The New Zealand Curriculum will be used to report to parents in English (reading, writing and oral language) and Mathematics. This information, as well as, other curriculum areas: social sciences, science, health & physical education, the arts and technology. These subjects provide essential information which gives teachers, children, parents, families and whānau a clear idea of where their child is at in relation to the curriculum area and knowing their immediate next learning steps.
At MCS we report to parents, families and whānau in writing at least twice a year on their child's progress and achievement in these areas, in relation to the New Zealand Curriculum.
This is currently being reviewed as the Ministry of Education is providing a framework for schools to transition from the Nationals Standards to the New Zealand Curriculum. Listed below is our current reporting schedule for 2018.
For children in their first 3 years of schooling this means after they have been at school for:
40 weeks (1 year), 80 weeks (2 years) or 120 weeks (3 years).
Children start school at different times when they turn 5, so reports are written on their anniversaries of having been at school for:
- 20 weeks (half way through their first year),
- 40 weeks (1 year),
- 60 weeks (half way through their 2nd year),
- 80 weeks (2 years),
- 100 weeks (half way through their 3rd year) and
- 120 weeks (3 years).
For children who have had their 120 week anniversaries, meaning they have been at school for a full 3 years, the reporting system switches to the school mid year (end of term 2) and end year (end of term 4) timeline for reporting.
Mid year reports will indicate your child's achievement in reading, writing and maths and other curriculum areas against the New Zealand Curriculum Framework.
End year reports will indicate your child's achievement in reading, writing and maths and other curriculum areas against the New Zealand Curriculum Framework.
The teacher will continue to use many different ways to find out where your child is at in reading, writing and maths and other curriculum areas by making an Overall Teacher Judgement (OTJ) against the curriculum level.
Curriculum levels: Level 1 (Year 1&2), Level 2 (Year 3&4), Level 3 (Year 5&6).
The OTJ includes:
·using a range of formal tests/assessments
·watching your child working in the classroom
·talking with them about their learning
·your child assessing their own and each other’s work.
The expectation is that children are able to meet the curriculum levels across a range of learning settings. This includes the five Key Competencies of: Thinking, Relating to others, Managing Self, Using Language, Symbols and Texts and Participating & Contributing which are weaved throughout all curriculum areas.
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For more information of what curriculum expectations look like after each year at school: