‘The Grey Main Way’ – Curriculum Journey

The New Zealand Curriculum specifies eight learning areas each area forms part of a broad, general education, and provides a framework for learning:

  • English
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Arts
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technology
  • Learning Languages

“Teaching and learning programmes are developed through a wide range of experiences across all learning areas, with a focus on literacy and numeracy along with the development of values and key competencies.”

The New Zealand Curriculum Ministry of Education (2007), p.41

The Grey Main Way, including, values and key competencies, will be integrated throughout all learning areas.

Numeracy and Literacy are a key focus and are taught as stand alone learning areas on a daily basis.  Teachers identify extra opportunities to integrate Numeracy and Literacy into other learning areas to provide an authentic context for learning.

In Learning Languages across the school, Te Reo Maori is taught independently and with appropriate integration with a greater focus on tikanga.  In addition, French, Spanish and Japanese are introduced at Year 7/8 level.

Physical activity is practised regularly to promote personal health and wellbeing.  Other aspects of Physical Education are standalone subjects to develop skill based learning.  Some aspects of Health are taught independently whilst others are integrated into our concept based curriculum as determined by community needs.

Specific skills across the Arts are taught through thematic units, concepts and the development of key understandings.  Natural links across learning areas are made when appropriate.

All other curriculum areas taught through thematic units and integrated programmes using aspects of our Inquiry Process – ‘Action Learning’.  Individual teachers prioritise the specific learning areas and strands to ensure that identified learning needs of their students are met.  Following our thematic school wide plan ensures the required strands are covered over a period of time.  

Grey Main School – Goals related to each Learning Area

What learning ‘looks like’ in each of the Learning Areas.

The Grey Main Programmes of Work

Encompassing the Key Competencies, values and principles as outlined in the New Zealand Curriculum as follows:


Our students will create and communicate their thoughts clearly and confidently as speakers and listeners, readers and writers, presenters and viewers for a variety of audiences and purposes.  They will understand ideas and information that is presented in a variety of formats. 

Mathematics and Statistics   

Our students will be able to think creatively, critically, strategically and logically to predict, estimate and calculate accurately in a variety of mathematical contexts – number and algebra, statistics, geometry and measurement.  They will be able to use this knowledge to effectively solve problems, in their everyday lives.

Social Sciences           

Our students will through Inquiry Learning (Action Learning) examine relevant past and current issues, explore peoples values and perspectives, consider the ways people make decisions, interact with the environment and participate in social actions in order to live as responsible citizens in an ever changing world. 


Our students will through participating and contributing in investigations, be able to discover and communicate their understandings of the natural, physical world and the wider universe. 


Our students will be provided with authentic   situations which give them the opportunity to become innovative developers of products and systems, and discerning consumers who will make a difference in an ever changing world. 

Health and Physical Education          

Our students will develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes they need to maintain and enhance their personal wellbeing and to build respectful relationships.  They will participate in regular physical activity, develop movement skills, take lifelong health responsibility for themselves and their own community through a wide range of learning experiences. 

The Arts          

Our students will use both verbal and non-verbal communication to discover, create, challenge, respond to and celebrate unique artistic expressions of self, community and culture via the four disciplines of Visual Arts, Music, drama and Dance. 

Learning Languages   

Our students will develop deeper understanding of their own language and culture through the learning exposure to other languages and cultures.