Curriculum

We want our students to be able to address ‘real-life situations’ and to be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners. Learners at Christ the King Catholic School will develop key competencies to help them live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their communities.

Learners at CTK will be able to:

  • Do things with knowledge and have active problem – solving learning experiences

  • Be actively engaged in the ‘whole game’ of learning

  • Do more than ‘learn about’ a topic

  • Engage in critical thinking and take action

This is what we call Integrated Inquiry learning.

For this to happen, children need to be offered rich learning opportunities: sustainability, citizenship, enterprise and globalization. In this way of learning, students participate in decisions about learning and become empowered to take action beyond traditional ways – making posters or giving presentations. It involves a way of learning that addresses authentic and meaningful concerns and supports children to develop a sense of social awareness.

Religious Education

At Christ the King Catholic School we follow the Religious Education Programme for Catholic Schools in Aotearoa, as designated by the Bishops of New Zealand. This programme has six main strands for each year level and the following links will show the focus of what the children learn:

Three Modules are also taught during the year:

Through the Religious Education programme the children of Christ the King Catholic School gain knowledge and understanding of the teachings and beliefs of the Catholic Church. They develop skills, attitudes and values appropriate to their age level in an environment nurtured by our very own charism. Your interest in, and support for, your child’s Religious Education is very much appreciated.

Family/Whanau Book

The book is available from the School Office for $16.00 each and gives a breakdown of content across all classes as well as many helpful suggestions that can be used at home.

Learner Support

Learner Support at Christ the King Catholic School

The Ministry of Education emphasizes success for ALL students, particularly those who can sometimes experience difficulty in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. For these students, it is important that progress is closely monitored and accelerated. At Christ the King Catholic School, we have four underlying principles in the design of the curriculum for our priority learners:

  • We know our learners as individuals

  • We identify students at all levels who may benefit from additional help and support

  • We address issues around priority learners urgently

  • We treat priority learners as a shared endeavour where all staff in the school are collectively responsible for the care, progress and achievement of these students

It is important to continually find ways to help these students to catch up. This means designing, implementing and reviewing high quality supplementary programs to accelerate learning. At Christ the King Catholic School our support programs include:

  • 1:1 teacher-aide support for high needs learners, ESOL groups, Reading Recovery, Rainbow Reading, Talk to Learn, Cross-grouping for Mathematics in the Senior School, and the Maths ALiM program (Accelerating Learning in Mathematics).

Digital Classrooms – Yr 3 – 6

Today’s schools need to prepare children to live and work in a digital world. Critical thinking, problem solving and digital literacy are basic skills, taught alongside reading, maths, science and the arts.

Christ the King is a school that embraces technology, and is working towards ‘blended’ teaching and learning solutions, using every tool we have available to give our students the same opportunities as every other kid.