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Te Whāriki has been updated

13/4/2017

New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki has been updated.

Te Whāriki, which has shaped early learning in New Zealand for the past 20 years, now better reflects the context of children’s lives in the 21st century as well as changes in early learning theory and practice. 

The updated Te Whāriki includes two documents in one flip book: 

Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum and 

Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo

Read Te Whāriki, and find supporting resources on the new Te Whāriki website.

RAMP literature reports

12/4/2017

The Review and Maintenance Programme (RAMP) implemented a review process to ensure materials that support NCEA continue to be aligned with The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) and support the development and use of quality teaching and learning programmes in secondary schools and other providers.

New Zealand Sign Language Week from 8 May 2017

11/4/2017

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) became an official language of New Zealand in 2006.

This year we are celebrating 10 years of NZSL's official language status and our 10th NZSL Week. 

This NZ Curriculum Online page has resources, links, and ideas for supporting you to introduce New Zealand Sign Language to your class.

New Zealand Sign Language Week provides an opportunity for schools to reflect on the inclusion principle and explore the values of diversity and respect. 

Ask the Connected Learning Advisory

11/4/2017

The Ministry of Education’s Connected Learning Advisory – Te Ara Whītiki – is committed to supporting schools and communities as they plan for, manage, and use digital technologies for learning.

This Education Gazette article looks at how the advisory supports schools, kura, and Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

National Library of New Zealand - improvements to Services to Schools

11/4/2017

The National Library of New Zealand is rolling out a series of improvements to its Services to Schools online presence.

Services to Schools is now included as part of the National Library of New Zealand website.

You can access the new home of Services to Schools  at www.natlib.govt.nz/schools

The existing Services to Schools website address will be redirected to this new location. 

Find out more about the services, including placing a loan request, and access to Topic Explorer from this page of Literacy Online.

Game of Awesome

31/3/2017

Game of Awesome is a card game aimed at inspiring New Zealand students to write.

It was  developed with a specific focus on suitability for boys in years 5–8 using boys of that age to create the material. 

You can hear more about Game of Awesome in this RNZ interview.

You can order copies of the resource for your school from Down The Back Of The Chair.

NZTA Future Transport Competition 2017

28/3/2017

The Future Transport Competition challenges student teams in years 1–13 to enter games or narratives about transforming transport.

Entries must be by teams of three or more students. Online support includes the student guide, teacher guide, and ideas bank.

There are prizes for students, supervising teacher, and school.

The competition closes 5pm, Friday 30 June 2017.

GeoTrips

28/3/2017

Visit New Zealand's geology and landforms with these GeoTrips - rock outcrops, geological displays, and landforms that you can visit and explore.

GeoTrips are compiled by GNS Science, geologists, and knowledgeable enthusiasts from around the country.

Each GeoTrip includes images, maps, useful background information, and advice to get you started with your own geological explorations and discoveries.

More learning resources are available from the GNS Science website.

Extending their language - expanding their world: Children’s oral language (birth-8 years)

28/3/2017

This ERO evaluation investigated how effectively young children’s oral language learning and development were supported in their early years of education.

ERO asked the question: What is the early learning service or school doing in response to children’s oral language learning and development, including concerns about and needs of particular children?

ERO’s findings are based on the analysis of data gathered from 167 early learning services and 104 schools.

NZC Spotlights

22/3/2017

NZC spotlights are mini professional learning sessions that focus on a specific aspect of The New Zealand Curriculum.

Presented on Google Slides, NZC spotlights include short readings, videos, and follow up activities.

NZC spotlights are designed for teachers and leaders in both primary and secondary schools.

They can be used during staff meetings, department or syndicate meetings, Kāhui Ako / Communities of Learning workshops, teacher only days, and for individual teachers to reflect on their own learning. 


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