Curriculum Refresh

Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu

Adorn the bird with feathers so it may soar

The Ministry is two years into a six-year programme to refresh The New Zealand Curriculum.

The refreshed curriculum will support every ākonga (learner) to experience success in their learning. It will give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and will be inclusive, clear about the learning that matters, and easy to use from year 0 to year 13.

The refreshed curriculum content is being developed and released in phases, and schools and kura will have until the beginning of 2027 to start using the fully refreshed curriculum.

The first stage of the refresh took effect at the start of 2023, and new Aotearoa New Zealand histories content is now required to be taught in all schools.

The proposed name for the curriculum framework is Te Mātaiaho, which means “to observe and examine the strands of learning.” This name was gifted by Dr. Wayne Ngata and members of our Rōpū Kaitiaki.

Our Journey So Far

The National  Curriculum are the bones on which we are creating our local curriculum.

We started work on the Pigeon Mountain Local Curriculum early last year. We introduced the  Understand Know Do model which is central to all learning across all curriculum areas.

We started weaving  Aotearoa New Zealand Histories into our Inquiry Units in Term 2. In term 3 we were lucky to win a PLD contract with the Education Group working with Dr Nicky Knight on the development of the Pigeon Mountain Local Curriculum.

In November last year, we surveyed our parents, staff, and community on what they thought should be in the Pigeon Mountain Local Curriculum.

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