Timetabling guidelines are the responsibility of individual schools. The NAG’s require us to “provide all students with opportunities to achieve for success in all the essential learning and skill ares…, giving priority to… literacy and numeracy, and to regular quality physical activity that develops movement skills”. NZCER longitudinal survey of schools: participating schools were asked about the average weekly hours spent on various curriculum areas. Their responses and summarised below.
Survey Responses to the average hours per week on curriculum areas:
|English||8-10 hours||6-8 hours|
|Mathematics||4-5 hours||4-5 hours|
|Science||1-2 hours||1-2 hours|
|Social Studies||1-2 hours||1-2 hours|
|P.E and Health||1-2 hours||2-3 hours|
|The Arts||1-2 hours||1-2 hours|
|Other||1-2 hours||1-2 hours|
Teachers at Pukeatua complete a class timetable that provides a framework for balanced curriculum coverage. The timetable is to reflect the intention of these guidelines, which are drawn from school policy. Teachers have sufficient flexibility to adapt and alter daily programmes as learning needs warrant.
Timetables need to be looked at in conjunction with long term plans to get a complete picture of the class teacher’s approach to curriculum coverage.
Timetables are to be approved and signed off by team leaders and the principal. Copies are filed in work planning and with the principal. An A3 copy is displayed on the classroom wall.
Curriculum integration is recommended as a practical and sensible way to approach timetabling to make coverage manageable and meaningful. Cross-curricular links can be made. Where various learning areas and units are integrated, (e.g. a science unit with links to viewing and presenting (English), place and environment (Social Studies), production and process (Technology)), this needs to be clearly shown in the unit planning learning outcomes and assessment tasks.