Curriculum NZ Curriculum, Literacy, Mathematics, English Language Learners
The New Zealand Curriculum
The NZC (New Zealand Curriculum) is the document that sets the direction for student learning and provides guidance for schools to develop their school curriculum.
Young people who will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.
The document is made up of a Vision, Principles, Values, Key Competencies and Learning Areas. These learning areas are English, Arts, Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Technology.
You can find more information about the curriculum document at http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum
Our literacy programmes involve teaching reading, writing, oral language and phonics every day. Success with literacy is crucial for achievement across the curriculum. Here at Heddon Bush School our morning teaching block focuses on Literacy learning.
At the junior level students spend time learning to read, how to decode and gain meaning from text. Once students have mastered how to decode they then begin to read to learn. Reading sessions at the middle and senior level involve learning about the skills and strategies needed to read to learn.
At Heddon Bush School all students will be given every opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to use mathematics effectively in everyday life.
Math learning consists of three strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics. Our math programmes consist of a variety of rich, open- ended tasks to cater for all students throughout the school, and we integrate our math learning into the wider school curriculum whenever possible. Students work in a variety of ways including independent, group and whole class work with lots of discussion and hands-on practical activities. We have a range of math resources available to the students to encourage discovery, discussion and problem solving.
English Language Learners (ELL)
Many of our Students come from diverse groups where languages other than English are used at home or in the community. Here at Heddon Bush School we want our curriculum to reflect our cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all our students. We see this diversity as strength and want to foster these strengths of cultural and linguistic variety we have here at school.
We support our English Language Learners by providing extra support with their Literacy Learning. This involves them working in small groups or as individuals, supporting and reinforcing the learning that is occurring in the classroom.