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Integrated Learning

Integrated Learning

Through our Integrated Curriculum students will learn the process of thinking and learning through our Key Competencies (Orbell’s Learning Dispositions). Contexts will be based around Achievement Objectives from the New Zealand Curriculum areas of The Arts, Technology, Social Sciences, Science and Health and Physical Education. There will also be integration of the key learning areas of mathematics, and literacy.


At Te Anau School we teach using an Integrated Inquiry Model developed by our school. Our model is based around an inquiry approach where the teacher follows four stages:

  • Immersion

  • Must Knows

  • Targeted Inquiry Skills Development

  • Child Centred Inquiry

Each unit will have a title with a key question. From the key question, key understandings are written which represent the desired outcomes for students. These are Junior and Senior specific.

When planning, teachers will identify the curriculum content ‘what we want the students to learn’ and also the Key Competencies (Orbell’s Learning Dispositions) ‘What skills the students need to enable their learning’. This will lead to meaningful and seamless integration across our school curriculum.

During the Child Centred Inquiry students will follow our school’s five step inquiry process of Base Camp, Climbing, Final Gear Check, Summit and Evaluation. This inquiry will provide the context for the students to use their newly acquired skills and knowledge to complete the integrated unit.

Each Unit will be assessed against the key understandings for the unit. This information will be collated by the principal and presented to the Board of Trustees.

Orbell The Takahe

Orbell represents the five core learning dispositions we believe are important for a Te Anau School Learner
Orbell is wearing a greenstone necklace (pounamu) representing Fiordland/Milford Sound, the Te Anau School uniform to show our uniqueness and pride and a friendly and welcoming smile just like a Te Anau learner.

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