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Welcome to the home of the teaching and learning guides for senior secondary subjects. These guides have been designed to help teachers create quality teaching and learning programmes. They will support teachers in their planning for the alignment of standards to The New Zealand Curriculum.
The New Zealand Curriculum is taught in all English-medium state and state-integrated schools.
It has an holistic view of the abilities and skills we want children to gain and includes:
an overall vision
learning areas (or subject areas)
It is guided by a set of principles that are used by schools in their decision making and curriculum planning. The principles are high expectations, Treaty of Waitangi, cultural diversity, inclusion, learning to learn, community engagement, coherence and future focus.
See a full description and diagram of the Directions for Learning.
The vision is for young people to be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.
Students are encouraged to value:
excellence, by aiming high and by persevering in the face of difficulties
innovation, inquiry, and curiosity, by thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively
diversity, as found in our different cultures, languages, and heritages
equity, through fairness and social justice
community and participation for the common good
ecological sustainability, which includes care for the environment
integrity, which involves being honest, responsible, and accountable and acting ethically, and
to respect themselves, others and human rights.
Competencies are abilities and capabilities that people use to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their communities.
The New Zealand Curriculum identifies 5 key competencies that it has a focus on children developing throughout their time at school:
Thinking - is about using thinking processes to make sense of information, experiences and ideas
Using language, symbols, and texts - working with, being able to understand, and make sense of the codes (languages and symbols) in which knowledge is expressed
Managing self - having self-motivation, a "can-do" attitude, and seeing oneself as a capable learner
Relating to others - is about interacting effectively with a range of different people in a range of different situations, including things like being able to listen well, recognise different points of view, and share ideas
Participating and contributing - being involved in communities, such as family, whānau, school, and be able to contribute and make connections with other people.
There are 8 learning areas (or subject areas) in The New Zealand Curriculum:
health and physical education
mathematics and statistics
The values and competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum are woven into all these learning areas. They are designed to encourage enjoyment of learning and the ability to think critically, manage oneself, set goals, overcome obstacles and get along with others – the attributes students need to succeed as adults.
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