and to ask "Why?"
  • To relate topics to the immediate local environment.
  • To develop an awareness of scientific processes.
  • To observe, predict, test and form conclusions.

The Arts - Music

  • To have regular access to live performers.
  • To develop enjoyment of / and be exposed to, a variety of music.
  • To participate in music as both an individual and as part of a group.
  • To create music via experimentation.
  • To learn basic notation.
  • To have music and movement as part of ongoing programmes.

The Arts - Visual Arts

  • To foster enjoyment and appreciation of art as a medium of expression.
  • To learn skills appropriate to a variety of media.
  • To maintain an ongoing art portfolio throughout their years at the school.
  • To ensure all children feel successful in their endeavours foster creativity

The Arts - Drama

  • To foster enjoyment and appreciation of drama as a medium of expression.
  • To learn skills appropriate to dramatic performance.
  • To participate in a range of drama based lessons and activities throughout their years at the school.
  • To ensure all children feel successful in their endeavours foster creativity.

The Arts - Dance

  • To foster enjoyment and appreciation of dance as a medium of expression.
  • To learn skills appropriate to dance performance.
  • To participate in a range of dance based lessons and activities throughout their years at the school.
  • To ensure all children feel successful in their endeavours foster creativity.

The important conditions for learning:

  • School Environment: To provide a safe, happy, friendly, stimulating, physical, social environment which promotes a community, family atmosphere, where everyone is welcome.
  • Classroom Environment: To provide a happy, stimulating and co-operative classroom environment where the rights and views of all students are respected.
  • Resources: To provide the most suitable physical and human resources available for teaching, and learning programmes at our school.
  • Relationships: For all relationships to be based on shared positive community attitudes and values.
  • Routines and Behaviour: For children to be fully informed of class and school rules, and for these to be consistent in their application.
  • Teaching and Learning Methods: To provide up-to-date teaching and learning methodology catering best for the needs of all children. The Pupil Enrichment Programme: To cater for pupils with special needs and abilities and all children's individual differences.
  • Programme and Individual Needs: To provide child-centred academic programme as well as catering for pupils' social, emotional, physical and cultural needs, using staff strengths to full advantage.
  • Attitudes and Self-Confidence: To emphasise self-esteem, no comparisons between children, positive reinforcement, the Mission Statement aims and cultural awareness.
  • Equity and Equal Opportunities: To ensure that all-existing policies in this area, which are regularly reviewed, are adhered to.
  • Conclusion: The outcome should be happy, learning, achieving, profitably engaged students, clarified curriculum expectations and suitable ways of assessing students' achievements.