Introduction to our new curriculum version 1.1

Part 1. Introduction to our New Curriculum version 1.8.
During 2009-2010 we were busy developing our new curriculum and were nearly complete with our full draft by the end of 2010. The start of 2011 saw us forced to park the development of this document as we spent time recovering from repeated shakes and implement the Government’s National Standards. The core parts of our curriculum helped guide us as we focused on keeping Little River School a safe place for our pupils throughout a very unsettled year. Our statements for Key Learning Areas like English and Maths were trialed during 2011 and we hope to complete our curriculum during 2012 and trial other learning area statements, develop teacher planning resources for our school and integrate our new initiatives like: EnviroSchools, Restorative Justice and e-Asttle assessment into our final curriculum document.

Our curriculum overview has been developed to reflect our school logo.

The Foundation. The Earth. The Base.

We have placed in this area, at the bottom of our logo, the principles from the new curriculum and Te Kete o Aoraki, the agreement between Ngai Tahu and the Ministry of Education.
The principles set out in the new curriculum embody beliefs about what is important and desirable in the school curriculum.

They are:
High Expectations    Learning to Learn    Treaty of Waitangi    Cultural Diversity
Inclusion    Community Engagement    Coherence    Future Focus
These are defined in the curriculum document on page 9 or at the link below:
http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-documents/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum/Principles

Part 2.The Learning Environment, School Culture.
The layer where the flowing river settles, slows and feeds the trees on our school logo.
Resting on the foundation we have a section that includes our values, the key competencies, effective pedagogy and effective andragogy.

Our Values were introduced from 2008: respect, honesty & truthfulness, responsibility, compassion, obedience, consideration, duty, and kindness.
The Key Competencies are the skills, knowledge, and attributes that have been widely accepted as what people need to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their communities.
Effective pedagogy is probably the main change to the curriculum. It refers to the teaching and learning of children. Andragogy refers to the teaching and learning of adults. Current research has clearly identified teaching and learning approaches that have positive effects for student learning. To work smarter these must be employed and constantly refined.

A general list of values are defined in the curriculum document on page 10 or at the link below:
http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-documents/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum/Values
The Key Competencies are detailed on page 12-13 of the document or at:
http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-documents/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum/Key-competencies
What counts as Effective Pedagogy can be found on pages 34-35 of the new curriculum or at: http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-documents/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum/Effective-pedagogy
Andragogy is defined at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andragogy

Part 3. The Learning Areas. Concept, Context, Content.
The hillside and rock area in our logo will be used to represent the learning areas.
Traditionally known as the subjects of: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences, Technology and Learning Languages. The new curriculum encourages the integration of these learning areas and the New Zealand guidelines say that literacy and numeracy should get extra attention.
The Learning Areas are explained on page 16-17 of the curriculum document, or at
http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-documents/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum/Learning-areas

Coming soon, and to be included in our curriculum is the Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko. The aim is for our learners to become creators of digital solutions.

https://education.govt.nz/news/digital-technologies-and-hangarau-matihiko-curriculum-content-goes-live/

Part 4. Our Vision, The Peaks.
Little River School has as its vision, ‘Stand Tall.’
We aim to provide quality learning experiences to enable each child to reach her or his potential.
Making our vision the focus is how we believe we can develop in our young people the values, knowledge and competencies that will build the confidence to connect with others, be actively involved and become life long learners.
The new curriculum vision statement is further explained on page 8 of the document or at
http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-documents/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum/Vision

Part 5. The Learner, The School Leaver, The Kereru, The Future.
In our logo above the peaks we have the open sky with a kereru performing one of their spectacular swoops.
In our curriculum the learner is to be our focal point.
Our goal is for our school leavers to be able to Stand Tall in their future performances, be free to fly with skill when they leave and maybe swoop back to share their knowledge with us later on.
http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-documents/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum/

With ongoing development of our curriculum we have prepared 5 Strategic Aims to base our Learning Area Statements on.

Community Connection.

  •      We consult with our community about our Strategic Plans.
  •      Families are involved in the learning.
  •      We invite our community to special events.
  •      Families are transitioned to and from school.
  •      Strategic Aims are understood by our community.

Future Focus.

  •      We act for the benefit of our learning future options.
  •      We think about the long term effects of our decisions.
  •      We consult to test important decisions.
  •      We treasure our local heritage, experiences and environment.
  •      We work to develop sustainable practises.
  •      We realise we can have a positive impact in our community.

High Expectations.

  •      High Expectations are modeled in our teaching and learning actions.
  •      We work together to map out pathways for success for pupils, groups and the whole school.
  •      Key Competencies are practiced in real contexts.
  •      High Quality is seen, heard and felt in our school.
  •      We enjoy our successes and learn from our mistakes.
  •      We make sure our goals are realistic and aim for personal best efforts.
  •      We celebrate our achievements.

Opportunities to Shine.

  •      We seek out opportunities that will enrich and extend individuals in their strengths.
  •      We expose ourselves, and our families to new experiences and learning.
  •      We celebrate personal and group achievements across a wide variety of contexts.
  •      We aim to Stand Tall by giving our best effort.
  •      We seek out partners to support and supplement opportunities.
  •      We act to preserve the ‘can do’ attitude, and work around potential barriers creatively.

Positive Personality.

✰    We use our values and principles to guide our decisions.
✰    We respect each other.
✰    Working together we can overcome challenges.
✰    We enjoy learning and doing our best.
✰    We are responsible.
✰    We can act to make things better.