Integrated Literacies

Integrated Literacies

Integrated Literacies at Rangeview Intermediate School is the study of English and Social Science

Why we teach Integrated Literacies:

The New Zealand Curriculum describes the purpose of learning English and Social Science as;


Literacy in English gives students access to the

understanding, knowledge, and skills they need to participate fully in the social, cultural, political, and economic life of New Zealand and the wider world. To be successful participants, they need to be effective oral, written, and visual communicators who are able to think critically and in depth.


Social Science

Through the social sciences, students develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to: better understand, participate in, and contribute to the local, national, and global communities in which they live and work; engage critically with societal issues; and evaluate the sustainability of alternative social, economic, political, and environmental practices.


Ko te reo te tuakiri

Ko te reo toku ahurei

Ko te reo te ora.

Language is my identity.

Language is my uniqueness.

Language is life.

Unuhia te rito o te harakeke kei whea te komako e ko?

Whakatairangitia – rere ki uta, rere ki tai;

Ui mai koe ki ahau he aha te mea nui o te ao,

Maku e ki atu he tangata, he tangata, he tangata!

Remove the heart of the flax bush and where will the komako sing?

Proclaim it to the land, proclaim it to the sea;

Ask me, “What is the greatest thing in the world?”

I will reply, “It is people, people, people!”

How we achieve this purpose:

Integrated Literacies Department Vision

To develop students who are literate, confident, connected, citizens who have the skills to communicate in the 21st Century.

Our goal to ensure that students understand who they are, and how they fit into the world around them. To develop a love of literacy and a focus on life-long learning.

What Integrated Literacies looks like:

Learning in Integrated Literacies at Rangeview Intermediate

The English curriculum is made up of two strands; Making Meaning (reading, listening and viewing) and Creating Meaning (writing, speaking and presenting).  The Social Science curriculum focuses on the study of people in their environments

In integrated literacies, students develop their skills in reading and writing through Social Science contexts. They learn about their world, locally, nationally, and globally, and explore their place in the world. We honour the Treaty of Waitangi and the bi-cultural foundation of Aotearoa, New Zealand, while exploring the multi-cultural nature of Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland and our school.

While learning about their world students read to develop understanding and write to communicate their understanding. The teachers support their literacy learning by providing them with lots of opportunities to read and write across a range of topics and by maintaining high expectations.


It is an expectation that students read regularly. Ideally, students would read for at least 15-20 minutes every night, however even several times a week makes a significant difference to their success in literacy learning. Reading of any type is of value to students and they should aim to read a mixture of fiction and non-fiction texts. From time to time, students may also be required to catch up on work not completed in class and to complete some project based learning.