Curriculum

At Kaikorai Valley College we  offer a broad curriculum to cater for the passions of all students.

In the Junior College, students are exposed to all curriculum areas from the eight Essential Learning Areas of the New Zealand Curriculum.

This gives students the opportunity to experience many different fields of study before specialising in the senior school.

Senior students choose from a varied selection of academic and vocational subjects that will prepare them for whatever lies beyond school. Students with a passion to study a subject not currently available, may have the option to study via distance learning.

All students through Years 7 to 11 must study English and Mathematics and will be required to continue with English into Year 12.

The table below has information on the current subjects we offer. Compulsory subjects are in bold.

Learning AreaYear 7 & 8Year 9Year 10Year 11Year 12Year 13
English English English English English English

Media Studies

IELST
English

Media Studies

IELST
Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Calculus

Statistics

Mathematics
Science Science Science Science Science Biology

Chemistry

Physics
Biology

Chemistry

Physics
Social Science Social Studies Social Studies

Social Studies

Geography

History


Geography

History

Geography

History

Geography

History
Arts

Visual Art

Music

Drama

Dance

Visual Art

Music

Drama
Visual Art

Music

Drama
Visual Art

Music

Drama
Visual Art, Photography,
Painting

Music

Drama
Visual Art, Photography,
Painting

Music

Drama
Technology

Design & Visual Communication


Soft Materials Technology Food and Textiles

Hard Materials Technology Metal and Wood

Robotics

Digital Technology

Design & Visual Communication


Soft Materials Technology Food and Textiles

Hard Materials Technology Metal and Wood

Digital Technology

Design & Visual Communication


Soft Materials Technology Food and Textiles

Hard Materials Technology Metal and Wood

Digital Technology

Design & Visual Communication


Soft Materials Technology Food and Textiles

Hard Materials Technology Metal and Wood

Digital Technology

Design & Visual Communication


Soft Materials Technology Hospitality and Textiles

Hard Materials Technology Metal and Wood

Digital Technology

Design & Visual Communication


Soft Materials Technology Hospitality and Textiles

Hard Materials Technology Metal and Wood

Digital Technology

Languages

Japanese

Māori

Japanese

Māori

Japanese

Māori

Japanese

Māori

Japanese

Japanese
Health and Physical Education Health

Physical Education
Health

Physical Education
Health

Physical Education
Physical Education

Physical Education


 

Physical Education

Outdoor Pursuits
Other Courses       Distance and eLearning options STAR and Gateway

OSTC

Distance and eLearning options
STAR and Gateway

OSTC

Distance and eLearning Options

Senior Students have the opportunity to study courses at the Otago Secondary-Tertiary College (OSTC). These courses are based at the Otago Polytechnic on Fridays and give students qualifications towards NCEA and various career pathways.

Year 7 and 8 Curriculum

Students are based in a homeroom with a primary trained teacher. In their homeroom students learn reading, language skills, social studies and health. In class grouping caters for different abilities. For Mathematics, students from each year level join together and are placed in learning groups according to their level of achievement. Students are taught Science and Physical Education by specialist subject teachers.

Students experience a broad curriculum by rotating through modules of Art, Drama, Music, Japanese, Food Technology, Digital Technology, Design & Visual Communication, Hard Materials Technology, Dance, Robotics, Textiles Technology, Te Reo Māori. These are taught by specialist subject teachers.

Kaikorai Valley Junior College students have the advantage of being taught by a homeroom teacher and specialist subject teachers. Students are taught in specialist facilities such as the science laboratories, music suite, drama theatre, gymnasium, art rooms, computer suites, whare pukapuka (library) information centre and technology workshops.

Year 9 Curriculum

Students are placed in a Form Class, and study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, Health and Careers.

One Form Class may be a smaller group; a learning support class developed with the aim to help accelerate the learning of students who have previously struggled academically. There will also be teacher-aide support in this class in an effort to improve the students core subject’s skills.

High achieving students are identified and given extension work and opportunities to join extension programmes.

All students are regrouped with other students from their year level for module classes. All students rotate through modules of Art, Music, Drama, Food Technology, Design and Visual Communication, Hard Materials Technology, Digital Technology, Japanese, Te Reo Māori, Textiles Technology.

