Kadimah follows the educational requirements that are detailed in the New Zealand Curriculum Framework that provide the basis for teaching. The New Zealand Curriculum specifies eight learning areas:
The New Zealand Curriculum can be viewed by following the following link:
At Kadimah, we are introducing S.T.E.A.M as our approach to the New Zealand inquiry based curriculum. By integrating and weaving science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, Kadimah School’s vision is to inspire our students of all backgrounds, to develop their abilities to be creative critical thinkers and flexible problem solvers.
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Raye Freedman Trust VEX Robotics Programme
The Raye Freedman Trust VEX Robotics programme offers students at Kadimah an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM). Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership and problem solving among groups. At Kadimah, children in Year 5/6 are working on developing robotics skills using Lego Mindstorm, while the Year 7/8 will be developing their skills using VEX Robotics kits. Students are learning how the component parts fit together and interact to fulfill different tasks. As well as the physical component of making and refining the robots, some students are also developing their knowledge of simple programming.
Evaluation and Reporting
The three key areas of the NZC focus on reading, writing and maths. Kadimah measures student accomplishment at the beginning and end of each year and reports these standards to the Ministry of Education.
The regular assessment and evaluation of Kadimah children is an integral part of the teaching and learning cycle. Individual student portfolios are started in Year 1 and sent home annually displaying children’s work. Teachers prepare written reports that are issued at the end of each year. In the middle of the year, we hold parent-teacher interviews.
One special aspect of Kadimah is the large number of parents who walk their children into their classroom. This allows for regular informal dialogue with teachers about their child’s progress.
As indicated above, student achievement is monitored against national data and corresponding targets are set annually.
In addition to following the New Zealand Curriculum and Jewish and Hebrew Studies, Kadimah also offers extra curricular study in the form of the following:
Music has played an important part in the life of Kadimah since the School opened in 1971. All pupils from Preschool to Year 8 receive weekly music lessons from our Music Teacher.
The music curriculum for Preschool to Year 2 progressively encompasses all aspects of music appreciation, providing each child with knowledge to understand and create their own music. From Year 3, children learn to read music so that they may fully participate in the many and varied activities that the school undertakes, from school choir to solo performances, by voice or instrument.
The school choir has over thirty talented singers from Years 4 to 8, which meets weekly and performs on a regular basis. The children learn to sing a variety of musical styles and participate on alternate years in either the APPA Music Festival or the school production. Instrumental music is encouraged at Kadimah and a variety of itinerant teachers can provide a range of one-on-one private tuition.
Kadimah School has a varied sporting programme that makes use of our excellent gym facility, the YMCA and Myers Park. Our senior students travel to either Grey Lynn Park or Walker Park and our Juniors walk to the YMCA once a week for sporting activities and take part in ‘Jump Jam’ fitness sessions through the week at the school. In addition to Friday afternoon sports, there is also a weekly PE period.
Over the last few years Kadimah has had over two-thirds of senior students involved in organised sports teams. We compete in netball, Flipper Ball, have Marathon and Triathlon teams and also play soccer, hockey, basketball and other sports as children’s interests demand.