Key Competencies

The Key Competencies

  • Thinking
  • Relating to others
  • Using language, symbols, and texts
  • Managing self
  • Participating and contributing”


As akonga are central to the learning journey, the key competencies are the paving stones upon which the learning journey takes place. They determine how far each learner will travel, in any particular direction and how successful the journey will be after the learner has left the school setting. They should be boldly evident in the learning goals and they should be inherent in the planning and teaching.

The following is from the New Zealand Curriculum online:

“They have implications for all aspects of planning and teaching, including:

  • activities, resources, and language used
  • content, topics, or foci for learning
  • the role that both students and teachers take in the learning process
  • the culture of the classroom and school.

Many things that teachers and schools do already work well for the key competencies. The emphasis on key competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum does, however, give educators an opportunity to reconsider the things they typically do in their practice.”

Principles that underpin the key competencies

The following diagram shows the four principles that underpin the key competencies and lists indicators to describe what we might see when key competencies are embedded in teaching and learning. Teachers can use the diagram to reflect on their own classroom practice and identify areas for development. The diagram can be used by leaders to consider how key competencies are developed and monitored in teaching and learning across the school and if curriculum change is needed.

Re Moriori (the language)

Do you want to learn some Re Moriori? Click below and go and have a look at the examples of Re Moriori?


Free Education resources unit-plans

If you are doing a unit on settlement with your kids, consider doing the Misty Skies unit as part of your studies. It makes a nice comparison with the settlement of New Zealand. The difference on Rekohu is that the Europeans came before the Maori, and after the Moriori. Have a look, its fascinating and kids love it. This is something completely new for them and gets them away from the ‘same old stuff’ that some teachers tend to teach for their Treaty topics.

To download unit plan templates in each curriculum area, simply go to the appropriate curriculum area by clicking on one of the links to the left. Each curriculum page has a drop-down list containing all of the unit plan templates….(for free)…..