Moving on from primary

Depending on the particular setup of their school, most Kiwi kids leave primary school at the end of Year 6, although some leave at Year 8, if the school includes Year 7 & 8. It’s a transition that parents, children and teachers are mindful of as the end of the year draws nearer.

It can be an emotional time for a child, moving onto something new and leaving the familiar. The process needs to be supported by parents, teachers, schools and the wider educational community to ensure it is a positive experience.

The NZ Ministry of Education has set up Communities of Learning, to help ease this transition.  When schools children move on from and move into, collaborate and share expertise, children and young peoples’ learning pathways are supported and their transition through the education system improved.

The home/school partnership

Two really important aspects to your child doing well at school are the school itself and, crucially, the support your child receives at home. When home and school work together in partnership, amazing things happen!


The arts

When we talk about ‘the arts’, we’re referring to visual art (drawing, painting etc.), music, drama and dance. These aren’t just ‘nice to have’ subjects. There’s a heap of reasons why it’s vital these subjects are included in the New Zealand school curriculum.

Digital learning

The world is changing rapidly and part of this change is the prevalence of digital learning in classrooms up and down the country. Digital devices are now commonplace in many schools and early learning centres. In this story, we look at how Point England School in Auckland is using digital learning to improve students’ learning outcomes.

Numeracy and literacy in early primary

We go inside the classroom to discover how numeracy and literacy are taught in the early primary years.