English

In English , children study, use, and enjoy language and literature, communicated orally, visually, or in writing. (NZC)

There are 2 strands:

1. Making meaning of ideas or information received (Listening, Reading and Viewing).

2. Making meaning for themselves or others (Speaking, Writing and   Presenting).

 At Whenuakite School we believe it is important for children to develop their oral language skills, to develop a rich knowledge of vocabulary, to read successfully and to be able to express themselves with quality writing, publishing and presentations, using ICT tools as appropriate. 

Success and confidence in reading will lead to greater success in learning through all curriculum areas and it will also open the door to the enjoyment and pleasure of reading as part of lifelong learning.


Mathematics

In Mathematics and Statistics, children explore relationships in quantities, space, and data and learn to express these relationships in ways that help them to make sense of the world.

There are three strands:

1. Number and Algebra

2. Geometry and Measurement

3. Statistics              (NZC) 

At Whenuakite School numeracy knowledge and strategies are taught, explored and developed daily. Children are encouraged to enjoy maths and challenged to be successful at mathematics. Just as in literacy, we work closely with children and parents/caregivers, to ensure that basic number facts are mastered so that children have a clear understanding of number knowledge and number operations.  At all levels children are required to use their number knowledge and strategies to apply to problem solving activities.

Generally, children who make consistent progress in mathematics also practice mathematics knowledge and strategies at home.


Arts

In the Arts, children explore, refine, and communicate ideas as they connect thinking, imagination, senses, and feelings to create works and respond to the works of others. (NZC)

At Whenuakite School we believe it is important for children to have lots of opportunities to sing, dance, act, paint, draw, sculpt….. And to let their imaginations soar. The Arts are the ‘spirit and soul’ of our learning culture and we ensure that our classrooms and programmes allow children to daily tap into their creative energy.

 There are four disciplines:

1. Dance.

2. Drama.

3. Music.

4. Visual Arts.                             (NZC)

Each discipline is structured around 4 interrelated strands.

•UC - Understanding Arts in Context

•PK - Developing Practical Knowledge

•DI - Developing Ideas

•CI - Communicating and Interpreting


Health and Physical Education

In Health and Physical Education, children learn about their own well-being, and that of others and society, in health related and movement contexts.

At Whenuakite School we believe it is important for children to have lots of opportunities to be active, to play unstructured games, imaginative games and organised games. All children learn how to swim and everyone participates in school-wide annual programmes of Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Sports, Games, Te Reo Kori, Gymnastics and Dance. Extra curricular activities include sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and class camps. Healthy Eating, Health and Safety and Puberty Change (Year 7&8) are major themes. The Key Competencies of Managing Self, Relating to Others and Participating and Contributing, are an essential part all Health and PE programmes.

There are four strands;

1. Personal Health and Physical Development.

2. Movement Concepts and Motor Skills.

3. Relationships with Other People.

4. Healthy Communities and Environments.  (NZC)

There are 7 key areas of learning:

7 Key Areas

Education Outside the Classroom (ETOC)

Sports Studies

Sexuality Education

Mental Health

Body Care & Physical Safety

Physical Activity

Food and Nutrition

There are 3 important notes:

 

·      Schools will consult with their communities every 2 years about delivering H&PE programmes

·      All children will have had opportunities to learn basic aquatic skills by the end of Year 6.

·      All ETOC programmes must follow safe practices and meet legal requirements.

 

There are 3 different but related subjects:

 

Health Education

·      Hauora, Managing Self, Relating to Others, Participating and Contributing, Safety, Puberty Change.

Physical Education

·      Sports, Games, Exercise, Leisure, Adventure, Expressive movement, Character development

Home Economics

·      Food and Nutrition, Wellbeing.

 






Science

In Science, children explore how the natural world, physical world and wider universe work. As children develop scientific knowledge, understanding and methods of investigating, they will be able to explain scientifically, how and why the world around them works as it does.

There are five strands:

1. The Nature of Science

2. The Living World

3. The Planet Earth and Beyond

4. The Physical World

5. The Material World                             (NZC)

In all Topic Studies our goal is to make children curious, get them thinking and help them to develop new and valid understandings. We use the framework of inquiry learning to explore topics. Once children have sufficient knowledge and thinking skills they are encouraged to take ownership of their learning through a process of exploration, questioning, gathering information, thinking, concluding and where possible...taking action. Our aim is to facilitate quality learning experiences leading to the development of life long learning skills.


Social Sciences

In the Social Sciences, children explore how societies work and how they themselves can participate and take action as critical, informed, responsible young people.

There are four conceptual strands:

1. Identity, Culture and Organisation

2. Place and Environment

3. Continuity and Change

4. The Economic World                    (NZC)

 In all Topic Studies our goal is to make children curious, get them thinking and help them to develop new and valid understandings. We use the framework of inquiry learning to explore topics. Once children have sufficient knowledge and thinking skills they are encouraged to take ownership of their learning through a process of exploration, questioning, gathering information, thinking, concluding and where possible...taking action. Our aim is to facilitate quality learning experiences leading to the development of life long learning skills.


Technology

In Technology, children learn that Technology is about using our ideas and resources to develop products and systems that both meet our needs and provide us with new opportunities. Technological adaption and innovation result from thinking and actions that are informed, critical and creative. 

There are three strands:

1. Technological Practice

2. Technological Knowledge

3. Nature of Technology                      (NZC)

In all Topic Studies our goal is to make children curious, get them thinking and help them to develop new and valid understandings. We use the framework of inquiry learning to explore topics. Once children have sufficient knowledge and thinking skills they are encouraged to take ownership of their learning through a process of exploration, questioning, gathering information, thinking, concluding and where possible...taking action. Our aim is to facilitate quality learning experiences leading to the development of life long learning skills.


Learning Languages

In Learning Languages, children learn to communicate in an additional language, develop their capacity to learn further languages, and explore different world views in relation to their own.

There is one core strand:  

1.Communication

And two supporting Strands:

1.Language Knowledge

2.Cultural Knowledge

German, Spanish, Japanese and French have been taught by the Y7&8 teachers since 1999.

At present Spanish is being taught to Year 8 students