National Standards - After 3 Years
This information is sourced from the Ministry of Education.
The reading standard
After three years at school, students will read, respond to, and think critically about fiction and non-fiction texts at the GOLD level of Ready to Read.
Texts at Gold level have been designed with characteristics that include:
- some unfamiliar contexts and settings
- shifts in time and/or place
- (in narrative texts) many characters and events and more than one storyline
- a mix of explicit and implicit content within text and illustrations that requires students to make connections between ideas in the text and their prior knowledge in order to make simple inferences
- some pages with no illustrations
- some unfamiliar words and phrases, the meaning of which is supported by the context or illustrations, including descriptive vocabulary, subject-specific vocabulary, and commonly used words that have multiple meanings
- visual language features such as subheadings, text boxes, footnotes, glossaries, indexes, and diagrams and maps that are clearly explained and linked to the body text
- ideas and information organised in paragraphs
- a variety of sentence structures, including complex sentences
- frequent use of dialogue, some of which is not explicitly attributed, and more than one character speaking on a page.
The writing standard
After three years at school, students will create texts in order to meet the writing demands of The New Zealand Curriculum as they work towards Level 2. Students will use their writing to think about, record, and communicate experiences, ideas, and information to meet specific learning purposes across the curriculum.
Key characteristics of students' writing at this level:
Students will write for a range of different purposes linked to the curriculum, using a process and drawing on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help them achieve their purpose. The knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected at this level, including those needed for spelling and punctuation, are described in the Literacy Learning Progressions.
Students will independently write texts that are clearly directed to a particular audience. They will organise their texts according to a basic structure that meets their purpose for writing (for example, a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end). These texts will include, when appropriate:
- content, mostly relevant, that conveys several experiences, items of information, and/or ideas relating to a curriculum topic and that sometimes includes detail and/or comment
- mainly simple and compound sentences that vary in their beginnings and lengths and in the simple conjunctions used
- attempts at some complex sentences
- some specific vocabulary that is appropriate to the content of the text.
The mathematics standard
After three years at school, students will be achieving at early Level 2 in the mathematics and statistics learning area of The New Zealand Curriculum.
In contexts that require them to solve problems or model situations, students will be able to:
Number and algebra
- apply basic addition and subtraction facts, simple multiplication facts, and knowledge of place value and symmetry to:
- combine or partition whole numbers
- find fractions of sets, shapes, and quantities
- create, continue, and give the rule for sequential patterns with two variables
- create and continue spatial patterns and number patterns based on repeated addition or subtraction.
Geometry and measurement
- measure the lengths, areas, volumes or capacities, and weights
of objects and the duration of events, using linear whole-number scales
and applying basic addition facts to standard units
- sort objects and two- and three-dimensional shapes by their
features, identifying categories within categories
- represent reflections, translations, and rotations by creating
and describing patterns
- describe personal locations and give directions, using whole-number
measures and half- or quarter-turns.
- investigate questions by using the statistical enquiry cycle (with support):
- gather and display category and simple whole-number data
- interpret displays in context
- compare and explain the likelihoods of outcomes for a simple situation involving chance.