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Ministry of Education.

Planning for learning

Planning for learning

Although designed for planning of English programmes, the principles and approaches are appropriate for all curriculum areas.

  • Using Inquiry to Plan Secondary English Programmes
    A Ministry of Education professional learning module providing guidance, resources and examples to support planning secondary English programmes. The module follows an inquiry model, posing key questions at each stage of the inquiry process and provides resources to support schools in developing local, student centred responses to those questions.
  • Literacy in Secondary School Contexts: aims to assist secondary teachers to incorporate subject area literacy teaching and learning into their programmes of work. The Ministry of Education wishes to acknowledge the lead writer Chris Thornley, the development team, and the subject advisers, teachers, and students who have contributed to the development of this resource.

Literacy and language

“Each learning area has its own language or languages. As students discover how to use them, they find they are able to think in different ways, access new areas of knowledge, and see their world from new perspectives.

For each area, students need specific help from subject area teachers as they learn:

  • the specialist vocabulary associated with that area
  • how to read and understand its texts
  • how to communicate knowledge and ideas in appropriate ways
  • how to listen and read critically, assessing the value of what they hear and read.

As language is central to learning and English is the medium for most learning in the New Zealand Curriculum, the importance of literacy in English cannot be overstated” (Ministry of Education, 2007, p. 18).

Published on: 03 May 2011