curriculum

Teaching science in primary schools

I struggle to understand why science is very largely absent from primary school teaching. Why so many primary teachers either don’t like science or are scared of it or are otherwise reluctant to really accord it the importance it deserves in the NZC. ERO likewise has its concerns, as were made evident recently in its latest report on the...

Coding for kids

Should all children learn to programme a computer? asks Ian Stevens from our Wellington office. I was recently asked if I thought if it was a good idea for all children to learn to code, as in, programme a computer. My answer was yes, although I did point out that I also believe all children need to learn to climb trees,...

Use hacks for innovative curriculum design with students and teachers

“Design Thinking can be a powerful vehicle for deeper learning of content, more divergent thinking and building the thinking skills capacity of learners.” – Ewan Macintosh New directions require a fresh approach. Too often we focus on working together to produce a ‘product’, rather than focussing on the...

A new digital technologies curriculum?

It was the mid-1980s and my grandfather had passed away a few years earlier. Since his passing my grandmother had taken up two new pastimes. The first thing she took up was the 80s phenomenon of jogging and for her that meant training for and running marathons. Often the oldest competitor in the race and often arriving at the finish line hours...

Science capabilities: What is their potential to refocus science education?

According to the New Zealand Curriculum, students learn science at school so that “they can participate as critical, informed, and responsible citizens in a society in which science plays a significant role” (p17). The quick way of saying this is that the purpose of school science is to develop scientific literacy....

The power of a conversation

Schools are busy places. Classrooms are even busier places; it is all too easy to get through a day without having an informal/non-subject-focused conversation with a student. Sure, we may talk to them (and don’t get me wrong most teachers I speak with say that they feel like they talk all day) but have we really stopped and had a...

What is a local curriculum?

Local curriculum is causing a buzz around many schools and I hear many leaders and teachers talking about what it means and what they should be doing. I firmly believe that every school has the main elements of their local curriculum alive and kicking within their walls – however, sometimes it is not recognised as such. An easy to...

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