Our Curriculum

Theme 2018

About 'Treat Me'

Arahoe leaders and educators have been looking at the learning environment at Arahoe school and asking ourselves: to what extent does culture count, as we know learners’ understandings form the basis of identity and learning. It is expected that our curriculum is culturally responsive and in this way the NZ Curriculum's Principles of Cultural Diversity and Inclusion are realised. The principle of cultural diversity calls for schools and educators to affirm students’ different cultural identities, and incorporate their cultural contexts into teaching and learning programmes. Teaching for cultural diversity also involves helping students understand and respect diverse viewpoints, values, customs, and languages.

Term 2 - Topics:

In Term 2 Arahoe School focused on the Planet Earth and Beyond strand of the science curriculum. For many Maori, Matariki heralds the start of a new year. This proved to be a timely and valuable context for learning about the sun and the moon, and their physical effects on the light available to Earth.

Term 1 - Topics:

We began the year looking at the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the bi-cultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand to create a culturally responsive curriculum. We looked at how partnership with Maori and Maori world view have influenced our social relationships within whanau and with the environment, particularly our seas and oceans.

The tables below show how each syndicate explores the theme and applies it to topics over the term.


Term 1 Topic Tables for web.pdf


Term 2 Topic Tables for web.pdf