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 2021

Term 1

ConceptOn your marks….get set….go!
Big IdeaWe are ready to learn when we make healthy choices and use a growth mindset.
ExplorationAn exploration of what helps us learn and how we can make good choices at school.
Possible lines of inquiry

  An inquiry into: 

  • Self-management
  • Independence
  • Relationships in your kainga
  • Sharing
  • Turn-taking 
  • Listening and following instructions
  • Appreciation of others
  • Resilience when things get hard
  • Taking risks
  • Trying new things
  • Team work
  • Working with our community
  • Healthy competition
  • Camp on-site at school
  • Learning to make mistakes
  • Teaching the Te Uho Beat matrix (Self)

Term 2

ConceptTe Uho Beat - our Heart Beat
Big IdeaThe values in our school shape who we are and how we behave/work as a team.
ExplorationAn exploration of our school values and how we bring them to life.
Possible lines of inquiry

An inquiry into:

  • Teaching the Te Uho Beat matrix (collaborative)
  • Exploring our five values
  • Bystanders code of conduct
  • How to speak up for yourself and for others
  • Respect for self, others and our school
  • Strategies to deal with difficult situations
  • Finding support networks
  • Graduate Profile

Term 3

ConceptOur Place in Time
Big IdeaThe features of a local area are important to the people who live there.
ExplorationAn exploration of how our environment impacted the people of the past and the people of today.
Possible lines of inquiry

An inquiry into:

  • The History of where our school is - Flatbush
  • The meaning of our school name and buildings
  • The meaning of our kainga names
  • The history of New Zealand?
  • The first people in NZ
  •  How people had fun in the past
  • How people travelled in the past
  • What schools were like in the past
  • How did our NZ ancestors survive, gather food
  • How did people live in the past

What do you want to learn about the history of New Zealand?

  • How the first people came to NZ
  • How did we become cities
  • Māori navigators

Term 4

ConceptNZ on the World Stage
Big IdeaTalent doesn’t look the same for everyone but everyone has a talent.
ExplorationAn exploration of finding our own and others unique talents in Aotearoa and celebrating them.
Possible lines of inquiry

An inquiry into:

  • Talents, passions, strengths, hobbies and interests
  • Seeing ourselves in others
  • NZ role models and heroes
  • Leaders - past, present and future
  • Where NZ sits on the world stage
  • Performance in its many forms, for an audience
  • Sharing and celebrating with others
  • Creativity, innovation and confidence
  • TUotN’s Got Talent Show
  • Creative expression across time, place and cultures
  • How we tell our stories through our talents



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.