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Ministry of Education.

School Journal

An instructional series published in three levels, the School Journal supports literacy learning across the curriculum for students in years 4–8. Each issue of the School Journal is aligned to level 2, 3, or 4 of The New Zealand Curriculum.

School journals.

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. Now, the School Journals are available in digital form as well as print, giving you more ways to use these resources with your students.

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.

Example and sample lesson plan

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

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

Updated on: 04 Oct 2017

Better understanding of the School Journal

This article from LIFT Education explains the why changes were made to the School Journal in 2011, and outlines the rationale for the new levelling system.