Curriculum, Viscount School



Curriculum, Viscount School

Year 7-8 students make choices between Robotics, Foodstorm, Bike maintenance, Dance, Ukelele, Minecraft, Gardening and Technology design and consider careers that might arise from these activities.

Curriculum, Viscount School


We seek to use our local community as a base for our learning. We have three themes a year – Mountain, Land and Sea and base our learning around local landmarks.

Teachers develop these themes into learning programmes based on the NZC.

We will talk with you each year about what learning is important to you and seek to build that into our programmes.


The NZ Curriculum identifies 5 main areas for children to develop competence in areas that will enable them to he be successful lifelong learners and productive members of NZ society.

They are not separate or stand-alone. They are part of all of our learning programmes. 

Thinking skills

Using creative and critical thinking, to make sense of information, experiences and ideas is important to successful learning.  Inquiry learning helps to develop these skills through developing understanding, making decisions, shaping actions, or constructing knowledge. 

Students who are competent thinkers and problem solvers actively seek, use, and create knowledge. They reflect on their own learning, draw on personal knowledge and intuitions, ask questions, and challenge the basis of assumptions and perceptions.

Language symbols and texts – these are the foundation blocks for all learning at school.

Using language, symbols, and texts is about working with and making meaning through developing a fluent understanding of how people communicate information, experiences, and ideas. 

This can be through written books but also through talking, pictures, and movies,. As well children can learn a number of languages and also understand and use the special languages of maths, science and technology, including computers. 

Managing oneself

This competency is associated with self-motivation, a “can-do” attitude, and with students seeing themselves as capable learners. It is integral to self-assessment. Students who manage themselves are enterprising, resourceful, reliable, and resilient. They establish personal goals, make plans, manage projects, and set high standards. They have strategies for meeting challenges. They know when to lead, when to follow, and when and how to act independently. 

Relating to Others

This is about interacting effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts. This competency includes the ability to listen actively, recognise different points of view, negotiate, and share ideas. Students who relate well to others are open to new learning and able to take different roles in different situations. They are aware of how their words and actions affect others. They know when it is appropriate to compete and when it is appropriate to co-operate. 

Participating and contributing

This competency is about being actively involved in communities. Communities include family, whānau, and school and those based, for example, on a common interest or culture. They may be drawn together for purposes such as learning, work, celebration, or recreation. They may be local, national, or global. 

Curriculum, Viscount School