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Ministry of Education.

School Journal

The School Journal supports students in years 4−8 to develop the knowledge and skills required to meet the reading demands of all the curriculum areas. Since 1907, the School Journal has delivered New Zealand content to motivate, excite, and engage students across the curriculum.
Since 2014, the School Journals are available in digital form as well as print, giving you more ways to use these resources with your students.

A grand tradition continues: read more about the the history of the School Journal in the Education Gazette article online.

Looking for our latest resources?

An online catalogue has been created for Instructional Series.

You'll find Teacher support materials (TSM), audio files and digital copies of the text where available.

Teacher support materials are available for three items from each School Journal. Teachers can use these materials as a basis when planning how to work with similar texts that may not have TSMs.

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Example and sample lesson plan

The example below (“The Bittern”, School Journal 3.1.09) illustrates how the support materials can be used.

The Journal’s Century Poster

The Journal’s Century poster and accompanying teachers’ notes was distributed to each New Zealand school in June 2007. The poster celebrates one hundred years of continuous publication of the New Zealand School Journal. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the centenary book A Nest of Singing Birds: 100 years of the New Zealand School Journal by Gregory O’Brien, which has also been distributed to all New Zealand schools, and the four centenary issues of the School Journal published in May 2007 (1.3.07, 2.2.07, 3.2.07, and 4.2.07).

Century poster (PDF 544KB)

Century poster TSM (PDF 51KB)

To order resources please contact Ministry of Education Customer Services by email at orders@thechair.minedu.govt.nz, or by freephone 0800 660 662 or freefax 0800 660 663.

Published on: 09 Jun 2014