Curriculum Program:



Key Competencies 

Curriculum Context

The links below will take you to talks by a number of eduational thinkers, researchers and practitioners whose thinking is influencing the way schools approach learning and the curriculum.

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!
Let Your Child Play 
Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers
Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education
RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms
Trudy Francis: Student-centred Thinking and Learning

Carol Dweck: Mindsets

The Local Curriculum

Each school, in New Zealand will, over the next year or two, develop its own local curriculum in consultation with its stakeholders. This local curriculum will reflect the revised New Zealand Curriculum and the priorities identified by the school community.

The lnks at the top of the page will take you to the TKI site where you can access the curriculum in full.



On the basis of our research into best practice, we are collaboratively developing a core set of pedagogical principles. We hope to establish some shared understandings about pedagogy which will provide a reference point for future discussion, a touchstone for the evaluation of new ideas, and which can provide a perspective for reflection upon our own teaching practice.  The ideas we have investigated so far are elaborated on our pedagogy wiki.



Thorndon has a comprehensive assessment programme, beginning with a modified version of the School Entry Assessment for new entrants, a series of observations designed to enable teachers to find out what skills and knowledge children bring to school when they start. The SEA covers a range of things from letter recognition to the ability to use a pair of scissors

When they reach Year 3 children will encounter some more formalised testing. This is when we begin to use the Progressive Avhievement Tests that many parents will be familiar with. The PATs, which are nationally normed, have been revised and updated in the last few years. These tests together with STAR, another test of Reading, give teachers a huge amount of information about class and individual achievement in Maths, Reading and Listening at the time of the test. It is important to keep in mind that these tests provide a snapshot of achivement.

Click Here for an explanation of PATs and how they are used.

Click Here for links to assessment readings.

National Standards

Terry Crooks Interview with Sean Plunkett
Terry Crooks Interview with Katherine Ryan
Panel Discussion on National Standards
NZPF National Standards Survey
Mathematics Standards
Reading and Writing Standards