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Our Curriculum

Kaurilands School sits in a unique setting, surrounded by lush bush and with a stream running through it. Our ākonga take part in authentic learning experiences that provide opportunities to engage with and learn in our local environment and community. Our School Vision, Curriculum Principles, Values and Learner Skills sit at the heart of everything we do.

Key Curriculum Principles

These are the four guiding principles that sit at the heart of our Kaurilands School curriculum. They determine “how” and “what” we teach.

Student Agency

Giving students the power to act and have ownership of their learning. Each learning space and the school grounds themselves belong not to teachers but to all, equally.


Involving students in the learning process by helping them ask questions about things they are curious about, across all curriculum areas.

Kaurilands Inquiry Process

  • Think and Question: I am curious. I wonder and ask questions about the world around me.
  • Investigate and Collaborate: I explore and investigate my thoughts and ideas and collaborate with others to create new learning.
  • Create, Share and Celebrate: I create, share and empower others to take action with my new learning.


Modelled first and foremost by staff, students learn to work and grow together and benefit from each other's strengths.


This means valuing and planning for diversity in our learners. In a differentiated classroom, the teacher proactively plans and carries out varied approaches in anticipation of and response to student differences in readiness, interest, and learning needs.This involves differentiating content (pretesting and checking prior knowledge), process (choice/variety about how new information is learnt), product (how learning is demonstrated, choice based on task and student interest) and environment (learning, anywhere, anytime).


Kaurilands Values

The staff at our school are committed to our core values which were formulated by our wider Kaurilands community of children, staff and whānau.

Manaakitanga - Care and respect, respect yourself, others and community;

Ako - Teach and learn together;

Kaitiakitanga - Protecting and caring for the environment;

Whanaungatanga - Building and maintaining positive relationships.


Kaurilands Learner Skills

Our Kaurilands Learner Skills encompass the skills our children need to be successful lifelong learners who are prepared for their futures in an ever changing world. As a school, we are committed to providing learning experiences which help to instil our Learner Skills in our students. These are integrated into all teaching and learning opportunities at Kaurilands School.


Learning in Year 1 and 2 at Kaurilands

In Year 1 and 2 we are setting the foundations to become lifelong learners. We will achieve this by offering a balanced, age appropriate learning programme. This will include opportunities for teacher and child lead learning. We will build on early Literacy, Maths and Te Ao Maori skills alongside our Kaurilands Vision, Values, Curriculum Principles and Learner Skills. Through Discovery and Developmental Play we will explore the other areas of the New Zealand Curriculum such as Science and The Arts.

Discovery Time

Discovery Time at Kaurilands School provides opportunities for children in Year 1 and 2 to take part in rich, engaging, motivating learning activities that spark curiosity about the world. These sessions target the needs and interests of our children. The Kaurilands Learner Skills sit at the heart of Discovery Time and will be planned and reflected on with children. Throughout the year teachers will ensure coverage of the curriculum occurs and that children experience a variety of subject areas and themes.

Developmental Play

Developmental Play is an important part of the Year 1 and 2 programme. It is an opportunity for our children to play, work collaboratively, problem solve, develop fundamental movement skills, practise their fine motor skills and use social skills and foster inclusiveness. Developmental Play happens daily in Year 1 between 12:30- 1.00pm. In Year 2 teachers will plan for developmental time at least three times a week at the same time.


Learning in Year 3 to 6 at Kaurilands

In Years 3 to 6, the Kaurilands Learner Skills sit at the heart of everything we do. Throughout classroom programmes students are exposed to a range of opportunities to develop and build on these skills. Students are learning to think critically, collaborate with others, have agency over their learning and contribute to the Kaurilands community through a variety of actions.

Students are building their Literacy and Numeracy skills as well as their knowledge in Te Ao Māori and the Digital Curriculum. Inquiry is used as a vehicle to explore the different areas of the New Zealand Curriculum. We look at a range of motivating contexts (local, national and global) and guide and support our students to be able to use their knowledge to solve problems. This will include a range of teacher-led and student-led inquiry, with the goal being that students grow independence to lead their own learning.

All children take part in Adventure Afternoons where they get to explore new interests or passions. Our Year 3 children are kaitiaki of our school gardens and take part in 'Dig In' where they cook with the produce grown in our gardens.


Digital Curriculum

We recognise that digital technology has opened up radically new opportunities for learning. It has also rapidly changed the world that our tamariki are living in.

As such, we see it as hugely important that students have the skills and knowledge to be a digital citizen; a person who knows how to navigate digital waters and use digital technology to their advantage. Our digital curriculum helps foster digital citizenship in our tamariki.

At Kaurilands School our ākonga will learn how to explore technology to solve real life problems. They will learn to discover how technology makes our lives better while being safe and responsible when using, designing and creating technologies.


Te Ao Māori

Children hear and see Te Reo everyday, during class lessons, the Daily Tui language clips, our school values and signage in classrooms and around the school.

Te Reo is woven throughout our curriculum. Our School integrates Te Reo Māori in all curriculum areas and fosters strong Tikanga. Ākonga will build their confidence in speaking Te Reo while taking part in weekly sessions, building on their knowledge and skills each year.