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Our Curriculum

What do we learn and how do we learn? Read on!

Key Curriculum Principles

These are the four guiding principles that determine our curriculum. They determine “how” and “what” we teach. The way in which these Curriculum Principles fit within individual curriculum areas are further unpacked in each Curriculum Overview section.

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). 


Innovative Learning Journey

We use the word ‘journey’ here because we’re still not at our destination, if you could even say that one exists in the educational sphere!

This is an exciting, challenging and thought provoking time to be in education. Norms are being challenged, there is a paradigm shift in the educational sphere. There are shifts in the ways in which knowledge is created and acquired and this changing landscape requires different skills from our learners; we must change what skills we value as educators and society as a whole. We are striving to build these skills in our learners so that they are enabled to think with agency, collaborate effectively and be curious about their passions and the world around them. By building differentiated curriculum opportunities for ākonga, our students, we are giving them the greatest gift; to take ownership of their own learning journeys.

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Graduate Learner Dispositions

As a school, we are committed to providing learning experiences which help to instil our graduate learner dispositions in our students. These dispositions are integrated into all teaching and learning at Kaurilands.


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.

Digital citizenship is a powerful enabler of inclusion in social, cultural and civil society. We believe that becoming a digital citizen is ‘part of who we all are’ in school; it should be planned for and addressed, through multiple contexts including structured activities and wherever there is a meaningful opportunity to talk and learn about it. 

As citizenship is one of our Graduate Learner Dispositions, digital citizenship sits nicely with using and sharing our school values in an online world. We celebrate ākonga who demonstrate exemplary citizenship with our Graduate Learner Certificates at our whole school assemblies twice a term.

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