Middle Years Programme and Pathways Guide 2019
Dear Students and Families,
Here is our Programme and Pathways Guide for 2018/9 for students in Y7-10. It presents the courses and options that are available to students in the Middle Years. We have presented the information in this format to illustrate the links that exist across the learning years of Y7 to Y10. Too often in the past the learning and curriculum has been seen as two distinct subsets – Y7/8 and Y9/10. We wish to address this and provide students and their families with clear information that shows the learning progressions available to students in the Middle Years. This Programme and Pathways Guide links with that for students in the Senior Years (Y11-13).
Our desire is to create a learning environment, programme and curriculum for young adolescent people that satisfies their unique learning, social, emotional and developmental needs in this critical phase of their development. I have taken some time to describe our background vision and thinking behind the development of our Middle School and hence this study guide.
We have spent a lot of time over the years considering the special characteristics of students in the Middle Years (Y7-10). When they leave Primary education and move into Y7 they begin a very different phase in learning – it is a time of intense development of the identity of the “self”, with reference to family, peers and others in our community. It is a time of ego-centric viewpoints that flip-flop with the growing awareness and understanding of wider views (global, local and national). Brain development, physical development, and emotional development are amazing over these four years as our young people seek to make sense of the challenges of:
Who am I?
Where have I come from?
How come I am like I am?
Why am I different, or the same as …?
What do I believe?
and many more questions.
Young people in the age group of 11-14 years spend a lot of time learning to relate to others in ways that are appropriate – they are critical thinkers, askers of “the Big Questions” and move progressively towards independence, have high expectations of themselves, are readily “coachable” and enjoy stability in their learning programmes.
Students in these years are characterised by “intellectual curiosity” on which we need to capitalise. Selecting, processing and thinking critically about information is an important skill for these learners as they progressively start to take control (or to be in charge) of themselves.
The New Zealand Curriculum has, at its centre, a vision for young people who will leave our education system as “confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners." This vision is underpinned by the five Key Competencies which our Y7-10 curriculum seeks to address:
- Using language, symbols and texts
- Relating to Others
- Managing self
- Participating and Contributing
We are now able to design learning programmes that fully support this aim, which are unique to our school, our learners and our community.
This booklet draws together statements from the New Zealand Curriculum and gives a brief outline of the components of the programmes in Y7-10 by Learning Area.