NZ has a National Curriculum that guides what your child learns at school. Your child will develop a range of values and key competencies, or capabilities, that they need to succeed in life. These are all woven into the teaching of learning areas, or subjects.

The National Curriculum is the term used to refer to The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. These set the direction for student learning and guide schools and kura as they design and implement a curriculum that meets the needs of their students.

There is a big focus on oral language, reading, writing and maths in the primary years, as these are really important foundation skills that everyone needs in order to be able to do well in life. Children need strong reading, writing and maths skills to progress through the levels of the National Curriculum and be able to achieve NCEA Level 2 or above at secondary school.


The vision is for young people to be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.


Students are encouraged to value:

  • excellence, by aiming high and by persevering in the face of difficulties

  • innovation, inquiry, and curiosity, by thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively

  • diversity, as found in our different cultures, languages, and heritages

  • equity, through fairness and social justice

  • community and participation for the common good

  • ecological sustainability, which includes care for the environment

  • integrity, which involves being honest, responsible, and accountable and acting ethically, and

  • to respect themselves, others and human rights

Learning Areas

There are 8 learning areas (or subject areas) in The New Zealand Curriculum:

  • literacy

  • the arts

  • health and physical education

  • learning languages

  • mathematics and statistics

  • science

  • social sciences

  • technology

The values and competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum are woven into these learning areas. They are designed to encourage enjoyment of learning and the ability to think critically, manage oneself, set goals, overcome obstacles and get along with others – the attributes students need to succeed as adults.

Key Competencies

Competencies are abilities and capabilities that people use to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their communities.

The New Zealand Curriculum identifies 5 key competencies that it has a focus on children developing throughout their time at school:

  • Thinking - is about using thinking processes to make sense of information, experiences and ideas

  • Using language, symbols, and texts - working with, being able to understand, and making sense of the codes (languages and symbols) in which knowledge is expressed

  • Managing self - having self-motivation, a "can-do" attitude, and seeing oneself as a capable learner

  • Relating to others - is about interacting effectively with a range of different people in a range of different situations, including things like being able to listen well, recognise different points of view, and share ideas

  • Participating and contributing - being involved in communities, such as family, whānau, school, and be able to contribute and make connections with other people

Our Local Curriculum Emphasis

Through the school’s curriculum plan and policies, staff will incorporate these special features of our school by:

1. Utilising local people and resources where practicable in the development of school programmes.

2. Acknowledging the nature of our school by celebrating the rural flavour eg Calf Club/Show Day.

3. Fostering and promoting knowledge of our local history.

4. Providing opportunities for education outside the classroom, including camp for senior pupils.

5. Taking part in group regional days, to develop an awareness of the wider school community.

6. Providing opportunities to learn other languages and experience aspects of those cultures.


Our Education Goals

Pukeoware School will provide quality education by:

1. Acknowledging individuality.

2. To promote the love of learning by providing a safe, enjoyable and challenging learning environment.

3. Promoting effective communication and support, through Pupils, staff, Board of Trustees and Community working in partnership.

4. To nurture children’s mental, emotional, social and physical well being (Hauora).

5. To promote a balance in children’s personal development (educational, physical and social).

6. Challenging children to reach their full potential.

7. To foster and promote respect for self, community and environment.

8. Prepare children to be flexible in this ever-changing world.