Academic Curriculum


Our aim at St Michael’s is to cater to the individual needs of all children within the classroom. However, extra programmes throughout the school are provided.

Many external agencies also service the school including RTLB (Resource Teachers of Learning Behaviour), GSE (Group Special Education), Speech Therapist, Child Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, NZ Police School Service, Literacy and Numeracy consultants.

Religious Education

The Religious Education programme is timetabled daily, and it is important that parents/caregivers support this learning programme. Each child has an R.E book relevant to their year group that they work on throughout the year. At the end of each strand it is important that a comment is made in the ‘Parent Comment’ section.


Following six year net testing, children with identified reading difficulties are enrolled in our Reading Recovery programme. Reading Recovery offers an individualised reading and writing programme which is attended by the student for half an hour a day, 5 days a week. Rainbow Reading is a group reading session held for half an hour a day, 5 days a week to provide reading support for children requiring extra reading mileage.

Learning Enrichment

Children with identified abilities are offered an Enrichment Programme which encompasses many areas. The children are rotated throughout the year so more children can take advantage of this successful learning programme.

Maths and Literacy 

Over the last five years St Michael’s have worked intensively on the development of high quality Literacy and Numeracy programmes. All staff under-take intensive professional development to upskill and to ensure high standards of teaching and learning are sustained.

Curriculum Review

Full Curriculum review is recurring this year as we ensure the full implementation of the New Zealand Curriculum. Performing Arts, Languages & ICT will encompass exciting opportunities this year.

New Entrant Tests

When a child has been at school for approximately six weeks literacy and numeracy baseline data is collected. This information enables us to gauge progress when further tests are conducted.

6 Year Nets

Only Students who are struggling with Literacy will be tested at the age of six in areas related to their literacy development. The results enable us to identify any children who may require Reading Recovery intervention.


Students are regularly assessed from the time they start school until they leave. In order to provide information on achievement, we use a variety of methods, both nationally recognised and school based. Books are marked and assessed to ensure progress is being achieved and results are discussed with parents at Parent Interviews in Term 2 and Term 4.

External Exams

Throughout the year, children in years 4 – 6 are given the opportunity to sit the ICAS exams. These exams are internationally recognised and are conducted throughout Australasia. They are optional and user pays.

  • Maths
  • English
  • Spelling
  • Writing


Home learning @ St Michael’s Catholic School

Children will have home learning in:

  • Reading

    • Junior: a reader taken home Monday – Thursday

    • Senior: children should read every night for pleasure and information. This can be supported by whanau asking questions about the text being read

  • Mathematics

  • Spelling

    • If you would like to set your child Spelling, please use the Essential Word List as a guide Essential Word Lists 1-8  (Click on list to view)