Implementing the New Zealand Curriculum
THE LEARNING AREAS
English (reading, writing, oral and visual language), The Arts (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Art), Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages/Maori, Mathematics and Statistics,
Science, Social Sciences (Social Studies), and Technology – are all implemented at Waitoki School.
Waitoki School recognises that success in English is fundamental to success across the curriculum. We aim to develop in students the skills, knowledge and attitudes which will enable them to cope confidently with the literacy of everyday life. This is achieved by planning and implementing a meaningful teaching and learning programme that focuses on the skills of Listening, Reading, Viewing, Speaking, Writing, and Presenting.
Mathematics learning at Waitoki School is structured around three strands: Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, and Statistics. Our students learn to develop the ability to think creatively, critically, strategically and logically. Wherever possible we integrate mathematics skills into other learning areas in ways that will help them make sense of the world around them.
THE KEY COMPETENCIES – Capabilities for Living and Lifelong Learning
The New Zealand Curriculum identifies five key competencies:
Thinking; Using Language, Symbols, and Texts; Managing Self; Relating to Others; Participating and Contributing. Their development is encouraged and monitored at all levels of our school.
ATTITUDES AND VALUES
Through their learning experiences, students will learn about:
- their own values and those of others;
- different kinds of values, such as moral, social, cultural, aesthetic and economic values;
- the values on which New Zealand’s cultural and institutional traditions are based;
- the values of other groups and cultures.
Through their learning experiences, students will develop their ability to:
- express their own values;
- explore, with empathy, the values of others;
- critically analyse values and actions based on them;
- discuss disagreements that arise from differences in values and negotiate solutions;
- make ethical decisions and act on them.
Learning programmes support students meeting (and surpassing J) the
READING, WRITING AND MATHEMATICS NATIONAL STANDARDS
Reports – Learning Progress and Achievement
The gathering of information to report individual student’s progress and achievement is an ongoing process. This occurs through observation and assessment.
Learning and achievement discussions occur twice annually. These provide further opportunity to discuss students’ progress and current learning goals.
Two written reports are issued through each year. Mid-year and at the end of year (Year 4-8) and approximately six monthly depending on anniversary/time at school dates (Year 1-3).
If you wish to discuss aspects of your child’s learning at any time, please make contact with their classroom teacher.