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.

The National Curriculum is the term used to refer to The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. These set the direction for student learning and guide schools and kura as they design and implement a curriculum that meets the needs of their students.

There is a big focus on reading, writing and maths in the primary years, as these are really important foundation skills that everyone needs in order to be able to do well in life. Children need strong reading, writing and maths skills to progress through the levels of the National Curriculum and be able to achieve NCEA Level 2 or above at secondary school.


The vision is for young people to be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.


Students are encouraged to value:

Learning Areas

There are 8 learning areas (or subject areas) in The New Zealand Curriculum:

The values and competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum are woven into these learning areas. They are designed to encourage enjoyment of learning and the ability to think critically, manage oneself, set goals, overcome obstacles and get along with others – the attributes students need to succeed as adults.

Key Competencies

Competencies are abilities and capabilities that people use to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their communities.

The New Zealand Curriculum identifies 5 key competencies that it has a focus on children developing throughout their time at school:

Student Achievement and Progress mid year 2023

At our last board meeting, the Principal presented our current student achievement data to our board.

Our results and progress are pleasing. 

You can support your child’s progress by working with them to complete their home learning and also by generating ‘chat’ at the dinner table about what they are learning at school. Keep questioning and commenting positively so as to encourage students to be positive about their school experiences and opportunities. Maybe try “what was the most interesting part of your day today?” or “ what was the best bit of learning you did today?”

Those students who are working towards the expected curriculum level in the above areas are supported by daily teacher aide programmes, small groups or 1-1 teacher time and support from outside support agencies include RTLB (Resource Teacher for Learning and Behaviour) and RTLiT (Resource Teacher of Literacy)