Learning at school

New Zealand Curriculum

NZ has a national curriculum that guides what your child learns at school. Your child will develop a range of values and key competencies, or capabilities, that they need to succeed in life. These are all woven into the teaching of learning areas, or subjects.

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Key competencies

During your child’s time at school they will develop a range of skills and capabilities (key competencies) that will help them to do well in life.

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Reading, writing and maths

Literacy and numeracy are really important foundation skills for children.

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The reading colour wheel

The reading colour wheel is a way of showing how your child progresses from learning to read to becoming a confident reader over the first 3 years of school.

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National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki

Strong literacy and numeracy skills are really important. Your child needs them to be able to progress and achieve throughout their education and in life. National Standards are a way to let you know how your child is doing reading, writing, and maths, in years 1 to 8 and what they need to work on next to keep progressing.

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How to support a child with dyslexia

Dyslexia is a term used to describe a range of persistent difficulties with reading and writing, and often including spelling, numeracy or musical notation. Students with dyslexia do not make expected progress in these areas in spite of good teaching and the type of extra support that would be helpful for most children. But difficulties with dyslexia can be reduced with effective individualised teaching and specialist support.

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Learning using digital technologies

Find out why and how schools and children are using digital technologies for learning.

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Sexuality education

You may be interested in how sexuality education is taught in New Zealand, how you can support your child’s learning, and how you can have your say.

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