At Milford School, our teaching and learning focuses on a concept-driven curriculum, with rich units of inquiry under broad concepts.
We deliver the New Zealand Curriculum and use a framework that supports our learners by taking in-depth inquiry into authentic units through a transdisciplinary lens.
Concept-based learning is driven by “big ideas” rather than subject-specific content. By leading students to consider the context in which they will use their understanding, concept-based learning brings “real world” meaning to content knowledge and skills.
An example is, rather than learning about dinosaurs for a term, we look at the big idea (concept) which is extinction. Dinosaurs are one example, but students are encouraged to think about what interests them and inquire into that. Languages, cultures, civilisations, money systems, plants and animals are all areas through which extinction can be further studied.
As a school, we inquire into four big ideas, one each term. Within these big ideas, each year level plans a unit of learning that uncovers a particular concept. This year our big ideas are:
Term 1 – Rights and Responsibilities
Term 2 – Past and Future
Term 3 -Creativity and Expression
Term 4 – Systems and Communities