The curriculum supports and empowers all students to learn and achieve personal excellence, regardless of their individual circumstances.
Treaty of Waitangi
The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Maori me ona tikanga.
The curriculum reflects New Zealand’s cultural diversity and values the histories and traditions of all its people.
The curriculum is non-sexist, non-racist, and non-discriminatory; it ensures that students’ identities, languages, abilities and talents are recognised and affirmed and that their learning needs are addressed.
Learning to Learn
The curriculum encourages all students to reflect on their own learning processes and to learn how to learn.
The curriculum has meaning for students, connects with their wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whanau and communities.
The curriculum covers all students a broad education that makes links within and across learning areas, provides for coherent transitions and opens up pathways to further learning.
The curriculum encourages students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focused issues as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise and globalisation.
One of the ways in which Elim Christian College is creating an interactive learning environment is by strongly encouraging a ‘bring your own device’ programme from Years 5 – 8.
Devices at School
The use of iPads are integrated into the curriculum in developmentally-appropriate ways. Students in Years 0 – 2 have access to class sets of iPads and students in Years 3 – 4 have access to school sets of chromebooks. Students from Years 5 – 6 support their learning with their own device, brought from home. Devices are used to strengthen and support our delivery of Numeracy and Literacy, bringing in elements of engagement, accessibility, differentiation, live-feedback and seamless school-to-home learning.
To complement the Numeracy and Literacy programmes, an integrative, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning is used for the remainder of the day in which curriculum areas, e.g. Science, are integrated around a common theme to facilitate students’ understanding. This is enhanced by the unique possibilities provided with the use of digital devices. It involves identifying and working on a real problem/issue around the chosen theme, focusing on the learning that is needed, and actually implementing a solution. Students use problem-solving skills to arrive at that solution; these skills will continue to be valuable not only at school, but useful in life.
Through sharing new knowledge that they have created both digitally and physically, locally and globally, students are making a difference with their learning and adding relevance to their inquiry. In other words, inquiry learning is not only concerned with in-school success, but it is equally concerned with preparation for life-long learning.
Making a difference through a social action both online and offline, is an opportunity for students to think about how they can have a positive influence on their world, regardless of age, whether it is for themselves, their community, or their country.
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