Curriculum at Royal Oak Intermediate School

Schooling  is about much more than traditional teaching. It’s about nurturing growth, encouraging development, supporting effort, recognising achievement, broadening horizons, challenging viewpoints, guiding progress, instilling values, fostering ideas. At Royal Oak Intermediate we aim to give all our students a strong background in all eight learning areas whilst developing the five key competencies as specified in the New Zealand National Curriculum. This is achieved through the Core Curriculum Programme as well as the Discovery and other programmes on offer. Neither is more or less important that the other, with these other programmes offering unique learning experiences for our students.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics and Statistics – Numeracy
  • Science
  • Social Sciences (covered through Literacy {which includes Geography and History})
  • The Arts (Music and Visual Art)
  • Health and Physical Education (Hauora/Health, Physical Education, EOTC, Bio-Food)
  • Learning Languages (Te Reo Maori)
  • Technology (Design Technology and in-class ICT)
  • Thinking – using creative, critical and reflective processes to make sense and question information, experiences and ideas
  • Using language, symbols and texts – working with and making meaning of the codes in which knowledge is expressed
  • Managing Self – self motivation, a ‘can do’ attitude; the ability to establish personal goals, make plans, set high standards for self. Knowing about who you are, where you come from and you fit in.
  • Relating to others – interacting effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts.
  • Participating and contributing – participating actively in local, national and global communities.

Nurturing young lives is an immense responsibility that we share with you, the parents/caregivers and your child’s wider whanau and we take this very seriously. Ensuring that the children in our care are confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners who are well prepared to engage with life as contributing citizens of the 21st century, able to communicate and negotiate, to think critically and to live life with dignity, care and compassion, is not only our responsibility, but also our delight. We believe all young people in NZ schools have the right to gain, through a state school system a broad, balanced education that prepares them for effective participation in society.  

SCHOOL PROGRAMMES Throughout the year all students will be involved in a wide variety of programmes, both compulsory and choice based. These involve the Core Curriculum and Other Programmes.

(A) These are the compulsory core learning areas all students do every week all year (through our integrated inquiry model):

  • Literacy (English {reading and writing}; Social Studies)
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Hauora (Ka RERE, Values, Social Skills, Sexuality and Relationship Education, Puberty, Healthy Lifestyle Choices, Self Esteem/Confidence and Road/Water Safety, Goal Setting and Reflections)
  • Inquiry (Careers; Communication-Literacy; Financial Capabilities; Service)

(B) These are the compulsory core learning areas all students do each year in a rotation system ie. each subject for approx. one term each for two lots of two periods per week:

  • Music – 4 periods every week, for one term
  • Art – 4 periods every week, for one term
  • Bio Foods – 4 periods every week, for one term
  • Design Tech – 4 periods every week, for one term

(C) These are the compulsory additional programmes all students do every week:

  • Cultural Villages (performance groups) – 1 period every week, every term
  • Recreation (sports rotations) – 1 period every week, terms 1 and 4
  • Electives – 1 period every week, terms 2 and 3
  • School Singing – 0.5 of a period once every 4 weeks, every term
  • Just Dance – 0.5 of a period once every 4 weeks, every term

It is vital students have Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) experiences to further develop and promote student confidence, meeting challenges, and having FUN!, Learning opportunities within the EOTC realm are fundamental in building on the learning of Hauora (wellbeing and student development); our school camp is no exception! We take Year 7 students to camp. At camp the students participate in a raft of outdoor activities. The Year 8’s have EOTC; participating actively in exploring local attractions and visiting a range of places of  historical significance in and around our community.

The whole school has taken part in the Coast to Coast walk every year, however next time it will be Maunga to Maunga.