The national curriculum gives us the scope, flexibility, and authority we need to design and shape our curriculum so that teaching and learning is beneficial to our students.
The curriculum design process involves making decisions about how to give effect to the national curriculum in ways that best addresses the particular needs, interests, and circumstances of the school's students and community.
Our curriculum design demonstrates our understanding of theories and philosophies of learning, the intentions of the New Zealand Curriculum and of the values and expectations of our community. It also clarifies our priorities for for student learning, the ways in which those priorities will will be addressed and how student progress and the quality of teaching and learning will be addressed.
In terms of design and structure of the curriculum we follow the principles of Teaching for Understanding and the Backward Design process. See this reference for a description of how this works in practice. [Readers' Digest version]
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