Key Competency: Using Language, Symbols and Text
Using language, symbols, and texts is about working with and making meaning of the codes in which knowledge is expressed.
Languages and symbols are systems for representing and communicating information, experiences, and ideas.
People use languages and symbols to produce texts of all kinds: written, oral/aural, and visual; informative and imaginative; informal and formal; mathematical, scientific, and technological.

Link to Staff Meeting notes:

From The Thorndon Child
Habits of Mind
NZ Curriculum
  • Listening and Understanding with Empathy
  • Striving for Accuracy
  • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
  • Gathering Data through all Senses.
  • Making meaning
  • Talking and listening
  • Verbalising ideas
  • Presenting
  • Communicating through drama and dance
  • Making and listening to music
  • Expressing themselves through a broad range of media
  • Following instructions
  • Retrieving and processing information through communications technology.
Interpret, understand and use words, numbers, symbols, images, movement and technologies.

Be able to use ICT tools to access and provide information, communicate with others and create their own content within a range of applications

Recognise how choices of language, symbol, or text affect people’s understanding and the ways in which they respond to communications.