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Learning areas

A possible pathway for curriculum review

The NZC states (pgs 37, 38):

  • In years 1-10, schools are required to provide teaching and learning in English, the arts, health and physical education, mathematics and statistics, science, the social sciences, and technology.
  • The learning area statements should be the starting point for developing programmes of learning suited to students' needs and interests.
  • Links between learning areas should be explored.


Key resources

Learning areas
This section of the NZC document introduces and describes eight learning areas that are part of a broad, general education. The learning area statements describe the essential nature of each learning area, how it can contribute to a young person's education, and how it is structured.

NZC Update 25 – The Writing Hub: Supporting writing in years 1–8
This Update introduces the new Writing Hub on Literacy Online.

NZC Update 23 – Literacy across the curriculum
This Update focuses on the languages, texts, and literacy practices of the different curriculum learning areas.

NZC Update 19 – Selecting texts for students in years 4 to 8
This Update introduces the new guidelines Selecting Texts for Students in Years 4 to 8.

NZC Update 17 – Supporting mathematics learning
This Update discusses initiatives designed to support student achievement in mathematics and illustrates how schools are addressing the needs of students who are not progressing as expected.

NZC Update 6 – Illustrations supporting the National Standards
This Update focuses on the illustrations that support the National Standards for reading, writing, and mathematics and how teachers can use them.

PDF icon. NZC Update 6 (PDF, 4 MB)

NZC Update 5 – Integrating key competencies and reading
This Update focuses on a research project that explored how the key competencies might be integrated with and developed through the teaching of reading.

PDF icon. NZC Update 5 (PDF, 1 MB)

NZC Update 4 – Literacy, numeracy, and the key competencies across the curriculum
This Update focuses on the key competencies and the framework they provide for developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes in literacy and numeracy.

PDF icon. NZC update 4 (PDF, 1 MB)

NZC Update 3 – Teaching and learning with the instructional series
This Update focuses on the various English-medium instructional series published by Learning Media for the Ministry of Education and on the critical role of teachers in the use of the series.

PDF icon. NZC Update 3 (PDF, 2 MB)

Science capabilities
This page introduces five basic capabilities in the science learning area that might be useful for a school that is designing and reviewing their science curriculum.

NZC resource bank
The NZC resource bank organises resources and information that support professional learning and leadership around The New Zealand Curriculum. Resources supporting the different learning areas can be found listed under subject headings.

Senior Secondary learning programme design

Supporting TKI communities

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Published on: 08 May 2014