The New Zealand Curriculum specifies eight learning areas:
Mathematics and Statistics
Health and Physical Education
Underpinning our school curriculum is the vision of the New Zealand Curriculum, to develop “young people who are confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.” Our School Curriculum and our teaching and learning programmes are characterised by the following features;
The Elmwood Learners sit at the centre of our curriculum framework. We seek their voice and respond to their individual differences, needs, aptitudes and interests. We create learning opportunities that challenge our learners to reach above their existing level and capacity. We provide opportunities for children to enhance their experiences by ensuring that they understand the purpose of their activities. Through seeing the value of what they are learning and its relevance to their lives, our learners will be more engaged and their learning will be more effective.
Our curriculum aims to develop self-regulated learners who are aware of themselves as learners and who understand how to think as they work through the learning process.
Social and collaborative
At Elmwood we recognise the importance of the social nature of learning. We believe that the Elmwood learner thrives in a socially interactive learning environment. This may include co-operative group work, ability-based and social groupings benefiting a diverse range of learners. The children participate in collaborative, hands-on learning experiences that flow from an interdisciplinary curriculum, outdoor exploration, and active play. It is critical for children to be explicitly taught the skills of collaboration and to coach them through authentic classroom experiences so that they are able to interact successfully with a variety of learners.
Rich learning tasks
A rich learning task is a project that connects different subjects and involves a variety of teaching and learning methods. Rich learning tasks have a dual role. They focus on learning that matters for now and also learning that looks to the future. Teachers at Elmwood recognise that what they are teaching the children now, contributes to a bigger picture. We design rich tasks across all learning areas that are authentic and relevant for the children, with just the right amount of challenge to stretch them. Literacy and mathematics provide a strong foundation for rich learning across the curriculum.