Literacy and Numeracy are priority learning areas and will be delivered daily. Effective teaching practice integrates literacy and numeracy within the current theme/topic/exploration when and where it is relevant and natural to do so.

The New Zealand Curriculum specifies eight learning areas:

  • English
  • Social Science
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • The Arts
  • Technology
  • Learning Languages
  • Mathematics and Statistics

While the learning areas are presented as distinct, this does not limit the way we structure the learning experiences offered to our learners. At Te Uho o te Nikau Primary School, all learning makes use of the natural connections that exist between learning areas.

We believe our staff and students learn effectively when they integrate experience, imagination, information and application.

Our Programme of Inquiry honours the New Zealand Curriculum and supports the integration of all learning areas in different ways. Each term, particular strands of a learning area may be emphasised.

Programme of Inquiry 2020

Term 1

ConceptBack to the Future
Big IdeaBy knowing the old, we learn the new.
ExplorationAn exploration of where I am, who was here before me, and how I fit in.
Possible lines of inquiry

  An inquiry into: 

  • Our local community
  • History of our land
  • History of our school and buildings
  • Ngāi-tai ki Tamaki – local iwi stories
  • Migrant journeys
  • Ancestry
  • Family trees
  • Local and personal whakapapa
  • Iwi, hapu, whānau
  • What it means to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • The geography of my community
  • Personal history
  • Maori protocol and tikanga
  • Manaakitanga in our community


Term 2

ConceptUnlock Your Imagination
Big IdeaImagination and creativity can change the world.
ExplorationAn exploration of our imaginations born from experiences, stories and inventions.
Possible lines of inquiry

An inquiry into:

  • Fantasy, imagination, creativity and wonder
  • What people dream of doing
  • Virtual reality
  • The many faces of Science
  • Inventions because of nature
  • Inventions because of necessity
  • Mythology and cultural legends
  • Connecting to our stories
  • Wondering about real and imaginative
  • The Arts – dance, drama, music, visual arts
  • New ideas, discovery and play
  • The world of writers like Roald Dahl
  • National Geographic – superstructures and megastructures

Term 3

ConceptI am a Creator
Big IdeaTechnology allows you to bring your imagination to life.
ExplorationAn exploration of being a creator of technology.
Possible lines of inquiry

An inquiry into:

  • Digital and physical technologies
  • Freedom of expression
  • Finding beauty in everything
  • Creating a masterpiece from your own ideas
  • 21st century skills
  • Cyber skills
  • Digital citizenship
  • Our digital landscape
  • Being a creator of technology – not just a consumer
  • Solving problems logically
  • Following a design process
  • Inventions


Term 4

Big IdeaEveryone can make a difference in helping our planet.
ExplorationAn exploration of how the way we live affects our Earth, Papatuanuku.
Possible lines of inquiry

An inquiry into:

  • How we consume resources
  • What we need to live
  • Resources around us
  • Fast living versus slow living
  • Garden to table
  • Environmental degradation
  • Overuse of land
  • Environmental cycles: carbon, water, nitrogen
  • Recycling that goes beyond the classroom
  • The life of the planet
  • Earth’s history
  • Communicating what we learn to others
  • Ideas of guardianship and stewardship


From New Zealand Curriculum to school curriculum

All New Zealand students, regardless of where they are situated, should experience a rich and balanced education that embraces the intent of the national curriculum.