Each and every class provides its students with a balanced curriculum. While we recognise that literacy and numeracy skills are paramount, we also believe that children need to receive a range of learning experiences that enrich and broaden their understanding about the world that we live in.
Our teachers strive to plan and teach units of learning that have strong connections between all curriculum areas. For example, if a class is learning about life cycles, the teacher may integrate other curriculum areas in ways such as:
- Dance and Drama: Using the language of dance and drama to act out various life cycles.
- Science: Biology, looking at the different life cycles of a range of species.
- Literacy: Writing a successful explanation. Creating a labelled diagram.
- Literacy: Reading about a wide range of animals and their life cycles.
- Numeracy: Looking at time eg days, months and years.
- Inquiry: Investigating what may influence an animal’s life cycle.
- Tikanga Maori: Learning animal names in Te Reo Maori. Learning how different animals are valued within Maori culture.
- Critical thinking: Comparing the life cycle between two or more animals.
- Visual arts: Constructing models of animals and their life cycles.