Chisnallwood Intermediate Curriculum Overview
Learning Areas
Strands/Conceptual Strands
Knowledge Understanding/Purpose
Important, useful and interesting knowledge, skills, understanding and purposes that students are able to access, interpret, understand and show.
Learning Competencies
Competencies necessary for learning: how to access, investigate, interpret, understand and use knowledge and skills. (All involve Thinking and Use of Language, Symbols and Text)

Are explored, encouraged, modeled and reviewed.

Qualities we try to live by and show
Personal/Social Competencies

Competencies necessary for managing self and relating and participating.

Mega cognitive Ability Test Yr 7 and 8:

Diagnostic, school wide and teacher summative/formative
Number and Algebra

Geometry and Measurement


Use mental, written and other methods to calculate and estimate
Discern when results of calculations and estimations are reasonable
Represent patterns and relationships in numbers, shapes and measures.

Use and recognize properties of shapes
Use appropriate units and instruments of measurement and calculate quantity

Design investigation, collect, i9nterpret and present data
Explore patterns and meanings and data
Processing and Analyzing


Use of Language, Symbols and Text


Testing Ideas

Gathering Evidence

Making observations


Presenting Data

Exploring patterns and meanings in data

Storage and retrieval skills, matching skills


Problem solving















Managing Self

Set personal goals and check them for progress
Work towards achieving success
Know how actions affect others
Be honest and reliable.
Accepts personal responsibility
Knows when it is appropriate to follow others
PAT Maths

Social Sciences
Identity, culture and organization

Place and Environment

NZ has its own identity. It is a multi cultural nation with a bicultural past.
NZ has a place in the World arena.
There are rules and laws that help society function

People interact with the environment and use resources in different ways.
The sustainable use of resources protects the environment
Sustainability also involves social, political and economic practices

Relating to Others
Recognise different points of view.
Understand other values and cultures
Listen actively.
Negotiate and share ideas.
Transfer learnt knowledge, positive behaviours to playground.
Willing to participate with others

Common Assessment:
Using Information Skills
Essential Information Skills Analysis:
Finding information in Text.
Finding information in graphs and Text.
Finding information in Reference Sources

Continuity and Change

Economic World
Events have causes and effects
People interpret and respond to change in different ways
The knowledge of past events helps us understand the present and our possible future.

People participate in economic activities (work)
Goods and services are produced, distributed and consumed
Economic decisions affect people and communities
Inquiry Skills:
Student ownership of learning



Investigation in questions, issue, problem or ideas

Asking questions

Gathering and analysis of information

Generating solutions

Making and justifying decisions

Taking action

Problem Solving
Clarifying and defining problem

Analyse cause of problem

Identify alternatives

Asses alternatives

Choose one alternative




Positive thinking

Positive capacity to cope and adapt when things go wrong

Recover readily from adversity







Being responsible for own actions

Strong attachment to family and friends

No blame attitude



Participating and contributing

Participates in local, national and global communities.
Makes connections with others.
Responds appropriately as a group member
Is proud of self, school, family and community.
Takes ownership of own learning within class, school and community.
Contributes to the quality and sustainability of social, physical and economic environments.

Receptive Strands:



Use processes and strategies necessary to access meaning
Seek and make meaning of information and ideas
Question and critically examine information and ideas
Engage purposefully and for pleasure

PAT Vocab
PAT Comprehension
PAT Listening
AsTTle Reading
Schonnell Spelling

Productive Strands:



Communicate in ways that have meaning for self and others
Uses conventions and formats for expressing and presenting information and ideas
Use processes (checking and editing) to improve meaning and quality
Uses a range of styles suited to particular purposes and occasions
Teacher Inquiry

What happened and what are the implications for my teaching?

Is there something I need to change?

What are the next steps for learning?

What is it I want to focus on?

What strategy/strategies could I try to help my students learning?

Health and PE
Personal Health and Physical

Movement Concepts and Motor Skills

Relationship with other People

Healthy Communities and Environment

Hauora - Recognise personal well being is a combination of physical, social and emotional growth and balance
Can identify and describe ways to self manage personal development
Regular participation in enjoyable physical activities in a range of environment and describe how these assist in the promotion of well being.

Students develop motor skills, knowledge and understandings about movement and positive attitudes towards physical activity

Is able to interact with others positively and maintain appropriate relationships
Identify pressures that can influence our interactions and demonstrate basic assertiveness skill to manage these

Investigate and describe lifestyle factors and media influences that contribute to the well being of New Zealanders
Consider collective action for the care of themselves and others our school and wider community.

The Arts
Understanding the Arts in Context

Developing Practical Knowledge

Developing Ideas
DANCE: The Students:-
1. View a range of dance styles both live and recorded
2. Use expressive movement that has intent, purpose and form
3. Integrate thinking, moving and feeling.
4. Explore dance elements, vocabularies, processes and technologies.
5. Work as individuals, in small groups and in full class groups.
6. Strengthen cultural identity and social interaction
Music: Sound Arts
1. Express themselves and their ideas musically.
2. Work individually and collaboratively.
3. Develop confidence as they listen to, respond to, sing, play, improvise, read notation, record, analyse and appreciate music.
4. Perform to an audience.
5. View and learn about a range of instruments and New Zealand performers.
1. Express human experience with a focus on role, action, tension, time and space.
2. Use dramatic conventions, techniques and technologies to create imagined worlds
3. Work as both individuals and in collaboration
4. Both create and perform to audiences us IT as a tool to record.
5. View and discuss live and recorded dramatic performances
Visual Arts
1. Develop visual literacy and the ability to talk about what they see.
2. View quality art works, learn about the cultural significance and the history of art making.
3. Develop their own ideas
4. Work with a range of practices including: drawing, sculpture, design, painting, environmental art, graffiti, Printmaking, Photography and moving image (IT)
5. Display their work and respond to and give feedback.

PAT Vocab
PAT Comprehension
PAT Listening
AsTTle Reading
Schonnell Spelling

The Nature of Science

The Living World

Planet Earth and Beyond

Physical World

Material World
Will be able to define the necessities to maintain life
Will be able to identify characteristics of a living world.

Will learn to appreciate that water, air rocks, soil and life forms make up our planet and recognize that these are also Earth’s resources

Will explore, describe and represent patterns and trends of everyday examples of physical phenomena in forces, electricity, light, sound waves and heat.

Will be able to appreciate that chemistry is all around us and will be able to investigate the world of chemistry and its applications

Learning Languages

Language Knowledge

Cultural Knowledge
Receive and produce information
Produce and respond to questions and requests
Show social awareness when interacting with others

Recognise that the Spanish language is organized in particular ways
Make connections with their own language

Recognise that the Spanish culture is organized in particular ways
Make connections with known cultures.

Technological Practice

Technological Knowledge

Nature of Technology
A plan is required to produce outcomes that meet stakeholders needs
Outcomes have key features
Outcomes have to meet certain standards and be acceptable to the stakeholder
Outcomes have to be assessed against the original brief.

Products are modeled (trialed) before final products are made
There is a relationship between materials and products
Systems are necessary for producing technological outcomes.

Changes have occurred in technology over the years
Equipment needs to be used effectively to create an outcome
Processes have to occur for an outcome to be produced.