New Zealand Curriculum
Bucklands Beach Intermediate School follows the New Zealand Curriculum which includes eight learning areas: English, the arts, health and physical education, learning languages, mathematics and statistics, science, social sciences, and technology.
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We have a strong emphasis on Inquiry Learning and where possible we believe in integrating these learning areas. Throughout the year we plan 6 units of inquiry collaboratively (with specialist teachers also) and reflect on these on an ongoing basis. These units link to our school mission, school goals, the NZ Curriculum and the programme framework of International Baccalaureate.
The New Zealand Curriculum identifies five key competencies: thinking, using language, symbols, and texts, managing self, relating to others, participating and contributing.
Read more about these on the Ministry of Education website.
Extension and Support Programmes
Non English Speaking Background (NESB) Programmes
A significant proportion of BBI students qualify for extra tuition in English.
They work individually or in small groups daily at first, until their English has reached an appropriate level. Continued support is given to them in small groups on a regular basis.
Mathex is an extension programme in maths that is offered to both Year 7 and Year 8 students. Groups of students who require extension and added challenge in Maths are identified. This number and problem solving programme takes place in the classroom with support from an additional teacher, predominantly in Terms 2 and 3.
This is a programme designed to improve reading fluency and comprehension through increased reading opportunities for students who are struggling. We rely on the support of parents, friends, grandparents etc. and a commitment of two afternoons a week is needed.
Reading and Language Support
A team of teacher aides work with students who have learning needs in reading and language, both in class and withdrawal groups.
RTLB and GSE Programmes
The Ministry of Education funds both of the above support programmes. The Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour and the Group Special Education Service are available to support the students and teachers on request. Students are referred to these services when support for learning or behaviour is needed.