Our Curriculum

Our Ruahine School Curriculum is aligned with the NEW ZEALAND CURRICULUM, and addresses the needs and interests of our students and community. 

Our Curriculum has been developed through a comprehensive process of staff, student, Board of Trustee, and community consultation; to understand, CONNECT and  BRING ALIVE our Motto, Vision, Values, and our beliefs around the Practice and Purpose for Learning, significant to the Principles of the NZC.

INTEGRATED and AUTHENTIC APPROACH TO LEARNING

  • Wherever relevant and possible, learning is integrated within a real-life contextual approach (linked to our Big Idea/Theme or to an authentic event/context).
  • We recognise that this integration of Literacy and Numeracy is age and need specific; that is, we recognise that our children must first learn and understand the ‘code’ of Literacy and Numeracy to enable them to understand and apply these skills and strategies, to further access and respond to the wider curriculum.  For example: our children learn to read so that they can read to learn.

LEARNING THROUGH INQUIRY:

  • Informed by our 2 yearly cycle of ‘Big Ideas / Themes’ which ensure that the conceptual learning and understanding within the (NZC) curriculum strands of Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Health, and The Arts is experienced [at least] every second year. 
  • Big ideas/themes for learning are further informed by student interest and voice, community links and engagement, authentic local or global issues. 

EVEN YEARS

ODD YEARS

RUAHINE ROCKERS

Term 1- beginning - ROCKERS / Self-directed learning

(Health – Whanaungatanga / Relationships with Other People)

RUAHINE ROCKERS

Term 1- beginning - ROCKERS / Self-directed learning

(Health - Whanaungatanga / Relationships with Other People) 

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE

Term 1 / 2 - The Arts

Production, Dance, Drama

HAERE MAI, NAU MAI - WELCOME TO OUR WORLD

Term 1/2 - Social Science and Health

Economic World/Place and Environment

Health Communities and Environment

Careers 

HEROES AND HISTORY

Term 2 / 3 - Social Science and Health/Superheroes

Identity, Culture and Organisation

Continuity and Change

Personal Health and Physical Education

Careers

WIRED WORLD

Term 2/3 Science and Technology

Material and Physical World

Nature of Science

Technological Practice/Technological Knowledge/Nature of Technology

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

Term 3 / 4 - Science and Technology - Plant to Plate

Living World and Planet Earth and Beyond

Nature of Science

Technological Practice/Technological Knowledge/Nature of Technology

TAE TOKU AO - COLOUR MY WORLD

Term 4  The Arts

Visual Arts/Music

E-LEARNING IS:

  • Integrated within curriculum areas to support, enhance, connect and share opportunities for teaching and learning.
  • Supported and facilitated by ICT
  • Digital Literacy and Citizenship is integrated through all learning areas, particularly Inquiry learning.