Key competencies

Capabilities for living and lifelong learning

The New Zealand Curriculum identifies five key competencies:


Thinking is about using creative, critical, and metacognitive processes to make sense of information, experiences, and ideas. These processes can be applied to purposes such as developing understanding, making decisions, shaping actions, or constructing knowledge. Intellectual curiosity is at the heart of this competency.
Students who are competent thinkers and problem-solvers actively seek, use, and create knowledge. They reflect on their own learning, draw on personal knowledge and intuitions, ask questions, and challenge the basis of assumptions and perceptions.

Curriculum Documents (Downloadable)

ZZZZZZZZZZThe New Zealand Curriculum (PDF, 7 MB)

ZZZZZZZZZZTe Marautanga o Aotearoa
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ZZZZZZZZZZCurriculum achievement objectives by learning area PDF (PDF, 2 MB)

ZZZZZZZZZZCurriculum achievement objectives by level (PDF, 597 kB)

ZZZZZZZZZZCurriculum achievement objectives by learning area (Word, 440 kB)