The Curriculum at T.N.I.S
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
Takapuna Normal Intermediate School is an International Baccalaureate (IBO) Primary Years Programme (PYP) world school.
At Takapuna Normal Intermediate our Literacy programmes are developed to foster each student’s ability to communicate and make sense of the world around him. We strive to create rich learning environments where students are engaged in social interactions that use language as a tool to listen, think, discuss and reflect on the information and ideas presented to them.
Everyday we face mathematical challenges in our lives, from balancing our bank account to finding a bargain. At Takapuna Normal Intermediate School we focus on equipping our students with the skills they will need in the real world.
An old proverb states: “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.” The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning. Memorizing facts and information is not the most important skill in today’s world. Facts change, and information is readily available – what’s needed is an understanding of how to find, make sense of, and use relevant information for specific purposes.
Science is a way of investigating, understanding and explaining the natural, physical world. In order to develop scientific knowledge, understanding and explanation, people generate and test ideas, make observations, carry out investigations and construct models.
The Social Sciences learning area is about how people participate in society and how society operates. It has significance for people in their everyday interactions as citizens and members of communities in New Zealand and the world.
Health and Physical Education
Physical Education (P.E.) and Health are an integral part of the unique school culture here at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School.
Technology is the creative and purposeful use of human knowledge, skills, and physical resources to solve practical problems. It involves developing artifacts, systems, and environments – intellectual and practical – that people create to expand their potential.
The Arts at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School consist of four disciplines Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts. As part of their tech and specialist studies students will experience all of these areas over their two years at T.N.I.S. Arts education is essential to the development of
Over the last eight years T.N.I.S has been making efforts to offer language learning opportunities to all of the students. We started at a classroom level with teachers training in various languages and then sharing their knowledge within their classes. In 2013 it was decided that we needed to improve our existing programme. One way we thought we could really enhance our programme was to introduce native speakers who could both teach the students and support the staff with language learning.