All subjects are taught by specialist subject teachers.

Year 10 Curriculum

Students are placed in a Form Class, and study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, Health and Careers.

One Form Class maybe a smaller group; a learning support class developed with the aim to help accelerate the learning of students who have previously struggled academically. There will also be teacher-aide support in this class in an effort to improve the students’ core subject’s skills.

High achieving students are identified and given extension work and opportunities to join extension programmes.

Students choose three other subjects of their choice. The current optional subjects are: Art, Music, Drama, Food Technology, Design and Visual Communication, Hard Materials Technology, Digital Technology, Japanese, Geography and History, Textiles Technology, Business Studies, Te Reo Māori.

All subjects are taught by specialist subject teachers.

Year 11 Curriculum

The aim at this level is to assist all students to meet the NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements and gain at least 80 credits over the six subjects to gain the Level 1 National Certificate of Educational Achievement.

All Year 11 students study six subjects. English, Mathematics and Science are compulsory. Students select three subjects of their choice.  The current option subjects are Geography, History, Visual Art, Music, Drama, Design & Visual Communication, Hard Materials Technology, Digital Technology, Japanese, Physical Education, Skills for Employment, Food Technology, Textiles Technology and Te Reo Māori.

Year 12 Curriculum

The aim at this level is for students to gain at least 60 credits to obtain the Level 2 National Certificate of Educational Achievement. As well as the 10 University Entrance Literacy credits, students are also earning credits towards their Vocational Pathway.

All students must study English. Students then choose four optional subjects. These subjects can be academic, vocational or a mixture of both.

The current Year 12 options are: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Media Studies, Accounting, Geography, History, Visual Art, Music, Drama, Hospitality, Design & Visual Communication, Hard Materials Technology Wood and Metal, Digital Technology, Japanese, Physical Education,  Skills for Employment, Gateway, Otago Secondary Tertiary College. Textiles Technology and Photography.

Career counselling and work experience are offered to all. An extensive network of employers known to the school often means students can do work experience or find good occupations or apprenticeships to enter.

One afternoon a week all Year 12 students are involved in a variety of activities such as outdoor education, work experience, first aid, community service.  The students also participate in a project on the school's Urban Farm.

Students have the opportunity to study courses towards their vocational pathway at the Otago Secondary Tertiary College run by the Otago Polytechnic one day a week. Current courses on offer are: Automotive, Carpentry/Building and Construction, Cookery, Manaaki Tauira/Civil Engineering, Engineering, Agriculture/Horticulture, IT and Design, Sports' Exercise and  Health and Salon Skills.

Gateway is a structured workplace learning option for students who are ready to explore a career option in the workplace. Students are placed in a workplace usually one day a week.

STAR programmes are short courses leading to unit standard credits which give students experience in a career field.

Year 13 Curriculum

At Year 13 courses are arranged to meet the needs of the individual student. Careful guidance is given about the requirements to gain University Entrance, Vocational Pathways and the 60 credits needed to gain the Level 3 National Certificate of Educational Achievement. Able students are encouraged to enter the Scholarship examinations.

There are no compulsory subjects at year 13. Students are encouraged to select subjects that match their possible Vocational Pathway.

The current Year 13 options are: English, Media Studies, Calculus, Statistics, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Media Studies, Geography, History, Visual Art, Photography, Music, Drama, Hospitality, Design & Visual Communication, Digital Technology, Japanese, Physical Education, Outdoor Pursuits, Hard Materials Technology Wood and Metal, Gateway, Otago Secondary Tertiary College, Textiles Technology.

Students have the opportunity to study courses towards their vocational pathway at the Otago Secondary Tertiary College run by the Otago Polytechnic one day a week. Current courses on offer are:  Automotive, Carpentry/Building and Construction, Cookery, Manaaki Tauira/Civil Engineering, Engineering, Agriculture/Horticulture, IT and Design, Sports' Exercise and  Health and Salon Skills.

Gateway is a structured workplace learning option for students who are ready to explore a career option in the workplace. Students are placed in a workplace usually one day a week.

STAR programmes are short courses leading to unit standard credits which give students experience in a career field.