The introduction of the New Zealand Curriculum has allowed for more flexibility when designing interesting and engaging geography programmes for the students in our local communities.
The curriculum states that curriculum design and review ‘involves making decisions about how to give effect to the national curriculum in ways that best address the needs, interests and circumstances of the school’s students and community’ p. 37, NZC, 2007, Ministry of Education
The ‘front end’ of the curriculum drives us to consider how we can implement the principles, key competencies and values into our geography programmes.
The Social Sciences learning area statement and geography achievement objectives provide a focus for developing programmes.
Social Sciences Online provide a Geography specific area which links to a number of resources useful for teachers http://ssol.tki.org.nz/Geography
Ministry of Education -National Newsletter Social Science
Ministry of Education – Secondary Education Portal
New Zealand Qualifications Authority - Assessment Resources for Geography