Learning Overview

Christchurch South Karamata Intermediate School delivers a varied and stimulating curriculum, designed to engage and extend learners in all aspects of the NZ curriculum. Our vision and values along with the key competencies underpin all aspects of the South Curriculum.
Students are grouped across a team of four classes for Mathematics according to their abilities. The school Mathematics programme emphasizes knowledge acquisition across all Mathematical areas along with development of advanced Numeracy strategies.
English, Social Studies and Health are delivered in homerooms where most aspects of these curriculums are integrated into school wide themes, using South’s Inquiry Model. Our Inquiry model aims to develop students’ knowledge, skills and thinking strategies through a range of experiences and topics.
During semi-specialisation, students are taught by teachers who have strengths and interests in the subject. There are opportunities to focus on developing specific skills and knowledge through the use of extensive Information Technologies, a well-resourced Science laboratory, and a varied Physical Education programme. Languages Other Than English (LOTE) is also part of the semi-specialisation programme which focusses on enhancing knowledge and use of Te Reo Maori. Students also better appreciate their place in the global village while getting a taste for foreign languages.
Our specialist programme involves the development of practical, life skills through Hard Materials, Food and Fabric Technologies. Students with an interest in the Arts will find plenty to meet their needs in our dynamic Visual and Performing Arts programmes. The teachers of these programmes are specialists which allows them to focus solely on these subjects using their expertise and specific training.