The Linden School Conceptual Curriculum has been developed from the New Zealand Curriculum and local focus areas. There are four key concepts, each of which has different "big ideas". Each term the school focusses on a selected concept, and classes select one or more key ideas to investigate and make links from and between.

Images used in our curriculum are from the mural painted at school.

© Tracy Underwood 2021

Culture and Diversity panel from the school mural design. © Tracy Underwood 2021

Culture and Diversity

  1. Cultures are expressed in many ways

  2. New Zealand has changed over time, and we can learn from the past

  3. Cultures in NZ have similarities and differences

  4. Culture and Heritage needs to be sustained

  5. Migration & movement impacts people, places & environments

  6. NZ is multicultural with bi-cultural foundations

  7. Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles are important for NZ

  8. There is diversity within and between groups of living things

Community panel from the school mural design. © Tracy Underwood 2021


  1. We have rights, responsibilities and laws as members and leaders of a community

  2. People and Places are important for communities and decisions are made to benefit the community and respond to challenges

  3. Trade enables us to get what we need and want

  4. Communities have resources that are used depending on their physical and functional properties, to support wellbeing and protect its members

  5. We can take action for safe and healthy communities and environments

  6. Relationships can be challenging and rewarding

  7. The arts, while having changed over time, serve a variety of purposes in our lives and communities

Causes and Effect panel from the school mural design. © Tracy Underwood 2021

Causes and Effect

  1. Events have causes and effects

  2. Technology changes society and the environment

  3. Technological & digital products and systems use modelling & prototyping, algorithms and facilitate changes to society and environment

  4. There is a relationship between forces and motion

  5. There are everyday examples of physics all around us, some that change the original states of materials.

  6. Acting responsibly reduces the effects of discrimination

  7. We can use safe practices to minimise the effects of hazards, unsafe situations and risk

  8. We can take action to make our environment sustainable and look after our environment

  9. Systems and processes need to be sustainable

  10. The universe is made up of many components, resources and systems

  11. The living world has changed over long periods of time

Hauora panel from the school mural design. © Tracy Underwood 2021


  1. TAHA WAIRUA (Spiritual - Identity, Self Awareness, Values, Beliefs, Purpose…)

  2. TAHA HINENGARO (Mental & Emotional - Coherent Thinking Processes, thoughts, feelings, responses…)

  3. TAHA WHĀNAU (Social - Family Relationships, Friendships, Interpersonal Relationships, Interactions, Belonging, Compassion, Caring…)

  4. TAHA TINANA The human body is made up of a number of inter-related systems (Physical - Body, Growth, Development, Looking after our bodies, Moving…)

  5. We have personal responsibility for our own, and the wellbeing of others, which can be influenced by different factors

  6. Money management is essential for everyone, including entrepreneurs who create their own businesses.

  7. We make choices to meet our needs and wants

  8. Living things are part of an ecosystem and have requirements to stay alive