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EDUC472 Primary Curriculum 1

Engaging across curriculum learning areas and developing pedagogically appropriate teaching approaches.

Welcome to EDUC 472 Primary Curriculum 1. The curriculum in primary classrooms should be engaging, authentic and hands-on, and this is the approach taken in each of the areas in this paper. All curriculum areas are covered in this paper with an emphasis on English and Mathematics. Planning, assessment, pedagogy and engagement and integrated curriculum are other aspects that are covered.

Paper title Primary Curriculum 1
Paper code EDUC472
Subject Education
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (17 January 2023 - 23 June 2023) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,162.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
Primary Education only.

Dr Bilinda Offen (

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Bilinda Offen (Mathematics)
Other staff: Professor David Bell (Visual Arts)
Dr Steven Sexton (Science)
Dr Jane Tilson (English)
Dr Susan Sandretto (Critical Literacy and Learning Languages)
Catherine Morrison (Health and Physical Education)
Trish Wells (Drama)

Paper Structure
The nature and purpose of the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa including principles, vision, key competencies, values and attitudes, and the learning areas
  • The nature and purpose of each curriculum area (Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, The Arts, Technology, Health/Physical Education, Learning Languages)
  • The progression of learning in each curriculum area
Processes of planning, designing, assessing and evaluating pedagogically appropriate approaches to deliver the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
  • Diagnostic assessment for English and Mathematics
  • Resource selection, development, use and evaluation
Pedagogy & Engagement
  • Teacher learner relationships
  • Teacher values and beliefs
  • Ways of working
  • Engagement with learning theories
  • Theorising pedagogy
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Strategies and techniques for questioning
  • ICT as teaching and learning tools
  • Multi literacies
Critical engagement with current research findings and initiatives in curriculum learning areas
  • Integrated curriculum Models, for example:
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Problem based
    • Theme based
Teaching Arrangements

Programme is delivered face-to-face.

Jorgensen, R. & Dole, S. (2011). Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools (2nd Edition). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Student teachers who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the New Zealand Curriculum in the primary school context
  2. Apply the New Zealand Curriculum to the diverse learning needs of year 1-8 students using evidence-based approaches
  3. Critically engage with a range of theoretical approaches to teaching and learning
  4. Plan effectively, identifying appropriate learning intentions, teaching and learning approaches, resources, and assessment strategies to engage diverse learners across curriculum areas
  5. Demonstrate the ability to incorporate te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori in their educational setting

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1st Non standard period (17 January 2023 - 23 June 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 5, 8-14, 24-25
Tuesday 10:00-11:50 5-6, 8-14, 24-25
Friday 13:00-14:50 5-6, 8-13, 24-25