special olympics2At Salisbury our staff to student ratio is much higher than the ratio of staff to students in mainstream schools. Each class has a full time teacher aide and this helps to achieve their goals as we are able to provide a greater level of support.

At Salisbury, although our students are generally are post primary school aged, their range of ability extends from pre-Level 1 to Level 4 of the NZ Curriculum.


English (Literacy and Numeracy):

Salisbury students will use and enjoy language in its written, spoken and visual forms, for a range of purposes and audiences, so that they become the most effective communicators they can be.

Salisbury believes the teaching of English should:

  • Be student-centred and relevant to the needs of each student
  • Encompass a wide range of teaching strategies and resources meeting individual need
  • Empower students to communicate personal ideas and feelings
  • Be supported by a learning environment which is stimulating and values the work of each student
  • Encompass every other curriculum area
  • Be modelled appropriately by teachers at all times 



Salisbury students will explore and use patterns and relationships in quantities, space, time and data so they are able to investigate, interpret, explain and make sense of varying situations.

We believe our teaching of Mathematics should:

  • Be student centred.
  • Allow students to experience success
  • Be activity-based, practical, meaningful and relevant
  • Foster an enjoyment of maths
  • Allow students to reach their maximum potential
  • Include the mathematical processes as appropriate
  • Develop the confidence and ability to use problem solving strategies



Salisbury students will use Science as a way of investigating, understanding and explaining the natural, physical world and the wider universe.

At Salisbury we believe teaching of Science should:

  • Develop curiosity and an interest in  inquiring
  • Raise awareness of science in their everyday life
  • Use skills, knowledge and attitudes through investigation



Salisbury students will, with assistance, be able to contribute to the development of products and systems that address needs and realise opportunities, by working through a design process.

We want our teaching of technology to:

  • Develop an innovative technological mind
  • Raise awareness of technology in their everyday life
  • Use skills, knowledge, attitudes and design processes


The Arts

Salisbury students will explore and celebrate their ability to express themselves through movement, sound and image.

We believe our teaching of The Arts should:

  • Enable students to develop their imagination, thinking, senses and feelings
  • Enhance their sense of personal well-being by learning in, through and about The Arts
  • Enable students to create, present, view and listen by developing their arts literacy
  • Enable students to participate in, value and enjoy The Arts


Health and PE

Salisbury students will become positive contributors by contributing to the well-being of themselves, other people and society.

We believe teaching of Health and PE should:

  • Encourage students to reflect on their own well-being
  • Encourage students to promote well-being
  • Develop resilience and a sense of personal and social responsibility
  • Develop a wide range of fine and gross motor skills that can be used in a variety of physical activities
  • Enable students to develop an appropriate level of fitness and skill development
  • Encourage students to contribute positively to the community, environment and wider society


Social Science

Our students will become critical, active, informed and responsible citizens by learning how societies around the world work, in past, present and future situations.

We believe teaching of Social Science should:

  • Encourage students to participate in and contribute to local, national and global communities.
  • Engage students in critiquing everyday societal issues
  • Enable students to evaluate the sustainability of various practices
  • Explore the unique nature of NZ society
  • Enable students to understand their own heritages, including whakapapa and tikanga
  • Enable students to understand how societies are organised and function and how people in communities respond to different perspectives, values and viewpoints


Education Outside the Classroom

Salisbury students’ learning will be enhanced through outdoor education programmes, including school camps, swimming instruction, ropes courses and other outdoor activities.

Students need to learn in a variety of contexts in order to gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values required to enjoy a healthy lifestyle; take responsibility for their own safety; form positive and respectful relationships with their peers, their teachers, and the environment; and participate in the creation of safer communities

Every young person should be able to participate in learning beyond the classroom, whatever their age, ability, or circumstances.

We believe our teaching of Education Outside the Classroom should:

  • Be planned and relate to the classroom programme
  • Follow school procedures regarding best practise in Outdoor Education


Learning Languages

Salisbury students will respect other cultures including other languages.

We believe teaching of Learning Languages should:

  • Recognise the official language of Te Reo

    Māori and the cultural perspectives of Te Ao Māori.

  • Recognise the teachings of Russell Bishop and the 'Effective Teacher Profile’ in meeting the needs of Maori students and providing a culturally responsive context for learning.


Information, Communications, Technology (ICT)

Salisbury students will responsibly use a variety of ICT to communicate and enrich their understanding of the world.

We believe that ICT at Salisbury School should:

  • Be used in authentic and purposeful learning situations
  • Encourage staff to be innovative in their teaching and students in their learning.
  • Raise awareness of ICT in our everyday life


Food Technology

The food technology programme is run with safety and hygiene at the forefront of every lesson.  This programme incorporates all aspects of the NZ Curriculum, appropriate to the skills being taught.