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Start by watching a short video. Then read the cartoon, quote and key principles. They introduce the main ideas covered in this module. Discuss these as a group. The learning outcomes describe what you’ll achieve once you’ve completed the six steps.

Using modelling to support consistent teaching approaches

Module 7 Cartoon
The New Zealand Curriculum applies to all English-medium state schools (including integrated schools) and to all students in those schools, irrespective of their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, belief, ability or disability, social or cultural background, or geographical location.

The New Zealand Curriculum, 2007, p. 6

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Key principles

  • The New Zealand Curriculum is for all English-medium New Zealand schools and all students.
  • The New Zealand Curriculum provides guidance for schools as they design, implement and review their school curriculum.
  • The New Zealand Curriculum has a vision, values, principles, key competencies and eight learning areas.
  • Inclusion is one of the principles of The New Zealand Curriculum.
  • The teacher is responsible for curriculum and learning decision-making for all their students. The teacher aide supports the teacher in this work.
  • Ideally, the school and classroom curriculum will be accessible and relevant to all students from the outset. Teachers build flexible learning supports into their programmes. These supports enable each student to learn and participate in their own unique way.
  • Sometimes teachers need to make specific adaptations and adjustments to the classroom programme to ensure each student is included.

Learning outcomes

This module is intended to support teachers and teacher aides to achieve four aims:

  1. Explore the New Zealand Curriculum and understand its components (vision, values, principles, learning areas and key competencies).
  2. Identify how the New Zealand Curriculum encourages inclusion.
  3. Relate the New Zealand Curriculum to the school and classroom curriculum and students they work with.
  4. Reflect on and evaluate how they relate the New Zealand Curriculum to their work with all students.