The curriculum approaches and strategies that worked

In the following pages we share the narratives of five schools. Although ERO investigated curriculum developments across all the year levels in the school, we have mostly shared specific aspects for children from Year 4 to Year 8.

01 A curriculum that captures the interests and heritage of the children

SOMERFIELD TE KURA WAIREPO, CHRISTCHURCH

>   Focusing on children's heritage

>   Working within a cluster

>   Deep learning

>   Learning partnerships with children

02 Using a spiral curriculum to build on children's prior knowledge

PAPATOETOE NORTH SCHOOL, AUCKLAND

>   Culturally responsive curriculum

>   Using children's prior knowledge

>   The spiral curriculum

>   Planning for each topic

03 Motivating and engaging children through a rich local curriculum

SYLVIA PARK SCHOOL, AUCKLAND

>   Planning the inquiry

>   The school's inquiry process

>   Involving children in the planning

>   Making learning exciting

04 Focusing on the school's and national curriculum priorities

ORATIA SCHOOL, AUCKLAND

>   Focusing on local priorities

>   Collaborative planning

>   Engaging activities

>   Monitoring engagement

05 Building capabilities to implement an integrated curriculum

ALFRISTON SCHOOL, AUCKLAND

>   Curriculum planning

>   Teachers and children working together

>   Implementing an integrated curriculum

>   Reflecting on practice