Our local curriculum starts with turangawaewae. We value the knowledge of our local whānau and use this to help design our learning units and celebrations. These are contextualised in ways that are authentic and meaningful for Māori learners and honour mana whenua.

Ka Hikitia, the strategic plan for Māori learners developed by the Ministry of Education states that a strong sense of Māori identity expressed via language and culture is central to Māori learner success.

Te Kohanga School plans for inquiries which incorporate our School Values, the New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies and the Future Focused Principles. Using a range of Assessment for Learning practices our staff plan ‘deliberate acts of teaching’ (Effective Literacy Practice) to cater for the diverse learning, behavioural and emotional strengths of our students.